Spaghetti with malunggay pesto, pork tapa and egg

During the Apicius Culinary School Cook-off, one of the entries that really impressed me was the tapalog or rustic beef pasta with malunggay pesto on toast by Jose Lorenzo Manalo because I loved how the concept of fusion was interpreted. Unfortunately, the beef was tough so the dish did not land on the top three.

This is my interpretation of the dish. Instead of malunggay pesto on toast, I tossed the cooked pasta with malunggay pesto to make sure that the noodles wouldn’t end up being underseasoned. And, instead of hiding the meat between the noodles and the egg, I dropped the meat casually letting the pieces fall in a cascade on one side of the noodles. And, for an added Asian twist, the egg was topped with toasted garlic and drizzled with Sriracha. »

Pasta with tuyo (dried herring)

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This is another one of my cheat-the-kids dishes. If I have my secret pasta sauce to bamboozle friends' kids into eating vegetables, I made this pasta dish to cheat my 12-year-old daughter into eating tuyo which she absolutely loathed. There was an … »