10 Corn Dishes That Make Us Happy to Be Corny
We have you corn-ered.
(SPOT.ph) Metro Manila is getting cornier and cornier. This humble grain has long graduated from being a convenient sidewalk snack to becoming an actual gourmet find. From Mexican flourishes to Japanese treatments to cool dessert, we're giving you the corniest dishes that we just can't get enough of.
Ooma's Corn and Oyster Kaki-Age (P155)
Japanese sweet corn? Oysters? There is nothing we just said that we don't love. Ooma bunches it up, fries them to crunchy perfection, then serves them with nori salt and homemade kimchi mayo dressing. This tempura dish is precision on a plate. The corn is subdued, but the condiments create that balance to make something truly stunning.
Ooma is at 3/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City. Read more about Ooma.
Bad Bird's Corn and Coleslaw Plate (P340)
Way back when, we enjoyed corn for its simplicity. You buy it from the street, you relish it, and you're satisfied—even without butter. We're afraid that this famous stall at Century City Mall has changed the way we enjoy corn. It becomes something extra special when you throw on some kewpie, cheese, togarashi, and bonito flakes. Oh right. We forgot about the coleslaw.
Bad Bird is at Hole in The Wall, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City. Read more about Bad Bird.
Cocina Peruvia's Panna Cotta (P250)
Corn is such an underrated dessert ingredient, but at Cocina Peruvia, it shines like a great star. The creamy gelatin is very subtly flavored, but white corn and polenta (cornmeal) crisps amplify each delicious bite. As if that's not enough to make this the corniest dessert ever, the kitchen also embellishes this beauty with chunks of corn muffin.
Cocina Peruvia is at G/F Bonifacio One Technology Tower, Rizal Drive corner 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Cocina Peruvia.
No Reservations' Grilled Corn (P110)
Another corn dressed in Japanese seasonings is from the quiet corner of No Reservations. The cobs are sliced in half then cross-sectioned, so you can share the calories among friends. It's a tasty chaos of bonito flakes, togarashi, kewpie mayo, and nori. You get sweet, tang, heat—everything.
No Reservations is at 2/F 16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Read more about No Reservations.
El Jefe's Elote (P120)
This tiny taqueria keeps their street corn candid and clear-cut. The corn on the cob is lathered with crema (think of a more distinct version of sour cream), which not only makes each bite creamier, it adds some bite into it, too. See what we did there? Then, there's the sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and chili powder. Perfection.
El Jefe is at Masinsinan Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Burger Geek's Umami Corn (P95)
It's corn on a cob, with a little Asian twist. There's butter, there's salt. It's like being at a picnic, but the flourish of bonito flakes makes it super special.
Burger Geek is at Molito Lifestyle Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Read more about Burger Geek.
Don Andres' Choros a la Chalaca (P320)
Five spoons are artfully arranged on their plate, heavy with shaved white corn, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and peppers. Take one big slurp and it's a blast of flavors. The Choros a la Chalaca is treated like a ceviche (a popular style in Peruvian cuisine) so you get bursts of tanginess followed by a flutter of heat. Make your way past the corn and you'll find a hidden gem—a juicy Peruvian mussel hiding underneath all that deliciousness.
Don Andres is at Courtyard Building, 26 Sergeant Esguerra Street, Quezon City. Read more about Don Andres.
Wabi Sabi's Sweet Corn and Cream Cheese Tempura (P90)
Sticky chunks of sweet corn and cream cheese are coated in tempura batter then fried crispy. Instead of tempura sauce, these addictive appetizers come with a saucer of salt and lemon. You only need a dash of both to really make the corn flavor stand out.
Wabi Sabi is at POS Building, Scout Mandriñan Street corner Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City. Read more about Wabi Sabi.
Taqueria 101's Elote (P185)
This cob is pure balance. A chomp is messy, but the results that this taco shop creates are exceptionally clear. Mexican and Japanese influences tag-team in this humble treat. Instead of crema, it's rewarded with bonito flakes, Parmesan, and chipotle mayonnaise. It's grilled for a smoky effect, and the sprinkling of microherbs make the starch feel a little lighter.
Taqueria 101 is at 101 Doña Soledad Avenue, Barangay Don Bosco, Better Living Village, Parañaque City. Read more about Taqueria 101.
Bun Appetit's Mexican Grilled Corn (P120)
When you find yourself at Bun Appetit and not craving a sandwich, that's fine, but don't pass up on the corn, too! The Cuas, the good folks behind this sandwich stall, generously shaves the corn so you can enjoy it in its convenient, spoonable glory. It comes with cream and mayo sauce, chili, crumbly Mexican cotija cheese, and lime. Olé!