🍌 WEEK 11: American
The famous Filipino fast food chain Jollibee is known for its buckets of fried chicken and banana-ketchup spaghetti dotted with hot dogs and is a product of the longstanding American influence on the Philippines. In 1898 after the Spanish-American war, the United States bought the Philippines from Spain and with that came the American food influences including fast foods like hamburgers and hot dogs. It is on this backdrop that Jollibee’s was created and has gone on to grow a cult following at home in the Philippines and amongst Filipino communities living abroad, not just for its nostalgia but for its David and Goliath story as a homegrown business having beaten out McDonald’s expansion into the Philippines. Chef Budgie takes you through his Filipino fried chicken recipe and his tangy, sweet banana ketchup - an American influence from the Second World War that has become wonderfully nativised into the Filipino cuisine.
📺 Watch and Learn - Rassa Stories
Gene takes you deeper into two of the biggest cultural influences on the Philippines - Chinese and Spanish. The Spanish influence came from the elite and trickled down leaving behind a wave of bakeries specialising in rich pastries. The Chinese influence was bottom-up coming from the traders who immigrated over and Gene shows you some of the dishes which you can find today in the heart of the oldest Chinatown in the world in Manila.
Explore Binondo - the oldest Chinatown in the world
Chef Gene takes you around Binondo in Manila which is recognised as the oldest Chinatown in the world. Explore the wide range of dishes which over time have adapted to Filipino tastes.
Visit a classic Filipino panaderia
Gene gives you a peek inside his family's traditional Spanish-era bakery - a lasting influence of the Spanish colonial period.
📘 Lessons For The Week
Recipe Development - Banana Ketchup Fried Chicken
Have a watch as Budgie guides you through his dish for this week, exploring the American influences on Filipino cuisine. As with other cultural influences on Filipino cooking, American dishes and ingredients have been adopted and made uniquely Filipino.
Ingredients Introduction - Banana Ketchup Fried Chicken
Budgie takes you through the ingredients to make the delicious Filipino condiment banana ketchup from scratch and all you need to make extra crispy fried chicken. A bonus ingredient for serving? A Filipino favourite - a cool San Miguel beer!
Get Cooking - Banana Ketchup Fried Chicken
Budgie's recipe for Filipino fried chicken will put the crispy chicken of the famous Filipino fast food chain Jollibee to shame! You can either use pre-made banana ketchup or have a go at making your own fresh by following Budgie's recipe.
Share with the community
Curious about other American influences in the Philippines? Wondering how to get creative with your own version of Budgie's recipe? Ask away in the community!
💭 Creative Inspiration
This dish is known as a merienda in tagalog (a snack eaten between meals) and is typically made with coconut milk or cream, jack fruit, Filipino saba bananas, tapioca and glutinous rice balls. This version is coloured purple and flavoured with ube, but you can make it with different yams which are available in your region.
📖 Further Reading
Can't get enough of banana ketchup? Have a read of the story behind this delicious condiment.
Banana Ketchup: The Origin Story
How was Filipino Banana Ketchup created? This unique condiment is the perfect example of the ethos of creativity and adaptation which the Filipino cuisine is known for.