Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I'm an American and I Hate Your Filipino Food Because...

 

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I was researching about China's regional exotic cuisines when I stumbled on two books concerning Asia these present times. 

The first book discussed China's secret strategy to replace the United States as the next hegemonic global superpower. It was revealed that China is developing cutting-edge technologies that would defeat the United States easily. It was called shashoujian or the Assassin’s Mace.

The second book was about the territorial expansion of China in West Philippine Sea and Benham Rise (Pacific Ocean). Serendipitously, I found something regarding food on this book. Before rambling about food, the author delves into how the Philippines is a failed-state and is one of the weakest military force in Asia. 

He thinks that compared to other Asian countries the Philippines have inferior cuisine and lacks originality. Read below:

Of course, there is the large and consequential splatter of up-to-date, middle-class shopping centers and chain restaurants. But what becomes apparent after several days is that despite what the guidebooks claim, there really isn’t any distinctive Filipino cuisine beyond fish, pork, and indifferently cooked rice. This is a borrowed culture, without the residue of civilizational richness that is apparent at the archaeological sites in places like Vietnam and Indonesia, to say nothing of China or India. And of course, in such a culture, prominent are the luxury, gated communities, inside which the wealthy can escape the dysfunctional environment through life-support systems.


If you are a Filipino or you tasted Filipino cuisine before, what is your reaction to this author's discerning taste in food? What's your defense of your food?



Reference:

Robert D. Kaplan. 2015. Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific. Random House Trade Paperbacks. ISBN-13: 978-0812984804



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