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Madrid Fusión 3rd Regional Lunch: An Ode to the Versatility of Corn

April 10, 2017

The third installment of Madrid Fusion’s regional lunch series puts the spotlight on another agricultural bounty of the Philippines: corn. Thought to be the second most important crop in the country next to rice (which we are set to start exporting this 2017), the Philippines is home to a number different varieties—from sweet, white lagkitan, to crisp yellow corn, to sleek, shiny purple corn. Corn takes well to applications both savory and sweet and everything in between—and though delicious as is, the crop can be used different ways: shredded into salads, pureed into soups, cooked down into puddings, or transformed into tortillas and tamales, just to name a few.

Curated by Town & Country’s Alicia Sy, the event brought another great selection of some of the country’s most lauded chefs, who presented corn in different ways. Specialties from the region of Mindanao also graced the center tables, while cheeses from Malagos Farmhouse made for decadent last bites. If there’s anything to be learned from the event, it’s that a bit of creativity goes a long way with the star ingredient.

Tindahan ni Maria salad of Pechay, Chorizo-charred Corn, Kesong Puti, Tuyo-Pineapple vinaigrette, and Pork Skin Crumble by Chef Tina Legarda of Bamba Bistro

Sweet Corn creamy broth, Homemade Spanish Chorizo, Crispy Corn Tortilla, Chive and Olive oil by Chef Edgar Sanuy of the La Lola Group

Purple Corn Salad by Homegrown Organics

Corn Piadina, Sauteed River Prawn, Crab Head Cream Sauce, Candied Calamansi by Chef Margarita Fores of Grace Park, Alta, and Cibo

Corn Dogs by Chef Tippi Tambunting x Purefoods

Ricotta Salata by Malagos Farmhouse

nILASING NA lECHON WITH cORN BY cHEF dEDET dELA fUENTE OF pEPITA’S kITCHEN

Chicken, Corn, and Crab Tamale by Chefs Jack Flores, Gabbi Flores, and Raul Flores of Made nICE Supper Club

Hacho Miso Fermented Purple Corn with Pork Jowl Confit by Chef Mark Tan of Hibana

 

Patricia Baes SEE AUTHOR Patricia Baes Trish thinks too much about everything—truth, existence.....and what’s on her plate. Her ongoing quest for a better relationship with food has led to a passion for cooking, gastronomy, and a newfound interest in its politics. She is a cheapskate in other aspects of her life, preferring to use her savings on specialty vinegars and degustation menus. While she admits to eating out too much, cooking and baking remain her first love, and she's always looking for quirky new ways to use up seasonal produce. Thanks to her obsession with (unnecessarily) making everything from scratch, she is now desperate to clear her fridge full of homemade condiments. She dreams of perfecting the art of making soufflé with her crappy toaster oven.
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