One of the things I request from friends or relatives visiting from Manila is Connie’s Kitchen Salsa Amaya. It is a bottled blend of herring, olives, mushrooms and herbs soaked in olive oil.
I saute some garlic to bring out some flavors and stir in the bottle’s contents to come up with a flavorful sauce.
I toss some cooked pasta in and serve it promptly, the aroma unmistakably Filipino but with an Italian twist.
This definitely cannot be found in any New York Restaurant menu. Somebody patent it, quick!
And if you are a friend who would like to be on my good side, please ship me some Connie’s Kitchen goodies. Other favorites include Kippers in Capers, Herring in Oil, Daing na Bangus, and Tinapate.