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June 02, 2009


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Ooch! Do you eat the pepper after you've finished the drink?

You should check out some of the condiments at some inasal restaurants-- I think I've mentioned this before, with the nematodes in the vinegar. Creepee!

Your mom is a wise woman! We do this here too (the home made sinamak)...also, I am also a jar hoarder!!! I use them for everything (yes dressing in the jar too!)!

Love the sound of that Pinoy dirty martini! Even if I'm not a martini drinker :)


Hehe, my Filipino mom collects jars, too. I have subconciously started doing it myself but I haven't actually used them.

My grandma does the same and I find myself mimicking her. It's a sad, sad day when you realize that you're not only becoming more like your mother (I'll save that sob story for another day), but also more like your grandmother.

In other news, I'll have to tell my dirty martini-loving husband to try it Pinoy style from now on. As always, thanks for the fun recipe. Off I go to make spicy vinegar!

this reminds me of my brother and my mom the king and queen of sukang sili. Always a sawsawan at almost every meal.

Hotcha! My dad is our family's pickler. He grows his own sili peppers in our front yard (we have no front lawn--just an interesting menagerie of food plants and flowers/pretty plants). Apparently, sili peppers are easy to grow.

Oh man, i suddenly had a craving for Kropeck (Fish crackers). It would definitely go well with that spicy vinegar and cocktail.

Hi Marvin - I found you whilst browsing Wandering Chopsticks - you do indeed have a good site name!

I know next to nothing about Filipino food so I'm hoping you and your blog'll educate me ...

ps I think pouring hot oil into a container for later disposal is an Asian thing - at least my Western friends think I'm odd for doing it :)

The bacon/oil jar was a constant at home, and all the jars that were emptied had to be washed and dried and stored. I opened a cabinet at my parents and found it filled with empty jars, ice cream plastic containers, tupperware dating back to goshknowswhen. They all smelled a bit too musty to use for storing anything, but they do come in handy if I need to wash out paint brushes.

Get your mom a whisk! Maybe for the next time you hop over there and grab some food. =P

Wow...my dad has tons of jars of that vinegar at his house. I swear the jars are almost completely filled with the sili and only has a little bit of vinegar in it. That stuff terrifies me, though now I'm tempted to try a little bit in a cocktail...

You always have a good excuse for a mixed drink. LOL

I love your "fancy" doily and the martini sounds good.

I also keep a few empty jars for used cooking oil. When full I put the lid on it, then into a grocery bag before putting it in the garbage bin.

what the deuce! are we like related? hahaha
its exactly the same in my family while i was growing in the philippines and somehow the trait was handed down to me without even knowing it, i tend to save jars and bottles for the same reasons... i even use my babys empty milk container for dirty overused oil.

anyway, wow... i never thought of using suka in a martini, maybe i should try that. having a hubby who used to bartend at neptunes at pier 39 at the fishermans wharf maybe ill let him do it instead...

I really enjoy reading your humourous posts topped with really enticing Filipino food photos! I'm a fan now. :)

I've never had a martini before but now I am thinking that if I must have one this would be the way to go first.

i must admit, albeit a little sheepishly, that i have a collection of jars just like your mom, marvin. i am realy turning into my mother! btw, pickled green chilies are awesome with fried noodles.

i eat spicy vinegar with almost everything: tocino, longanisa, fried chicken, chicharron, dilis, dried pusit. *sigh* i am such a condiment whore, and spicy vinegar is up there on the list.

request naman how-to ng achara

Manggy, like the olive or any other garnish in a cocktail, you don't have to eat it. But I always do eat the pepper! And yes, you've mentioned the nematodes before, but I try not to think about them;)

Jar hoarding must be a filipino thing, joey. But you do the dressing thing too? Ack! ;)

Thanks Marguerite.

Collecting is half the battle, Sheila. Now all you have to do is pour some used grease into one;)

There are probably some worse things you can become, Lorena;) And as for the martini, it may sound crazy to add vinegar to any spirit, but it's only just a splash for some heat and flavor, not enough to overpower the drink.

It's the same with my family too, veron. If there's only one sawsawan at the table, it's sukang sili.

That sounds like a sweet front yard, Julie! My mother also grows her own sili.

Mmmm, kropeck and spicy vinegar. Good call, Mike.

I'm glad you've found me meemalee! I hope you continue to read.

Washing out paint brushes is another good use, Mila. I forget about the tupperware containers--those things get pretty icky after a few years of use/nonuse. I'm always afraid to take the lid off of one of my mom's old tupperware containers.

My mom wouldn't know what to do with a whisk, Jikuu;) She's happy shaking jars!

Depending on how old the jars are, I get pretty terrified too, Efren;)

Any excuse is a good excuse for a mixed drink, oggi!

Hi ahnjel! Awesome that your husband was a bartender, he sounds like a keeper--so long as he still makes cocktails.

Thanks Trisha!

The martini is probably my favorite cocktail, cynthia. But it depends on my mood I guess.

Nothing to be sheepish about, Pat. It turns out that this is the jar collector support group!

Hi Jo. If you're gonna be a whore, a condiment whore is a best choice;)

Hello Mr. Nonsense. I've actually already made atchara and my recipe can be found here: http://burntlumpia.typepad.com/burnt_lumpia/2008/05/atchara.html

lol! it hurts so good! =)

i didn't know you were also part bikolano (from the bicol region, they're the hardcore chili eaters...)! hahaha!

great looking martini! now that i have a little time on my hands for some right debauchery, i think i'll give it a try. ;)


I love spicy food as well. That maanghang na suka should definetely be paired to a chickaron and a lumpia and oh oh TUYO... yummy!!

I would love to try that Martini.. one glass pls..

Happy Eating!! ^_^

Nematodes are roundworms found in plant roots. If it shows up on the plant food, it's due to improper preparation i.e. washing. If ingested count your blessings for the extra protein.

OMG! Im craving now for chicharon in Cebu. I love the maanghang na suka. I need to go online again in filipino chat so I can ask my friends from Phils. about this one.

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