Because modernity is trampling on old traditions in the Philippines, the binalot — a meal wrapped in banana leaves — has been slowly disappearing. So when I found a place close to my office that was still preparing lunch packs in banana leaves, I became its No. 1 client. There is nothing better than to receive a lunch pack wrapped in leaves, because when you open it, you are greeted by a fantastic aroma and the sight of eggs, tomatoes and meat over a little mountain of steamed rice.
You eat off the leaves themselves, and when you are done, you just close up the pack again and throw it away. Everything is natural, which makes it even better. These lunch packs are not comprised exclusively of chicken and pork adobo. They can also be prepared with other traditional dishes along with a little mound of rice to eat them with.
Called binalot in the Philippines, this lunch pack wrapped in banana leaves has a certain uniqueness that makes eating an adventure. How I love unwrapping the parcels, inhaling the delicious aroma of an unmistakable Asian meal and eating straight off the leaves.
Prep time: 20 minutes | Inactive time: 2 hours | Cook time: 50 minutes | Total time: 3 hours 10 minutes
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