I have a dear group of friends who tend toward the timid end of dining. Some might call it culinary xenophobia; I choose to be more charitable. I have tried to expose them to some of the foods I love but have met mixed success. There is a lot of sniffing and staring when we dine at Asian restaurants, so while I have the kitchen to myself I'd like to introduce them to one of my favorite Asian cuisines in a setting where they have no other option but to eat or risk my feigned disappointment. Yes, I am basically guilt-tripping them into eating Filipino. To that end, anyone have any comments on my proposed menu?
Lechon kawali (deep-fried pork belly with sweet bread sauce and pepper vinegar)
Lumpiang shanghai (pork spring rolls with sweet chili sauce)
Lumpiang gulay (vegetable spring rolls with chili-garlic vinegar)
Lychee martinis, mango smash
Arroz a la Valenciana (paella) or Pancit Palabok (rice noodles with shrimp sauce)
Rellenong manok (whole deboned chicken stuffed with mincemeat, chorizo and savories)
Lumpiang sariwa (egg crepes with fresh vegetables and peanut sauce)
Ukoy (bean sprout pancakes with shrimp)
Vegetarian kare-kare (native vegetables in a toasted rice-peanut sauce with shrimp paste)
Sinangag (garlic fried rice)
Avocado ice cream
I need to feed at least one vegetarian and am open to any other suggestions for less-intimidating dishes whether they be traditional or fusion. Thanks!