Palapa (condiment)

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CourseCondiment, ingredient
Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateLanao del Sur

Palapa is a sweet and spicy Filipino condiment consisting of thinly chopped white scallions (sakurab); pounded ginger (luya pagirison), turmeric (kalawag), labuyo chili (luya tiduk), and toasted grated coconut (niog). It originates from the Maranao people of Lanao del Sur. The ingredients are mixed together and cooked briefly or cooked until somewhat dry. It is immediately stored in sealed jars (garapon) after cooking. It can be used as an ingredient in certain dishes (most notably in piaparan) or used as a condiment after briefly sautéing (usually with a spoonful of condensed milk). Palapa can also be eaten fresh as salad dressing. Palapa is an important cultural symbol of the Maranao people and is an ubiquitous accompaniment at every meal.[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ Polistico, Edgie. "Palapa". Philippine Food Illustrated. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  2. ^ Santos, Kara (27 September 2018). "Home > Life Maranao condiment 'palapa' offers recipe for hope". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  3. ^ Morocco, Chris. "This Condiment Is Sweet, Spicy, Garlicky and Just Ridiculously Good". Healthyish. Bon Appétit. Retrieved 5 March 2019.