6 (Fri) May 2011
Paella Negra with Shrimp, Squid, and Clams
at La Tienda
-Bel Air, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines-
with Professors SMS and KSY, and various K-staff from WHO
Research Trip to WHO + First Overseas Family Vacation (Day 3 of 6)
In Manila. I’m here to participate in an expert consultation on public health law at WHO. W and DJ will join me in Cebu for a weekend holiday.
Paella is a Spanish dish. Hailing from the region of Valencia, paella generally consists of rice and various ingredients that are seasoned and cooked and served in a shallow pan. The name “paella,” derived from the Old French word for “pan,” also refers to the pan itself.
The paella negra variation, also known as “arros negre,” includes squid ink as the signature ingredient, giving it a densely inky texture and a distinctly squiddy taste, not to mention the black color.
It was the blackest thing that I’ve ever eaten. After just a few bites, everyone’s lips were black. By the end of the meal, everyone’s teeth and tongue were black. I won’t get into details, and I can’t speak for everyone else, but certain other things came out black the next morning. But well worth the experience.
(See also FOODS.)
(See also PLACES.)