August 17, 2011
What is a quail?
The quail, locally known as pugo, is a small game bird found in temperate and tropical regions throughout the world. Quails by some distinction are classified as “game-hunting” birds and as such, quails should not be compared with chicken.
The true or Old World quail is a migratory bird that can be found in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The American quail (sometimes called “patridge”) and is non-migratory. In the Bible, quail was served by the Lord to the fleeing Israelites. During the present critical period of population explosion, with rampant malnutrition and unrelenting price rises for both cereal and meat, the quail is an answer to the consumer’s need for cheap eggs and meat, just as it was during that critical Biblical time.
Fried Pugo Preparation:
According to Manang (Seller of Fried Pugo), The secret recipe is so easy, it is the same as how you prepare fried chicken. And since these are little creatures, it is easy to cook. You just need to clean well the birds and boil it with salt, garlic, pepper, tanglad (Lemon Grass) until the meat is tender (dont over cook it since the meat is already tender). It is recommended to have it frozen to make the meat tighter before frying it. Deep fry it and serve it crunchy upto the bones! Yum.