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Visit the Philippines with Musang
With more than 7,500 islands in Southeast Asia, the Philippines present a trove of history, nature, hospitality and, of course, food! Filipino cuisine has been shaped by several different cultures, including Spanish and Mexican influences, yielding lots of hearty dishes featuring meat, rice, vegetables and abundant tropical fruits.
A Filipino food presence has been growing in Seattle, with spots like Musang on Beacon Hill at the forefront. Sourcing freshly grown produce from local Filipino-run farms, chef-owner Melissa Miranda, along with her team of ambitious Filipino chefs, set out to re-create the flavors of her childhood with dishes such as lumpiang Shanghai, a Filipino take on the spring roll, and a whole grilled pompano fish. For a real crowd-pleaser, try the chicken adobo in a caramel-like sweet and tangy sauce. Takeout (or lutong bahay, Tagalog for “home-cooked”) is available, as is patio seating; and Musang’s own community kitchen is serving free meals to those in need for the duration of the pandemic.
Culture side dish: Musang partners with local organizations to host virtual events, such as Filipino Storytime. In September, the featured storybook, “Cora Cooks,” could be ordered together with a local farm’s CSA box containing ingredients to re-create