When I lived in Charleston, South Carolina, I learned about the Low Country Cuisine. It is not as heralded in much of America, however, it is known for its Fabulous Food, throughout much of the Southern USA.
There are a number of Essentials in Low Country Cuisine and I will name the ones I am most familiar with. Shrimp, Crabs, Oysters, Grits, Fried Chicken, Country Fried Steak, Fried Green Tomatoes, Okra, Collard Greens, Pulled Pork, Chicken Bog and Boiled Peanuts.
The above photo is Low Country Fried Steak with Gravy and the good news is, you do not have to be in the Low Country to make it…You can make it right here in Bacolod!
The above photo is Fried Green Tomatoes. There are certainly many Green Tomatoes in Bacolod. After you eat just one, next time, you will slap yo granny down, getting to that batch of Fried Green Tomatoes. Hot, right out of the skillet.
One of my All Time Favorites is the Low Country Boil. You may ask yourself…Self, where is the Low Country. The Low Country is the Coastal Regions of South Carolina and Georgia.
This is what you need to do and then…you really have something good to eat!
Season the Seafood, Season the Veggies and Season the Water in the Stock Pot. Bring the Water to a boil and add…Corn on the Cob and Potatoes. After 10 minutes, add Whole Onions. After 5 minutes, lower heat and add Smoked Sausage, Shrimp, and Crabs. Continue to simmer until done.
Old Newspapers are perfect to use as a Table Cloth when eating the Low Country Boil. Ice Cold Beer is the Beverage of Choice.
Chicken Bog. What the heck is this? Chicken Bog is almost always found in Low Country Homes or in the Homes of those originally from the Low Country but have relocated.
Chicken Bog is a Rich Porridge, consisting of Chicken, Rice, Onions and Smoked Sausage. Fancy restaurants refer to Chicken Bog as…are you ready? Chicken Pilau! However, it is all the same.
There you have it Amigos and Amigas. From the Low Country to the City of Smiles and right to you in yo Kitchen!
I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod!
~ Gary ~