Kamayan comes from the Filipino word "Kamay" (hands) and it means enjoying a family style dinner with your bare hands.
I was very impressed to see the two long tables covered in banana leaves with a food spread that made me feel like royalty. For me it was like looking at some art work. The food is carefully assembled on top of banana leaves, and when you look at both tables you see that they look pretty much the same.
The Kamayan Feast started with a signature cocktail The Manila Punch made with calamansi, coconut and passion fruit juice. There was the virgin version and the one with @dadthebaker 's housemade corn vodka.
While sipping the tropical elixir. The couple's children (yes, this a family business) started passing the most amazing pan de sal sliders with house made spam, fried quail egg and organic mayonnaise.
Keep in mind that the couple uses the freshest and organic ingredients. They own a farm and they make everything from scratch.
Menu is different at every Kamayan Feast. This night the menu included: crispy pata (double fried pork hock), lamb kare-kare (lamb shank in peanut sauce), fried chicken, milk fish, ginataang sugpo (prawns and mussels in coconut sauce), ukoy(shrimp and vegetable fritters), beef short rib adobo, ensaladang talong (grilled eggplant with tomatoes and salt cured duck eggs),lumpia (pork and shrimp spring rolls) pancit bihon (fried rice noodles), atchara (green papaya salad), rice, shrimp paste and cucumber salad. I am hungry again!
If you know @carolinedobo, she is not only a great cook but also an amazing baker so it was no surprise to see that everybody was anxious to see what she had prepared for dessert. March 14th was National Pi Day and she celebrated by making the "Halo Halo Mousse Pie". Pinipig (toasted glutinous rice) and white chocolate crust, condensed milk mousse mixed with jackfruit, red beans, topped with ube whipped cream and leche flan. Words can not describe the flavors, the textures of this pie.
Using your hands let you enjoy food in a new different way. It allows you to immerse yourself in this sensorial experience that ultimately enhances the flavor and enjoyment of the food.
I will definitely will attend more often to this pop up dinner that now take place once a month. Make sure you follow @carolineadobo and @dadthebaker on instagram for updates on the Kamayan Feast in Los Angeles.