Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Life is Sweeter with Salt!

We Pinoys have known for a long time that salt’s place in gastronomy is not limited to savoury dishes. Salt is also a major player in the dessert arena in Filipino culinary.

Eating fresh pineapple just would not be complete without dipping it in a bit of salt. Cheese ice cream, a cringe worthy idea for some, has always had a special place in the Filipino dessert-dom. Can you imagine ensaymada with just sugar?

These and more show how we’ve enjoyed as a people that sweet/salty combination that is still alien in some parts of the world.

And now, certain restaurants are catching up to this concept. Sydney Morning Herald has written an article about it titled Salt for my Sweet.

This is a pretty good idea for a challenge. Salt in desserts… any takers?

Life is sweeter indeed with salt!

10 comments:

Tangled Noodle said...

I agree! A little bit of salt brings out the other flavors so much more. I've seen and heard so much about salted caramels but I think I'd opt for ensaymada, puto bumbong or bibingka with queso de bola any day of the week!

Joelen said...

Totally agree!!

The Beancounter said...

Tangled Noodle - I totally agree! Apart from cheese us pinoys use "salted eggs/red eggs" in desserts...

The Beancounter said...

Hello there Joelen!

Balance is the key!

Edik said...

salted eggs in desserts? i am intrigued.

The Beancounter said...

Hello there Edik!

Di ba pag "ispaysyal" may itlog?

Bibingka, puto, even ensaymada sometimes have "salted eggs" as toppings instead of or added to the cheese?

Sweetiepie said...

Nice post!yeah I can't live without salt.Especially in my dessert recipe.:)

The Beancounter said...

Hello there Sweetiepie! I'll try making some of your desserts one of these days!

Lawrence said...

hey pare!.. your inactivity tells me that it's that time of the financial year again when beancounters are busy balancing stuff.

Anyway, just thought of another filipino salty/sweet favorite: sweetcorn shake : ).

The Beancounter said...

Hello there Lawrence! Financial year end is not till June 30 but i've been quite busy at work lately...i'll respond t your email soon and will post another blog soon as well...

oo nga, sweet corn...

how 'bout champoy pare... i mean the tamaring pinoy version... it's salty sweet...