Fil-Canadian senator comes home to savor sinantol, tapang usa, pako
Filipino-Canadian Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr. is back in Manila and admits his longing for Filipino food especially the taste of the classic dish sinantol and tapang usa.
Enverga told the Inquirer he is back in Manila since last month to attend his sister Dulce Abcede’s golden wedding anniversary celebration and to run an errand for Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF), which include giving out donations to foundations chosen by the group.
The 60-year old Philippine-born lawmaker admits he deliberately tried to keep a low profile since arriving last December.
Sinantol, a sour seafood dish, is a native delicacy in Lucena, Quezon province where he was from. The grated rind of a ripe santol (a round fruit characterized by its thick edible, cottony-white sweet sour flesh) is used for the soup. Seafood—usually shrimp—are added into the soup blended with thick coconut milk, minced garlic, shrimp paste, lemon grass, and hot chili peppers.
“I grew up in Lucena where we always enjoyed a lot of seafood,” Enverga said.
He also raved about tapang usa or the cured deer meat prepared by native Aetas who live in the mountains.
For Enverga, tapa from Quezon is really different. “It has that smoked and sundried flavor,” he said.
Aside from these two Filipino dish, the lawmaker also said he is yearning for pako, the edible fiddlehead fern locally available in the country and usually added to salads. (Ched Romulo)