Filipino Food News

Food Network’s ‘The Pioneer Woman’ Gets Racist and Other News You Might Have Missed This Week

This week, a Food Network show host gets criticized for making a racial remark, a Filipino restaurant gets reviewed by a renowned food critic, and Ooma/8Cuts make a buzz with their Soft Shell Crab 'Wich.

We’ve been a bit behind lately, but rest assured we haven’t forgotten to update you on what’s been happening in the food world. Here’s a quick roundup of what happened last week:

Food Network’s “The Pioneer Woman” Sparks Outrage Over “Asian Chicken Wings” Scene

Photo from The Pioneer Woman

Earlier this week, The Food Network’s The Pioneer Woman drew flak over an episode that showed host Ree Drummond serving her family a batch of Asian chicken wings, much to their dismay. After a few complaints from the lot, she says, “I’m just kidding guys, I wouldn’t do that to you.” She then pulls out a tray of American chicken wings from the oven.

Naturally, the Asian community in the US reacted harshly to the scene:

As of this writing, neither Food Network nor The Pioneer Woman has responded to the series of tweets.

Ooma and 8Cuts’ Soft Shell Crab ‘Wich Breaks the Internet

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Photo from: Ooma

Skipping meat this Lenten season? No problem! The guys at Ooma and 8Cuts have come up with the perfect no-meat sandwich to bust your hunger: the Soft Shell Crab ‘Wich.

Imagine soft, buttery brioche buns stuffed with beer-battered soft-shell crab, topped with unagi sauce, herbed aioli, aligue mayo, and mozzzerella cheese. It’s available in all 8Cuts and Ooma branches from March 3 to April 30 only, so don’t delay. Each sandwich goes for P299.

If you’re looking for other Lenten specials to try, McDonald’s just released its new Fish & Fries, while Shakey’s is debuting its Scallop Primo Pizza.

Jonathan Gold Reviews More Filipino Food

Photo from: Los Angeles Times

It’s no secret: Filipino food has blossomed in the past couple of years. Recently, we got another review from renowned food critic, Jonathan Gold. He visited Irenia, a Filipino restaurant owned by Ryan Garlitos in Santa Ana, California. In his review, he states:

His food isn’t influenced by the Filipino palate — it is Filipino, reinterpreted and presented in a new way. In this, Garlitos shares the vision of Lasa’s Chad Valencia and Rice Bar’s Charles Olalia. If your knowledge of Filipino cooking comes from only church-carnival adobo and cheap steam-table joints, Irenia will change the way you look at the cuisine.

Happy to see our cuisine being recognized by one of the most esteemed critics in the world!

Gallery Vask Is Named One of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

Photo from: Gallery Vask

For the second time in a row, Gallery Vask is listed as one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Now at the 35th spot, the fine dining restaurant climbed up four ranks and remains the only Philippines-based establishment on the list. The crew thanked their supporters on Instagram with the message:

“As always, we thank you, our patrons, supporters, and friends in the industry for allowing us to grow. It is with the deepest pride for our Gallery Vask team of chefs that we would like to share that we are now ranked #35. We hope that with this we can continue to share with you our philisophy through our dishes as we welcome you, on your next visit, to the home of Anthropological Cuisine” – Gallery Vask

Champetre Opens Its Doors One Last Time

Photo from Champetre’s unofficial Facebook account

The Philippine restaurant scene took a casualty on March 4, bidding goodbye to one of the most iconic French bistros in the metro: Champetre by Chef Marc Aubry. Champetre introduced us to classic French dishes, especially the Foie Gras Terrine with Salad and Toasts (pictured above). Nevertheless, a new concept by the same chef will take over the space in June 2017, so stay tuned!


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