Gungahlin is a great place for a foody. There is a plethora of Asian, Indian and Italian eateries across our broad expanse. It is unusual though for a new place to open up that exposes us to an entirely different cuisine. Luckily for us we now have our own local Fillipino Restaurant. No more traipsing down to Weston for us, which I think we can all agree is a fabulous thing. Better yet a new food home delivery service will bring it right to your door.
So let’s discuss the food. The food served by Medwin is a comprehensive culinary education, serving dishes that are cultural icons, as well as incredibly delicious. In the Philippines there is a clear focus on breakfast and lunch, which are the largest meals of the day. Dinner is typically a smaller meal. Medwin has worked around this custom by providing many of the traditional breakfast dishes at any time of the day. Everyone loves breakfast for dinner, especially when they are punchy dishes such as Filipino pork sausages, garlic fried rice and a fried egg.
Going back to the beginning of Medwin’s food journey, of course there is a whole roasted pig on offer. This is served with a traditional Filipino “Mang Tomas All Purpose Sauce”, whose sweet spiciness provides a wonderful counterpoint to the fatty and rich pork. The pork is marinated and stuffed, slowly roasting for hours. Pork is well respected and features heavily in Filipino cooking. There is a slow cooked coconut infused stew, the “Bicol Express”, which is topped with lots of chilli and one of the spiciest dishes on offer. Another intense dish is the Dinuguan, a stew made of diced pork and pig’s blood. This has a thick, black pudding-esk quality and is not for the faint hearted. Sourness is a treasured element in Filipino cooking and the “Sinigang” sour pork soup is a good representative. Pork and noodles, either thick (Pancit Canton Guisado) or thin (Pancit Bihon) are a nod to the Asian influence on the food culture. It is also available with chicken or prawn.
Beef also features on the menu. The Caldereta is a hearty traditional Filipino beef stew slow cooked with green olives, capsicum, carrots, peas and tomatoes. It is wonderfully warming with just a bit of kick. The Tapsilog Special Beef is a marinated barbequed beef jerky, so popular in the Philippines there are 24-hour eateries devoted to this dish. Like the sausages, it is served with garlic fried rice and a fried egg. Kare Kare is a slow cooked oxtail stew with a thick peanut sauce. A fried milkfish is a nod to the seafood that features heavily in Filipino cooking. It is after all an island archipelago.
Review on MyGungahlin: http://www.mygungahlin.com.au/posts/review-delikase-filipino-cuisine
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The author dined at the invitation of HomeTaste. All opinions stated are her own.