We love when creatives collide and show each other their craft. Recently, Paradise Rising artist Ylona Garcia collaborated with parent label 88rising for Filipino-American History Month for a fun cooking lesson. Yes, we know Ylo is Aussie, but she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to cook with Yamashiro Head Chef in Hollywood, Chef Vallerie. We all wish we could have an exclusive lesson with Chef Val on adobo 101.
Ylo’s vlog gives us extra content and takes us behind the scenes at Yamashiro. Chef Val and her whip up a Filipino classic dish, adobo but they added a little twist by using ribs and pineapple juice. They make the semi-traditional dish with no other than it’s partner in crime, some good old fashion white rice. And of course, Ylo and Chef Val measured the rice and water using their fingers as precise measurements.
Chef Val shared that all her recipes come from her grandfather. They had a pig farm in the Philippines and after closing their bakery, Chef Val’s family would get to cooking Filipino pork recipes. She challenges Ylo to cook the adobo dish herself and we definitely feel her anxiousness. As Ylo said, it’s like having your parents watching your every move when you’re cooking because in Filipino culture, food is life. Ylo didn’t disappoint though, her pork BBQ adobo looked so tasty and it’s Chef Val approved because it’s the first time she’s combined ribs and pineapple juice now known as Ylo ribs.
After finishing up delicious meal, Ylo headed to Vista Hermosa Natural Park for location number two. She sings a couple songs like her single, “Don’t Go Changing.” Finally, Ylo answer what FAHM means to her. “It [Filipino-American History Month] means acknowledging who we are which is the best feeling in the world.” To catch more BTS and the series, make sure to follow Ylo on social!
Cover Photo Credit: Ylona Garcia Twitter