4 Quirky Dining Habits You Have If You're Pinoy
The second one is something even celebs and socialites love to do.
Filipinos are famous for their festive food culture, and with that love for eating come a lot of quirks. The next time you’re at the dinner table, check out which of these habits you and your family have:
Eating all the carbs
Pinoys can make almost anything into ulam, pairing all sorts of food with their choice of carbs. Sometimes, even the ulam is carbs! We eat pancit sandwiches, pancit on rice, and potatoes on rice. Our desserts are infamously carb-y, from puto and sapin-sapin, to pichi-pichi and everything in between. Even our non-silog breakfast options aren’t carb-free. Who doesn’t love champorado in the morning, anyway?
Eating using your bare hands
Who needs all those utensils when you’ve got a perfectly good pair growing out of your arms? The Philippines is the land of kamayan dining, and for good reason: It’s just more fun to eat with your hands.
And everyone, including celebs and socialites, knows the joy of kamayan. As TV personality Boy Abunda puts it in the following video, “I think we enjoy kamayan dahil tayo yun eh. (I think we enjoy eating with our hands because it’s part of our identity.)”
The video shows something else that kamayan is able to do: It can somehow break the ice and encourage people to let their guard down. Along with Boy Abunda, celebrities AiAi Delas Alas, Neri Miranda, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Drew Arellano, Bianca Gonzalez, LA Tenorio, and James Deakin relax more and more as the sumptuous meal by Chef JP Anglo progresses. Eating with your hands can bring a more light and casual air to even the poshest of settings.
Of course, if you’re going to #GoKamayan, it’s probably a good idea to wash your hands with Safeguard first. Do yourself a favor and keep the germs and bacteria out of your system.
Leaving behind the “diyahe piece”
It has a lot of names: diyahe piece, shy piece, Pinoy piece, and piece of shame, to name a few—but no matter what you call it, every Filipino would know what you’re talking about. No one really knows why we never take the last morsel of food left on a shared dish; all we know is that it makes for some really awkward stares across the table.
Raise your hand if you’ve been guilty of taking half of that last bit left over, just so you can say you didn’t finish it all.
Pouring almost any liquid over rice
With all the liquids we mix into our rice, you’d think Pinoys are scared of eating anything dry. Practically anything is an easy target, so long as it’s fluid: gravy, patis, chicken oil, toyo, ketchup, egg yolks, and even chocolate.
When we cook our dishes, we always make sure there’s enough sauce to pour over the rice; and when we’re having soups like tinola and sinigang, you can bet that someone at the table’s going to pour the broth over the rice they’re eating, possibly to a point where the rice will be swimming in broth.