🍮 WEEK 9: HISPANIC
This month is all about exploring some of the key cultural influences on the Filipino cuisine. Starting off this week you'll be making the famous dessert ‘Leche Flan', inspired by the Spanish colonial era in the history of the Philippines. This set custard is found across the Spanish speaking world, with many associating it with Mexico. However this sweet set custard has deep roots in the South East Asian, and Mark has added some truly Filipino elements to take it to the next level.
📺 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 - Leche Flan
Mark takes you through his dish and gives you some ideas of how you can play around with the flavourings you can steep in your condensed milk, as well as different shapes to mould the custard.
Ingredients Introduction - Leche Flan
This week you're ingredients are simple but iconic flavours from the Philippines. The condensed and evaporated milk you use will be flavoured with Pandan extract - often known as ‘the vanilla of the East’.
Hands On Learning - Leche Flan
Trying out new methods, like cooking in a bain marie, and creating Latik (a traditional Filipino garnish made from coconuts) this recipe is simple yet rewarding and should provide you with plenty of skills with which to use in the kitchen.
Share with the community
If you have any questions around creating your custard or how to get creative with flavourings, ask away in the community forum and share with the rest of your cohort your creations and challenges.
💭 Creative Inspiration
Menudo with Chef Gene
Gene’s home town is Pampanga which is considered to be the first Spanish province in the Philippines and this recipe comes directly from there. Have some fun making it your own as it's the perfect comfort food.
📖 Further Reading
Why not take a look into how the Spanish colonial rule influenced not only the food in the Philippines, but also the religion and the architecture. Here we delve into how an ingredient from Leche Flan was actually a key part of what makes Filipino churches so special.
The World's Oldest Chinatown
Manila lays claim to having the world's oldest Chinatown, and we find out why it has stood in the same spot for over 300 years