Meet Mark, The Filipino Half Of Kogi BBQ

Mark chats with PP&B

Mark Manguera chats with Karena Higgins of Pig Parts & Beer

Mark Manguera prefers to stay under the radar and out of the spotlight when it comes to many things KOGI BBQ. That’s right, this Filipino dude is the other half of the bulgogi-kalbi-taco empire. We had a chance to catch up with Mark at Cafe 101 in Hollywood. He dropped some serious food for thought. Check out why Mark thanks the recession, gives drinking props and advises all entrepreneurs to do this before they start.

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Watermelon Salad with Calamansi-Patis Dressing

Watermelon Salad with  Patis

Watermelon Salad with Patis

Many of you are getting summer started this Memorial Day Weekend. Any of you rollin to a picnic or barbecue?  If so, we’ve got the bomb ass pot-luck dish, Watermelon Salad with Sprinkles of Patis. Imagine sweet, juicy watermelon tossed in rich salty fish sauce, sharp lime and sour calamansi juice, peppery cilantro, honey and thinly sliced red onion.WTW! This recipe is so freagin easy, there really is no excuse. The hardest thing is cutting that annoying watermelon rind. This side dish is super fresh.

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Caldereta; Filipino Stew With Beer & Bay Leaf

 

Filipino Style Stew

Filipino Style Stew
Photo: The Little Things Blog

 

By Allan Reyes

One of the strongest memories I have of my grandmother’s kitchen (or Lola, as we Filipinos affectionately call our matriarchs) is the hot blue flame of her stove while she made Caldereta . I remember the stove’s sound, how it carefully hissed, exploded into blue fire, and hummed its little song. The stewing of the meats gave the kitchen a comfortably humid and cavernous air and I remember how I loved spending time in there, sitting atop the giant rice drums, watching her glasses fog up from the steam. This is when the bubbling of the stewing meat, the rhythmic separating of the rice skillfully done by a relative nearby, the grinding of coconuts, and the humming of my Lola produced a unique orchestra of its own. Cooking music. In her memory I have saved many recipes from her song book that I’d love to share, starting with Caldereta.

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Halo Halo 2.0; Filipino Sundae

 

Filipino Sundae w/ Banana Chips and Creme Brulee

Filipino Sundae w/ Banana Chips and Creme Brulee

Did any of you catch Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain in Koreatown? Tony and Roy Choi made a brief stop at Jollibee for some “Filipino representation”. Among the fast food goodies The Kogi King nudged the Tonester to try,  was the mix mix drink/dessert aka Halo Halo. Halo Halo is a Filipino version of a sundae, just more tricked out.  It’s got everything: ube ice cream, plantains, corn and cheese ice cream, shaved ice, sweet beans and leche flan, yes flan. Bourdain seemed to enjoy the “oddly beautiful and very tasty” frozen treat. Good Times.

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