White corn and chicken soup

There is another white corn soup in the archive with pork and squash flowers. This version is not as colorful but it is definitely richer in flavor. If it were a photograph, I’d describe the flavors as deep tones and bold saturation. What makes it so richly flavored? Caramelized onions. Instead of simply sauteing sliced onions, I cooked them gently until they had rendered their natural sugar and I waited, so very patiently, until the sugar had turned amber.

It starts with white corn — the kind that isn’t sweet enough to munch on but starchy and sticky when shaved and cooked for a long time. If you’re wondering if you can substitute yellow corn, I will tell you straight off that it won’t give you the thickness that white corn does. If you ask me if canned corn can be substituted, I’ll tell you good luck. »

Saluyot and spinach soup

pork-spinach-saluyot-soup

Armed with the information that saluyot is slimy, I combined the saluyot leaves with spinach to make a chunky soup that wouldn't be too slimy that Speedy and Sam wouldn't touch it. As it turned out, Sam ate a little, then balked at the sliminess but at least she tried it. Next time, I'll add other vegetables to make the … »

Saluyot (jute leaves), slimy yet satisfying. Something that Pumbaa would appreciate.

saluyot

It doesn't have the prettiest name in the world. Even from the auditory standards of a native Filipino speaker like me, saluyot conjures images of something dark and musty and... Okay, maybe, I'm biased because saluyot sounds similar to kuyukot and I can't shake off the association, even if only imaginary.The first time … »