13 April, 2011
And we called it Boodle Fight
A gathering where food (usually pansít or noodles, steamed rice and sardines) is served on banana leaves spread over a table and eaten with bare hands by a group of people. But this time, we couldn't find banana leaves in UK so we're using foil and we replace sardines with a variety of food like adobo, pansit, talong, okra, etc.
Although it is the practice for some Filipinos to eat with their hands, a group of people eating this way from one source is an unnatural and contrived practice in Philippine culture.
This is a military style of eating where long tables are prepared and food are on top of the banana leaves. Viands and rice ready to eat using your bare hands, jugs of water are prepared on the side to wash hands before the "eating combat".
With the signal to start the boodle fight, everyone aims for his/her position. The term is taken from pre-World War Two West Point slang meaning "any party at which boodle (candy, cake, ice cream, etc.) is served.
I like this rigid indoor experience, topped with a boodle fight to satisfy my hunger!
In the boodle fight you have to eat fast to get your fill.