So what do you eat “Chicken, Pork or Fish”.
Roasted, toasted, boiled, broiled, fried, dried, chopped, ground, pounded and skewered, soups and stew, and my favorite “GRAVY- YES”.
So how many ways can you cook a Chicken or Pork and fish? Oh! And the same way with cow too. They are so good except being boiled in soy sauce. ”Oh” of course the all-Philippinos favorite Rice.
Chicken, pork and fish are the easiest to cook, cow meat is the hardest to cook unless you have a pressure cooker or you buy expensive imported meats. But I like cow, it took me 3 hours of cooking (by boiling) some cow meat (you could cut it with a spoon) before it was tender enough for me to enjoy. But then too so did everyone else it was gone before I could get a second helping. I would like to try roast beef and mashed potatoes and gravy sometime.
I’ve noticed things about the Philippinos that when I cook, all the food is gone – everyone eats it all. Even the rice is gone and then they want more. I like to boil the chicken first then I remove the skin and bones then I cut the meat up in to smell pieces. When I cook I like to make sure the food has good flavor too. Even when I cook rice, I can’t just eat plain rice it makes me sick I’m sorry to say but it does. It needs flavor so I throw in some sarap and knorr cubes and tomatoes, onions, garlic, bell peppers ( grow my own bells and onions) anything to give it some flavor.
I do plain rice then I make a big pot of chicken or pork gravy to pour over the rice, there is never any gravy or rice left. I like to eat my meat cut up in small pieces, I use little water and after the water is gone I let it fry nice and brown and I add onions, garlic, carrots, peppers, chilies or anything I can find to make a good meal. Add some flavoring maybe a tablespoon or 2 of soy sauce or a little vinegar, salt and black pepper even some honey. Anything but boiled rice and fried meat. I like rice with brown sugar too… Kind of like oatmeal and brown sugar.
Now seafood is a different matter they eat everything here, everything with skin or shell on it gets eaten here. Talisay is on the coast of Gingoog Bay and there are a lot of fishermen in the village so we have a lot of different types of sea foods to eat. Sea cucumbers. And of course fish all sizes from ½ inch to 3 feet long and it doesn’t matter what it is they will eat it. My first encounter with the cooking of fish here was a scary experience and my wife bought some fish from a local and brought it home I looked at it and Thought “WoW they really eat this,“ to me it looked like minnows about 1 – 1 ½ inches long. They sit in a plastic bag on the counter for 2 hours before my wife did anything with them. Then she poured them in a dish and mixed in 2 eggs and some sarap. Took a ladle and poured them in a heated skillet and fried them like a sausage paddy nice an crispy and they were very good. I ate most of them myself. Oh her dad was there and I let him have a couple too .Can’t be too greedy when you have guest. And raw fish with lemons, chilies and vinegar are good too.
There is a lot to be written about food in the Philippines or for that matter any country.
“Hey ya’ll, thanks for reading my story hoped you enjoyed it… Thank you” Phil