Yesterday, my mom, family, friends, and I attended a fun and informative program at Chicago’s Field Museum about the Philippines and food. The Field Museum is one of Chicago’s great gems, but it doesn’t have a permanent exhibit dedicated to the Philippines. What it does have is 10,000 Filipino artifacts that have been in a warehouse for more than 100 years.
Some of those artifacts were on display at yesterday’s program, all of which pertained to the cultivation of rice. It was fun to learn more about them and to teach my kids what I knew already.
The program also featured paintings by five Filipino artists and five Filipino-American artists.
These ten artists collaborated on a mural that showed their idea of the Philippines. The left side of the mural was painted by the Filipino-American artists and the right side by the Filipinos artists who live in the Philippines. The center of the mural is bulol, the rice god.
Once the formal program began, a couple of women from Filipino Kitchen gave a presentation about Filipino food while others from Filipino Kitchen served three courses to the audience as we were listening to the presentation.
First up was a rice salad with half an egg. My two youngest kids love soft-boiled eggs, so were super excited for this salad. They also loved the rice and lettuce combination.
Next was a chicken adobo rice, which was so good, I lined up for seconds after the presentation was finished.
Finally, a rice flour and coconut mochi-like dessert. My kids really liked these!
I’ve made adobo chicken a few times, but am going to search for a recipe that includes rice like the dish above. It was so good, as were the salad and dessert. Let me know if you have a good recipe!