Empanada de kaliskis is sometimes referred as Empanada de Malolos was a favorite mirienda cena or as an appetizer in banquets during the Spanish time. Empanada is usually paired with pancit, Jose Rizal’s favorite mirienda. This empanada is different from the others because of the dough used in the dish. It has a scale-like appearance and it is flaky; compared to the versions in the other regions.
Flaky, Croissant-like Dough of Empanada de Kaliskis photo credits to Balitang Malolos
The good characteristic of empanada is like a blank canvas; filling may range from the traditional pork, seafoods to the vegetables or it may be a combination of all. Taste may be adjusted depending on your preference.
One of the highlights of the Fiesta Republica 2013 is the Kalutong Malolenyo; this contest aims to revive the art making the lattice of Empanada de Kaliskis for the youth. Now, aside from the empanada the contestants are also to prepare a miryenda and “pamatid uhaw” (beverage). They also to set it up to display for the judging.
Out of 13 groups (some groups are students and professionals) the first place went to Bulacan State University under my friend and colleague Mr. William Alcantara:
Winning the First Place photo credits to Balitang Malolos
The second place was bagged by Centro Escolar University:
All Smiles when Hard Work Paid Off photo credits to Balitang Malolos
The third place was given to Baliuag University:
3rd Place for Baliuag University photo credits to Balitang Malolos
Infront of the Malolos Sports and Convention Center is the replica of the historical Barasoain Church; it is made out of singkaban bamboo arches. The singkaban arches and used to decorate streets and churches during feasts and special occasions. This piece of art highlights the Bulakenyo ingenuity in using indigenous materials for art.
Barasoain Church Replica Made with Singkaban Arches
The audience also had a chance to taste entries of the group making everyone happy of their rediscovery of Filipino Cuisine.