Celebrate Every Day With Filipino Style Sweet Spaghetti
Spaghetti is so closely linked with birthdays that when it's served without any festivities, people will ask, "sino may birthday?" ("who's birthday is it?") or "anong handaan?" ("what's the occasion?"). Along with hotdogs with marshmallows, pancit, lumpia, and embutido, spaghetti is what makes a Filipino celebration complete. As always, Filipinos love cooking in big batches. In a gathering, any leftover is generously given to guests. You rarely go home from a Filipino party without any baon. The hosts would hand over containers filled with a slice of cake, pieces of shanghai and/or a big serving of spaghetti.
But you don't have to wait for a birthday invite to get a taste of Filipino spaghetti. You can make some at home with just a few ingredients. Filipino style spaghetti is sweeter than the original Italian version. It is a whole new recipe from it. The traditional way of making Filipino style sweet spaghetti uses banana ketchup and sugar. It's a jarring combination and almost sacrilegious to the original Italian version to add ketchup and sugar to pasta. But Filipinos have a way of making food taste good with unique ingredients. The spaghetti is topped with sliced hotdogs and grated cheese that adds a savory and sweet taste.
If the banana ketchup sauce is too weird for you, you can start with using a tomato-based sweet spaghetti sauce. It has the common tomato pasta sauce flavor but with an added sweetness of the trademark Filipino style.
A similar recipe can be found in Kawaling Pinoy. Ingredients can be sourced from My Tindahan. Image from Kawaling Pinoy.
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