MISSIONARY IN THE PHILIPPINES
Lesley Gomez left England at 22 to serve as a missionary in the Philippines. Today she and her husband Peter run LAMA, a charity and safe house for the abandoned boys of the streets.
- The last piece. If there is one pizza slice left in the box. You don’t take it because they might think you’re too greedy, It may never be eaten!
- We eat lots of different vegetables including their leaves. Okra. Ampalaya. Gabi. Munggo. Dahon ng Sili. Kangkong. Luya. Talong. Sigarillas. Bataw. Patani.
- An offal stew flavored with bile – the national ability to enjoy eating anything.
- Pinoy tastes.Too sweet, too salty, too fatty, as in burong talangka, itlog na maalat, crab fat (aligue), bokayo, kutchinta, sapin-sapin, halo-halo, pastilyas, palitaw, pulburon, longganisa, tuyo, ensaymada, ube haleya, sweetened macapuno and garbanzos. We put sugar in our spaghetti sauce and in our longanisa sausage.
- So many wonderful fruits.Atis, guyabano, chesa, mabolo, lanzones, durian, langka, makopa, dalanghita, siniguelas, suha, chico, papaya, singkamas.
- Pinoy hospitality.Just about everyone gets a hearty “Kain tayo!” invitation to break bread with whoever has food to share, no matter if there is enough or not. Adobo, kare-kare, sinigang and other lutong bahay stuff. Eating with hands is preferred.
- However, if asked to join a meal a guest will decline, then the host will ask again, the guest will decline again – so the host will insist a third time for you to join the meal – at which point you agree to eat with them!
- Unhatched duck’s embryo, another unspeakable ethnic food . Sprinkle some salt and suck out that soup, with gusto.
- It is blood stew, eaten with puto, a sweet rice cake.
- Fermented salty fish or shrimp paste is added to many of the recipes.
- Snack-time. Where else is it normal to eat five times a day?
- Assorted sauces for all kinds of foods. Favorites are toyo’t calamansi (soy sauce with lime), suka at sili (chilli vinegar), patis (fish sauce).
- Street food:Barbecue, lugaw, banana-cue, fishballs, IUD (chicken entrails), adidas (chicken feet), warm taho. You may get typhoid or hepatitis but it’s cheap, tasty food.
- It is appreciated more than you know when a ‘puraw’ foreign visitor eats and enjoys every recipe!