comfort cravings

i've been craving filipino food... well some of it. some filipino foods scare me, quite frankly... if my dad said not to eat it, i listened closely. (see, balut - no graphic pictures, you're welcome - and dinuguan)

but chicken adobo (different than mexican adobo), pancit, lumpia, that fish soup that looks scary but tastes yummy...

and filipino desserts... like most asian/asian-pacific desserts, they aren't as supersweet as american desserts... some part-filipino people don't like them because they are too purple. to be frank, i'm not crazy about the purple ones, either. but the halo-halo, the puto (yes, i know that's a totally different word in spanish), anything with makapuno, even the avocado shakes, pichi-pichi (with cassava), salabat when you have a sore throat, turon before i was allergic to bananas, pastillas de leche, and hopia mongo...

and every now and then i wish i spoke tagalog... more than "it looks like you're sitting on a coconut,"* that is.

*yes, i do know how to say that. my grandma used to say that when the kiddies couldn't sit still.


Steve Saturday, February 04, 2006 11:05:00 pm  

Ahh, Filipino food. Some of the best food I've ever had.

I have lumpia junkie tendencies, that's some good food. Pancit is some good stuff, especially when you have calaminsi (I don't know how to spell it) with it. And Adobo is the way to go.

On the other hand, I've had bad experiences as well. I can't eat Care-care - the peanut butter soup gets to me. Additionally, can't handle any of the chocolate meats, like Deneguan.

Still, there are plenty of things to eat and love in filipino cuisine.

Salamat-po for the post!

heatherfeather Saturday, February 04, 2006 11:26:00 pm  

i can't eat dinuguan, balut, or kare-kare (peanut allergies in my family - the irish side, not the filipino)... the ones i like i LOVE, the ones i don't like... there isn't enough money in the world.

walang anuman!

Steve Sunday, February 05, 2006 5:20:00 am  

Wow, my tagalog spelling leaves much to be desired. At least you could figure out what I meant.

I've never tried Balut. I can't get past the image, both in actuality and the description my filipino friends would provide about how it was.

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