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Palabok: What makes a day better

July 31, 2012

After all those meals of eating McDonalds, my mom finally gave us a break by buying from Jollibee, one of the most famous fastfood chains found here in the Philippines. They provide a large variety of food, from crispy chicken, to iced coffee, to the peach mango pie, but the best one I’ve tasted so far was their palabok. Even though buying a plate (or carton in this case) of Palabok from Jollibee won’t give us the best idea of what Palabok is, it tells us that  the reason why it’s still being sold is because it still appeals to the market, not that if ever dissatisfied hungry customers. How ever did I survive my childhood screaming at my mother, “Ayoko ng palabok, gusto ko ng spaghetti!”

An all favorite Filipino dish, it tastes best with the kalamansi juice spread all around the noodles. It gives a different taste compared to the salty one that the sauce on top gives. The crunchy bits of meat on top gives it a certain texture, making you want to keep it in your mouth for a long time. The shrimps easily available at the side gives a bland taste, a good break from the super-salty mixture that is palabok. Though I’m not really sure what the sliced hard-boiled eggs are there for, it certainly makes the taste of everything better. A problem with the meal, however, is that they put meat into it. Not just any piece of meat, but a meat with fat. Fat together with meat is definitely a big no-no for me. Being very picky with food, I dislike anything that involves fat, or bones. It reminds of the pain and suffering the animal went through, but without these blocking the way, I don’t feel guilty at all.

For the people who have never tried palabok ever before, I say you try it now. The exquisite taste of the sauce, mixed together with the tangy flavor of the kalamansi with the eggs and shrimp will certainly give your tastebuds the time of their lives. Not only do you get to taste one of the best noodle dish ever, but you also get to experience a large part of the Filipino culture in a bite.

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