The Philippines is one of the many countries with the most varied cuisines in the world. With that, it boasts of its fair share, a unique blend of East and West foods that are indeed appealing to all. It may be intimidating at first, especially if you are not used to eating Filipino foods. If you are curious about how a Filipino normally eats, read on:
A FILIPINO EATS WITH A SPOON AND FORK
Same with other Asian countries that do not use chopsticks, the Filipinos use a spoon and fork in eating. The spoon is used to scoop a mouthful rice, stew, and soup, and to cut down a piece of meat. The fork is used to spear and pin the meat while being sliced by the spoon.
A FILIPINO EATS WITH HANDS WHENEVER THERE ARE NO SPOON AND FORK
There are also a lot of foods that can be eaten using only the hands. There are a few traditional Philippine restaurants who promote this practice by serving meals laid out on a banana leaf. Additionally, there are rules to follow when using the bare hands to eat. First, never put food into your mouth with your left hand as it is “unclean” as per culture. Second, use your right hand when passing a food to someone else.
A FILIPINO ALWAYS EATS WITH RICE
Filipinos couldn’t eat without rice. Commonly used type of rice in the country is the white rice. If you would notice, many traditional desserts are being made with rice: suman, kutchinta, puto, tikoy, biko, and many more!
A FILIPINO TYPICALLY GIVES A ‘TIP’ TO A WAITER IN RESTAURANTS
Filipinos are fond of giving an extra payment that is 10 percent higher than their bill as a ‘thank you’ to the service the establishment has given them.
A FILIPINO FOLLOWS THE SOCIAL HEIRARCHY
Traditionally, dining tables in Filipino homes are in rectangular form and there are existing rules that must be followed. The most important member of the family should sit at the head of the table known in Filipino language as ‘kabisera’, the honored guest by his side, and the rest of the family will be on the long sides of the table.