Nakakaon ka na ba? Kumain na kayo? Nangan kan? Did you eat yet?
Ah yes…the question your parents/grandparents/family members ask you as you walk in the door. Among Filipinos, it’s a more common way to say hello.
Food is perhaps the most innate thing that makes us human. It keeps us alive. It comforts us. It identifies us. It connects us. And at times, it can even divide us. Food is a window to our historical and contemporary lives like no other.
Filipino food is no exception. A large part of the Filipino American experience is the food we cook, serve, and eat. Filipino food like kinilaw, chicken afritada, and Jollibee’s peach mango pie can tell us about our history – colonial or otherwise. Our food also conveys the community’s struggles with health, cultural invisibility, and even mainstream desirability.
In this TFAL episode, we talk to Sarahlynn Pablo of Filipino Kitchen, a media based company which aims to support and promote the awareness of Filipino food here in the United States and throughout the diaspora. We discuss a myriad of food-related topics: which Filipino dishes comfort us, which dishes we learned later in life, how Filipinos connect with their food heritage, what politics arise when advocates try to mainstream Filipino cuisine, and much more.
Although we barely scratch the surface of Filipino food in this episode, we hope you enjoy this scrumptious discussion. Make sure to eat while listening or plan to eat afterwards because this episode will make you hungry! Where’s my fork and spoon? Fuck it…I’ll just use my hands!
Finally, check out our friends’ websites here:
Filipino Kitchen – http://filipino.kitchen/
Sarahlynn Pablo’s WordPress – https://sarahlynnpablo.wordpress.com/
And check out this YouTube web series, Market to Master, to get a glimpse of different kinds of foods from all over the Philippines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDisdSjO_Ro