Ok, we all have our own individual tastes, right? Some things that some people like to eat, other people don’t care for. What other people eat, some people won’t go near. It’s funny how our upbringing in our childhood affects what we are willing to eat.
Many Filipino Foods I find appetizing. Others I don’t even want to be around. In some cases, I have found that a certain food in the Philippines is much better than a similar food that I used to eat in the States.
Example? Well, let’s look at bananas. In the USA, they eat Cavendish bananas. Cavendish are grown here, right in the Davao region. Do you know what they do with Cavendish bananas? Feed them to the pigs! That’s right. Well, there are a dozen or more varieties of bananas that people eat here, and most of them are, in my opinion, better than the Cavendish that I used to enjoy. Now, I would never eat Cavendish again, because they are so bland! I have three different types of bananas that I enjoy here. I usually eat Lacatan bananas here. They are about half the size of a Cavendish, and I find them more flavorful and sweeter than a Cavendish. Another variety of bananas that I enjoy is the Seniorita, which is a tiny banana, about half the size of a Lacatan. My favorite type of banana, though, is Merado, which is a banana which is similar in size to a lacatan, but red in color. These are very hard to find, but they are excellent.
How about other types of fruit that are better here than back in the States? Well, pomelo is much better than grapefruit, in my opinion. Pomelo is a citrus fruit that is very similar to grapefruit. It comes in white and pink varieties, and like the grapefruit, the pink variety is best, in my opinion of course. Pomelo is sweeter, it is juicier and just all around better tasting than a grapefruit.
There are lots of fruits that are better here than what you can get back in the States. I’m not even going to try to list them all, because nearly every fruit is better here.
There are certain foods in the Philippines, though which are NOT to my liking too, though. How about bulad? That is dried fish that stinks when it is cooked. People tell me how delicious it is, but the smell is so bad that I can’t go near the stuff. What would be the equivelant in the west? Well, Filipinos have told me, and I must agree that many types of cheese smell very bad. Yes, there are cheeses that stink, but they still taste very good! Oh my… I hope nobody will use this against me and force me to taste bulad!
Another food that I find totally unappetizing is balut. These are duck eggs with a baby duck inside them. Depending on the age of the balut, there may be feathers, a beak, etc. I just can’t imagine biting into that! I know some foreigners who have tried it, and some even say it is good. Hmm… what is something in the west that is similar to balut? Frankly, I can think of nothing. If you can think of anything like balut that is eaten in the west, please let me know.
OK, one more… Durian. It is a fruit that stinks, or at least that is what people say. I love durian, and I even think that it smells great. I love durian coffee, fresh durian fruit, durian ice cream, durian cake and durian candy. I guess that anything with durian in it is something that I would like. Now, other foreigners I know can’t go near the stuff.
What can you think of that is eaten in the Philippines, that you won’t go near? What items have something similar in the west? If there are items you can think of with a version here and a version in the west, which one do you like?