I know that it is not yet Halloween but I have something scary for everyone. That is right, since I know that most Filipinos love to drink alcoholic drinks this kind of season, I prepared something that might help them practice the law of moderation in terms of drinking and picking the right Filipino style "pulutan" or chaser for them.
I am pretty sure that everyone is aware about the dangerous effects of cholesterol rich foods and this, dear reader is the “scary thing” that I am talking about. What I have for you are 5 deliciously made Filipino recipe for “pulutan”, that I guess, pose greatest danger to our health as they have overwhelming cholesterol content.
1. Fried Crispy Chicken Skin – I never knew that a Filipino food this like this existed till I found it listed in the menu book of restaurant in the province. At first, I thought that this was nothing special but when I got to see its inviting ,crispy and golden brown appearance , I couldn’t help but think of eating the whole serving and ordering another one to be taken home . When I was about to take my first bite of the food, a friend of mine reminded me not to eat too much because a hundred grams of this tempting food which beer drinkers also love to use as chaser contains 87 mgs of Cholesterol.
2. Lechon Baboy (Roasted Pig) – This food is not just the best choice for important occasions such as weddings, christening and birthdays but it is also one of the best selling “chasers” for most wine drinkers. Despite of its expensive price, wine drinkers find it great to experience the luxurious crisp and flavor brought about by the special way of roasting the pig. But hey!!!! Just before you start dreaming about eating several servings of this food, think about the dangerous cholesterol content of each part. Once you start to enjoy eating and dipping its ribs into the sauce, you are already taking in at least 90 to 105 mgs of cholesterol into your body. However, if you try to pick the less fatty portion of the said dish such as center chops and loin, you get lesser cholesterol value than its ribs.
3. Isaw (Roasted chicken or pork Intestines) – Just so you may know, this well loved street food is one of the deadliest creation that has ever been cooked in the world of Filipino recipes (I needed to exaggerate things for emphasis). Seriously speaking, despite of its addictive taste especially when dipped with spicy vinegar sauce, this contains loads of saturated fat which is known as a primary source of cholesterol.
4. Chicharon Bulaklak (Deep Fried Pork Mesentery) - Got its name from its shape. This dish came from a deep fried fold of the peritoneum (membrane lining the cavity of the abdomen) which attaches the stomach, intestines and other internal organs. Of course, since the dish is deep fried it obviously means that the Dangerous C (for Cholesterol) is once again attached to this food. So you better be careful when you eat this.
Just like any other things or stuff, if there is a culprit, there is always something to counter attack negative things. As a true blooded Filipino, myself can't say no whenever foods mention above are being offered at the table. But I always do eat them in moderation or better yet, I partner it with a tall glass full of pineapple juice to help fight those bad cholesterol.
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