Remember Episode 1 of the Amazing Food Challenge last week? All the contestants on the show had to get acquainted with authentic Filipino empanadas from Illocos Norte, and it’s one of the tastiest treats I’ve ever had in the Philippines!
I had a small ‘premiere party’ with my friends – it’s so exciting to watch the debut of this incredible show that I worked so hard on, and share my golden moments with them.
What better way to celebrate the first episode than to re-create its star dish right? I wanted to show my friends how
hard easy it is to make Empanadas as a snack, but first, I need to do my due diligence with buying the ingredients.
Australian contestant Tim Ong happened to be in Singapore as he was working for the mega food event, Saveur, so he came along with me and helped with shopping for groceries. Big strong guys are always a good addition to shopping for any dish!
I didn’t exactly get authentic Filipino ingredients, but what I found at Cold Storage in Singapore was good enough. Guess what goes into an Empanada?
Empanadas are basically going to burst with the flavorful taste of sausages sauteed in garlic, tinged with the tanginess of green papaya shreds, and folded nicely with the fullness of an egg.
Here comes the fun part after we watched Episode 1 of the Amazing Food Challenge on Asian Food Channel – our very own empanada episode party! Do you think we created a successful empanada? Would YOU eat it?
You can grab the traditional Illocan empanada recipe from Asian Food Channel’s website link HERE.
1 1/2 cup rice flour
Annatto extract (achuete or paprika can be used for the orange colouring)
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp oil
1 green unripe papaya – grated
4 pcs longganisa sausage chopped and removed from its casing (Filipinos use longganisa, but you can use your favourite sausage)
1/2 chopped onion
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Cooking oil for deep frying
Mix ingredients in a bowl and knead dough lightly.
Take about a 2-3 tablespoons of dough and flatten with rolling pin.
Set aside while you make your filling. Before you make your filling preheat your deep fryer by adding the cooking oil and set aside.
In another skillet pan, saute garlic and onions in oil. Add (Longganisa) Sausage and season with salt and pepper to desire. When sausage is cooked, put in a bowl and mix it a little to cool it down. Wait 2-3 minutes and mix in grated papaya.
Spoon out 2-3 tablespoons of filling to flattened dough and crack a piece of fresh egg. Seal the sides and deep fry in the preheated deep fryer.
Place Empanadas in a plate topped with plenty of paper towels to blot oil. Serve in another clean platter and with sweet chili dip or garlic vinegar on the side.
This is how orange the traditional Illocos empanadas are supposed to look like, so flavor generously with orange colouring (in Illocos we used achuete, but in Singapore I used paprika).
Keep watching guys, and stay tuned for the next Episode of Amazing Food Challenge, Tuesday at 9pm!