Balikbayan Padaya

Umami lunch

I knew more or less what Tita Sarah’s Fine Foods would be serving at my balikbayan cousin Samantha’s birthday lunch. After all, Tita Sarah (a bilas, our husbands are brothers) inherited most of my husband’s mom and dad’s specialties, and put her own touch. So what else to bring than Lynne’s (my talented cook’s) sushi and sashimi platter? She’s so creative that she rolled some in black and white lenga (local sesame seeds) instead of say roe.

Sam’s relatives in Ilocos like the Lazos, Fabicos and Enriques were there.

MirinBlauEarth's Kitchen Sushi and Sashimi PlatterBlauEarth's Kitchen Sushi and Sashimi PlatterUntitledLeft to right: Tita Sylvia, Tita Josie Carlson, Tita Sipin Fabico, Samantha, Tita Aunong Enrique and my Ninang Leoncia Cu.Fresh LumpiaThere’s my mother-in-law’s fresh lumpia, which is also now one of Lynne’s specialties. Besides Asian-influenced Filipino food, Tita Sarah prepared Ilocano dishes such as imbaliktad (half-cooked beef and offal with papaitan) and there was also crispy pata. Breaded FishAmpalaya con CarnePancit SotanghonImbaliktadMia and JaniceMay and I went to the Holy Spirit Academy of Laoag, but she migrated to the States when we were just starting elementary school.Mia and TinyMia and Tiny 2

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The typical balikbayan pasalubong for third world citizens

The rents are in town and guess what was inside their suitcases, or, perhaps, balikbayan boxes? All-American food from the land of milk and honey. Ever wondered why there are many people in America who are overweight? This is why — Food is cheap everywhere in the US of A, unlike here, where some of our Pinoy brothers and sisters eat pagpag — a sad reality.

Mom and dad, children can’t be choosers, so thanks for the thought that went with the goodies.

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