So turns out I have a lot of old video clips that I should convert into videos, so I’m going to try to post a video here and on YouTube every Monday.
This video, however, isn’t that old. It’s from the @masarapbmore popup held at @faden.sonnen a few weeks ago. @Chefreyeugenio was cooking in the beirgarten tent and those who came by were rewarded with delicious Filipino foods.
Anyways, I hung out on both nights of the popup and can vouch for how tasty everything was. I also got to see Chef Rey and his team in action. Even though it was a popup with a minimal amount of equipment, Chef Rey put the same amount of attention and care to his foods as if he were in a professional kitchen. There was a carefully set up mis en place, with each container holding a component that was prepared with a meticulous attention to detail and precision. The peppers were cut into beautiful slices of identical thicknesses (“you can go check them out yourself”). His siopao bun dough was made from scratch and it took him numerous testing attempts to figure out how to make the perfect bun dough. When you’re eating, you might not know of or notice these things but it’s still something Chef Rey feels is important to do.
So it’s obvious that Chef Rey is passionate about food and cooking. However, it’s more than just that; he wants to do Filipino food justice, sharing it with others while still being true to its flavors and memories. It’s something that he’s been working out over a long period of time, ever since his father challenged him early in his career to figure out how to present Filipino food in a restaurant style.
Anyways, Masarap will be back at Fadensonnen this Friday and Saturday (3/8-9) and if you live in Baltimore, you really should make it out to the popup. You won’t be disappointed-you’ll be supporting a local chef, eating delicious foods, and drinking some of the best wine and sake Baltimore has to offer.