Chicago magazine’s June issue features Sunda restaurant’s Filipino “Kamayan” Feast.
“Kamayan” is the Filipino term for “by hand” and the Sunda feast refers to a family style meal eaten without utensils, using just bare hands.
Sunda in the River North neighborhood of Chicago offers the Kamayan feast every first Thursday of the month. the “Kamayan” Feast is open to over 20 people gathered around communal tables.
Chicago Magazine posted a 1:30 video on social media showcasing the Southeast Asian restaurant’s monthly offering. The video introduction encourages viewers to “Sink your teeth (and hands) into a mound of Filipino food” as Sunda diners.
On the video, chefs are seen going through 3 steps in setting up the communal feast.
Step 1. Chefs build layers of white rice on top of banana leaves
Step 2. Next layer consists of various favorite Filipino meat dishes: Chicken Adobo, Pork barbecue, Crispy Pata, fried seafood
Step 3. Piles of fruits are added such as mangoes, tomatoes, dragon fruits
The video feature reveals to-go boxes are provided for the guests to bring home their favorite dishes.
Sunda New Asian offers Southeast Asian dishes from Japan, Philippines, Thailand, and other Asian countries. The restaurant is located at 110 West Illinois Street.
WATCH the Chicago Magazine video and TELL US in the comments section below about your favorite Filipino food!
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