It takes a lot of courage to embark on a new life overseas, which is why planning ahead is crucial. As much as our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) plan for the departure, we should also make the necessary preparations for a comfortable homecoming – just like cooking and serving a uniquely Filipino dish.
FOOD RECIPE: Sous-vide Lechon Kawali
- Pork belly
- Spices (Bay leaf and peppercorn)
- Season meat with salt and pepper.
- Place meat in a vacuum-sealed bag and add bay leaf and peppercorns.
- Pre-boil sous-vide machine to 170°F.
- Cook meat in the sous-vide machine for 10 hours.
- Score the cooked meat then deep fry in a boiling pan until golden brown.
- Serve with fried rice.
OFWs have relatively shorter periods to earn so planning is crucial. Here’s how you can prepare.
- Clearly defined goals
- Source of income
Tip 1: Be open to new tools that can help secure your hard-earned money. Protect your income and make your money work harder for you, minus the hassle. Think sous-vide, where you can cook the meat hands-free and relax.
Tip 2: Support of the family. It can be challenging to reintegrate back to the family once you come home. Plan for life after homecoming with your family and make sure they support you all the way.
Tip 3: Set aside money for yourself. Sending money back home is a given, but it is also important to think of your savings too. In the same manner that you set aside food for everyone when preparing a meal, you should also allocate part of your income in protecting yourself.
Tip 4: Maintain focus and be wary of distractions. Just like how we prepare food, it takes time and effort to achieve your goals. It’s a lot like sous-vide – a slow process of measured cooking which results in flavorful, perfectly marinated meat. Whether it’s cooking or working for a brighter future, patience and discipline are keys.
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