Chef Gene Gonzalez modernizes this old Kapampangan fiesta favorite and makes easier to make at home.
Renowned¬†chef Gene Gonzalez¬†modernizes this old¬†Kapampanganfiesta favorite and makes it so much easier for everyone to make at home.
While the traditional¬†Mexican tamales¬†makes use of stone-ground corn, this is given a homegrown twist with the use of toasted rice, a staple in Pampanga from where this recipe originated.¬†
To make tamales before, one would need to grind peanuts and mill rice the old-fashioned,time-consuming way; but in this recipe, Chef Gene shortens the procedure by using modern equipment. "Tamales, among other dishes, is an 'endangered' dish because it's tedious to prepare," he says.¬†"I've come up with something easier. There are certain things we have to adapt to without taking away the authenticity of the dish."