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Six Taste & Filipino Cuisine in Los Angeles

July 25th, 2010 · 3 Comments · cooking

How do you say it?

Ley-chon… LAY-shon? Lech-ON.

Bah-binka? BaaaaBINGka.

We all sounded a little silly but as a volunteers at Six Taste’s Filipino Cuisine and Wine Tasting event Friday night, we all wanted to say it right. We ended up serving more than 80 people  adobo drumettes, lechon kawali, chicken empanadas, ube cupcakes, and sisig from local restaurants at Little Tokyo’s Far Bar. It was fantastic to see a cross-section of L.A. enjoying food from my culture.

Typically Six Taste offers food tours in neighborhoods with hidden gems  including downtown’s financial district, Little Tokyo, Santa Monica, Thai Town and the San Gabriel Valley which is being touted as the new Chinatown. The owner, Jeff Okita, who is half Japanese and half-Filipino, said he wanted to do a food tour of Filipino restaurants but there weren’t enough of them within walking distance. So why not make the food come to the people? Brilliant idea!

Restaurants involved were Gerry’s Grill, Toto’s Lechon Manok, Far Bar, Valerio’s Family Bake Shop, Park’s Finest BBQ, and Manila Machine.  My favorite were the ube cupcakes from Manila Machine. Apparently I was talking about them in my sleep Friday night! I might have to find a recipe and make them myself this week.

When I heard about this tasting event I jumped at the chance to volunteer. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking these last several months about identity and the role my heritage makes me who I am. I’m not even going to skirt around the issue, there’s a  void of Filipino culture in Southern California. And that’s no surprise either. Judging by my family we’re too busy keeping up with family gatherings on the weekend that it’s difficult to connect with others outside of our social circle.

I’m ready to admit that I’ve been lazy about sharing with others about the Filipino culture. Mostly because I’m not as knowledgeable as I’d like to be. It’s sad because Southern California is a melting pot of cultures. When I heard about Six Taste’s event I thought to myself at least there’s someONE doing someTHING about it. I should acknowledge there is at least one annual event, that I have yet to attend, The Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture, scheduled for Sept. 11 and 12 this year. There’s Kababayan L.A., a Filipino talk show, and a few bookshops, bakeries and restaurants sprinkled throughout the area, but nothing really to rally us all together and give us a sense of community.

So for the next year I’ve vowed to probe into my heritage more than ever before. Like Six Taste, hopefully I’ll dig up some hidden gems.

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