Recipes he rarely brings home!
So imagine my surprise when he gave me this recipe a couple summers ago!
He says the guy who posted the original recipe on the blog is from the Philippines. I Googled the dish, and learned that it's found all over the Pacific Islands.
Originally, it seems the islanders used this recipe to ferment seafood - basically "cook" it in acid and salt. When other meat sources were introduced to the islands, the recipe was adapted to include them. Even Spam! Although one of the sources said the Spam version is only popular among beer drinkers.
Draw your own conclusions :)
The version I make uses cooked chicken.
2 cups cooked, diced chicken
1 hot pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
1/4 cup lemon juice (or juice of 2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut - dried or fresh
Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for at least two hours. Serve with warm tortillas or with a green salad.
Since this is an ancient recipe, pretty much anything goes.
Use whatever meat - or even tofu - you choose. I use diced, cooked chicken breasts. You can also use seafood, beef, canned tuna...whatever!
Use whatever pepper you want - or even none. I like the zing a hot pepper gives the dish - although I don't like too much of it. I used one of these - I think it's a Serrano?
Green Bell Peppers would work well, too.
And, of course, for the coconut I used some of the huge bag that I dug into last week to make my Delightful Coconut Dreams (recipe here).
Paired with a green salad, this makes a wonderfully quick, nutritious cold dish for summer!
Someone else thinks so, too!
What's your favorite go-to dish for hot summer days?