Table Conversation: Missing the Secret Sauce

By Mariko on 10 August, 2009

Table Conversation: Missing the Secret Sauce
My only photo of my fave Cafe Bola dish. RIP, sour cream paprika sauce!

It annoys me no end that Cafe Bola phased out my absolute favorite sauce: Sour Cream Paprika. I used to order their Carambola Pasta (spaghetti noodles with three kinds of meatballs—seafood, chicken, and beef) every single time I was at their restaurant.

Months ago, I got a seat at Cafe Bola, and scanned the menu (which was more out of habit than necessity—I knew exactly what I wanted). I panicked when I couldn’t find my sauce listed anywhere. When I asked about it, I was told that they no longer served this sauce, and were going for a more Filipino menu. I was terribly, terribly disappointed, and spent the rest of my day under a cloud, heartbroken that I was never again going to get a taste of this simple yet utterly divine dish.

I would endeavor to recreate this sauce at home, but I am no superstar in the kitchen (or just haven’t had the time to attempt it). I wouldn’t know where to begin. Help! The craving is unbearable.




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  • AUGUST 12, 2009 2:11 AM

    ChichaJo said...

    Oh no :( I feel for you Mariko! I liked that sauce too...very "swedish meatball-y", except I eat this with rice :) Maybe you can look for a Swedish meatball recipe then add paprika?

  • AUGUST 12, 2009 4:02 AM

    anonymous paul said...

    i can relate... whatever happened to the "real" mojo potatoes at shakey's? i know its been years since they changed the recipe but man, it gets me every time.

  • AUGUST 12, 2009 7:09 AM

    Watergirl said...

    Mariko, I think you can try to make something like hungarian goulash and it will be close to what you are looking for, the sour cream is more of a garnish though, so it wont curdle. Haven't eaten the Cafe Bola version though.

  • AUGUST 12, 2009 8:15 AM

    Katrina said...

    My friend would also order the Carambola with Sour Cream Paprika (but with rice) every time we went to Cafe Bola. The last time we were there, when she complained that it was no longer on the menu, the waiter said they could make it for her. Then again, maybe this was shortly after they discontinued it, and they still had the raw ingredients on hand. Try asking next time, and see if they'll agree.

    On my part, I'd like to lobby that they make the Fiesta Rice a regular item. It was a seasonal dish written on the blackboard when I tried it. It was no longer there last week when I went back. I don't understand why ingredients like red egg and salted fish can't be obtained year-round.

  • AUGUST 16, 2009 9:16 AM

    grumpyurbanslacker said...

    o nga, that Sour Cream Paprika was my fave too...kainis naman! :(

  • AUGUST 19, 2009 12:53 AM

    anonymous said...

    may i send this post to gaita fores whose boyfriend owns the restaurant? well, gaita and he owns it...maybe they can bring your favorite pasta sauce back..

  • AUGUST 19, 2009 11:23 AM

    Mariko said...

    ChichaJo, worth a shot!

    Anonpaul...and the choririce from Bun on the Run. And Nestle Alpine White. And Striped Chips Ahoy. And...

    Watergirl, Hungarian goulash? Hmmm. Interesting.

    Grumpy, high five!

    Anon, YES! Or at least give us the recipe. Haha