Approachable Talk on Indian Cuisine by Chef Vikram Singh

Chef Vikram Singh was the resource speaker at the last day of the Cavite Food and Culinary Expo 2019.  Despite having an overcast skies, there were lot of attendees at the Isla Event place in Imus, Cavite province.

Chef Vikram Singh

Chef Vikram Singh

He is co- founder of Tikka Tales Food Services, Mau’s Grills, Gravies and Goodies. He is also the PRO of Global Academy Alumni Association.

He had been living in the country for 9 years and gained a lot of friends and consider the country as his second home.

crowdcrowd

The talks started at about 4:00 pm after the talk of Chef Gene Gutierrez of Big Ben’s Kitchen and famous Imus longganisa.

Senior Leader of Global Academy, Chair Person and President of Global Academy Alumni Association were at the venue to show support.

He shared some information of Indian cuisine, misconception  about the cuisine and the similarities of some dishes to Filipino cuisine.

It was well attended talks and the participants asked a lot of questions on Indian cuisines.  There was a short question and answer portion after the brief talk.  Chef Vikram Singh had some let the participants taste some of the well-loved Indian dessert.

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Aling Norma’s Suman and Sweet Delicacies of Kawit

Aling Norma’s Suman and Sweet Delicacies is one of the pride of Toclong, Kawit, Cavite province.

Toclong or Lupang Kawit had several large tracts of rice fields, which explained that the area produce some of the best rice base delicacies of the town and the entire province.

suman lihia

Suman Lihia

I have tasted several suman before when we visited the town of Kawit, but have no idea that those came from Toclong, Kawit.  The rice is wrapped in banana leaves ( which infuse some flavors), then cooked in large tin cans slowly cooked over firewood.

Heirloom Recipe

Suman ( steam glutinous rice ) wrapped in banana leaves is the special pride of Aling Norma. The recipe had been part of their family and was handed down for several generations. The grandchildren said that it was a local favorite and some families in Kawit would order in advance. Their suman had reached many places like Las Piñas, Parañaque, Taguig, Valenzuela, Manila and even abroad.

A friend who hails from Antipolo also told us that some of the suman sold in their place were also sourced from Kawit.

Suman Moron

Suman Moron ( malagkit na bigas chocolate with mani ) glutinous rice with chocolate and peanuts. One of their best selling suman

Aling Norma’s suman can last for at least a day without spoiling. The secret is the use of pure glutinous or sticky rice in their suman. They would stick on the traditional recipe and would not scrimp on the ingredients.  Other suman makers would use the non-sticky rice varieties mix with glutinous rice in order to lower the cost. Hence one reason “why” it easily get spoiled.

Balinghoy

suman sa balinghoy with langka

Aling Norma specializes on antala (suman malagkit sa gata), suman sa balinghoy with langka ( cassava) or kamoteng kahoy, suman sa lihia, suman moron ( which is a combination of glutinous rice, chocolate with mani ( the most popular) malagkit with pinipig, pichi-pichi are just some of their well-loved delicacies.

pichi-pichi

pichi -pichi

The best way to eat their suman is serve hot with shredded coconut, traditional brown sugar called “paldo” or coconut jam. This is also best paired with hot chocolate or coffee from Amadeo.

antala

antala

One of the grandchildren have asked me if i am from the town of Imus or Kawit, since they have a suki ( regular customer) which looked similar. I hailed from Metro Manila.

Bought several suman before we left the Cavite Food and Culinary Expo 2019 site at Isla Events Place in Imus, Cavite province. After almost 8 hours of event and travel from Cavite, Aling Norma’s suman is still fresh and almost immediately eaten by immediate family members and relatives who would swear that it was one of the best suman they have tasted.

Note: Aling Norma’s Suman and Sweet Delicacies accepts bulk order, but must be ordered in advance.

Aling Norma’s Suman and Sweet Delicacies

Address; Toclong , Kawit, Cavite

Contact Person: Ms. Gerlie (0935-4939544)

Opening Highlights of Cavite Food and Culinary Expo 2019

Cavite Food and Culinary Expo 2019 open with a big bang at the Isla Events place in Imus, Cavite province.

Isla Event Place in Imus

The event is well attended by students, industry practitioners, bloggers, media, local and foreign tourists who flock in droves at the event center.

Cavite Food and Culinary Expo Exhibitors

Cavite Food and Culinary Expo 2019 had about 25 stalls selling different kind of regional food, process foods, dry fish, honey , services, real estate companies, logistics and big name food companies like Mama Sita’s, Food Panda, Fantastic Sausages, Big Ben among others.

Big Ben Imus Longganisa and Heirloom Dishes stall

Big Ben Imus Longganisa and heirloom dishes is one of the must visit restaurant when you are within Imus, Cavite. Their family heirloom longganisa, tocino and adobo, sukang sasa are also exported abroad.

Mama Sita’s booth

Mama Sita is well known culinary icon in the country. Her home made recipes, spice mixture and recipe books are also distributed in many parts of the world.

Cafe Amadeo with their world re-known coffee and jacobina biscuits

native kakanins of Cavite

dried galunggong, dried salinas and dried tuyo for sale

The province is well known for her dried fish and a lot of these found their way to Metro Manila and some are brought by Filipino OFW’s abroad.

Delfa’s Food Products

Food Panda stall

Glorious Blend

Glorious Blend is slowly becoming well-known in market . Their 7 in 1 choco mix, 7 in 1 coffee blend, maxtrim and stevia sweetener are becoming staple in the market.

Fantastic sausages by Windmill gourmet

Address: Molino 4, Bacoor, Cavite province 

Contact persons: Ms. Aiza 09159031301 or Mr. Rozel Salazar 0956-3856184

The other stall includes Sweet and Fit Stevia, Cafe Amadeo,Glorious Blend, Delfa’s Food Products and among others.

Brookfield College culinary and hrm students

bangus tocino, bangus sisig, bangus siomai, bangus embotido and bangus kilawin

The event is endorsed by the local government of Imus, Cavite province, Department of Tourism and others.

There are also FREE seminars, talks , cooking demonstration, book launching, food tasting, product sampling within the three day event.

The food expo also aims to promote local food business, services and hospitality industry of the province.

Unlike other food expo, this is open for FREE to the general public until July 28 SUNDAY.

Schedule of Events at Cavite Food and Culinary Expo 2019

Cavite Travel and Tours Expo [CTTE] had a successful venture before with Isla Events when they had collaborated for the very first time so the team behind it decided to do it again this year. Isla Events is now inviting everyone to Cavite Food and Culinary Expo 2019 happening from July 26 to 28, 2019 in Imus, Cavite province.

With the goal of promoting Cavite as a must-visit province, it also boasts of the region’s rich culinary and food heritage. The said event also targets to extend growth amongst micro-entrepreneurs especially those in the food business.

The event will serve as a venue where they can reach out to their target market as well as avail of various skills on upgrading their techniques, trainings, build more networks with other businesses and get to know various programs which offer financial institutions as well as concerned government,” added Agrazada.

The food exposition is highly endorsed by the province of Cavite, Department of Tourism, SM Super Malls, Imus government, schools, Food Panda, Herold Travel and Tours.

Cavite Food and Culinary Exposition 2019 

 Cavite’s heirloom and culinary specialties such as Imus Longganisa, Cavite’s version of Adobo sa Dilaw, Halayang Sampalok, Suman ng Kawit, Cavite’s Tamales, Café Amadeo among many others.

Among the all time favorite is Big Ben’s longganisa and heirloom dishes.

Food enthusiasts as well as culinary fans in mind as its target audience, There will be an array of food choices as well as a pool of culinary experts who will be sharing their expertise under one roof.

Schedule of Cooking Demonstration and Talks

July 26, Friday, 10:30AM Chef Christopher Guado Caraingan of Razorchefs Philippines will talk about coffee on his lecture dubbed as “How Kapeng Amadeo Saved Our Coffee Industry.”

There will also be a Basic Entrepreneurship/How to Put Up a Business lecture by Katrina Paula M. Caballe, Development Management Officer III PCLEDO Entrep Division, it will be held from 1-2PM.

Also scheduled on Friday, July 26, from 2-5PM, There will be Dimsum Making, Pastries and Delicacies Making to be conducted by Corazon A. Tepora and Fruit and Meat Processing lectures by Elvira B. Perlado.

July 27, Saturday, 11AM Chef Lea Tagle Monzon of Razorchefs Philippines and United Hotelliers of the Philippines will give a cooking demo of Halayang Sampalok.

Also on Saturday, July 27, at 3PM, Ige Ramos, an award-winning graphic designer and food historian will talk about “Looking at the Past to Forge a Delicious Future.” Book signing shall also follow for his Republic of Taste book.

On July 28, Sunday at 11AM-12NN, Chef Orvin Sayos of Lime and Basil Restaurant [Alfonso, Cavite] will be preparing Asian dishes from local source.

Also slated on July 28, Sunday at 3PM Chef Gene Gutierrez of Big Ben’s Gourmet Imus Longganisa creates exciting dishes from the famed Imus Longganisa.

Aside from these amazing talks and food demos, there will also be a talk on Entrepreneurial Activities in Travel and Hospitality, and Guest Relations Management by Deogracias Esplanada, MTSM, Retired Professor, DSLU-Dasmariñas, College of International Hospitality Management. The lecture will be held from 9:30AM to 5PM.

All the lectures, seminars and demos will be held at the Isla Events Center, Tamsui Avenue, Bayan Luma II, Imus, Cavite.

Save the date folks, come one, come all. Bring your family and friends to this grand event. Happening from July 26 to 28, 2019—come and visit Isla Events Center in Bayan Luma II, Imus Cavite for the Cavite Food Culinary Expo 2019!

There are no entrance fees for those who wish to attend the upcoming Cavite Food and Culinary Exposition 2019!

For more inquiries, call or text (046)458-4595/09778201028/091730058990

 

Senator Cynthia Villar taps Cavite women from recycling tarpaulin posters

 Senator Cynthia Villar has tapped the group of women in Dasmariñas, Cavite to make bags and other functional items out of the tarpaulins used during her campaign for the recent elections.

tarpaulin posters

Senator Villar who chairs the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said this recycling project benefits a small tailoring business, which employs mothers as sewers.

an elderly woman sew tarpaulin posters previously used as campaign poster into usable bags

“We are very glad that we have now a way for the proper disposal of these used tarpaulins. Through this initiative, we were not only able to recycle used tarpaulins into something useful, we were also able to help women earn additional income for their families, ” Villar said.

Women Empowerment

Christine Joy Ferrer, 27 years old, just started MXD Tailoring two months ago in the garage of the apartment she is renting. For five years, she worked for her older sister’s tailoring shop until it closed down. She then borrowed the sewing machines and started her own business.

Tuwang tuwa po ako kasi nagsisimula pa lang ako tapos nagtiwala na po sa akin si Senator Villar na gumawa ng bags niya. Malaking tulong po ito sa akin at sa mga sewers ko,” Ferrer said.

The 2 x 3 feet tarpaulins collected by the staff of Villar were delivered to Ferrer’s shop to be made into bags for P16 a piece. On the first week, they were able to finish 550 bags. They will be making more as tarpaulins collected from the provinces start to arrive.

recycled bags from tarpaulin posters

Ferrer said her 4 sewers are mothers who live nearby. One of her sewers has to look after a baby. Ferrer loaned one of her machines so she could work from home.

Ferrer said she appreciates Villar for providing a source of additional income for mothers like her. She said she was able to look after her kids aged 10 and 7, while operating her small business.

The finished product has a dimension of 12 x 18 x 4 inches, it is white with the printed side of the tarpaulin made as the inside of the bag. Tarpaulin bags are the more durable and environment-friendly substitute for plastic bags. Villar said she will distribute the bags for free to further promote her advocacy for plastic recycling.

The Nacionalista Party senator also initiated a plastic recycling project which turns plastic wastes into school chairs. Through a plastic factory she built in Las Piñas, 20 kilos of soft plastics such as food wrappers were recycled into a plastic chair with changeable parts and has a life span of 20 years. These chairs were donated to different public schools all over the country.