French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
Don’t get me wrong: Living in the Philippines is great! awesome people, places, everlasting summer … But there is one thing I ll never get used to, it’s the food!
For a vegetarian like me, Filipino food is a nightmare. It’s still very hard to find something without meat, and on top of that, I don’t like rice and I try to avoid any kind of added sugar.. How many times have I pretended “no thanks, I am not hungry” when I really meant ” I am actually starving but you only have lechon here”. I don’t think I will ever get used to seeing people eating the infamous balut – the infamous bird embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell.
Not that I am too picky or anything, I think it is cultural. If I ever eat fish, it shouldn’t look like one or else it gives me the creeps. So imagine my reaction the first – and only – time I asked for a soup and it came with the head of the dead fish starring at me with its white eyes.. Ms Attila was in horrified and in tears “Mum, they cut the head of the fish! There is a dead fish in the soup!!!”.
Then I discovered this hilarious video of American kids discovering Filipino food. And I felt like I was not the only one 😉
Can I just have a hot calamansi juice please? Salamat!
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