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
Being of sound mind (some people would give you a good argument on that, I’m sure, hee hee) and good moral person. (Only god knows for sure) I come from a long line of Irish. I was born and raised in Crossingville Pa.USA... went to school and until 1970 was drafted in 71 served 3 years in army ,stationed in Virginia beach, Virginia at Fort story Va. the post is on the beach half in the Atlantic and half in Chesapeake bay discharged in 74 then I bummed around for a couple years . I got a job doing construction work, joined the carpenters Union in 1999 and did it until 2009 when the economy went to hell in a handbag I retired and moved to the Philippines I meet Jessica in Aug. of 2005 on the internet visited her 2 times before I moved here. She had a house built in the winter of 2006-2007 started in Oct. and we were in it in Feb. 14- 07... I sold my organic farm in the states and moved here for good in June 2009 and been here ever since...So far so good... Nice weather and no snow too.