Sunday is Family Day for the Mangalonzo household. We usually go to mass together in the morning, eat home-cooked lunch, stroll in the mall after and then cap the night watching a feel-good movie. But we woke up late so the order of activities for this Sunday has changed and we started our day having brunch instead.
To satisfy my husband’s craving for something Pinoy, I fried some Daing na Bangus (Marinated Milkfish) and Longganisa (Phillippine version of sausage) matched with Creamy Mongo Sauté (see recipe at the bottom of this post).
For some reason, this combination of fried fish and mongo is usually served in many Filipino homes and restaurants during Fridays. For what reason? I really don’t know. Maybe it has just become a tradition.
Thanks to Katipunan we are enjoying these Pinoy food at home. Katipunan is the name of the Filipino store where we bought our Daing na Bangus and Longganisa the other day. Katipunan literally means society or association in Filipino. It is also popularly known as the name of a Philippine revolutionary movement who fought for the freedom of the Philippines against the colonisation of Spaniards in the 1800s.
It’s both fun and sad every time we drop by the store. Fun because it feels like you are just inside an air-conditioned sari-sari store in Manila where you could buy most of the things you need – from Boy Bawang to UFC Banana Ketsup to Tinapang Galunggong, and so on. Sad because you could feel the home-sickness of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) especially those working alone here while their families are left back home.
Ate Liza, the Filipina cashier in the store, calls my daughter bebe because she said her own daughter in Manila is of the same age as my Jodee. Bebe attends public school, loves dancing and sings to her mama whenever they talk on the phone. With similar stories like this, I appreciate more the sacrifices of our OFWs and I feel for my country who is still in revolution against poverty and corruption. It also makes me reflect – not to complain but rather count my blessings. That we do not have to be miles apart to enjoy a comfortable life. That my husband gets to work for a job that he truly likes and enables us, his family, to be with him in Singapore. That we are all healthy and thriving in our little ways.
- My Recipe for Creamy Mongo Sauté
1 cup monggo beans (soaked overnight as taught by my old folks)
2 Tinapang Galunggong (shredded, head and tail excluded)
1/2 cup Fresh Milk
1/2 cup Coconut Milk
1 cup water
1 clove of garlic
1 medium size onion
1 medium size tomato
Sauté garlic, onion and tomato until brown then add the shredded Tinapang Galunggong. After a few minutes, add the monggo beans and water. Adjust the heat and let it boil. When the monggo beans are cooked, add the fresh milk and coconut milk until you achieve just the right creaminess for your Monggo Sauté. Stir and adjust with more water or milk as needed. Let it simmer for some time and dash some salt or Patis (fish sauce) to add flavor.