Sunday, February 6, 2011

A good reason not to finish your round of golf....


"Ulang"grilled in rosemary and olive oil

My 80 year old dad and I teed off at 6:30 a.m. this Sunday morning hoping to redeem ourselves from our golf game yesterday. The weather was perfect, a bit hazy and not too hot. Dad was playing a decent even bogie game. My only goal was was to work on my short game. Up and down, pitch and putt, bump and run was my mantra for the morning. Walking the first 9 holes, I started to get a wee bit hungry and brought out the fresh figs I had brought with me and shared some with my dad. It was then that we started talking about the wonderful Sunday Sidcor market which was a short 5 minute drive from Aguinaldo Golf club where we were playing.

I told him how the fresh river water shrimps were abundant and all his favorite Ilokano cooked foods would be readily available. “Dinuguaan” or “Dinardaraan” just the way my mom used to make it would surely be there. My mom made a mean “Dinuguan” which was dry and had just enough “sili” to spike it up. I told him about the freshly grilled “hito” and  “bacalao” which I like to saute in lots of garlic, sun dried tomatoes and black olives. I just kept going on and on until my dad said... “ Why don't we just make this our last hole and head to the Sunday market.” Hmmmmph. We were only on hole 14 and I was making good use of the practice round so I wasn't quite sure I wanted to stop and go to the palengke! But the thought of being able to get some “Diwal” (angel shells) that I could bake in garlic and butter and Portabello mushrooms which I could marinate in a little bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar then grill got me salivating. 
"Diwal" 

Dried bisugo 

 What the heck. Golf can wait another day. So we ended our game right there and off we went to the Sunday Sidcor market. Dad ended up buying “kinilaw na Kambing”, “Igado”, “Dinuguan” and his favorite “pukpuklo” seaweeds. According to him, “pukpuklo” was abundant in Ilocos when he was a young boy. Sadly, it is quite rare to see it in Manila markets today. I ended up buying fresh river prawns “ulang” and “Diwal”.   My favorite baker (Gng. bukid) had the 10 grain multi bread which would be lovely with the fresh white cheese from Laguna. I loaded up on dried “bisugo” which would be great after i deboned it and cooked it in olive oil, garlic and sun dried tomatoes. Perfect for my pandesal which I love to bring with me when I play golf.
So if there is a good reason not to finish your round of golf, it's because it's a Sunday and you can hop on to the SIDCOR Sunday market. Sidcor is located near the Lung Center area in Quezon City by Eton Centris Walk  at EDSA, Quezon Avenue in Quezon City and open from 6:00 am. To 2:00p.m..

4 comments:

Moy said...

I MISS MEGA-LUNCHES WITH THE FAMILY AT YOUR HOUSE, SIS!!!! Let's have one soon please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monique Agatep Ignacio said...

We should Moy!!!!! You have to bring your famous cakes over too....

claire espina said...

Great post! Monique whenever I go to MNL I join my brother on his Sunday morning SIDCOR routine. We go nuts about the plants - I wish I could bring them here - and make sure we sample the food. I bought a ton of those fabric potholders for 7/8 for 100php... and brought them back to LA and gave them to fam who went crazy for them. My daughters thought they were the coolest things.

jenny said...

i notice you use sun dried tomatoes in your cooking. where did you get yours? the ones i usually bought are too salty.