What’s so special in a ‘binalot’ meal? It’s the combination of the tasty viand and rice wrapped in banana leaves. They say the banana leaves give the rice a delicious fragrance.
In Alfonso, Cavite a former events place renovated to become a restaurant offering tasty binalot meals. Marites Illustrisimo of Casa Illustrisimo shared how they started and managed their booming binalot meals business.
Marites recalled that Casa Illustrisimo used to be an events place popular in holding weddings, birthdays and other events. Since pandemic limited gatherings, Marites had no choice but to deal with the changing times. She decided to convert the place into a restaurant.
“Naisipan namin after two years, lagyan ng food ang venue,” Marites shared on GMA’s Pera Paraan.
They began by offering goto but soon they were able to build a following due to their yummy binalot meals.
“Parang nagisip kami ng mga anak ko ng ano pa kaya ang pwede iserve na wala sa paligid. Why don’t we try yung binalot,” Marites shared.
Their business started only with P5,000 for goto meals. When they added binalot in their menu, they only added around P3,000 in their capital.
With determination, Marites’ binalot meals business is now earning P80,000 to P120,000 per week.
How to make Potcherong Alfonso binalot meal
Ingredients start with margarine, onions, garlic, pork, tomato sauce, liver spread, soy sauce, pineapple juice, salt and pepper, sugar and bell pepper.
In a hot pan, sauté onions and garlic in margarine. Add the pork until it becomes golden brown. Pour in the pineapple juice, soy sauce and liver spread. Add in the salt and pepper, sugar and lastly the bell pepper.
Add half a cup of water. Let simmer for half an hour. After, let cool and prepare to assemble it into a binalot.
You’ll need two square shaped banana leaves. In between the two banana leaves, put a little salt so when they start eating the egg, the salt is readily available.
In the middle of the banana leaves, place a cup of rice. On top of the rice, you start putting the Potcherong Alfonso. Be generous with the sauce because many customers enjoy their rice with lots of sauce. Add egg. Fold the banana leaves to wrap it together. Use abaca rope to tie the binalot.