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COMMUNAL PICNIC: Philippines — Maria Polotan

August 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Pre-order online until FRI Aug 28, 10pm
Pick up on SUN Aug 30, 6-7:30pm at The Bentway


Part of The Depanneur + The Bentway’s new Communal Picnic series

Kamayan is a Tagalog word that translates to “by hand” and refers to a traditional Filipino style of eating—communally, and without plates or utensils. A typical kamayan meal features a table covered in banana leaves which is then artfully arranged with a variety of traditional Filipino dishes served rice, condiments and garnishes. Maria Polotan of Mama Linda’s has taken the fun culinary experience of kamayan, and packed it up to go in a delicious meal showcasing the flavours and traditions of Filipino cuisine.

These “little empanadas” are a favourite hand pie in the Philippines, one can find them everywhere from street food vendors to elite social gatherings. This version features a thin, baked wheat pastry filled with fresh Ontario corn and black beans stewed in fresh tomato sauce with garlic, onion, cilantro, cumin and lime, and served with a cilantro and Thai basil dipping sauce.

Meat Kamayan (pork, chicken, fish)
Humba — Fragrant pork belly marinated for 24 hours in garlic, soy sauce (GF) coconut vinegar, salted black beans, miso, bay leaves, brown sugar and anise. Slowly baked for hours until fork tender.

Adobo sa Gata  — chicken braised in garlic, coconut and sugarcane vinegars, black pepper, bay leaf, and coconut milk.

Escabeche — Fish cooked in oil and vinegar is an ancient technique for preparing fish so it can be preserved without refrigeration, and remains popular in seaside communities. Fresh whole fish is lightly fried then marinated overnight in a sweet, sour and tangy dressing made with vinegar, orange juice, garlic, ginger, chilies, sweet peppers.

Gising-Gising — Green beans in spicy coconut milk sauce flavoured with garlic, ginger, onion, lemon grass, chilies, fish sauce

Vegan Kamayan
Ginisang Mungo — Mung beans braised in onion, garlic, ginger and tomato sofrito

Adobong Kangkong at Tokwa — Tofu and morning glory (aka water spinach) stir-fried in an adobo sauce of garlic, coconut and sugarcane vinegars, black pepper, bay leaf, and coconut milk.

Ginataang Langka — Thin slices of young jackfruit simmered in coconut milk sauce spiced with garlic, ginger, onion, lemon grass and fresh turmeric.

Ensaladang Ampalaya  — Young bitter melon, radish & green onions in sweet-sour dressing of coconut sap vinegar, muscovado sugar, ginger and garlic

All Kamayan Dinners come with

Fresh white rice

Pinoy Salad — Steamed Asian veggies: Malabar spinach, sweet potato greens, eggplant, & okra, in a lime, ginger, garlic, & honey dressing

Acharang Papaya — A tangy pickle of green papaya, carrot, onion, garlic, & ginger

Maja Blanca
A delicate custard of young coconut juice and meat, coconut milk, corn, milk, sugar, and cornstarch; a light dessert to end the perfect kamayan meal.

Meat -or- Vegetarian
Filipino Kamayan Picnic for 2 $59 • for 4 $109 • for 6 $159

Note: this meal is packaged in for 2 in a pizza box lined with banana leaves. We are unable to offer a mix of Meat & Vegetarian in a single order for 2, but can offer 1/2 + 1/2 for orders of 4 only.


Maria Lourdes Polotan grew up in a family where food played a central part on how life was celebrated; the kitchen was where the family congregated and her mother presided. Maria has begun to share sharing her passion for food by cooking for others through her new catering project Mama Linda’s, offering traditional Filipino home cooking with quality local ingredients at pop-up events, catering and at Withrow Park Farmers’ Market in the summer.

The Depanneur + The Bentway’s Present: Communal Picnic

On Sundays in August & September, The Depanneur will curate a selection of 6 meals prepared by a diverse group of local chefs, packaged for contactless pickup. A new kind of collective experience that can be enjoyed safely and responsibly at the unique The Bentway site. > MORE INFO



August 30, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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The Depanneur


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