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Is Filipino food embarassing?

I'm a pure blooded filipina and you are rigth that some filipino are embarass to eat the food do to comments. I was raised with eating the food but i was seen by most filipino as being too american so was never close to my ethinc root till i did culinary arts. I plan to open a filipino restaurant but I'm not planning my main client to be pure blooded filipinos but half blooded filipinos and filipino at heart because they are proud to eat the food.

Jun 30, 2010
KauaiKitty in Greater Seattle

Is Filipino food embarassing?

You are right that filipinos will not dine out. The next genration of filipino know only how to make the more modernize versions of filipino dishes. In truth some filipino only think of the Northern Luzon cooking since that the one they get most expoed to. There are about 6 major culinary regions in the Philippines three are on the Luzon, two in the Visayan Islands and Mindanao. I plan someday to open a restaurant that will expose everyone to all the regional cookings of the Philippines at the same time main stream the with the original flavors with a few subsitue due to department health rules.

Jun 30, 2010
KauaiKitty in Greater Seattle

Is Filipino food embarassing?

You are right about how the three characteristics that most filipino restaurants have in the way they prsent the food. I have learned you can serve traditional filipino food at the same time main stream it for other ethinc groups without loseing the original flavor. Not to mention make it MSG free.You can also make labor intensive filipino food and still have a low labor cost and resonable food price. The high price of the food is not do to the labor but the cost of the ingredents in the recipe the labor is only a small factor and most labor intensive dishes can be done in a normal 8 hr shift. My parents a few years ago had a restaurant in which we cooked filipino food and i have tried different recipes that are labor intensive and its the ingredents and not the labor that makes it expensive. Seafood is the highest price item ingredent when cooking even local seafood can be high because thier sold at fish market value.

Jun 30, 2010
KauaiKitty in Greater Seattle

Is Filipino food embarassing?

A number of Filipino restaurant with the steam table concept have owners that may have the money to open a restaurant but have never tried eating at a classier type restaurant. The Filipino restaurant that are classier is run by a owner that has not only has money but experiances in the food services business. As for the portion size in some filipino restaurant is that they are trying to make the most money by giving smaller portion but these owner have no culinary background because if they calulate the cost of thier ingredents for the portion size. They can actully give a larger portion and still make money.

Jun 30, 2010
KauaiKitty in Greater Seattle

Is Filipino food embarassing?

There are about 6 major culinary regions in the Philippines three are on the Luzon, two in the Visayan Islands and Mindanao. So depending on which region they came from thier is a different cooking style because in each regions thier are different resources avaliable to use in ones cooking also religion is another factor into what is cooked like in Mindanao. Most recipes that are served in some filipino restaurant is the more modernized recipes to try and expose filipino cooking to other ethnic groups. Also the filipino have the habit to do fusuion concept when it comes to food. But like you said many groups have step on Philippine soil. the three ethicty leaving the strongest mark in the Philippines is the chinesses, spanish and american and all that can be see from the food of the Philippines to the buildings in some areas and the people of the country of the Philippines.

Jun 30, 2010
KauaiKitty in Greater Seattle

Is Filipino food embarassing?

Filipino food is great, but most filipino restaurant and food establishment combine a verity store and take-out food. Most of the time with the exception of a few filipino restaurant they are cooking like they are in thier own home and add ingredints that other ethic groups see as gross. That is way ther's only a few restaurants also a number of pure blooded filipino who come to the US try to forget thier roots. Most people that will eat at a filipino restaurant is part filipino or filipino at heart. I'm pure filipino but i was born in hawaii. So from the filipino stand point i was too american so i was never close to my ethic roots till i majored in culinary arts and thur the food have gotten close to my ethic roots. I plan someday to establish a filipino restaurant that will bring the filipino food into mainstream popularty

Jun 30, 2010
KauaiKitty in Greater Seattle