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Aurora Style Poke Bowl Recipe

Baler, Aurora is said to be the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines. But more than surfing, this town has a rich history, as it is also the birthplace of the “Father of the Republic of the Philippines” and rich local flavors.

Who knew they got red rice, which I like than the variety from the Cordilleras. And a lot of fermented goodness, like pineapple vinegar, banana vinegar, and bugnay vinegar. Plus the freshest seafood. Baler definitely has interesting flavors that are actually overlooked by locals. Sadly, this kind of practice is rampant in most parts of our country. Food is definitely one of the undervalued assets of the Philippines. But sometimes, all you have to do is to reintroduce a simple dish using all these ingredients for them to realize a tasteful plate their backyard finds can produce.

Now, here’s a simple poke bowl recipe by chef Grai Alvar highlighting Baler’s local finds.

Recipe Yield: 3-4 people

Rice

1 cup white rice
1 cup organic Aurora red rice
2 cups water
3-4 tbsp banana vinegar

Procedure:

1. Wash rice and put in a pot over medium heat.
2. Add water and let it cook till moisture is absorbed.
3. Add 3-4tbsp vinegar and mix.

Kamote Tops and Pako Salad

1 bundle kamote tops
1 bundle pako
1⁄4 cup bagoong liquid
3pcs red onions, caramelized
1 huge bowl of ice with water
cherry tomatoes

Procedure:

1. Blanch pako and kamote tops for 8-15 seconds in boiling water and immediately put in an ice bath for a few seconds and drain.
2. Mix in pako, kamote tops and bagoong liquid.
3. Topped with caramelized onions.

Poke Fish

500g filleted local salmon, sliced into cubes, washed
200ml coconut milk
1⁄4 cup sesame oil
8-10pcs fresh dalandan, squeezed
1pc mango, cubed

Procedure:

1. Put fish and dalandan juice in a bowl and mix, add everything else and mix.

15 thoughts on “Aurora Style Poke Bowl Recipe

  1. ourliveswithbella says:

    I don’t think I have tried this yet, but it looks amazing! I love that it has all kinds of fresh veggies, I definitely have to try this sometime soon. Thank you for sharing 😉

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  2. Sigrid Says Blog says:

    I have never been to Aurora and never heard of a Poke bowl. But it’s something that I want to try to cook because it looks healthy and delicious. I love dishes that are a play of flavors.

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  3. Dalene Ekirapa says:

    Baler not only is a rich place when it comes to the history of the people, but also the flavors of the food. I mean, red rice?Banana vinegar?That sound too new to me but definitely worth the adventure. And your recipe is no exception!Poke bowls look so delicious!

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