Linga / Sesame at Nabua Camarines Sur

The old and popular bahay kubo song said, “Sa paligid-ligid ay puno ng linga”. The ending lyrics of native Bahay Kubo song said, “around the nipa hut are numerous sesame plants”.

I tell you what. I have never seen any real sesame plant ever since my body came into senses. There were no sesame plants after all. There is no any sesame around the nipa hut. I guess, the song needs correction.

There are sesame roaming around. Few sesame seed on top of every sesame bread. Perhaps there are more than my eyes could see. Sesame seeds and products are available but most of them are imported.

Philippine has its own sesame according to Ailyn Adante of CPAR on Sesame Project. It is native to Nabua Camarines Sur. Local farmers are leaving it and shifting to other crops due to lack of knowledge on farming and processing technologies.

CPAR Sesame project intervened on year 2010 to fill in the gap, and save the dying sesame industry.  Their activities involved adaptability trials, determination of high yielding varieties, fertilizer calibration trials and food processing technologies like sesame candies and sesame oil.

Sesame is a good catch crop. It could be an inter-crop to main crop such as corn, or a stand alone crop during the dry season. It is drought resistant.

“Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR)”

CPAR on Sesame Based Farming System in the 4th District of Camarines Sur

For more information:
D.A. Region. 5
Bicol Integraded Agricultural Research Center(BIARC)
San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur
Cell No.: (0919) 921-8713
Email: lyn_adante@yahoo.com

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Ang Tindahan ng Itlog ni Kuya

Official work hours were true for the day and we’re on the way home. We stopped by somewhere in Calamba in front of a bamboo kiosk.

tindahan ng itlog ni kuyaWow! lots of eggs! I wouldn’t be surprised if they were just ordinary eggs. My uncle who is leaving few steps away from our house is an egg dealer. File of fresh eggs, few dozens of broken eggs and the repulsive smell of rotten old eggs is a boring scene. Those were white salted eggs with small red patches to  distinguished that they were salt preserved.

itlog ni kuya file of pekin duck salted eggsI have been seeing these white salted egg brand  for quite awhile and ate  few of them. This kiosk was suggestive that its maker was somewhere near.

After a few word exchanges with the kiosk staff, I learned that they are being manufactured in Victoria, Laguna. A place where duck raising is a stable industry, making it a perfect place to make preserved pekin duck eggs.

It was rather a short talk because we were in a hurry. The information I gathered were too narrow.

In people’s mind, it is not a salted egg if the shell color is not red. My uncle tried making salted eggs before and dyed it with a very light shade of red. Very few bought it.The thing never holds true now. People can accept changes with the right approach. A small red sticker is enough to tell buyer, it is salted. Campaign against the use of dangerous egg dye encouraged the masses to patrionize the white version.

Go to itlognikuya.com for more information about Mr. Duck Salted Eggs. Other duck products like balut, leche plan, and spring fried pekin duck are also available.

This pack of ten eggs was my pasalubong to me and my family.

10 pieces mr duck salted eggs

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

LAMPCO Coco Sugar Taste Test

It is now time to evaluate this LAMPCO coconut sugar. As an SOP, I cut the packaging open and transferred the contents into clean jar. It would prevent moisture absorption and catching of dirt.

A traditionally processed sugar based on its appearance, powdery brown with no distinct crystals. The slightly burnt flavor is suggestive that coconut sap was boiled in a carahay down to its crystallization stage. A long and manual method carried out by a tolerant man.

The sugar is less sweet. It is not even half as sweet as refined cane sugar. Has a mix of burnt flavor and vinegary taste. It is like a powdered candy that I want to eat it little by little.

It has relatively weak sweetening power. I prepared a mug of guyabano tea and added half tbsp coco sugar. It was barely sweet. I added another half tbsp when the tea was half consumed. The typical coconut sap flavor became prominent and it overpowered the guyabano tea taste.

lampco coco sugar

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Custard Hopia By Eng Bee Tin

What all hopia have a thing in common? All hopia make me crave for drinking water after the very first bite. Most of them have dry outer covering and same dry inner filling. Some hopia are more moist than others but still make me thirsty.

This custard hopia is different. The soft custard filling is moist that is also making the outermost layer soft and moist. It fills up my tummy without drying my mouth.

eng bee tin custard hopia bitten custard hopia

What flavor of hopia Eng Bee Tin do not have? They have released many variants and they continue to develop more flavors. I’ve been to Eng Bee Tin Store twice. They have wide hopia selections to choose from. It was in Binondo if I was not mistaken.

 

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

The Cassava Cup Cake from Iloilo

I am beginning to think that cassava cake foodies are one of Julius favorite snacks. He already brought to office two cassava cake variants. First was the whole large rectangular cassava cake from Cotobato. Second was a portion of cassava cake from Iloilo. Besides those two cakes, he is often buying the locally prepared version from the nearby canteen. We are eating it right after lunch and or at snack time.

Oppss! Don’t think it the wrong way. It is not like we are eating such like there is no tomorrow.

And here is another one to add up to our cassava cake collection. A cup cake version with a depressed center.

cassava cup cakecassava cup cake with bite

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.