“When you taste Filipino food, you taste the history,” Marcus Samuelsson says in the “Seattle” episode of No Passport Required. Chinese trade influences, 500 years of Spanish colonial rule, and Pacific Northwestern flavors all interplay with Filipino techniques and ingredients — including vinegar, which plays an important role in many dishes — to create a cuisine. In this episode, Samuelsson talks to Filipino-American chefs, business owners, and historians to understand more about the community in the Seattle region; keep reading to see which restaurants he visits (listed geographically, from north to south).Read More
Every Seattle Restaurant Marcus Samuelsson Visits on ‘No Passport Required’
Where to find chicken adobo, ube cheesecake, longganisa, and more
Samuelsson doesn’t visit Brian Madayag’s restaurant Barkada in Edmonds, Washington, but he does go squid jigging with the chef of the Filipino-Hawaiian spot. Barkada has an all-day menu and cocktails with tropical and Filipino influences.
Hood Famous Bakeshop
Hood Famous co-owners Chera Amlag and Geo Quibuyen serve savory and sweet pastries, such as the classic and coconutty buko pie and the visually enticing ube cheesecake, made with purple yams, at their standout bakery. There are also savory baked goods and a coffee menu that includes lattes with ingredients like pandan and calamansi.
Knee High Stocking Co
Knee High Stocking Co is a Filipino-owned speakeasy serving Prohibition-era cocktails and house-made shrubs, plus a menu of Filipino-inspired American food. Over drinks, Samuelsson shares a meal featuring dishes like pork adobo and arroz caldo.
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Chef and co-owner Leila Rosas runs Oriental Mart in Pike Place Market; the shop opened selling groceries in 1971 and added prepared foods later on. A true boss, Rosas has a simple setup, but her flavors are bold and complex. Be sure to try the salmon sinigang, the longganisa, and the chicken adobo.
Chef Melissa Miranda’s longtime pop-up, Musang, now has a permanent home. The restaurant opened in early January; read more on Eater Seattle and catch Miranda talking about her restaurant and showing Samuelsson around the city on this episode of No Passport Required.
Fou Lee Market
Fou Lee in Beacon Hill is the go-to market for people who want to stock their ingredients with Filipino ingredients. Find fermented fish sauce, shrimp, packaged goods, and prepared dishes including ube pastries and dinuguan, a pork blood stew.
All the ingredients at Hillman City’s tasting-menu spot Archipelago are sourced from the Pacific Northwest. As chef and co-owner Aaron Verzosa says, the ethos behind the restaurant comes from answering the question, “Can I find the taste of what I grew up with in ingredients that are not used in Filipino cuisine?” He and co-owner Amber Manuguid categorize Archipelago as “Pacific Northwest progressive Filipino American cuisine.”
Samuelsson tries a pandesal made with Washington wheat and served with shallot butter and caviar from Idaho; kinilaw, a ceviche made with steelhead and served in a presentation that honors local cannery workers; and Oregon king salmon sinigang, among other dishes.