Heritage Recipes of the Reyes Girls

It was my second month in Manila and I was invited again to attend the monthly cooking demo at The Maya Culinary Kitchen located at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City which featured the women of the Reyes culinary clan showcasing dishes with Tagalog and Pampango influences, all slow cooked and worth passing on down to the next generation.

Nancy Reyes Lumen, well-knowned chef, author and TV personality and famous for for her Adobo started the demo by cooking her version of the Mechado the Lola Asiang way by using tons of over ripe tomatoes shallots. While cooking, she shared her experience looking for such tomatoes which for their family taste better.

Marian Reyes, another sister, did "Nilasheng na Manok sa Serbesa" with tips on what brand of beer is best, why it is best to use wooden cooking utensils and not to stir the dish at all but just gently move the pan around. What was unusual was that instead of peeling the garlic cloves one by one, she cooked the garlic cloves as a whole to accentuate the taste and smell. True enough,when she was done cooking, I suddenly felt hungry. Among the Reyes girls, Marian was the only infused jokes while she was cooking. She was already smiling from the ear to ear as Nancy introduced her and gamely posed while having her cooking demo.

The sisters helped their mom Nena as she cooked the "Kinulob ng Ina." While nanay Nena was cooking, Ms Nancy raffled off some prizes that included some kitchen equipment.

The youngest of the 12 siblings, May Reyes Serrano, is known for her Kesovore Spread. This time she prepared her mother’s Pochero using her homemade cured bacon.

Mechado ni Lola Asiang
Nilasheng na Manok sa Serbesa
Beef Pochero
Kinulob ng Ina

We enjoyed our lunch and was really very full from the 4 dishes served. I really liked the Beef Mechado and will try to cook this using the techniques given by Ms. Nancy.

Watch out for the next cooking demo on July 27, 2013 which will feature the chefs of Manila Hotel’s Mabuhay Palace who will prepare a sumptuous spread of Chinese cuisine.

For inquiries and information, you may visit www.mayakitchen.com or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City. You may also call (02) 892-1185 / 892-5011 local 108 or their mobile number at +63 947-835-2290.

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