FILIPINOS FEED AMERICA
IF YOU'VE EVER BEEN TO A FILIPINO PARTY, YOU KNOW YOU'VE NEVER LEFT HUNGRY. NO RSVP REQUIRED. YOU'RE ALWAYS WELCOME BECAUSE THERE'S ALWAYS ENOUGH RICE AND ULAM. IF YOU THINK YOU'RE FULL AND READY TO LEAVE, SOMEONE MIGHT HAVE ALREADY SHOVED A BAG OF LUMPIA IN YOUR ARMS BEFORE BEING ABLE TO PUT YOUR SHOES BACK ON. YOU CAN'T ESCAPE OUR NEED TO FEED AND WHY WOULD YOU?
When my mom was planning my Sixteenth Birthday party to go along with our Housewarming, she had a list and she checked it more than twice. She'd ponder out loud whether she had enough dishes for each category: chicken, beef, pork, vegetables, noodles, and dessert. Yes, meat is not just one category anymore. I looked over that list and wondered why we needed Lechon when we already had a pork dish. She flashed her famous annoyed sarcastic grin and said to not worry. This is how Filipinos have been feeding America! Cooking more than enough for everyone at the party, for their baon the whole week, and we don't question it...
Filipino restaurants have come and go but the people are resilient especially in the kitchen. They just want to cook good food and put another full belly out there ready to come back for more. A lot of these restaurants don't mess with tradition and stick to what their Nanay taught them while others decided to make new dishes that resemble an oldie but tastes like a goodie or the other way around. Either way, they're staying true to their Filipino roots by using Filipino ingredients. When you try these new dishes, you can ask how, why, or whatever it was but just eat it because there's more of where that came from!