Binalot for lunch

There is no greater comfort food for me than a binalot meal. This is the classic chicken adobo — you can see there is an unhatched egg included too — with a side dish of salted egg and sliced tomatoes.

binalot for lunch

The aroma that the steamed banana leaf imparts on the rice is out of this world. You have to use really hot rice so that it steams within the banana leaf package, something like tea steeping in hot water.

The best part of this meal is that you don’t have to wash any plates or utensils after. Of course, you have to eat this with your hands.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Guagua Girl says:

    Wow, I don’t think I’ve seen an unhatched egg in like forever (well, since I moved here anyway). I remember seeing those quite often during fiestas. I love this “binalot” meal; I imagine it was “invented” as an easy way to carry lunch but you’re right, the banana leaves gives it something extra. It works for almost any dish, doesn’t it? And now I’m dreaming of longganisa with salted eggs, tomatoes wrapped in banana leaves.


  2. Betis Boy says:

    Yup, longganisa or tocino are also classic binalot meals. For one reason or another, I also love Spam in binalot. Ha.ha. Maybe because that used to be my usual packed lunch in grade school.


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