Manang Biday’s Kitchen introduced us to the world of fermented vegetables we didn’t know existed (aside from Sauerkraut, Kimchi, and our very own Atsara and Buro). Their Curtido, a South American relish, is a frequent accompaniment for our dishes, especially during “fried days” or when our viands are sans vegetables. We keep a jar of this homemade side dish in our fridge for a quick serving of fiber.
But how, you may ask, does one eat Curtido? And most of all, what does it taste like?
Curtido’s main ingredients are cabbage, carrots, and oregano. Like any fermented dish, it has some acidity (the level of which depends on the duration of fermentation). It is hereby, which makes it different from kimchi and sauerkraut.
Now that you can imagine what it tastes like, here are some of our favorite foods to pair with Curtido.
Manang Biday’s Kitchen jokingly mentions that they eat a balanced meal of healthy and unhealthy food, and this is one of the best illustrations: Curtido and chips! You may pair them with plain nacho chips, or any of your liking. Our picks are Mr. Chips, Chippy, and Nova.
Curtido is a little bold when it comes to taste, which complements simple flavors such as fried food. We eat them together with Daing na Bangus, and other proteins fried to perfection. Your mouth will thank you for the play of texture as well.
Not that we only have it with fish viands, but we do love Pampano. We steam a couple of this delicious fish with salt, pepper, ginger, and sesame oil, and the Curtido will deliver a flavorful punch while taking care of your fiber needs.
You know how good Adobo tastes when you’ve re-heated it for the nth time, and most of the sauce has evaporated? Eat it with a mound of Curtido, and you’ll be cooking large batches of this Pinoy favorite next time.
Yes, it’s nice with Curtido. Something salty to balance out the tang of Curtido
Eating fermented foods has many benefits. It improves our gut health and enhances our immune system. It’s good to know that these can be done deliciously by eating a couple of servings of Curtido every day. We currently consume around a kilo in a couple of weeks, and we like to keep them coming. It may be an acquired taste for some but we hope you could give it a try.
Manang Biday’s Kitchen offers other homemade fermented items such as Kimchi and Ginger Beer (must try!). They also sell baked goods, and some of our favorites are Carrot-Apple-Pineapple (CAP) Loaf and Moist Chocolate and Cream Cheese Cake.
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