Today while sitting in our bedroom watching TV and contemplating on what to eat for our lunch. My maids were already asking me if they could just get roasted chicken (letson manok) for the kids. We usually eat meat with veggies for lunch. But today my helpers were cleaning the kitchen and its already late for them to cook lunch. So they suggested letson manok. I told them okay, letson manok it is OK for lunch.
Bob on the other hand had something in mind for lunch. He was asking me if ever he wants something for lunch would I get it for him and he said he is really going to share it with me. Hmm, it sounded strange to me because it was the first time he sounded the way he did. Plus I don’t have to ask him what I would want to eat, I can eat what I want here and so does he. I know why it sounded strange to me. You know what he wants to eat for lunch? It’s the fried day old chicks on a skewer. Yikes!
Geez, it made my stomach turn upside down. I’m pretty sure that food is popular in some areas here in the Philippines. They will not sell if it’s not, I guess. They were selling that food in one of the malls here in Davao City, not far from our house. When I first saw it I had to blink twice to really make sure if I saw it right and kinda said out loud to my niece “a fried chicks in a skewer?” Both of us were totally in shock. I didn’t bother to ask because I just don’t want to look at the chicks in a skewer. I might puke in front there. I could never imagin myself eating that thing.
Check out these fried chicks in the video below:
Anyway, Bob was teasing me that he wanted that food for lunch and he’s happy to share it with me. I told him thank you very much and I will pass for today. I told him he should ask the kids to get it for him and see their reaction. So first he asked Aaron and Jared. Bob didn’t tell them yet what he wanted for them to get for him, he just told them that he wanted some lunch and he will share it with them and he wants that the two (Aaron & Jared) of them to the mall and get it for him. They said in unison “Oh sure we will get it for you”. So when Bob told them what he wanted (The fried chicks in a skewer) to eat and they can also have some too. Man oh man, the 2 boys immediately said “NO” we will never get that and never eat that too. Reason for the 2 boys not to eat the chicks, they said they’re feeling sorry for the chicks. They told me how could anyone eat those chicks. Bob asked the rest of the kids (Jean, Nicole and Chris) they refused too. Ha ha ha same reasoning as Aaron and Jared.
When talking to the kids I remember then when a friend brought a lechon biik (roasted piglet) in our house a few years ago. The kids were younger then. Aaron was about 7 or 8 years old at that time. When he and the siblings saw the roasted pig on top of the table with an apple on the mouth, they did not eat the meat that night. They just settled for something else. We asked them why they don’t want to eat the meat? Same answers now and then, ”feeling sorry” for the pig. But they are okay with chicken and turkey. They told us a lot of times that only chicken and turkey for eating, the rest are pets. Maybe I was thinking while in the States the kids never saw a whole pig in our table in a lot of the occasions that we celebrated there, only chicken and turkey.
Aaron until now doesn’t want to eat in front of the fish with the eyes open. Whenever we will have whole grilled fish here in the house with the eyes still in it, he doesn’t want to be in the kitchen. He will eat his lunch or dinner somewhere far from us. But the other kids were okay now with the fish. But still not totally okay with the letson baboy in front of them.
Anyway, if you already try eating the fried chicks, hope you had fun eating it. I think that and the balut I will have to pass it for now or forever.
Have fun tasting on some weird food here in the Philippines!
Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.