DISH: KAMAYAN FEAST
Kamayan cuisine comes from the Filipino word kamay, meaning “hands.” The meal may be the latest Instagram sensation, but the Filipino tradition of serving a mountain of grilled fish, meat and fruit on a lush banana leaf has been around for far longer than the photo-sharing app. An assortment of grilled squid, prawns, mussels, tilapia and milkfish —the national fish of the Philippines—provides a goldmine of oceanic tastes and camera-friendly shapes and colours. Using banana leaf in lieu of a plate is part of Kamayan tradition, but it also serves to lighten the seafood and meatbased dish with a lively green hue. —C.M.