Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Simple Pleasures --

This is my current obsession --

Corn! Or what we call sinugba nga mais. You can buy 3 of these for PhP20.00 and it is absolutely delicious!

Our local corn is very different from the Japanese Sweet Corn. For one, it isn't sweet at all and it doesn't become sweet even after you grill it. I think it's the texture that keeps me enthralled --

You can find a vendor anywhere but they usually frequent busy areas with a lot of foot traffic. We usually buy from the vendors outside Lapaz Public Market because you know it's grilled fresh (read: not left over from the day before) --

This humble little trade was endangered a few months back. The city issued an ordinance prohibiting corn vendors to set up their little stand in the sidewalks because the smoke from their little grill was affecting traffic.

It was surreal not seeing these corn stands surrounding the Jaro Plaza during the Jaro Fiesta last February. They have become such a part of Iloilo's landscape (like the bibingka vendors) It became a challenge to locate a vendor to get my regular sinugba fix.

Thankfully, it seems that the city has changed its mind and has allowed the vendors to return to their posts. It's very comforting to see them grilling their corn on makeshift grills when I go home for lunch every day.


Tarie said...

Hi, Khristine! =)

jymdrn said...

(just dropping by, been a while since ive visited eh hehe.)

Tin (ni Johann) said...

Hi, Tarie! How are you? ^_^

Hi, Jayme! Are you taking summer classes? ^_^

jymdrn said...

practicum :)

Pia said...

wow that corn looks absolutely yummy!!! it's nearly summer out here so i'm looking forward to lots of corn - we have to make do with the sweet corn kind though.

Tin (ni Johann) said...

Hi, Pia!

I love grilled sweet corn as well! I remember sa may North Edsa, there was someone selling grilled Japanese sweet corn. Yum!