The Philippines is made up of more than 80 percent Roman Catholics. This is why you see packed crowds in a Catholic Church in areas where there’s a big concentration of Filipinos.
Starting tomorrow, Palm Sunday, many church activities will be held to observe the Lenten season that ends on Easter Sunday. This Holy Week will be the most solemn as far as Catholics are concerned because of the death of Jesus on Good Friday, when sacrifices are carried out as their way of atoning for their sins.
There are many forms of penance and one way is not eating meat on Friday, or the whole of Holy Week, while devotees don’t eat for forty days.
As a way of paying respect for the religious practice, Swan Restaurant in North Hollywood will be offering several non-meat dishes to help observe the Holy Week. According to Swan Restaurant owner Somchet Kemtat, Swan Restaurant has been a favorite dining place of many Filipinos and that they want to be part of this religious observance.
Somchet, who is popularly known as Bon, says he would like his customers to try their non-meat dishes. He says Swan Restaurant is actually known in the neighborhood, where many Filipinos reside, for his house favorite, the Swan Fish.
Swan Fish is a deep friend whole boneless trout fish topped with a house special lime sauce that is totally unique. The Swan Fish is crispy when served, and the peanuts that are scattered around the plate add a distinctive flavor that complements the lime taste.
Along with the Swan Fish of course are our favorite pad thai and the seafood tom yum, which are great dishes for the Holy Week even if it’s already Easter Sunday, when Catholics can once again enjoy meat.
In order to find out the Swan experience, you are urged visit the place and ask for the Swan Fish during the Holy Week, along with your other favorite Thai dishes.
Swan Restaurant is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For dine in, take out or delivery, please call (818) 764-1892. For a minimum order of $15, you can even get free Thai Ice Tea. Major credit cards are accepted and they have lunch-dinner specials that start at $5.95 per order.