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Re: “No Pork, No Worries

I disagree that meat has to be crucial to still be traditional. Filipinos have been known to assimilate & make do with the ingredients available to them. Many of our dishes are influenced by other countries through trade & all its occupants (Spain, China, India, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia & America) which we then take & make them our own. One does not need to use meat (and yes, fish is meat) to still stay true to a dish - so long as you use the same preparation, flavors, textures, & care. By not using meat, a Filipino dish can be elevated into something more vibrant, colorful, healthful, & flavorful than it was originally. It can even make the dish more representative of the tropical islands that the Philippines really are comprised of.

I'm often asked why there are not more Filipino restaurants out there. My theory has always been that we (as Filipinos) are partly to blame for why we're grossly underrepresented. That's because of what I previously stated, our ability to assimilate...but also that our own cuisine varies regionally & also down to how our very own family makes a particular dish. If it's not what we're used to, then it's "not right," & we tend to reject it. girlonbus falls into this category, & perpetuates why we will continue to be underrepresented if we're not open & supportive of each other. All of our taste buds are comforted by familiarity, but our survival instincts need to kick-in. In order to continue to make ourselves & this planet viable, we need to cut back on meat consumption.

I commend Jay-Ar Isagani Pugao for taking our Filipino cuisine, making it more healthful to support his mother, & then to make it available to the masses. He at least provides a gateway for those that are uninitiated & intimidated to try Filipino cuisine.

Because I no longer want to partake in the suffering of other beings, I too am Vegan. Although I do not particularly like the term, "foodie," I am very much involved in and understand the cultural importance of cooking & sharing the meals I prepare with my family and friends. I am also making the dishes I grew up with plant-based, which actually keeps me firmly-rooted in my culture, helps my family become healthier (with cancer affecting my family, surely the acidity of meat does not help in healing), and keeps me close to my Lola who originally taught me how to cook. I'm sure she would be proud.

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Posted by mrobles on 12/02/2010 at 3:46 AM

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