First Look: Manila Bistro Offers Flavors of the Philippines in Kirkwood
|Bombais' cousin Nel Delacruz serves up a freshly fried order of "Lumpia Manila."|
He adds, "Filipino food may be similar to other Asian cuisines, but the ingredients and spices are a bit different."
This means the use of vegetables that don't get nearly enough play on Western menus. Ask for dishes with the likes of bok choy, Napa, chayote, mustard greens, eggplant and bitter melon. For those unfamiliar with entrees such as "Tinolang Manok" (chicken and vegetables in ginger-based soup), "Sinigang na Baboy" (pork rib tips and vegetables in tamarind based soup) and "Bicol Express" (fresh yellow squash and hot chilies in coconut milk), worry not, for the full menu comes complete with these explanations, and a friendly staff happily assists with dining decisions.
Mabel Suen "Pinakbet" with bitter melon, yellow squash, okra, long beans, tomato and eggplant.