Continuing the rounds of the Filipino food offerings, today's lunch was selected from the steam table at Asian Market. This is a newish grocery store, just a few blocks away from Island Pacific Super, yet it seems to be thriving. Two clean and bright, wide and deep storefronts are stocked with meats, seafood, packaged foods, and a diverse selection of asian produce. While smaller than the two big supers in town, the vegetable selection looks fresher and more interesting here. Fish frying service is also provided.
Back at the office, I peeled away the saran wrapped around the lidded styro cup of pinakbet ($1.50) and popped the top. Whoa - that's smelly! I tasted some of mix of okra, long beans, eggplant, kabocha, pork and shrimp saute, and concluded that the pink shrimp paste was too much for me to bear. First I tossed it in my own trash can, then had to walk it farther away to dispose of it where it's pungency might not interfere with commerce.
However, the turon (50 cents) was splendid. Maybe the best one I've tried around here. The wrapper was thinner, and fried to a firm crunch with a crackly crusty glaze. A bit bigger than the others, this had a whole round of banana (not split) and lots of jackfruit.
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