Barangay Castillo ,Padre Garcia , Batangas province- Philippines
MOCA Farm buffet meal
BAHAY BUFFET is a new out of the box concept offering buffet meals .The word bahay ( house ) is capitalized to mean: Buffet At Home is Always Yummy. This new venture aims to introduce consumers to up-and-coming hole in the wall eateries, small farms, family style -resort , micro-entrepreneurs and other stake holders in the food industry.
opuntia cactus with minimal spines
We met at around past 8:00am at Hotel Intercontinental , Makati city and traveled more than 2 hours to MOCA Farm in Padre Garcia, Batangas province. We arrived past 11:30am .
The town of Padre Garcia is known for their several farms which are family owned , while some are owned by large and multi-national companies.
zinnias in bloom
We were treated with some late morning breakfast meal and (Kapeng barako/ baraco ) Batangas style brew which used Liberica coffee beans as the main ingredient.
Creamy Kalabasa Soup with Malunggay Flakes
Creamy Kalabasa Soup with Malunggay Flakes, MoCa Farm Seasonal Garden Salad ( which consists of ( alugbati leaves , fresh pineapple , katuray/ katurai -Sesbania grandiflora and blue tertanea flowers ) Clitoria ternatea.
Basella rubra is known as Malabar spinach, Indian spinach , Vine spinach Alugbati ( Bisaya ) Grana ( Tagalog ) Arogbati / Arugbati ( Bicol )
Zesty Santol with Pork in Coconut Milk and Chillies \
Cotton fruit or more popularly known as Santol ( Sandoricum koetjape ) in the Philippines. It is a seasonal fruit which ripen around April, May and June depending on the locality.
I have tasted similar santol recipes when we went to Quezon ( less spicy ) , Laguna ( less spicy ) and Bicol region.
There is a souvenir store where one can buy fresh produce and preserve chilli oil
The owner is from Bicol region ( Albay province ) Her recipe is authentic and very similar to Bicol express ( with the use of santol pulp, siling pansigang , pork topped with finger chillies) . While the one that i have tasted in Quezon and Laguna uses santol pulp , little ground pork / shredded fish ( tilapia ) and grounded black pepper with little or no chillies. It is a good way to use santol for cooking , since whenever there is an over supply of santol fruit, prices tend to goes down and there are a lot of fruits that are gone to waste.
group photo Ms. Maria Louisen Manuel, KM Sevilla, Edong Reyes and kuya Dodong-Edong’s driver, and Mr. Roman B. Mawis Jr. and Mrs. Dawn Bolus Mawis
Native Suckling Pig Lechon, Pinaputukang Tilapia (stuffed with finely chopped onion , tomatoes) wrapped in Galangal leaves, and Sapin Sapin Rice ( Tri-colored Rice )
Clitoria ternatea, common names including butterfly pea, blue pea,blue ternatea , Cordofan pea . ) This is popular among Southeast Asian countries as ornamental plant and it is being used as coloring for foods, juice , salads, and had been known for centuries as a memory enhancer, nootropic, antistress, anxiolytic and herbal remedies.
sapin-sapin or tri-colored rice
The tri-colored rice was made from ordinary rice, extract from luyang dilaw and blue colored rice extract from blue ternatea
Hubad na Lumpiang Saging
This is a different style of lumpia /lunpia – Unlike others, this is presented using saba banana cooked in syrup and the wrapper is toasted / fried
Ms. Gigi Morris with her famed Santol Juice and Bignay Cider
The host for this month’s buffet meal and farm tour is MOCA FARM , a 1 hectare family owned and managed farm which used to be an Indian mango orchard before Ms. Gigi Morris slowly converted the farm into what we see today. The farm is brightly decorated with sunflower tablecloth reflecting the sunny personality by the gracious host.
The farm is very quaint and had a charming atmosphere which can accommodate up to 50 person at a given time. ( appointment must be made weeks in advance)
The area is now slowly recovering from the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun ( Bagyong Glenda) which struck the Southern Luzon provinces only last year 2014. Trees that were toppled down during the typhoon were carefully festooned with flowering plants or designed into wooden chairs.
Tamales with sunflower syrup
We were served with a late breakfast meal – Tamales ( Padre Garcia version ) with dried coconut latik and syrup made from sunflower seeds ! I have tasted different Tamales from different provinces and this tamales had no stuffing like meat , shrimps and eggs . It is made from sticky rice grounded ( galapong ) and wrapped in banana leaves.
tamales wrapped in banana leaves
This is a different style and squarish .The coconut latik and syrup made from sunflower seeds made it quite different . This native delicacy had gradually evolved thru centuries from the original Tamales from Mexico.
There were also different kinds of coffee beans – Liberica ( bigger seed granules) –Excelsa , Robusta
Geodorum densifolium is a common terrestrial orchid found in many areas of the country. I was able to spot a living orchid with seed capsules I told the owner about the status so that they will not pull them off the growing area.
The farm had native chickens, native pigs, Chinese silkie chickens, rabbits , vegetables , fruits and large Indian mangoes.
Chinese silkie chickens
After the hearty meal and a short farm tour. We left the farm around past 3:00PM on our way to the next venue place. I would definitely invite friends and tourists to the event hosted by Bahay Buffet and MOCA Farm .
BAHAY BUFFET facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bahaybuffet
MOCA Farm: http://www.mocafarm.com/
MOCA Farm Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MoCa-Farm/144927215529014