Chef serves up best of Filipino cuisine in Australia | The Final Word

Chef serves up best of Filipino cuisine in Australia | The Final Word

this is one nanguika a chef is promoting filipino culture by giving australians a taste of our cuisine including his take on adobo joining us now with chef fred eric batalona joining us live from melbourne chef fred thank you so much for joining us so tell us what made you decide to set up a filipino pop-up restaurant in melbourne i think it comes from it comes from me wanting to go back home but i can’t go back home so i decided that um i’ll do a one week event here that’s our debut for barangay to showcase our filipino cuisine our beverages our folk dances opm fashion show with our former weather as well it’s basically an immersive event that um i want to entice a non-uh non-filipino to our culture and fellow philippines to feel nostalgic about um about the philippines feeling that’s wonderful chef fred no spreading the word and spreading the culture of the filipino to the many cultures in australia tell us um in your cooking how would you introduce filipino food to foreigners or locals who haven’t even tasted filipino food at all i think showcasing filipino food to foreigners and the world is basically a how to make it look fun on my end as a chef it’s always make it look pretty and make it look aesthetically good and at the same time as uh certainly i don’t want to water down our flavors i don’t want to water down the cooking methods we do and i sincerely don’t want to do fusion because i feel like our food alone is good enough and we’re so much of an underdog here in um in melbourne that we’re not even known as much as people ask for filipino cuisine or filipino food and you know chef i’ve been to melbourne many many many years ago and what i noticed in the city it is a military pot no of cultures and you know this is a perfect place for a filipino cuisine to flourish it is it is i think it’s like i’m not the only one um doing filipino cuisine here there’s chipogra um somewhere investment okay there’s one umbrella which specializes street food and another restaurant in the city that specializes in bakula style cooking so on my end i’m not the only one pushing for it but we have a market to push for it further i think so basically pockets no of filipino chefs in various places uh in australia promoting uh filipino cuisine but share with us what will be on the menu of chef fred so for this event it’s basically a course meal so it’s a four course meal the first course is adobo because adobo is basically well known in the philippines can’t go wrong with that one um the second course will be a mini google fight an individual because you know you can’t do it without google fight really and it’s fun and it’s good looking as well and i partnered up with another filipino-owned business here curriculum for bestest to make elementary full which is called muncie engine after bay and the last course will be a dessert course which is three course of three filipino desserts which is uh my goodness chef fred you’re making me hungry it’s close to 10 o’clock here in manila i’m really hungry can i give you my address and can you please send over to manila that four course meal that you will be putting together for your pop-up restaurant so tell us um how are the bookings the book we’re actually fully booked right now for the event although um we’re unboxing right now because of um the outbreak here in melbourne um but we’re fully booked and i’m hoping to host a second uh date for buena rica because i feel like the first event will succeed and then another event should be a good one to showcase for people who haven’t been able to vote for the first one wow that’s so fantastic to know that they’re fully booked but briefly before we go who taught you how to cook and where did you get all of these uh these recipes so um i learned how to cook with my mom growing up she’s basically the person that encouraged me to learn how to cook and i would never be in the kitchen without her but at first i wanted to become a pastry chef and that’s why i took in my studies and sister in in the philippines and then i moved here in melbourne to further study again um and yeah just like gain experiences here i’ll learn how to cook at home and then cook at work ask questions recipe wise it’s passed down by generations it’s basically my mom’s recipe and my grandma’s recipes as well you eat breathe and live filipino cuisine and i’m sure uh chef fred this uh pop-up restaurant will eventually become a permanent stand-alone restaurant of filipino food in melbourne thank you so much for joining us on the final word and congratulations chef fred eric batalona joining us from melbourne
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