Summer is gone and we can wistfully say goodbye to weekend outings and the bountiful feasts that come along with this season. We may not be able to bring the sunny weather back but there is one place we can go to relive the native beach fares that we enjoyed, the Seafood Island Restaurant. They offer practically priced dishes served in banana leaves which they call boodle feast.
Boodle fight or feast is a tradition in the Philippine military where food is served piled up in a long table lined with several layers of banana leaves. The first layer is usually made up of rice or fried noodles (pancit) then piled on top of them are several viands like adobo, red egg, tomatoes, okra, liempo or fish. There is no need for plates or utensils in this feast. All you have to do is dig into the pile with your bare hands and get your tummies filled. It may be weird for some but eating with your hands is one way to get appetites going. The simplicity of the arrangement and preparation involved in the feast makes it ideal for beach outings.
You don’t have to wait for the next summer season to enjoy these feasts again. Blackbeard’s Seafood Island Restaurant serves boodle feast options to their customers year round with some special promos to boot. Our boodle favorites include the Grand Binalot, Tali Beach and All Crab boodles. Grand Binalot Boodle Feast has grilled liempo, crispy shrimps, chicken adobo, pork tocino, tortang talong, pinangat na tulingan, salted egg, with plain and garlic rice topped with adobo flakes in the center. The kids were also delighted with the presentation of the Tali Beach Boodle Feast. It has grilled chicken inasal and pork barbeque skewered and placed on a miniature bamboo stand with steamed white shrimps strung up and hanging on the sides of the skewers. An assortment of crabs, lato, grilled squid, tilapia and tahong, tomatoes, green mango, steamed rice and fresh sliced watermelon, are neatly arranged beneath the skewered fares. We also enjoyed their version of Crispy Binagoongang Baboy which goes well with steamed okra and talong.
The rainy season is sure to bring some gloomy weather from time to time, but we can always brighten up our meals with fun and flavorful dishes that is reminiscent of playful sunny days at the beach.