Thursday, November 10, 2011
Atay ng Baka sa Oyster Sauce (Beef Liver Stir-fried in Oyster Sauce)
But that should not discourage me from sharing you good people what I believe is a wonderful food item …… both in taste and in its nutritional contents. Am I that obvious I love this food? I think so… :) Simply grilled, lightly fried or cook in “calamansi”, soy sauce and onions like in “bistek” (Filipino beef or pork steak), liver or “atay” (as called in the Philippine language), be it from beef, “carabeef”, chicken or pork, never ceases to delight me.
Yes, beef liver has delicate texture and is delicious. Okay, okay that’s only me speaking and not my better half. And it’s also full of high quality protein, has lots of vitamins such as A, C and many types of B as well as riboflavin and niacin, essential minerals such as copper, selenium, iron & zinc and other nutrients such as omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
I guess she will have to agree with me on the last statement. After all, it is factual that beef liver or calf liver has an incredible nutritional value even when served in small quantity. To mention just a few, it helps the immune system in functioning well, improves cardiovascular health and decreases the risk of having a heart attack. Who would not like that benefits? Except my wife that is. :)
Truly, there are more reasons to eat liver than not! Here is one take that you could try if you have not been transformed yet. Who knows, it could open a whole new insight on the rather exotic food.
unusual recipes involving not only the muscular part (meat) of beef and pork but also the edible internal organs like tripe, lights or lungs and heart, intestines and mesentery and yes liver. Eating such exotic parts of animal is however not new. Since men successfully domesticated cow or calves some 4,000 years ago, it also started consuming the bovines’ meat along with their internal organs. :-)
Today, beef or calf liver is part of many different cuisines all around the world. It is considered a distinct delicacy in most Asian nations including China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines and even here in Sri Lanka. The same is true in some European countries, like Italy, Germany, France and Austria. Probably, it’s time to have a second look at this distinct food commodity.