Finishing the Malalapad na Gayat and Menudo

I said the two meat dishes we prepared yesterday need to be reheated now.  Well, it was more than just reheating. The malalapad na gayat was needing two more ingredients and the menudo was needing three more. The first had no wide potato slices and bell pepper yet, while the latter had no chopped potatoes, chopped carrots and bell pepper.

Bell pepper is for flavoring purposes and I should have added it yesterday, not today.  The two canned green peas which were part of ingredient listing were also missed. My bad.

I was guessing, potatoes are added not for additional flavor and not for health reasons either. Potatoes are extenders. They are meant to add volume. To make the cost lower way back when potatoes where not yet expensive. Relative crops such as cassava, sweet potato, purple yam and gabi can also be added as extenders but will definitely changed the viand’s name.

The actual cooking. I mixed the rest of  ingredient with malalapad na gayat. Transferred it to cooking vessel. Brought it to boil. Lowered the flame just to maintain slow boiling. Put off the fire when potato slices could be pierced easily with fork.

final touch malalapad na gayat final touch menudo

Preparing the Malalapad na Gayat and Menudo for Tomorrow

My alarm clock was set to buzz 3:40 am but mom was already knocking at the door at 3:15. I stood up with an aching head and barely had my coffee. We drove to public market after few minutes. We bought few kilograms of pork for town fiesta and christening of our baby girl. The two occasions merged into one.

early market pork meatsThe old fiesta tradition was to buy a big live pig. Slaughter it at someone’s backyard and divide it to individuals who shared the cost. Today’s practice has changed. Anyone planning to go big on town fiesta  just go at any public market very early in the morning and buy all the meat he wants.

If you feel too lazy and rich, just contract a catering service or host the event in any decent restaurant.

Time for the set of hard works:

Slicing the meat. According to my father and grandfather, veteran Pinoy cooks never argue with the dish taste. The thing that was worth discussing is how the meat is sliced.

menudo slicesThe good and easy way to cut / slice meat are: 1) Use a razor sharp knife, and 2) partially freeze it. Because I had no enough time and freezer space to do the partial freezing, the razor sharp bolo did the job pretty well.  Though it would have been faster if frozen partially.

Peeling ingredients, the rekados. I peeled all the garlic heads and avoided the onions. Doing the onion thing will sure make my eyes achy and teary. Peeling others (carrots, potato) was done in a jiffy with the use of dedicated peeler. My wife did peel all the onions.

garlic and onionspeeled onion and garlicpeeled carrots and potatosI ate lunch and took a short nap. The ingredients we prepared earlier were already mixed and divided into two groups, the malalapad na gayat and the menudo. Father was the one who sliced the malalapad na gayat. My meat cutting skills was too crappy to do the job.

prepared mixture menudoprepared mixture malalapad na gayatFor a veteran Pinoy cook, adding all the necessary ingredients to meat requires no measurement. It is like his eyesight and hand are accurately calibrated.

Cooking. Just put the mixture in vessel. Place on medium gas stove flame. Stir occasionally. Put off the flame when the meat is tender. Any necessary adjustment will be done the next day. Reheat the meat, make adjust the flavor and serve.

cooking malalapad na gayat cooking menudoStoring. Keeping it before the actual occasion is critical. Care should be exercise  or it is going to be bad by tomorrow and gonna cause diarrhea to party goers. These are the strict rules:

1) Clean and dry the storage basin well  before transferring the cooked meat.
2) Never scoop it with wet spoon or ladle.
3) Use a white enamel coated basin. Stainless steel basin is believe to cause deterioration.
4) Never cover while hot.

white enameled basinI think a chilled storage is a nice but expensive option.

See the tomorrow’s update.