What is this yellow thing, golden yellow to be more accurate. Some kind of liquid spice, maybe. I have been in this restaurant many times already, but it was the only time someone told me it supposed to go with rice.
All this time I thought it was fish sauce. I am not a fan whatever grade it maybe. They are all bad smelling to my nose. I often grab the soy sauce and ignores it.
I tried mixing it with plain rice and put it inside my mouth. It was kind of oily and nothing more. I was wondering what kind of phenomenon make people like it. The color may have contributing favor. Remember, color yellow and red tend to made people hungry. The very reason why many food chains use these colors as motif. Examples: Jollibee, McDonalds, Goldilocks, Karate Kid, KFC, Shakeys and Chowking.
A little try was enough. Our order was fried chicken. An oily meal. Adding the yellow sauce would make it oilier and unhealthier.
Speaking of oily sauce. The best for me is the oil after frying salted fish. The darker the oil the better the taste. During the time when few homes can afford refrigerator, freshly bought fish was sprinkled with rock salt to extend its keeping life. Then, fried without shaking off the salt. The result was a salty and fishy flavored cooking oil that go well with plain rice.
Now, we are aware cooking oil degrades, producing free radicals, through several uses. We never let it go dark and eat as viand either.
I think the correct term is Chicken Oil.
update as of March 2018:
According to Passerby, it is Annato Oil or Mantikang Atsuete with chicken fat or skin. How it is made is sure a company secret!
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.