Louisville Magazine

MAR 2012

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[Dining Out] RESTAURANTS & REVIEWS THE BUZZ Sinigang With the Singing Gang t's true: Te spicier Southeast Asian cuisines get all the love. But given the chance, the often-stewed, salty-sour food of the Philippines has a particularly homey appeal. Stop by Tambayan Filipino Restaurant and Karaoke Bar (6121 Bard- stown Road, 749-2727) — the only Filipi- no restaurant outside the Watterson — to show some affection and immerse yourself in Filipino-style comfort food, Filipino beer and perhaps a little karaoke — more than likely sung by the largely Filipino cli- entele. (Be warned: Te latter also consists of sweet and sour notes.) Te lively staff will guide you through the menu for dishes Americans tend to enjoy, or, as our server put it, "to be like Bourdain" and choose dishes that are outside our usual flavor realm. Te classic soy-and-vinegar-braised chicken adobo with potatoes and carrots, the national dish of the Philippines, is both sublime and a safe bet. Te Bourdain set might try the sinigang na baboy (foreground in photo), a soup composed of tender cuts of pork, slices of eggplant, white radish, bok choy, string beans and okra cooked in a sour tamarind broth that will make your taste buds zing. All entrées are served with rice, vegetable chop suey and lumpia, a smaller version of an egg roll. A San Miguel beer washes it all down nicely, but for those who don't imbibe, a sago-gulaman — made up of brown sugar, water, gelatin and tapi- oca pearls — is a sweet tea's better half. I — Melissa Duley Photo by John Nation 3.12 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE [105]

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