Ube Unleashed at BAON Filipino Nights

Ube Unleashed at BAON Filipino Nights

Ube ice cream brings an interesting mix to one of the dishes featured at the opening night of Chef Allan Pineda’s Filipino pop-up series

By Chef Allan Pineda | Photography by Peter Ruiz

I won’t forget the first time I tried ube ice cream. “I thought to myself, how is this possible, purple?” Purple was the colour of many things, and this colour was relegated to a crayon box or characters from Sesame Street, but purple ice cream? In that instant,I tasted this strange and oh so delicious frozen treat, it was over. Move over vanilla, get out of the way chocolate, ube was hands down my new favourite ice cream. As an elementary school kid, proclaiming a new dessert flavour was a big deal.

Ube is still one of my favourite deserts and can be seen in all forms of traditional Filipino sweets. You can literally find ube at many Filipino gatherings and in-store food products at the local supermarket. Ube ice cream (my favorite) including ube puto, this purple root vegetable is not to be confused with a potato as it is a yam and can be used in dishes like ube with macapuno, ube with flan and ube cake. It can also be made into a jam and used in halo-halo or in a warm pandesal to make a scrumptious sweet sandwich snack. Ube is versatile and delicious

All these memories and the exposure to ube have had an impact in my work and hobbies. Being a cook at heart and Canadian born, BAON Filipino Nights was where I can fuse Filipino cuisine with non-traditional dishes. In this case Italian style Gnocchi, originally made with potatoes I switched the starch with our beloved ube. The final dish that rounded out an 8-course dinner at my first Filipino dinner pop-up was ube gnocchi with a vanilla bean cream cheese sauce, ube polvoron, Skyflake crumble edible flowers and served with a health scoop of ube ice cream.

Opening night menu included lychee martini; Filipino Caesar salad made with calamansi Caesar dressing, pandesal croutons, tocino bacon bits; trio of junk food: longanisa corn dog with banana ketchup, queso de bolla jalapeno popper, taro root perogy; Dim Sum Sampler: pork adobo siomai, sinigang soup dumpling, calamari with buffalo adobong pusit sauce; mango mojito; Ginitaan w/ snow crab,

rock salt baked prawn, snake beans; Kare Kare w/ osso busco, garlic fried rice risotto and final course of ube gnocchi, Skyflakes, cream cheese and polvoron
Dishes like these and more can be found from the minds of chefs, cooks and restauranteurs at Baon Manila Nights.

Next up we have Yana Gilbuena of the famed SALO series on July 26th. For reservations contact 204-996-1572 or visit https://www.facebook.com/BaonBistro