Dinner out at Lamesa Filipino Kitchen with some work Peeps this evening. Not my first time here, but my first experience with this Hand to Mouth event where we celebrate the Filipino tradition of Kamayan – eating with your hands. That’s right, no utensils, all hands, tons of food.
The tables lined with banana leaves.
Malbec for the night – Domaine Jean Bousquet 2012.
Our server, giving us the lowdown on what to expect. They are so great at explaining what they are bringing to the table. If you have never had Filipino food, it is nice knowing a little about what you are eating.
Pulutan – appetizer, eaten with alcohol, hence the little shot above. On the plate, ukoy – a fritter of sorts made with squash, yam, bean sprouts and a shrimp. Lumpia – a spring roll and crab cakes. Ukoy with vinegar is amazing. Crab cakes were perfect!
Ulam or main dish is next. Pork longanisa – sweet/spicy sausage. Grilled stuffed porgy. Lechon kawali – deep fried pork belly. Chicken inasal – BBQ chicken – brined and grilled. Beef marrow broth. Garlic fried rice.
We did pretty well! How easy is cleanup here?
Dessert or Sweets time – Matamis. Maruya and ice cream. Fried plantain fritter with carnation ice cream. And a little sweet / savory taster.
Yet another great meal from Lamesa. I love Filipino food and if I can’t get home cooked from my parents, I’ll take it from Lamesa anytime. =)