In my younger years, I was very picky with food. Because I went to UP Diliman for college, I started experimenting (food-wise) and tried a lot of food for the first time — sisig (KKK and Trellis on Kalayaan!), ox brain (in the International Center), CASAA (where every meal is an experiment), and eating in eat-all-you-can-rice establishments way before Mang Inasal started it. What I regret not doing was (making tusok-tusok) eating fish ball. I never had fish ball in UP, can you believe? I just couldn’t get myself to do it. (I am, however, at peace with not ever trying isaw, betamax and the other icky stuff.)
When I started working, I got more bold. I ate in Wok Inn for the first time. The food was good (even though I thought we would get mugged and hepatitis at the same time. It was the old branch on Shaw Blvd beside the hardware and car battery shop). Then I was assigned in the province for sales for more than a year and that’s when I really got “down and dirty”. I remember having to eat at a carinderia in Naga, this outdoor ihaw-ihaw at the municipal hall of Kalibo and of course the palengke in Boracay Station 3. To this day, I cannot believe how I got through all of that but I am a stronger woman now (with a stronger gut) because of that year in sales.
Although I have been more adventurous with food options over time, there are still some foods (yes, you can add an “s” if it means different types of food) I don’t like to eat. After some analysis, I realized the food I don’t like to eat actually fall into 1 category — I call them “murky food”. Some examples:
I don’t like kare-kare or kaldereta because the ingredients are buried under some thick sauce and you can’t distinguish the ingredients anymore. I don’t like dinuguan and adobong pusit because they’re swimming in black sauce (I’m not too keen on paella negra either). I abhor balaw-balaw (which my father loves).
However, I am OK to eat dishes in clear soup or thick-sauced homogeneous meals (mechado, adobo, paksiw). I am not giving up hope though. Kare-kare is in my bucket list.
What about you? Do you discriminate against certain foods?