There’s layers to this Filipino food shit. Level one: the Holy Trinity of Big Filipino Party food: adobo, pancit, lumpia. Level two: Filipino restaurant food. Level three: home cooking. And level four: Pulutan.
From the tagalog word meaning “to pick up,” pulutan is food eaten while drinking with your homies. Auntie and uncle kicking it hard when the kids aren’t around type food. Like Spanish tapas, but with more soul and less toothpicks and bourgieness.
The pulutan du jour, sizzling sisig, anchors this month’s menu (pork $8, bangus $7, tofu $6). Also featured: fried goodness with kamote fries $4 and bagnet $6 (crispy pork belly), two chicken items: pulled adobo chicken sliders $3 and inasal chicken wings $6, and mom’s & pop’s pinapaitan $4 (beef bile soup). For our dessert menu, we’re bringing back Chera’s hood-famous ube cheesecake $6 and pandan flan $5 from our previous menus, and adding a new dish: nutella turon & ice cream $6.
Also, this month my fellow Rapping Filipino Uncle, Bambu, will be joining us in the kitchen. This month marks the release of our new album Barkada under the group name The Bar—a name we chose while eating and drinking at a bar in Hawai’i. So come celebrate with us and get some bar food from The Bar, and be the first to watch our new music video “Barkada,” screening exclusively at Pulutan before launching online the next day.
The pop-up opens its doors at 6pm on Monday, and there is open seating with no reservations. First-come, first-served from our a la carte menu. Have one or two pulutan dishes or share them all with friends over some San Miguel.
LET GEO COOK
"Coming (to America)" is the first video from Barkada, shot and edited by DJ Nphared and filmed in Kalihi, Honolulu, Hawai’i. Song produced by Justo (of The Physics).
The Bar Website: http://thebarmusic.com
Beatrock Website: http://beatrockmusic.com
GEO & BAM (THE BAR) BACK. New album BARKADA dropping March 11.
This last weekend Food & Sh*t and Hidmo hosted a night called "Hidmo Back!" on Beacon Hill in Seattle. A bunch of us performed: DJ Daps1, Hollis, Rogue Pinay, si dåko’ta, Daniel Pak (of Kore Ionz), Prometheus Brown and Otieno Terry (who’s incredible album with Hightek Lowlives is rumored to be dropping like next week?!) If you missed it, check this video Scott Macklin made above. I did one of the lost tracks (there’s at least 7 lost tracks) from the upcoming Children Of The Dragon album titled “The World Is A Hidmo”. Shoutout to Thione Diop and everyone holding it down at Jaam Rek on 20th & Jackson now. My song is out of date since the old Hidmo building is far from empty… it’s not in the video but I said that at the event too.
"Thought you knew you did know, Hidmo…" - THEEsatisfaction
“Last November, I went back to the Philippines for the first time since 1986. I was 6, my lolo had just passed away, and the Marcos dictatorship had just ended. It had been so long since then that I could no longer distinguish which images of the Philippines floating in my head were actual memories or imprints of photographs my pops took, substituted for memory.”
Read the whole photoessay “Pilipinas: Nov/Dec 2013 by Prometheus Brown" at wearejuxt.com
MONDAY, FEB 17 6PM
INAY’S (2503 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA)
Living in an rapidly-changing city like Seattle means carrying the fond memory of places that no longer exist, the stories made in them, and the stories shared through them.
For many artists, organizers, musicians, workers and families, Hidmo was such a place. In spite of the creeping curtain of gentrification edging closer with each year, from 2006-2010, a brilliant community ate, drank, sang, rapped, danced, talked and organized in a space open to anyone who didn’t believe in margins and boundaries. We were sad to see it close, but thrilled with the possibilities that such a place inspired in many of us.
So here we are, three years later, witnessing the same people who once called Hidmo home continuing to make music and art, mobilizing for social justice, and surviving. Though the place we called Hidmo is gone, the idea of Hidmo still lives. This pop-up restaurant project was born out of the spirit of Hidmo, and many of the same people who you’d see there are among the people who have helped support Food & Sh*t. So when our good homie Rahwa brought up the idea of bringing Eritrean dishes to the menu, we thought, “HIDMO BACK!” Even if just for one night.
Nostalgia is often an excuse to avoid facing the future. For the graduating class of 20th & Jackson, it’s always been about the future. This month’s pop-up is a homecoming and a reminder that we create and recreate our homes wherever we are, whatever we do, and with whoever shares the same vision. And knowing that the greatest endeavors often starts when you have a room filled with good food, good music and good people.
HIDMO BACK! will be running two pop-up dinner services: one from 6-8pm which is open to the public ($25, limited to 50 seats) and a private 8pm dinner (invite only).
For menu and RSVP (for 6pm dinner) click the image or go here.
Hidmo is the fam.