The market is a hobnob of people in love with food, just like me.
In fact you can learn a lot of recipes from places as unexpected as the marketplace.
For example, there was a morning when I noticed an elderly grandma buying 2 dozen duck eggs, when asked, she voluntarily suggested that I try cooking duck eggs instead of chicken eggs in my adobo egg recipe. She swears with conviction that it would taste better. Wow! It so happen that my son Brian's favorite dish is Adobo egg.
Another recipe I discovered in the market is the way to make authentic Gulaman drink the way we San Juanenos do them. If you've never known Jessie, I never did too. But Jessie's gulaman in San Juan is as famous as Bulalo is in Batangas or Lechon Manok in Cavite.
Fiesta Gulaman Drink
5 pieces cooked gulaman
4 pcs Pandan leaves
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup White Sugar
1 1/2 liters cold water
2 Cups water ( for fiesta sugar syrup)
1/4 tsp Banana essence
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
To make fiesta sugar syrup, boil the following ingredients and strain:
1. pandan leaves
2. white sugar
4. 2 Cups water
cool and add banana and vanilla essences.
Slice cooked gulaman thinly, mix with fiesta sugar syrup and 2 liters cold water. enjoy!