Have you ever had organic shallots or scallions on your morning fried rice? or maybe tried your favorite durum semolina based pasta with cream pepper, arugula, and speck or cooked ala Genovese? or have you actually asked what the hell am I talking about?
Ever had a hard time reading through a chicken recipe in a restaurant with all possible parts of speech combinations allowable by existing grammar rules?
SEARED CORNISH GAME HENS WITH GARLIC AND ROSEMARY SAUCE IN TOMATO GRAPE SAUCE
The affluent use of language features has been a prevailing idea/concept in most gourmet or ” Food Couture” cuisine which mainly is used to highlight important cooking style, ingredient, or creative infusions among culinary experts. Through this, foodies or critiques will have a visual “pre-deliberation” of what awaits the palate.
But, has language been exclusively on the privileged, what is in store of the lowly street food we have been accustomed to?
So, I took the bold step of “GOURMETIZING” the pinoy street food name and raise the bar notches higher.
1. DEEP FRIED SWEET PLANTAIN BANANAS COVERED IN STARCH BATTER WRAPPER WITH CARAMELIZED BROWN SUGAR COATING. You may go A LA MODE or Jackfruit surprise with this personal merienda choice!
2. HOT SOFT BEAN CURD WITH CARAMEL SYRUP AND TAPIOCA BALL FLOATERS. High protein (but high sugar as well) snack available with kuya magtataho and his unbreakable bamboo stick.
3. DEEP-FRIED QUAIL EGG BATTER SKEWERS WITH SPICED LOCAL VINEGAR DIP. Orange seems to be the most enticing color makers have bestowed on this sinfully palatable street food.
4. BANANA/VANILLA FLAVORED MILK SLUSHY TOPPED WITH MIDGET MALLOWS, RICE CRISPIES AND COCOA SYRUP. From the street hawkers and their trusted ice shavers comes summer’s favorite kiddie cooler.
5. DEEP FRIED AIRY FISH FLAVORED DOUGH SKEWERS WITH AN ASSORTMENT OF DIPPING . As what they always say: Sana ang pagibig mo parang fishballs- 50 centavos parati- hindi nagbabago!- boom!
Voila! from rags to a resoundingly rich and undeniably 5 star quality names of your all time fave street food. So, the next time you give in to your street food cravings, try asking “kuya vendor” or “Ate tindera” for these fine, flossy food names,
I bet all you’ll get is a crinkled brow and a weirded out look- Enjoy!
“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”
― George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
HELP ME “GOURMETIZE” OUR LOCAL FOOD AND SHOW THAT PINOY FOOD IS WORLD CLASS TOO. I would appreciate your comments! 🙂
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