What is a Boodle Fight?
If you are a foodie and love to eat at restaurants like Pizza Hut, Burger King or Jollibee, then today I’m going to tell you about a food eating competition. The name of the competition is Boodle Fight. So in this blog I’m going to explain about what is boodle fight, what you can expect in it, foods that are served there and many other things. So, let’s check it out.
So what is a Boodle Fight?
Recently this Kamayan (bear hand eating) style culinary experience called Boodle Fight is gaining popularity not just in Philippines but as well as overseas like in New York, UAE and even here in New Zealand. This Filipino tradition of eating originated from the Philippine military where a big pile of food are served in the middle of a really long table in a mess hall where every hungry soldier eats with their hands symbolizing of camaraderie, brotherhood and equality in the military. The “fight” in the name refers to the act of grabbing and eating as much as the soldier can before others grab them, otherwise you won’t have any. Remember this is served to very hungry men so if you’re slow you will definitely run out of food.
What to expect?
In a Boodle Fight usually food are served on top of a table lined with banana leaves. Rice is placed in the middle and viands are either served on top or on the sides of the rice. Water jugs are also placed on the side used for washing your hands just before the “fight” happens. During a Boodle Fight no utensils are used. It is expected that you eat with bare hands called kamayan, so this is definitely not a fine dining experience. Trust me it’s way much more exciting to do this! Rather than those ones that have multiple sets of cutleries and glassware in front of you, this is more fun.
What dishes are served on a Boodle Fight?
As for the dishes there are no set rules in what to add, but the most popular ones are the dry dishes since it is consumed kamayan style. Dishes like fried dried fish like tuyo, danggit, and pusit are quite common. Breakfast meats are also popular like tocino, longaniza and tapa but the favourite ones are the charcoal grilled meats like fish, chicken and pork. Fruits are also served as a balancer to the salty and oily viands. Fruits such as pineapples, mangoes and papaya are very common. There are also some vegetable salads like itlog na maaalat, talong, okra, atchara to name some. But that does not stop there. Some also add deep fried items like lumpia, fried fish, fried chicken then to top it all up, rice and noodles are also served as a carbohydrate source.
Some people add saucy dishes just to add some moisture to the mostly dry viands. Hence you will see palayoks on the sides filled with Filipino favourites such as sinigang, bulalo, tinola, kare kare and similar saucy dishes. By doing this expect it to be messier!
Looks a lot? Yes because there is a lot of food items in one table. Now if you are ready to do a Boodle Fight, make sure everyone is hungry. Try serving it right after swimming, tramping, etc., that way you will experience the real “fight”. You will notice everyone will be very busy eating they don’t bother talking to each other. If you are a slow eater then good luck to you.
Will you ever try this? What are your thoughts on this Filipino tradition? Kamayan na!