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Ang sabi ng kaibigan ko

nung inendorse niya ang isang masarap na pagkain sa akin: “Ito kuya tikman mo, sobrang sarap hihingalin ka.”

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Mabaho pero Masarap

Easy lang girls, hindi ako ‘yan. Hindi lang ako ang nilalang na nagtataglay ng ganyang klaseng kapangyarihan. Meron ding mga mas mababang uri ng nilalang na may katangi-tanging amoy, pero ang lakas ng hatak. Ito ang mga bagay na mahirap intindihin, kasi kahit mga theoretical physicists iniiwasan nila ang nasabing realidad dahil alam nila di kaya ng utak nila at pang-amoy ang pag-aaral sa mga katotohanang mabaho pero masarap.

Isa na dito ang katotohanan tungkol sa bagoong balayan at ginamos. Hindi naman lahat ng bagoong nakasisindak ang amoy. Naalala ko yung bagoong sa Barrio Fiesta hindi naman skandaloso ang amoy. Naalala ko tuloy, kapag walang ulam sa bahay yun ang ultimate pantawid gutom, lalo na kapag ginisa. Pero yung balayan tsaka ginamos minsan parang putik ang pagkakagawa tsaka gumuguhit yung amoy sa ilong pero, milagro, maraming nababaliw dyan. Sa pananaliksik ko, ang ginagawa ng ilan pinipigaan ng kalamansi ang bagoong, siguro half-half ang proportion, at presto, sawsawan na. Nakatikim na ako n’yan. Verdict: mabaho pero masarap.

Ang susunod ay ang katotohanan tungkol sa buro. Sa mga Kapampangan ko lang ito na-diskubre. Kapag ito inihain sa hapag kainan hindi mo maiwawaksi ang katotohanan n’yan. Mahirap intindihin ang katotohanan ng buro, pero and’yan na ‘yan eh, at may kumakain. Pero sabi ng ilan pwede naman daw lutuin. Ngunit para sa mga caballero nating mga kababayan na kumakain ng buro, as is, magigiting kayo. Nakatikim na ako. Verdict: hindi talaga kaya.

Kasama na sa listahan ang durian. Iba talaga ang amoy nito. Hirap ipaliwanang. Basta may softdrinks at wala kang high blood – verdict: mabaho pero masarap.

Marami pa tayong kinagisnang pagkain na may pambihirang amoy. Pero sa listahan natin ngayon, hihinto muna tayo sa tinapa. May konti lang akong reservations kasi maraming nababahuan sa tinapa, pero sa inyong abang lingkod mabango para sa akin ang tinapa. Siguro kasi kapag mahal mo tanggap mo e. Para sa akin mas katanggap tanggap na sasabihan mo yung babae ng, “Miss amoy tinapa ka ah,” kaysa, “Miss amoy bawang ka,” o kaya, “Miss amoy sibuyas ka.” Di ba mas sosyal yung tinapa? Anyway kanya kanya tayong panlasa e. Kaya kahit mabango para sa akin ang tinapa, isinama ko na sa listahan ng “mabaho pero masarap.”

Sana may natutunan kayo sa blog na ito. Alam ko marami pang pagkain ang maililista ninyo. Ipagbigay alam na lang ninyo sa ating mga kababayan. At sa susunod na umagahan, tanghalian o hapunan magbigay pugay tayo sa mga pagkaing sariling atin at sabihin, “Ang baho nito ah, sigurado masarap.”

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Batchoy

Kapag nasa Negros ka o kaya sa Iloilo kailangan mo kumain ng batchoy. At sa aking paghahanap ito ang mga natagpuan ko.

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Sa Bacolod sakay ng Bata. Yung ruta ng jeep ha, baka kung ano masakyan mo makulong ka pa. Dadaan yan sa Locsin st. Tanong-tanong ka na lang dun kung saan ang Super Batchoy.  

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Yan ang Super Batchoy House. Sobrang busy n’yan di nawawalan ng tao. 

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Yan ang regular batchoy nila. Madami na yan. Tapos samahan mo ng tinapay. Ok ‘to masarap talaga, tsaka yung beef strips talagang nangunguya mo. 

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Ang regular batchoy nila ay 48 pesos. Tingnan mo ang presyo sa dingding para sa ibang orders. May softdrinks ako, dalawang tinapay at batchoy, hindi umabot ng Php 100.00 ang binayaran ko.

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Next stop sa Molo. Dumaan ka muna sa church at isama ako sa dasal. Tsaka kapag nariyan ka madali na lang hanapin ang Pid Al. 

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Ang Pid Al ay pangalan ng kainan. At ito yun. Cozy ang lugar lalo na kasi katapos lang ng tanghalian. 

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Dahil nasa Molo town ako, umorder ako ng Molo soup. Pero sabi sa akin batchoy lang daw meron sila. Kaya umorder ako ng batchoy. Specialty din nila native coffee, yun yung tasang nasa likod ng bowl. Brewed coffee yan at masarap sa halagang Php 16.00! Mukhang tinataga tayo ng coffee shops dito sa Manila. Masarap din batchoy nila at madami din ang serving. Wala pang Php 100.00 ang binayaran ko.

Mga lugar ‘yan na natsambahan ko lang talaga. Kasi kahit gutom na ako sabi ko di talaga ako kakain sa fastfood. Kaya ako napadpad sa mga lugar na yan. Kumain din ako ng batchoy sa Guimbal kaso naubos na battery cellphone ko, kaya di ko nakunan ng larawan. Iba din ang timpla ng batchoy dun. Di na ako nakapunta sa La Paz kahit malapit lang kasi kulang sa oras e.

Walang katulad kapag kumain ka ng batchoy sa mga lugar na ito. Yung bayan, tao, pagkain at presyo kailangan mo talagang ma-experience.

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Si Luzmindo at palengke sa Mindanao

He is eighty years old. I ask him his name. He told me Luzmindo. No, not Luzvimindo, but Luzmindo. He explains, “My father is from Luzon and my mother’s from Mindanao, that is why I am Luzmindo.” He told me that his father was from Bicol and transferred here in Mindanao – took his chances and built a family. He said “Kung masipag ka lang dito sa Mindanao, hindi ka magugutom. Marami ang umuunlad dito.” I believe him.

Having lived in Luzon most of my life I can now feel how alien Mindanao really is from our consciousness. The Visayans are a great people. The Lumads are gentle. And Mindanao is really, really rich in terms of natural resources. So far, among the provinces and towns I have visited Davao exhibits an incomparably healthy public market life. May malalaking public market almost ten to fifteen minutes apart. In General Santos they have a lot of public markets as well. Food here is cheap. In Manila people go for branded supermarkets, and now I see that it is not a very good indicator of growth. Sosyal lang kasi naka-aircon. But in terms of development, food delivery, agriculture, businesses and so on public markets are a great equalizer – they resist monopoly and at the same time they build and sustain lives. A poor man here can eat decent food for fifteen pesos when he buys from the palengke. He can have vegetables, a little meat which he can get for five pesos from ihaw-ihaw stalls. I saw a beggar eating decent meals three times a day. If only they could really address the political situation here in Mindanao, this is food haven – literally.  

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San Miguel Beer Pale Pilsen, Chicken Mami and Siopao

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Mag-suroy-suroy sa Davao

Suroy-suroy generally means “to make pasyal” – that is the tag-lish infinitive. Seriously, suroy-suroy is leisurely walk, sight-seeing, stroll or simply getting-to-know-a-place. It is a totally useless enterprise – and because it has no use it is most meaningful. You just walk. And I did that this afternoon.

Earlier I mentioned that I went to Abreeza mall – nice posh mall.  I decided to walk to feel the place and meet people minus the greet. I did not clock the walk but I surmise it’s a 30 to 40-minute leisure to home.

J.P. Laurel street is not as congested as Manila’s, there are no tall buildings so the pleasure is in seeing a vast expanse of sky which brings me to rant “We need cloudsman, so stop skyscraping the sky.” Anyway along the street I took a picture.

Along J. P. Laurel Street, Davao.

Along J. P. Laurel Street, Davao.

That is the fruit Durian to your right. You can eat the fruit on the spot like any street food.

As I was telling you earlier Davao food will surprise you.

Kwek-kwek served with sea weed and diced cucumber soaked in vinegar and sprinkled with salt.

Kwek-kwek served with sea weed and diced cucumber soaked in vinegar and sprinkled with salt.

Kwek-kwek is boiled quail egg coated with orange flour then deep fried. But the term was applied to chicken egg so long as it is looks the same. When I asked the girl attending the store what she calls what she caters, she said kwek-kwek. I said to her in Tagalog, “But you have seaweed and cucumber that goes with it, so it must have a special name.” She answered, “E ‘di sea-kwek.” Short for sea weed with kwek-kwek. Ok, sea-kwek-kwek, it might not sound edible but sooner or later it will grow into you. In case history becomes favorable to the label, the credit is to the girl.       

Now, I want you to look very carefully at the food to your left.

Chicken skin and kwek-kwek.

Chicken skin and kwek-kwek.

Yes, that is deep fried crunchy chicken skin. I know, it is sooooo cholesterol, e masarap e. Tsaka ginto and chicken skin sa Manila. Do you know how much I paid for that here in Davao? Five pesos. Yes, five pesos of crunchy chicken skin. And do you know how much sea-kwek-kwek costs? Ten pesos. So I had a fifteen peso filling merienda.

I am not really into taking pictures of what I eat. Not that I eat live frogs or worms, but you don’t take picture of rice and fried fish and post it. Or go like, “OMG I am here at a restaurant with bulalo and rice, and look at the rice it’s so picturesque, look, the grains are arranged, like the chef painstakingly fixed it as if it speaks to me, what sublime artistry, definitely heavenly!” – DSLR, snap! snap! What comes to mind is we pay very little attention to the lowly rice most of the time di ba?

By the way the eatery is just in front of the office of the Department of Health along J. P. Laurel.

Anyway, for whatever reasons why we ever take pictures of what we eat, I’ll let you ‘see’ what I will eventually find here of interest. I’ll be using a cellphone cam so please bear with the quality. God bless.

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You want food?

 

                Have been excited several days ago, have rushed all school requirements and facilitated meetings to leave all worries behind, for Davao. The trip is not exactly a simple get away from Manila. I will be undergoing a program on Clinical Pastoral Education at San Pedro Hospital in Davao City. My companion and I have just had our interview last Friday. And we will start on April 2.     

                We arrived here in Davao last Thursday, March 27, 2014.

                What I was excited about really was the food. When I first visited Davao around five to six years ago, I remember we were having some rice crisis back in Luzon. In stark contrast Davao city had this grill-kiosks, canteens and restaurants with big servings of food. Before Mang Inasal boomed in Manila with its unlimited-rice promo Davao city restaurants already offer unli-rice. Once taking a stroll near San Pedro Hospital I chanced upon a canteen with 99- peso-eat-all-you-can promo – did not have the chance to try it out though. At that time, where our hosts took us simply baffled us in terms of price and taste: from buffet restaurants to stalls, to ihaw-ihaw (literally grill-grill) eateries serving tuna panga (tuna’s jaw), big servings of chicken, squids and all. These stuffs cost fortune in Manila that even mid-range buffet restos pale in comparison in terms of taste, serving and freshness. When we pointed this out to our host, she said it does matter where and how animals are raised. If you are fond of sea-weeds or sea food in general, man, better go here.

                Most people, including some friends, when they think of going out of town mindful of expenses, would opt for Hong Kong or Singapore. They would buy tickets on promo which is more or less equivalent to the regular air fare for Mindanao. My advice is, resist the temptation; spend your millions here in our country – or on me if you want hehe.         

                As an aside, I remember when I was in Marinduque, my aunt served calamares (it’s fried squid) partnered with miki bihon. I asked in Tagalog, “Why are your calamares cubes, whereas calamares in Manila are served in rings?” She replied in Tagalog, “Because squids here are big.” In fact when Marinduquenos go to Manila they get shocked at bite-size squids being sold at the wet market: “Those are baby squids!”  

                             Davao is in Mindanao. Mindanao is the third biggest island in the Philippines. Forget about what you see in the news and your impression of Mindanao. Davao is relatively peaceful. Military and rebel skirmishes happen elsewhere, you know.

                Just this afternoon I walked from Abreeza mall (an Ayala mall) along J. P. Laurel street to our place. It was quite a good walk and you get to see different restaurants along the streets, and some really nice eateries.

                I could not resist this but a thought comes to mind – food shortage. If our resources are really properly managed I definitely believe, and really really sure we have enough to feed Filipinos. Food shortage never was a problem of resources it has always been a problem of mismanagement.        

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