When I was in Japan I was cooking mostly Japanese food in our kitchen. I didn’t understand why Filipinos in Japan would go travel far just to get their favorite all-Filipino soy sauce at thrice the price at some Filipino store. I was not missing on any Filipino food and contented on having some every time I go back to the Philippines for vacation, once every year, the most frequent.
I was too engrossed in Japanese cuisine that I panicked when invited by my Belgian friend to cook Filipino in their house!
The reason I was not missing on Filipino food in Japan was because I didn’t see any of it in common places. There was a dearth of restaurants that catered for the Philippine expats in Japan. Food-wise, it seemed that in my case, I did not miss/long for something I didn’t see or that was not there. Until I came here…
Here in Dubai, I found out that big supermarkets such as Carrefour or Spinney’s have dedicated Filipino section with loads of stuff to satisfy the Philippine expats here. I thought it would not matter to me as I was looking for the Japanese section first. I was wrong.
I never knew Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdog is as tender and juicy as it can be! I never thought Century tuna would actually make me happy!
And, there are lots of Filipino restaurants around to relieve us of the unending curry menu in the Indian restos. Here in this Filipino restaurants you can find honest to goodness good ol’ homecooked delectable Filipino food that will make you remember and feel closer to home. I should add that the place is always crowded with Philippine expats so it really don’t look like I am in Dubai. I always feel I am in Manila with all the Tagalog I hear everywhere.
It was payday yesterday and I took M and Pristine to a Filipino restaurant. As soon as we entered the door, the waitresses greeted us in Tagalog making me feel like we just unboarded the plane in Manila and dined inside the airport! We had a great dinner finished with Halo-halo, a desert composed of shaved ice, milk, coconut strips, purple yum pudding, caramel custard, sweetened plantains and jackfruit and topped with ice cream (calorie alert people!!). I could never ask for more.