|Good Friends and my new lamonInc friends in Cebu - Phil and RJ|
"salo salo" is a filipino expression that celebrates "togetherness" in just about anything. most of the time, the term salo-salo refers to sharing a meal usually in a fiesta environment.
|Bibimjap Rice - Korean Style With Kimchi and Egg in a hot stonebowl. Good for three peeps|
|Buttered Scallops with Salt and Pepper|
this concept is not alien in other cultures. take for example the muslim custom of sharing a biryani (something similar to paella) among family and friends where the dish is set in the middle of the table and you take portions from a pile. gogi gui is popular in korean culinary culture where diners gather around a table to grill various meats and eat it with kimchi or seasoned with spices and wrapped in vegetables.
|Angus Beef - Marinated and sliced thinly|
|Condiments - am not sure what the green thing is.|
last sunday i got invited by friends to join them for a meal and we ended up in a japanese yakiniku place.
the set up is similar to the korean gogi gui where you have a griller set in the middle of the table and you get to choose various meats from an eat-all-you can selection. you also have the option of going ala carte and have a single order served.
|flipping meats :)|
|a plate of beef - phil's fave!|
the ritual of cooking your meats and setting it aside for everyone to share is very reminiscent of the pinoy salo-salo where you serve each other from a feast set in the middle of the group. but that's just half the fun. cooking for your friends and enjoying a conversation in the middle of waiting for a fresh batch makes the experience much more intimate and personal.
and for those that worry you might end up smelling like a smoked salmon, the set up usually has a vacuum / blower set right on top of the griller to suck up all the smoke.
|Japanese Yakiniku Place|
do check out Waka Matsu in Mabolo, Cebu City near Castle Peak and get to enjoy a complete yakiniku experience with friends.
eating out with friends remind me of my old group in manila, the lamonInc, a meal is never that simple as it usually extends hours and hours because of all the chit chat in between bites. in cebu, i have new lamonInc friends but RJ and Phil are probably my fave because of their love for food. good food. hmmm hmmmm yum!
|Flipping Meats, notice how the smoke gets sucked up by the tube? you don't have to smell like smoked salmon!|
|Marinated Chicken, Scallops, Beef and Angus all lined up. Most of it went to Phil's bowl he he he|
|A close up of all the meaty mighty goodness... can't wait to dip it in my own concoction yum yum|