(SPOT.ph) We've long known that Filipino cuisine is a truly spectacular one that wows with its diversity and use of clever techniques and ingredients. And though global recognition isn't necessary to prove how great our food can be, it's always worth rejoicing over Filipino cuisine's growing presence around the world—especially when you've got one of the Philippines' best-known chefs steering the culinary wheels. Here's one cool reason to celebrate: Renowned chef JP Anglo (best known for his modern Negrense resto Sarsa) is opening Kooya Filipino Eatery in Dubai!
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Check out Kooya Filipino Eatery in Dubai:
Located at the Jannah Place Dubai Marina hotel apartment, Kooya Filipino Eatery gets its name from the Filipino word kuya—spelled in a more quirkier manner that you've got to admit is pretty dang fun to type out. In an exchange with SPOT.ph, Anglo shares that they're currently on soft opening, doing a series of food tastings through the week so as to get the local audience's insights and inputs on their dishes.
As the restaurant name implies it's all about showcasing Filipino cuisine here, interpreted through Anglo's playful culinary lens. "Here [the cooking] is traditional [but] playful—not modern, [it's] still all Filipino ingredients, but using different cooking techniques to make it better," Anglo shares. The famed chef describes their cooking as "Filipino food forward," where they employ novel elements to bring out the best of classic dishes—but never let these dishes lose their identity. "We're always sorta adjusting to where we are, but at the same time at the end of the day it'll still taste Filipino."
With that, you can expect surprising and ingenious takes on classics that'll let you see Filipino cuisine in an imaginative light. Some of the dishes served at their tastings are the savory-sweet Pineapple Glazed Dilis; the lemongrass-marinated Inihaw na Tokwa; the ingenious mashup Inasal Pancit Canton; the smoky Chicken Inasal ("being from Bacolod… kailangan may inasal talaga," Anglo shares); the Kare-Kare with beef belly and tripe in a smoked peanut gravy; and the always-comforting Tortang Talong.
For more information, check out Kooya Filipino Eatery's Instagram page.
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