Aling Lucy Payawal Art of Atchara Making

Aling Lucila “Lucy”Payawal who is in her mid-70’s is known for her famous achara/atsara/atchara and kalamay sa latik native recipes.

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Aling or Tita Lucila ” Lucy” Paywal

Heirloom Recipes

Aling Lucila ” Lucy” Payawal brother is the father of Mr. Edward Payawal who is the proprietor of Thumbs Up restaurant, while the mother of Ms. Kat Garcia( wife of Sir Ervin Garcia) is the sister of Aling Lucy who hails from the Payawal clan.

According to Sir Lebon Ong and some local food historian, local atchara/achara / atsara was originally an Indian pickle dish with an alternate spelling called “achaar”. These are from pickled vegetables or fruits. Similar pickled vegetable are also found in neighboring southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Also called ” Acar” or ” Atjar, in Dutch.

Vegetables or fruits are finely chopped and marinated in brine or edible oils along with different Indian spices and food coloring.

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atsara/ atchara/ achara

But the Philippine version is a hybrid of both Indian and Southeast Asian, minus the spiciness but with stronger vinegar and adding achuete/atsuete/ annatto as coloring.

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atsara/ achara/ atchara

Since the late Spanish and American administration, San Miguel town is already popular for her achara/ atsara/ atchara, preserve minamis na santol and dayap, kalamay, pastillas de leche. These are normally serve on special occasions like fiesta, birthdays or visiting tourists.

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Ms. Cristina Gonzales – a local atsara/ achara/ atchara, kakanin maker and seller from San Miguel, Bulacan together with Architect Ervin Garcia

I would remember that my dad would always bring locally made achara / atsara from San Miguel. The atsara / achara from the town taste milder and the papaya is grated finely compared to the ones being sold within Metro Manila.

In some parts of the country the ingredients may vary depending on the availability, some may use jicama,picama/singkamas , cucumber (pipino ), slices of ginger, onions or shallots ( sibuyas tagalog).

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Aling Lucila Payawal

She also does her pickled papaya and creates Kalamay sa latik (sweet glutinous sticky rice) with latik.

This start with choosing the right ingredients since not all varieties of papaya can be use for making achara/ atsara. Sir Lebon Ong shared that the preferred ones are called ” susong matanda” papaya, These papayas are elongated shaped like breast of an old woman, hence the local common name.

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Aling Lucy Pawayal folding the cheese cloth with grated green papaya

She also uses cheese cloth/ katsa, grater, sweet green syrup, carrots, raisins, onions, red bell pepper.

She is also careful in handling the young papaya. She would soak them in water with salt to minimize the papaya getting brown and make her hands itchy.

She also uses a small amount of alum power (tawas) just before squeezing the water content. She does heirloom recipes that is worth sharing and publishing in recipe books.

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bottled atchara/ atsara/ achara made by Aling Lucy Payawal

Aling Lucy Payawal special heirloom atsara/ atchara/ achara is available at Arki’s Grill and Thumbs Up restaurant and upon reservation.

Phone no: 09158653540

Contact Person: Mr. Edward Payawal

Contact Persons: Sir Ervin or Mrs. Kat Garcia

  Phone no. 0935 889 1003

References:

Personal interview with Aling Lucilla ” Lucy ” Pawayal, Ms. Cristina Gonzales, Sir Lebon Ong.

Arsana, Lother (2013). “Authentic Recipes from Indonesia”. Tuttle Publishing. pp. 31–32. ISBN 9781462905355. Retrieved 9 February 2015.

Specialty Foods at the 1st San Miguel de Mayumo Festival 2018

There were a lot of specialty foods and products that San Miguel de Mayumo festival .

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 tiangge sa Mayumo festival 2018 entrance arch

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lechon with special liver sauce

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local male and female usherettes

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Sweet Bulakenya ( photo courtesy of Mr. Rodel Carating)

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A ‘s imperial burger, pasta, goto ,crispy pata among others.

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A’s imperial grilled burger

Among the specialty is their grilled burger with large patty, slice lettuce, tomatoes, ketchuo and rich in mayonnaise. This burger can be shared between 3 to 4 people.

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A’s imperial burger

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D’ Baking Mommy booth

D’ Baking Mommy booth is a group of mommies of San Miguel, Bulacan. They specializes on local delicacies, cakes, pastries and chocolates.

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Palayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative – specializes in atsara, kutsinta, puto and other native delicacies.

The atsara/ achara had a milder taste compared to the ones being sold in Metro Manila.

Barangay Cambio, San Miguel, Bulacan

Contact Person: Anita Dela Cruz ( 0915-664-2711)

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Monnet’s fresh and salted eggs

Monnet’s stall specializes in duck, chicken, quail and balut

Address: Barangay Balite, San Miguel, Bulacan

Contact: Monnet Bie 0975-0822569

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Cristy’s pastillas

Cristy’s pastillas and Claudine’s pasalubong is well-known for their innovative products and pastillas.

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different kinds of processed foods

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ube halaya, leche flan, suman, yema cake

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watermelon and cantaloupe/ melon

Contact Person : Mr. Teodoro Velasco/ Contact # 0909331517

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peanuts

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tree saplings and vegetables seedlings for sale

 

Great Breakfast Boodle Fight at Arki’s Grill booth

Great breakfast boodle fight at Arki’s grill booth at the 1st San Miguel de Mayumo festival.

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Arki’s Grill stall at the 1st San Miguel de Mayumo festival

Arki’s grill is one of the two dozen or so stalls at the bazaar area. The wooden stall is neatly decorated with artificial flowers and long wooden table and chair.

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Our group got a first hand experience in eating outdoor and pouring carabao’s milk  on the rice.

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breakfast bilao meal which is ideal for sharing between 6 to 8 people

breakfast boodle meal includes plain and garlic rice, tinapa na galunggong, buro, tomato sarsiado, tocino, salted duck egg, ginisang pechay, adobong talong, saba banana, fried egg and deep fried dried fish ( tamban).

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l-r buro, ginisang pechay and kamatis na sarsiado

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group enjoyed a hearty breakfast boodle fight ( photo courtesy of Arki’s Grill)

Arki’s Grill is opening a branch in San Ildefonso and a stall outlet in Baliuag in few weeks time.

Address: Salangan, San Miguel, Bulacan 3011
Contact :0935 889 1003

Arki’s Grill FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/arkisgrill.salangan/

Highlights of the 1st San Miguel de Mayumo Festival

San Miguel de Mayumo, Bulacan celebrated their 1st festival held last September 26, 2018.

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Palabunutan ( pick a prize game) This use to be common in almost every street corner in Metro Manila. Most of the items up for grabs are colorful plastic toys, junk foods, coins, stickers or cards. These type of game are sometimes not allowed within a certain distance from schools. Some unscrupulous vendor solicit some form of gambling among the children. They use to cost a peso several years ago. This one cost Php 5.00 for every pick (bunot)- a number correspond to a prize. In this case, coins or bills.

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fresh water fishes like koi, swordtails, pangasius, gold fishes and mollies for sale

fresh water aquarium fishes also entice children and hobbyists, They are often sold by ambulant vendors.

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food, plants, kakanins, vegetables, fruits are sold at the bazaar

We arrived past 7:00 am at the town’s plaza where Umagang Kay Ganda, a popular early morning show of ABS-CBN channel 2 had a remote broadcast.

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Mr. Squid

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coconut shell race

Sangkayaw is coconut shell race which is popular traditional race in the Tagalog provinces.

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Arnis is national sport and martial art of the Philippines

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local band

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Salangan Vegetable Growers Association ( SAVEGA)

Assorted Vegetables- Mr. Armando Alvarez

Contact :0916-8907953

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different kinds of vegetables

Sir Lebon Ong and the rest of the group bought some vegetables and calamansi at this stall.

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Kim Mig’s chicharon

Address: 1023 San Jose, San Miguel, Bulacan

Contact : 0922-9150912/ 0926-167-9762

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Liam’s mushroom chicharon, polvoron , mushroom vinegar and other dishes made from mushroom.

Address: #203, San Agustin, San Miguel, Bulacan

Contact : 0946-9023982

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Camarillo Farm-Barangay Sibul, San Miguel,Bulacan

Contact Person: Mr. Gino Camarillo (0917-8685806)

Camarillo farm specializes on goat and cattle farm, some of their products includes goat milk soaps and essential oils.

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smoked tilapia and galunggong

The trade fair and flea market area proudly showcased culinary treats, vegetables, kakainins, ornamental plants, watermelon, achara/atsara, pastillas, chicharon, salted duck eggs, preserve longganisa, tocino, pork, farm, dairy products, local food establishments among other products.

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Saint Micheal of Archangel Church

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local agriculture officer, Honorable Mayor Marivee “Ivy” Mendez-Coronel together with Mr. Ervin Garcia and Ms. Nica Santiago -councilor)

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school children in colorful native costumes

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local female usherette in modern Filipiñana attire

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Vedasto R. Santiago High School -Salacot, San Miguel, Bulacan

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school children

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pastillas paper wrappers with artistic designs ( photo courtesy : Mr. Lebon Ong )

These are pastillas wrappers from Japanese papers, made by these women.

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R.I.C Ms. Cecilia F. Dela Cruz ( in red apron) Photo courtesy of Mr. Lebon Ong

Smoked fish produced by Rural Barangay based product development which includes: Tinapang Tilapia, galunggong and bangus.

Contact Person : Ms. Cecilia F. Dela Cruz ( 0997-9000971)

Barangay Pulong Bayabas, San Miguel, Bulacan

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Mayor Marivee “Ivy” Mendez-Coronel, Hon. Nica Santiago together with bloggers, media and industry practitioners ( photo courtesy of Mr. Ervin Garcia )

The group enjoyed the program and the warm hospitality extended to our group. We are honored to be invited to this momentous occasion.

Arki’s Grill Unlimited Samgyeopsal and other meals

Arki’s Grill highlighted the real epitome of Visit San Miguel, Good Place, Good People and Good Food.

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The interior is a combination of modern, minimalist and industrial vibe. The tables and chairs are simple. The restaurant is well-lighted, clean and can accommodate between 90 to 100 customers at any given time.

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Mr. Dalmer Manuzon sang local favorites

Mr. Dalmer Manuzon is from Bagong Silang, San Miguel, Bulacan . He is a freelance singer. The restaurant have a small stage area, where local artist within the town performs during weekend.

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We saw the growth of the business from leap and bounds. Our group became  “suki” regular customers whenever we visit the town.

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Arki’s Grill seafood and grilled liempo sa bilao meal ( photo courtesy of Arki’s Grill)

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Arki’s Grill crispy pata sa bilao meal ( photo courtesy of Arki’s Grill)

The place specializes on Filipino bilao meals, grill foods, boodle fight, Korean, Thai and also have catering services.

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tofu sisig

The tofu sisig is a healthy version of the much dreaded sisig which is from pork. The sisig is mildly seasoned with bird’s eye chilies and finger / banana chilies. But can request for more chilies depending on one’s preference.

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vemicelli noodles, carrots, mushroom, baguio pechay, water spinach (kangkong) crabs sticks, prawns, pieces of pork belly, meat, tofu and fish balls.

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thinly sliced pork meat, onion rings, cucumber , carrots plus spices

Thai Mookata and Samgyeopsal meals.That  Mookata was rather new to a lot of us since it is like a combination of barbecue, noodles and hotpot with spices.

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lettuce leaves, mung-bean, boiled egg, shredded carrots,  slice cucumber and spices.

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Arki’s Grill menu board

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Arki’s Grill menu board

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Directly translated from Korean, samgyeop-sal  which  means “three layer flesh,” referring to striations of lean meat and fat in the pork belly that appear as three layers when cut.

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The lightness of the soup was made more flavorful by the juices of the meat running down this unique dome-shaped skillet. The playful mood made us cooked some of the dishes.

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Every Saturday they also have Unli-Buffet with Samgyeopsal

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unlimited buffet meal

Note: Menus prices posted are subject to change without prior notice, Please try to visit the FB page for latest updates and promos.

 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/arkisgrill.salangan/

Address: Arki’s Grill- Salangan Highway , San Miguel, Bulacan ( (Fronting ICBT, besides Olive Lechon Manok)

Contact Persons: Architect Ervin and Mrs. Kat Garcia

Contact : 0935 889 1003

Operations: Everyday

Operational Hours: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm