“Filipinized” – Such word is not found in the list of Mr. Webster or any dictionary, but I suddenly decided to use it as I believe that this is what vividly describes my ultimate wedding dream.
Cocktail parties are not so common in the provincial areas of Philippines, but I, myself would like to have a traditional Filipino wedding inspired with a cocktail party on the beach. When we say cocktail party, it is pretty obvious that there will be lots of drinks, finger foods and socialization in the venue.
Since I have mentioned earlier that I idea of having cocktail parties on wedding day is a bit rare in the Philippines, I am planning to do it “The Filipino Way”.This means that the value of socialization and conversations on a typical cocktail party is matched with deliciously made Filipino foods and recipes suitable for cocktail parties. What I would share right now are 5 of the prospective menus for my ideal Filipino Themed Cocktail Wedding Party. So sit back relax and start imagining how these menus are going to fill your stomach.
Dish number 1 – Pork Adobo Panini – Panini is basically an Italian inspired sandwich that is typically served during cocktail parties. These sandwiches are grilled and filled with common stuffing such as ham, cheese, bacon and others. As a variant of the original Italian Panini, the idea of putting Adobo in the sandwich gives it a touch of being “homey” that’s because Adobo has been known to be our country’s signature dish and I am pretty sure that every Filipino would sure love to have a bite on this Filipino Styled Panini.
Dish Number 2 – Pinakbet Pizza – Most Filipinos just can’t survive a meal without any vegetable dish, this is the reason why I practically included this dish on my list. While pizza is one of the foreign dishes served during cocktail parties, Pinakbet is also one essential dish which every Filipino particularly Ilocanos really love to be served on their dinner table. The tasty fusion of these two genuine recipes was born in a restaurant somewhere in the Ilocos Region. The said food is actually a pizza topped with mixed vegetables with a blend of the famous Ilocano fish sauce.
Dish Number 3 – Smoked Bangus Canapés – These cute bite sized sandwiches often play a main role in the drama of any cocktail party since they are often characterized by having tingling sensation of being either being spicy or salty. This French cuisine can have the touch of Filipino Hospitality by means of giving it a flavor of smoked Bangus (Milkfish) which has been known to be Philippine’s National Fish. In terms of flavor, the sandwich will surely be a great Hors d’oeuvre especially when matched with suka siling labuyo (pickled chili dip)plus a glass of genuine Filipino Wine. Let us all drink to that.
Dish Number 4 – Filipino Style Seafood Carbonara – Including pasta dishes isn’t really a part of the usual cocktail party .Yet , knowing the fact that Filipino’s can’t live a meal without any carbohydrates or rice served on their tables made me vary the accustomed way of having cocktail parties. The Filipino Style of creating Carbonara is made by using spaghetti instead of fettuccine, rigatoni or bucatini. Plus to give it a unique taste of Filipino authenticity, the use of common sea foods like Tuna and Mussels will totally make create a hearty dish for everyone.
Dish Number 5 – Filipino Chocolate fondue with fruit platter – There is not any sweeter dessert than having that tempting appearance of a chocolate fountain being surrounded with a load of all Filipino fruits like guava, banana, dragon fruit and others. This will surely seem to be a great treat for someone with sweet tooth. Not to mention that chocolate also symbolizes love and passion for lovers, this treat is a big yes for a Filipino Style Cocktail Party.
Who on earth would not want to marry someone with a wedding party such as this. It obviously has everything that a woman could ever wish for, perfect partner, perfect venue plus perfect food. It is indeed magnificent.