One of the popular Filipino restaurant buffet here in Cebu , PINO! Filipino Cuisine, as its name suggests, showcases the distinct flavors of the best that the Filipino cuisine has to offer, partnered with a warm ambience that allows diners to immerse themselves and truly enjoy the food in an old-fashioned, traditional Pinoy way. In Filipino, the word pino means fine, which usually signals delight and exquisiteness in any situation like exemplary dining. True enough, this was precisely what we had a taste of at Pino restaurant on a trip to Cebu, courtesy of Unilever Food Solution’s (UFS) Sooo Pinoy advocacy.
Chef Eugene Pacquiao, the executive chef of Pino, introduced us to one of their best-sellers popularly known to its customers as “Amigo Ribs”. Initially called Roast Baby Back Ribs in the menu, the name eventually evolved to include the word amigo which means friend, giving it a more pleasant and welcoming ring.
The pork ribs come from a very exacting process. Only world-class pork ribs – thick meat, minimal fat and skin – will do for this dish, with the process of overnight marinating in a mixture of salt, pepper and bay leaves. The ribs are then boiled over charcoal fire or, as Chef Eugene prefers, over volcanic stone, to seal in the pork aroma and flavor.
While the pork ribs are grilling, the sauce is simultaneously prepared. Salt, brown sugar, pepper, lemon grass and other provincial herbs combine for a unique braising sauce. The ribs sit in this sauce and in its own juices as it cooks and perfectly tenderizes in the oven for 3-4 hours.
The pork ribs is then lifted from its sauce bed and cooled down. The remaining sauce and juices are reduced and thickened using a locally unsalted butter, then lovingly doused over the ribs again for that final flavoring touch. The Amigo Ribs takes its final mouth-watering form when it is served with fried bananas sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon. No wonder this dish is always a main attraction whether it’s at the main Pino branch in Lahug or at any of the three outlets in Mactan, Tabunok and Tacloban.
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