TWO of Sydney’s most recognised Filipino-Australian chefs flew down to New Zealand recently to especially experience Filipino fare served at the 2015 Pistang Pilipino.
Executive chef Marx Canoy and fusion chef Omar Ramos took in the tastes and scenery of the ‘Pista’ (Fiesta), hosted by the Tauranga Filipino Society, as part of the Tauranga City labor weekend celebrations.
“We particularly enjoyed tasting regional Filipino dishes including sisigs, various gata -based viands, barbecues, bibingka and a varety of native desserts,” said Mr Canoy, an award-winning cookbook author and five-star hotel executive chef.
“It rained, but that did not dampened the festival’s Filipino spirit, said Mr Ramos, a former Auckland resident Mr Ramos, who runs his own restaurant Angelee’s in Blacktown.
Northern island of Tauranga is the fifth largest urban area in New Zealand and the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty coastal region.
Pistang Pilipino is a yearly festival held at different places of New Zealand, a kind of Filipino reunion – the biggest in New Zealand – with religious ceremonies officiated by the only Filipino chaplain, Father Larry Rustia, of the St Patrick Cathedral.
“We also enjoyed watching the cooking demonstrations of the Filipino version of taco salad at the local Mexican Deli shop in downtown Auckland by Filipino shop manager Maria,” Mr Canoy said.
“We had a chance to participate in the taco shell-making, which gave me ideas for my pinakbet or bakareta salad servings.
“Among many New Zealand products, I love their Anchor milk, its pure cow’s freshness and creaminess, an ideal component and a healthy cooking ingredient.”
The chefs further first visited Wanganui, a scenic region along the Tasman Sea end of the wild and wonderful Whanganui River. They explored the area’s local universities, heritage buildings, and sidetracked to the local Lemon & Paeroa (L&P)for a taste of the L & P softdrink, L & P chocolates and Anchor milk products.
The completed the visit at the summit of an inactive volcano background crater of Mt Eden.