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Hell-Bent for Cinco de Mayo

I happened to go to Texas and noticed how big Cinco de Mayo is there. May 5th commemorates the date of the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Today it is more festive when friends get together and drink. In Texas non-Mexicans celebrate the event, so why not add a little zing with Filipino bites and drinks? Publisher Tuttle is sharing a unique drink that mixes Mexican Michelada with Filipino beer. Miguel in Hell is a match made in hell. Pulutan: Filipino Bar Bites, Appetizers and Street Eats has some great finger foods to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Pulutan: finger foods, appetizers, bar snacks and street foods best enjoyed alongside an alcoholic drink.

Pulutan: Filipino Bar Bites, Appetizers and Street Eats and The Adobo Road Cookbook how Mexico and the Philippines may seem like strange dinner companions, but because both nations were under Spanish rule at the same time, their connection becomes clearer. So, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we’re giving you a free drink recipe mixing the two cultures.

Tart and refreshing seafood ceviche spritzed with citrus, tender pork meatballs in spicy coconut sauce, charred chicken skewers lacquered with sweet and savory glazes—the array of Filipino bar snacks and small dishes known as “Pulutan” are the definitive pairing for a cold beer, wine cooler or cocktail.

Incorporating culinary influences from Spain, China, Mexico and the U.S., along with indigenous flavors and traditions, these Filipino finger foods can range from tapas and pintxos to eggrolls and dumplings, and even barbecued meat and chicken wings. Do as Filipinos do: invite some friends over, enjoy a selection of delicious Filipino snacks, and socialize over a few cold drinks!

This Filipino cookbook includes over 60 exciting Pulutan recipes, such as:

  • Grilled Coconut and Lemongrass Shrimp
  • Raw Oysters with Green Mango Mignonette (Kinilaw)
  • Fried Calamari with Crispy Purple Yam Crust
  • Corn-Dogged Quail Eggs (Kwek-Kwek)
  • Fried Green Mangoes
  • Grilled Bacon Skewers with Pineapple Glaze
  • Spicy Sizzling Squid (Sisig na Pusit)
  • Pork Meatballs with Spicy Coconut Sauce (Bicol Express)
  • Grilled Garlic Lamb Chops (Salpicao)
  • And much more, including many unique cocktails and desserts!

In his new cookbook, Marvin Gapultos shows you how to eat and drink like a Filipino with a range of easy Pulutan recipes. The recipes are easy to follow and use ingredients readily found in any supermarket or Asian grocery store. What’s more, as a Certified Cicerone(R) and craft beer professional, Marvin also provides perfect beer pairings for each dish so you can elevate your Pulutan experience to the highest degree. The results are tasty, satisfying finger foods that you’ll enjoy making and sharing. This cookbook is an essential guide to Filipino food and drinking culture.