Are you afraid of the grub?

>> Monday, October 29, 2012

We are all picky eaters. Even the Anthony Bourdains and Andrew Zimmerns of this world find food they'd rather not eat. So, in the spirit of Halloween, let's talk about food that ironically sends us on a hunger strike. I have a good list.

Dinuguan Hallow's Eve is upon us. It is the time when spirits are most alive, and the supernatural is at its strongest. Whether or not you believe in ghosts and spells and the otherwordly, there definitely is food that gives you goosebumps, making you choose hunger over facing your fears. In my case, I have several, although not all of them scare me away in as much as I just don't eat them.

Food that I don't want in my mouth

A lot of people I know are happiest eating dinuguan. But no matter how good they say it is, I can't get myself to put it in my mouth. It's not the appearance that scares me away. It's not even the blood. (I remember eating betamax -- the grilled coagulated blocks of pig's blood sold together with isaw -- after school when I was a kid, and drinking the leftover vinegar mix dip from the plastic.) It's the mere thought of it. I mean, what am I eating, really? Everything in the dish looks the same. They're all black and murky. It looks downright dirty. And when I taste it (I have several times) that thought takes over my taste buds. I couldn't get over the texture, consistency and hint of sourness that I think makes it even worse.

Whether grilled, fried, in a torta, or cooked in a vegetable dish, I would not dare touch an eggplant even with a 10-foot fork. It is yuck. I do love okra, though.

Buko or young coconut meat
Here's the thing. I'm head over heels for gata or coconut milk. I can't get enough of grated mature coconut meat usually eaten with rice cakes. And I find young coconut juice absolutely divine. But coconut meat? Blech.

I know many people find this blasphemous. But my aversion to sinigang is almost involuntary. Yes, I'm saying I wash my hands on this one. Ever since I was a kid, I would refuse to eat sinigang. It doesn't matter how hungry I was. I'd rather wait for what the kitchen has in store for me the next day. I tried to eat sinigang several times but I just can't get over the first bites. C is dead set on cooking an absolutely out of this world sinigang to change my mind, so let's see how that will turn out.

How about you? What food would send you running the opposite direction?


i♥pinkc00kies October 29, 2012 at 2:22 PM  

* dinuguan- same reason as yours.
* igado, lengua, bopis or anything that has innards of an animal. ewww.
* kare-kare- i love peanut/ peanut butter but you can never let me eat this.
* kilawin- smell turns me off right away!
* dishes cooked in coconut milk- i like it if it's kakanin or pinoy desserts with coconut milk. but if viands cooked in coconut milk, uhm.. no thanks! :D

Zel of GOAB October 30, 2012 at 1:01 PM  

I don't eat lengua too! But I do love coconut milk-based dishes :D

lilac_wine November 8, 2012 at 4:45 PM  

not a dish, but a fruit.


i'd rather die in starvation than eat durian. even if it's the only edible thing on a deserted island, i won't go near it :T

Lazy Black Cat November 11, 2012 at 8:34 PM  

Anything that shows too much animal parts (hair, snout, you know what I mean!) like patatim or kare-kare! Agree with the talong, it has that "larva" look which is perfect for Halloween!

Zel of GOAB November 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM  

@lilac_wine I honestly haven't found the courage to try durian. I attempted the durian candy once but that didn't go too well :(

@Lazy Black Cat So, no lechon either?? I love pata tim, but I don't like tripe in kare-kare.

psychosomaticaddictinsane November 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM  

anything with curry!!!!! and rootbeer. and macaroons!

love your blog. very informative. :)

Zel of GOAB November 16, 2012 at 6:08 PM  

Thanks @psychosomaticaddictinsane! I'll try to keep up the informative posts :)

I love curry! What about it don't you like? I don't drink root beer too but that's because I don't like soda in general.

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