When in Legazpi Sunday Market: Try Out These Delicious Polish PierogiApril 6, 2015
- Mikka WeeWords
So I saw a Polish guy in the Legazpi Sunday Market, and lo and behold, he was serving up some pierogi. I say this with emphasis on Polish guy because the Polish dumplings have somehow found their way in the menus of the more current restaurants and food establishments today such as Your Local and Mr. Delicious. Mr. Delicious’ version though, comprises of a gigantic monster of a deep-fried dough pouch spilling with potato and cheese, which is a far cry from what traditional pierogi is. And there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, they turn out to be quite tasty and make for great hangover grub. But Polish guy’s pierogi are food galaxies away from any ‘pierogi’ spinoff I’ve tried in the Metro.
Turns out, Polish guy is part of Babci Kuchnia, who have been serving their pierogi through a delivery and pick-up business for a while.
Traditional pierogi makes use of thinly rolled dough—almost transparent—for the wrapper and steamed. They are also very versatile as they are filled with both savory and sweet ingredients, with the most common being a combination of sauerkraut, mushrooms, and forcemeat, which is a mixture of different kinds of meats that are emulsified with fat.
That Sunday, we got a half-dozen beef & sauerkraut pierogi and another half dozen of pierogi filled with cabbage, mushrooms, and truffle oil. All savory pierogi come dressed with some sour cream, bacon, and onion—and both were immensely delightful.
The dough was al dente to the bite; thin and almost translucent, it held the filling well to the point that it will make you wonder how it was even possible to mass-produce such a delicate dumpling. The filling was not piping hot, but it had just the right amount of warmth that you could pop it in your mouth upon buying without wincing because of a burnt tongue. In terms of flavor, both were pretty straight-up: sauerkraut, check; hint of truffle oil, check. What was great was that despite the flavors coming in pairs and combinations, nothing overpowered the other. The beef was tender, the sauerkraut carried just the amount of moisture and tang without making it taste like a stinky worn sock, and despite the all-veg medley of the other pierogi we got, they were very much satisfying.
After I finished the last of the dumplings, gosh, it made me regret not ordering more. Apart from the savory pierogi, they also carried sweet ones with variants as complex as Cheese & Rum Raisin with Rum Butter Sauce, to the simpler, more straightforward Caramelized Apple, Banana, & Cinnamon and Chocolate (apparently, our editor swears by the Rum Raisin one and believes it to be even better than the savory types). They deliver to Makati for free with a minimum order of PHP 500. Guess I know what I’ll be having for dinner tomorrow…
Have you tried Babci Kuchnia’s pierogi? What did you think of them? Share your experience with a comment below!
Babci Kuchnia’s Polish Pierogi
Legazpi Sunday Market
Number: (+632) 897-9330 / +63917-627-5147
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