3.303 Filipino Bacolad-Style Inasal Chicken

Cycle 3 – Item 303

3 (Sat) November 2012

Filipino Bacolad-Style Inasal Chicken

1.0

by me

at Gyeongban Bungyo

-Gapyeong, , Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with DJ, KIT + AHY + JH, CJH + KKH, CSW

Project 30/30/30: 3 of 45 (see also 45/45/45)

Throughout this November, I am challenging myself to eat 30 dishes from 30 countries over the course of 30 consecutive days.

The Philippines is the 3rd country.

Inasal is a Filipino dish.  It consists of meat, typically chicken or pork, marinated in soy sauce, lemongrass, vinegar, ginger, garlic, as well as other seasonings, brushed with achuette oil for a reddish coloring, then cooked over coals, resulting in a distinctively smoky yet tangy flavor.  The dish is often referred to as “Bacolod-style inasal” after the city to which it’s commonly attributed, although I’d imagine that purists would probably consider such a label redundant.  Restaurants serving inasal are ubiquitous throughout the country.

I had an inasal marinade that I’d purchased during my visit to Manila a couple months ago.  An overnight camping trip was the ideal occasion to try it out.

For some reason, we returned to Gyeongban Bungyo, even though we’d been there a month earlier (see 3.233 Grilled Shrimp).  It was the 4th time for me, more than any other campsite.  I never weigh in on the discussions to determine destination, so I can’t complain.

At previous camping trip, I had also prepared a Filipino dish, also using a shortcut packet from Mama Sita’s.  It hadn’t turned out so well (3.254 Chicken Adobo).

This one was worse.  For one thing, there was an unpleasantly artificial citrus flavor, like Absolut Mandarin.  And the aftertaste was bitter, as if the chemical additives weren’t getting along very well.  I’d had my doubts while combining the chicken and the marinade the night before at home – it smelled weird – but hoped that the grilling would somehow mellow things out.  It didn’t.  Nevertheless, DJ seemed to like it, as did the others, so maybe it wasn’t too bad.

(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)

(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)

(See also CAMPING)

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