Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies.
I've got a story to tell. Our recent move to Eastern Visayas was a concession. I did not approve of it, at first, because my home had always been Luzon. I grew up in Muntinlupa City and I moved to Cavite and eventually Laguna during my married years. I knew that it was going to be a huge adjustment for the entire family to move to a totally different place. Although Leyte was my hubby's home province, the kids and I treat it as a vacation spot - never as a permanent home.
So what gives?
Mahilig kumain ang mga Pinoy. This is a statement. It's not a question, it's not even an opinion. This is an unspoken truth that is accepted by every true blue Filipino. And while the whole nation is going crazy over the movie, The Hows of Us, I am trying to answer here an equally pertinent question --
Why do we, Filipinos, just love to eat?
Here are some of the reasons why you should keep loving that good ol' cup of choclit!
Have you ever visited the Ili-Likha Artist Village in Baguio City? I just remembered Baguio today coz the weather was so hot. Plus the National Heroes Day fever hasn't died down yet. The kids and I then recalled that wooden sculpture of the national hero but this one was so different from those that we've ever seen.
Here's what we saw --
A huge part of Kalakhang Maynila (Metro Manila) is flooded and so #WalangPasok is trending on Twitter. The odd thing is that there is no storm at the moment, only enhanced Southwest monsoon. So, with the kids stuck at home (well, this is a daily thing in our home coz our kids are homeschooled as you probably already know), we're thinking of ways to make our stay memorable and warm.
What could better perk our cold days and nights than a bowl of pure tablea de cacao champorado (chocolate porridge) paired with dried fish or tuyo. Here is our recipe for this infamous food pairing --
Classes are suspended today because of the threat of typhoon Inday. What could be more apt to share with your family than a meal with hot soup? Warm up your tummy with Bulalo. Click on read more to view the complete recipe --
Today, one of my husband's relatives paid us a visit and she eventually kept talking about tuba. We then asked her to buy half a gallon and pretty soon, I was immersed in this native drink's rich history (at least its history in their clan) --
Akalain mong may Chico flavor pala ang Magnolia ice cream noon. Ang chico ay tinatawag ding 'sapodilla' na galing sa Southern Mexico, Caribbean, at sa Central America.
Ngunit hindi ito ang unang pagkakataong mayroong kakaibang lasa ng sorbetes sa ating bansa (but this isn't the first time that we've had weird ice cream flavors in our country). Here are other flavors that are odd and weird with some which may only be found in our country --
Sinimulan ng idulot ang pagkain. Naragdagan ang pagpupoyos ng damdamin ni Pari Damaso, ang ihain ang tinola. Paano puro upo, leeg at pakpak ng manok ang napunta sa kanya. Ang kay Ibarra ay puro masasarap na bahagi ng tinola. Hindi alam ng pari, sadyang ipinaluto ng kapitan ang manok para kay Ibarra. -- Ikatlong Kabanata ng Noli Me Tangere
This is my own recreation of the infamous tinolang manok from Noli Me Tangere --
2 tbsp Cooking oil
1 medium red onion
6 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp turmeric powder
½ kilo Chicken
2 cups chicken broth
Fish sauce (patis) to taste
1/4 kg. kalabasa (cubed)
Dahon ng sili (chili leaves) or dahon ng malunggay (moringa leaves)
1. Saute the garlic, onion, and ginger in hot oil...
My family and I visited Binondo or Chinatown in Manila to satiate our gastronomic cravings as well as to teach our kids a bit about the fusion of Filipino and Chinese cultures. We knew that this place is the home for the most scrumptious Chinese dimsum and pastries, plus there are many other food adventures to look forward to there.
We first absorbed the beauty of the place. We wanted to feel tired so that we'd have a heightened appreciation for our upcoming lunch. There were many shops that sold charms and amulets and my kids were amazed at how each crystal can have a different effect on the moods and emotions as well as the well-being and even the level of wealth of an individual. We bought a turtle paper weight for my home office (we were told that when we position it on the southeast part of our home that we'd have increased productivity, let's see).
Anyhow, after going from shop to shop, window shopping, and laughing out loud, we decided that it was time to fill our tummies with great food. I explicitly told my kids and my hubby to just sample the food so that we can still go around and taste the rest of the Chinese goodies.
We decided to eat at...
E.S. Villamor has made a career in writing for a decade now. Her online business - GIML (Gabriela Isabel & Miguel Lucas) Publishing started in 2014. She advocated for women's rights and was once enamored with imparting financial literacy through training and blogs but she is now focused on propagating all things Filipino. This site is also being groomed as a rich homeschooling resource.