Pre-order online until TUE Nov 23, 10pm
Pick up on WED Nov 24, 6-7:30pm
Like many middle-class families growing up in the Philippines, Maria Polotan’s family’s Sunday lunch centred around pochero — a hearty all-in-one meal based around a rich soup-stew of mixed meats and vegetables flavoured by chorizo or ham bones. The flavours speak to a strong colonial influence, a cousin of Spanish dishes like cocido Madrileno or Portuguese cozido, but the addition of saba (a cooking banana similar to plantain) as well as the accompanying berenjena (eggplant-garlic sauce) makes the dish uniquely Filipino. Bowls of the rich broth are served to start, followed by a big platter of the meats and vegetables neatly arranged, accompanied by a bowl of berenjena and, of course, rice.
Chicken, pork neck and chorizo, slowly brased with tomatoes, purple cabbage, carrots, chickpeas, saba (cooking banana), onions and garlic. Also available vegetarian with sweet potatoes, red beans, chickpeas, carrots, cabbage, and saba.
Served with broth separately, along with tangy, garlicky berenjena and steamed rice
Fragrant almond dacquoise – a delicate, nutty meringue cookie similar to those used in French macrons — is the base of these popular Filipino treats, which are first sandwiched with buttercream, then slathered with more buttercream on the outside, before being rolled in cookie crumbs.
Pork & Chicken, Vegetarian, or 1/2+1/2
Filipino Pochero Dinner — $48 for 2 • $90 for 4
ORDERING FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED.
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.