The Filipino cuisine is at its renaissance in the present generation. And because of this global upwelling, it is frustrating to note that there have been lots of Filipino restaurants popping up in the metro that has gone modifying and fusing the tasty traditional Filipino dishes with the western or other Asian cuisines.
The grassroots and nature of the Filipino cuisine is about being economical. Ingredients were based on what the environment offers. Filipino dish is not about just taking, using and eating the best part of an edible fruit, plant or animal. It is about the development of dishes utilizing every edible part of an edible element present in the environment may it be a fruit, a plant or an animal. That is why western world would often perceive Filipino dishes to be bizarre and outright disgusting.
Because of this perception, to tweak Filipino dishes in terms of plating and visual presentation so as to not scare people and achieve global marketability is okay for me. But the complex taste and palatal balance of the traditional recipe that Filipinos of the past has concocted and developed must remain.
It is good to know then that the LJC Restaurant Group, a leading group of restaurants in the country continues to serve traditional Filipino dishes. Though I am not the final authority regarding the taste of traditional Filipino dishes, I have been fortunate to be chosen as one of the lucky Filipinos to taste and determine which among their Kare-Kare is the best! Aside from adopting the chosen best Kare-Kare for all their outlets, this project by the LJC Group in way ensures that the good old Kare-Kare (stewed oxtail in peanut-based sauce) is available for the present generation to enjoy.
This project only shows how the LJC Restaurant Group is serious is keeping the traditional Filipino cuisine. No wonder the LJC Restaurant Group operates the leading and best Filipino restaurants in the country, i.e. Abe (which now has 6 branches) and Bistro Remedios located in Malate, Manila.
With the rousing global interest about the Filipino cuisine nowadays, it would be sad to know and would be hard to imagine in case the best Kare-Kare would not be found in the Philippines. So, good job LJC Group! At least for now, the best Kare-Kare is still found in the Philippines!
Yami parang ako!