I get a kick out of my Mom. As you know, she is currently visiting Davao, and will be here for about 6 weeks or so. When she first started coming to the Philippines about 6 years ago, she used to have a problem with the food here. She could not really find a type of food that she liked that much. Even the foods that she likes back home in the States didn’t sit well with her here. For example, she felt that the beef here tasted “gamey” or kind of like “wild game,” if you know what I mean. Last time she was here, though, she fell in love with the pork here in the Philippines.
Now, almost every meal, it seems my Mom wants some kind of dish made with pork! She is particularly fond of the Pork Liempo from a restaurant here in Davao called “Banoks.” She is constantly raving about the Pork in the Philippines. She says that the pork here tastes so much like the pork she could get in the USA back in the “old days.” She goes on to say that the pork available in the USA is not nearly as good as it used to be, but the pork in the Philippines is always excellent.
Over the weekend, I took my Mom to Samal Island. It was her first visit to Samal, and she loved it. During the ferry ride to the island, there were guys selling various types of snacks on the boat. One vendor had chicharon (pork rinds) and I bought some. Oh my goodness! My mom suddenly had a new friend in that chicharon! She loved it. She even joked that a few bags of those could be her dinner!
What about you, do you have a certain type of food in the Philippines that you particularly enjoy? Is there some food here that makes you remember the foods from your childhood? For me, I particularly enjoy the seafood here – shrimp, crab and some of the fish. I guess the pork isn’t bad either! 😉