Bopis Bento


Offal or variety meats are looked upon differently, depending on one’s culture. In the Philippines, they’re put to good use with a lot of delicious and sought after fancy dishes made from these various animal innards. In fact, they’re so mainstream that some dishes made with these variety meats are sold canned alongside cans of sardines and corned beef.

193 Bopis Bento

6 May 2008 • Bento #193

Ever the lazy girl (I confess, I hate cooking during summer), I went the way of the instant food by reheating a can of ready-to-reheat bopis. Bopis is a Filipino dish made of coarsely chopped pig lungs and hearts, stewed in vinegar, onions, peppers and annatto seeds for that distinctive reddish color. Unfortunately, it’s also something I never learned to cook so I have to rely on it being served during feasts, in restaurants, or in instant food form. In this case, I had to go with a canned version, reheated and laid on a bed of freshly steamed rice.

To go with it, I had a small grilled eggplant salad, sliced cucumbers and mango cubes. The grilled eggplant salad is a standard side dish to local fish and seafood dishes. It was added more to increase my vegetable intake, rather than as an accompanying dish to the bopis, because honestly, the flavors don’t really blend. Still, it was a satisfying meal

Inihaw na Talong v. 6 May 2008
(Grilled eggplant. Serves 1.)

1 small eggplant, washed. I recommend using the oblong kind and not the round ones, simply because I’ve never tried using the round ones.
1 tbsp chopped onions
1 tsp bagoong (fermented shrimp paste) or some salt to taste.

1. Grill the eggplant over open flame until the skin chars.
2. Peel then cut off the top. Lightly mash the eggplant flesh.
3. Mix the onions and bagoong (or salt).

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5 Responses to Bopis Bento

  1. Bea says:

    amf! bopis talaga!

  2. khursten says:

    Me too. I rarely use the round eggplants too. I heard it’s best in pinakbet. @_@ I just think they’re too small.

  3. toni says:

    First time to hear about a Bopis Bento. Pinoy na pinoy and katakam-takam!

    Kaoko dear, I’m running a contest in Wifely Steps. I’d like to invite you sana to join if you’re interested! Here’s the link: http://wifelysteps.com/2008/05/19/celebrate-5-years-with-wifely-steps/

    :)

  4. Jeanny says:

    Hi. got here from Toni’s.

    I love grilled eggplant. So easy to do and goes well with other grilled dishes.

    have a great day :)

  5. kaoko says:

    @Bea
    For the win! Hwehwehwe.

    @khursten
    Ay oo! I haven’t tried it though. One of these days, I should get an Ilokano cook to cook some authentic pinakbet. With an ample serving of bagnet on the side, hehehe.

    @toni
    Hahaha, so silly, I saw your contest on Flickr before reading your comment here. I am made of fail. I’d love to join, but I hope you don’t mind, I’ll probably have to do it from my personal LJ, since I’ve no idea how to skew my entry towards food. ^_^

    @Jeanny
    Thanks for visiting! I agree, grilled eggplant has to be the best accompaniment to any grilled dish—from liempo to fish.

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