27 (Wed) November 2019
at Purple Yam
-Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-
with the Family, In-Laws
To celebrate, both the joy of having the beloved In-Laws in town and the anticipation of soon seeing them off (Saturday), we went to Purple Yam.
Pipian is a Filipino sauce. Consists of stock, seasonings (e.g., soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar), and aromatics (e.g., onion, cilantro, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, kamias, annatto seeds), often greens (e.g., epazote, spinach), thickened with ground toasted rice. Often cooked with chicken and served as a stew. Some relation to a Mexican dish of the same name (which I am equally unqualified to describe).
I’ve never tried traditional pipian, and I suspect the pipian here is far from traditional.
Overall, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The In-Laws, as well as the W and Boys, were duly impressed by the food, the ambiance, and the weirdness of the experience – eating by ourselves in someone’s (former) home, the entire staff focused exclusively on us. It was fun.
Forgot to take photos of the dessert, which was served as a fully prepared halo-halo (i.e., not as a DIY buffet as before). It was awesome.
Out of curiosity, we requested 2 orders of the kid’s menu for the kids. DJ was offended that he had to eat from a kid’s menu. Ultimately, everyone ended up sharing everything. So, we got 2 additional dishes, while saving 2,000 pesos (2,500 pesos per adult, 1,500 per kid).