Pastil (Pas-til), is one of the most popular Maguindanaon delicacy. It is closely similar to the Tagalog ‘binalot sa dahon’ except the way on how it is wrapped in a banana leaf. A boiled rice in the middle topped with ‘Kagikit’ – sautéed shredded meat of chicken, beef, or fish that is wrapped with a wilted banana leaf. It is available everywhere in Cotabato City.
This is a native dish on the Muslim part of the Philippines which is Mindanao.
I used to consider it as a budget meal. As a student, I only have limited allowance (baon) and this Pastil is already a meal for a student like me. The price before was P10.00. It depends how big and special the Pastil is.
Either have it on a plate with other viands (ulam) or if you are really frugal, have it on its own, add soy sauce with lemon juice (toyo with calamansi) and eat it like a banana (pagbalat ng dahon tulad sa pagkain ng saging). It is heavy on the stomach so you will definitely feel full longer.
Special Pastil has more meat plus a hard boiled egg, salted or plain, (cut into halves) as topping and a little amount of glutinous rice mixed with rice to make it smell even enticing and helps to bind the rice together when wrapped. Sometimes they cook rice topped with pandan leaves to have it infused the punget smell of pandan on the rice.
This will surely bring back memories of eating by the sidewalk, karinderya, or bbq stand, eating with your hands while laughing and bonding with your friends.
I went to the grocery store yesterday and I saw Roast Chicken 50% off than its original prize. I remember I was craving for this dish a week ago so I decided to make one today.
Do you have any leftover meat from yesterday? Fish, beef, or chicken – you can use them all. Just shred it then saute with onion, garlic, and ginger then add soy sauce and fish sauce… Boom! You can have this delicious delicacy from my hometown, Cotabato City.
Nakatipid ka na. Nabusog ka pa.
Chicken Pastil (Sautéed Chicken Wrapped in Banana Leaves)
A native dish by our Muslim Brothers on the southern part of the Philippines -Mindanao - Cotabato City.
WASH THE RICE. Wash the rice twice,if you want to wash some of the starches to make it less sticky and fluffy when cooked otherwise once will suffice.
ADD WATER. Add cups of water. Bring the water to boil, then turn the heat down to simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the rice has fully absorbed the water. (Optional: Put pandan leaves.)
COOL DOWN. Let it stand for a few minutes until the top surface is not too wet. Fluff while still hot.
or Cook the rice in Rice Cooker.
BOIL THE CHICKEN. If you are using fresh meat, cook the chicken in plain boiling water. Once cooked, removed from the water and set aside to cool.
SHRED THE CHICKEN. (If using a leftover or roast chicken start on this method. )
Once cooled, shred the chicken into very small mince. You can use a food processor or little electric chopper if available. Set aside.
SAUTÉ. Heat oil in a large pan under medium heat. Cook the onions, garlic, and ginger until it turns brown.
ADD CHICKEN. Add the shredded chicken. When it turns brown add the broth cube, soy sauce, fish sauce, and dark soy sauce. Cook until the liquid has dried and the chicken is almost sticking on the bottom of the pan.
PREPARING THE BANANA LEAVES
WILT THE BANANA LEAVES. Wash the leaves cut the hard edges and divide to portions. Place the banana leaves over an open fire and pass through the flame. Be careful not to leave it too long over the heat as it will burn the leaves. The leaves are ready when it turns glossy and shinier colour. (This is to make the leaves pliable and easier to use as wrappers. Omitting this will cause your leaves easy to break and unable to use as wrapper.)
TO ASSEMBLE PASTIL
BANANA LEAF. Place the banana leaf on a flat surface.
ADD RICE. Put a cup of rice in the middle of the leaf.
ADD KAGIKIT. Put a 2-3 spoonfuls of kagikit on the middle top of rice.
WRAP. Meet the ends of the leaf together then fold in the middle then fold the other ends of the leaf. (Like how we wrap Suman.)
You can microwave it for 1-2 minutes or steam for few minutes to reheat it then serve.