What did you have for lunch today?
My wife and I chose to stay at home since we had a dose of dining out the past few days and decided to cook a meal inspired by the teleserye she follows. Tina likes Diether Ocampo so much that she religiously watches his latest TV series ONLY YOU adapted from a koreanovela (that I am not familiar with until my wife watches its local version) about a love torn between 3 characters amidst cooking Asian cuisine. Diether plays a chef who fell in love with Angel Locsin’s character who’s a chef-wannabe and had a chance to learn how to cook a recipe called TALANGKANIN from the mom of Sam Milby’s character when they were sent to Korea for a sponsored course on culinary arts. Apparently, I also get to watch it while I’m on-line at night, as my wife rules the remote control of the boob tube.
We became interested with the dish from that show, it’s made of crab fat in rice, more locally known as Aligue rice and decided to prepare it for our Sunday lunch. We didn’t forget to but a bottle of taba ng talangka or crab fat yesterday from SM Megamall grocery, and I volunteered to buy the other ingredients in a nearby talipapa this morning as I was excited to cook the dish with her.
We googled some sites which shared its ingredients and cooking instructions.
Ingredients include :
1/2 kg of shrimps, shelled, deveined
2 tsp of sugar
*2 tbsp of cooking oil
a bottle of crab fat or aligue
3 to 4 cups rice, cooked
1/4 cup spring onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste.
– *my wife preferred to use Anchor butter than cooking oil which made our version of the dish more sinful.
Steps in cooking (our version) of TALANGKANIN / Aligue rice
1. Heat oil or melt butter in a stir fry.
2. Saute onions and garlic.
3. Add crab fat, salt, pepper, sugar and cooked rice.
4. Add the shrimps, mix, and cook for 3 minutes.
5. Top with spring onions and add a side dish (optional).
And the result was….. (applause, applause please…) a very flavorful, iodine-calcium-cholesterol rich dish!
Be sure to take your lipid-lowering agent after savoring a plate of this talangkanin LOL.
She even made an effort to serve it in style with garnishing and side dish a-la restaurant !
Tina had her food in a bento box but didn’t finish all of it, she had to refrigerate her leftovers.
What completed our Sunday lunch at home were other yummies cooked and sent by my aunt. Who could resist a leche flan for dessert?
Have you tasted Talangkanin ?