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similar to reyna's mami and siopao, the pair of puto and dinuguan..yum yum!


It's not American, but I once watched a Chinese-American girl at work unwrap a dolmade and eat the rice out of it. I'd hate to take a bite of wrapped nor mai gai.

jay P

pancit habhab!

rice noodles from lukban quezon in the Philippines sprinkled with a dash of vinegar and served on a banana leaf.

you are supposed to eat it without utensils- just slurp it off the banana leaf. preferrably while standing or sitting by the side of the road.

the name habhab makes sense once you realize its onomatopeic! hahahaha!


Such a great question to ask, Do you know how to eat/enjoy it?

One my great aunts in Texas asked me this the first time I sat down with pigs feet, only with a gentle chiding tone: "You know how to eat that?" she asked me.

Her instruction was helpful. If I can branch out into Mexican food (I'm from southern alifornia, so its American food to me) then I have to mention huevos rancheros. People have different ways of enjoying this dish.
With a crispy fried tortilla you can pick it up and eat. I love it when green chili sauce soaks through the whole thing so that you have to eat with a knife and fork.

When I was in France my friends father gleefully asked me to smell a particularly pungent cheese of his native region, Haute de Savoie, he then laughed at my grimace and told me that I was ready to enjoy real French cheese.


I just found your blog and it is wonderful! I recently moved to Hong Kong and have been picking over blogs for places to eat. This will definitely be one of my SE Asian cheat sheets!

And I think a hot dog would fit this phrase. I was never a fan of hot dogs until I visited Chicago and let a vendor show me how it was done. By the end of it I had what looked like a whole meal, with a crisp pickle, chili, and onions flanking the red hot and topped with mustard and relish.


"It always struck me as so very Chinese, this tendency to question a foreigner's ability ... speak or read Chinese, ... or know much of anything about Chinese history, culture, or society, for that matter."

This made me smile, Robyn!! Have you ever thought of replacing "Chinese" with "Americans"? When I entered college here as a freshman in 1978, I was puzzled by the non-stop questions about where I had learned to write & speak English, followed by disbelief when I mentioned India! Thirty-four years later, I still get the same reaction!!

Perhaps the Chinese are not unique in their concern to make strangers feel at home, in a potentially strange & confusing land.

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