Must-try Filipino Comfort Food to Warm You up this Winter – Boodle Fight, Go!
Whether you love Filipino cuisine or you’ve yet to try it, you can’t pass up an opportunity to visit this unique Filipino restaurant in Brampton.
Fan D Flame, located at 30 Gillingham Drive (near the intersection of Main Street and Bovaird) is one of the best Filipino restaurants in the GTA, offering a wide variety of delicious and traditional menu items.
According to restaurant owner Victoria De Guzman, Fan D Flame prepares its authentic Filipino cuisine from scratch, and there’s something for everyone.
Fan D Flame Platter
“We serve a la carte which is not common for a lot of Filipino restaurants in the GTA — especially here in Brampton where we can accommodate 100 guests at once,” she says. “We also have affordable prices and a venue that can host a variety of events.”
With that all said, you may be wondering which menu items are a must-try.
In that case, look no further than their famous Boodle Feast (also known as Boodle Fight), a dish as culturally exciting as it is filling.
The Boodle Feast does away with dishes, and instead, the food — a roasted Cebu-style pig accompanied by a variety of meat, veggies, and seafood — is piled on top of banana leaves, which are laid out on long tables. For those who love to Instagram their food, it’s a beautiful sight that makes for great photos!
Lechon Boodle Fight offered by Fan D Flame
Additionally, you don’t use cutlery to eat it. Customers are encouraged to eat with their bare (clean) hands, a traditional Filipino style of eating called kamayan - dining communally without plates or utensils.
“But here at Fan D Flame, considering Brampton is a diverse community, we offer plastic gloves as an option,” De Guzman says.
The Boodle Fight is a military style of eating practiced by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, making it an interesting part of Filipino history and culture.
Nowadays, Boodle Fights have made a come-back as a communal feast and dining experience.
This traditional form of dining at Fan D Flame is prepared fresh and in big portions, whether it is for two people or a large group of diners - they can accommodate. The communal dining experience is a “fun and memorable way of eating”.
Two other highly recommended menu items on Fan D Flame’s menu are the Cebu Style Lechon - a pork dish originating from the province of Cebu in the Philippines, known as the best lechon for its welcoming aroma, moist meat and crunchy skin - and silogs, Filipino breakfast dishes containing egg, fried rice, and various meats.
While they’re described as breakfast dishes, they can be enjoyed as a meal anytime of the day. “Silog” is a combination of two words which refers to the fried rice (sinangag) and egg (itlog) that is served with a type of protein such as chicken, beef, or fish. There are many variations of silogs, which use the name of the protein plus the suffix -silog.
Fan D Flame sells a variety of silogs including bangsilog (bangus fish), garlic fried rice, and fried eggs; bisteksilog (marinated beef steak); longsilog (filipino sweet sausage); sisilog (seasoned pork or other meat); and tocilog (sweetened thick bacon). Their bestseller is the tapsilog, with its very tender and tasty beef slices marinated in vinegar and soy sauce.
Tapsilog: cooked beef, garlic fried rice, and fried eggs
If you’re not a meat eater, don’t fret - the restaurant also provides a good selection of vegetarian options.
For dessert, Fan D Flame features their Halo-halo Lovers Deluxe, a traditional favorite made with shaved ice, sweetened tropical fruits including coconut gel, coconut strings, yam, ube, banana, and jackfruit, topped with leche flan, rice pinipig and ube ice cream.
Halo-halo translates to mix-mix, which refers to the colourful assortment of ingredients used to create this refreshing Filipino treat.
Halo-halo Lovers Deluxe
Fan D Flame caters, making them a great option for any event that needs to be spiced up with some Filipino food catering. It can also serve as a prime location for traditional Filipino parties - the restaurant provides private bookings with affordable buffet package options.
For more information and a closer look at the menu, visit the restaurant’s website at fandflame.com.
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