Chef Tatung Sarthou on Why Salt Rocks: “It’s a Cornerstone in Philippine Cuisine”

It's an ingredient we use in almost all of our dishes.

 

Chef Tatung “Myke” Sarthou was the lone Filipino chef presenter at Madrid Fusion 2017 held in Madrid, Spain last January 2017. In his presentation, ““What Is Lost Is Found: Rediscovering Pre-Spanish Philippine Cuisine,” he talked about sea salt and Mindanao cuisine.

 

He told Yummy.ph, “I thought the Philippine sea salt was a very interesting topic to talk about because saltiness is a cornerstone of Philippine cuisine. Condiments like bagoong, guinamos, or the patis all need salt. The Philippines is an archipelago but the irony of it all is that we import up to 80% of our salt consumption.

 

Salt seems very basic, all flavors are put out by salt. We have a habit of putting a bit of salt to bring out the sweetness of all these fruits and vegetables. So salt not only aids you in bringing out the saltiness of food but also acts as a counterpoint to certain flavors to enhance it more.”

 

More from Yummy.ph
"Philippine cuisine is very complex," says Chef Tatung Sarthou.

0
Comments. Join the discussion below!
Comments
LATEST FOR YUMMY.PH

Beef Pastel Recipe

Swap out chicken for beef!

Chorizo and Cheese Macaroni Recipe

This is a grown-up version of classic macaroni and cheese.

INFOGRAPHIC: Know Your Pork Cuts + Recipes You Can Use

Confused about which pork cut you should buy and use? We've got you covered.
Load More