Still feeling the Asian guilty pleasures, I heed on to my growling tummy's calling and braved the traffic at EDSA yesterday for the private dinner and opening of The Peppery Asian Cuisine
Today, readily available and cheap to buy, it remains the king of spices and accounts for one-fifth of the world’s spice trade, Vietnam being the largest exporter, now mainly regarded as part of the eastern spices.
As a general rule, little pepper is involved in Chinese cooking although some traditional recipes call for Sichuan pepper. This is native to Northern China and is unrelated to black pepper, which is sometimes used in its stead although a connoisseur should be able to tell the difference. Sichuan pepper has a characteristic pungent taste followed by a tongue-numbing effect.
In India, its country of origin, pepper is used generously. It’s a constituent of many pastes and curry powders such as garam masala from north India and sambaar podi from the south of the country.
In Thailand it’s the fresh green peppercorns that are most popular. They’re used in stir fries and in curry pastes. Black pepper is also used in some of the mild stews.
Well in whatever form it may be, you can tell distinctly whether a dish is peppered or not.
It is just as proper that one restaurant dedicated to serving authentic home-cooked Asian dishes is named from it, thus The Peppery.
So in case you might be asking of the sort of Asian cookery they are specializing in, let me give you now the surprise. Nope they are not Korean, or Thai, not even Chinese. Actually they are a one-stop shop to all the owners favorite dishes. From our Filipino Humba, to Indonesia's Sambal, herbed-rich Thai, Korean Bulgogi, Singapore's Roti Prata and Laksa, a fusion of Dim Sum, Vietnam's Tau Hu Xa Ol, India's Biryani rice down to Cambodia's Chanh Va Toi Muc squid dish. Oh and how can I forget the well-loved Japanese food.
The buffet was sweetfully-ended with this beautifully embellished fruit platter and some dessert choices from their menu
|Executive Chef with the bloggers|
Another brilliant idea from the company that brought us Pages Deli and Bistro Vignette.
Peppery Asian Cuisine
Ground Floor, Victoria Towers, Timog Ave. corner Panay Ave., Q.C.