Giniling Kalabasa at Alugbati is a simple Filipino vegetable soup dish prepared with minced pork, alugbati (Malabar spinach) and buttercup squash. It’s simple, delicious, nutritious and affordable, this is what a dinner should be!
In your home country what does the typical daily meal look like? It’s interesting to see this right? It sort of defines a major part of the country’s cuisine and it definitely shows a lot of the regions culture and tradition. But don’t confuse typical with traditional dishes as the two are very different. Traditional refers to culinary customs that are inherited, typically within in the family, in a community or even a small region as part of its culture and identity. Typical on the other hand is one that most people in a place like to eat and is massively prepared and replicated. This means, a traditional dish may be typical and vice versa, but not all of the typical dishes are traditional and not all the traditional ones are typical. Confusing? Let me give you an example. In America a typical dish can be a burger but a traditional one can be a Rocky Mountain Oysters. In the Philippines a typical dish can be Chicken Adobo but a traditional one can be the Tausug’s Tiyula itum Now, does that makes sense.
Most traditional dishes originated at home with the skills of the home chef whether it is the housewife or the husband who creatively combines ingredients with different techniques to create new recipes. On the other hand, most, typical recipes are made to be prepared easily and affordable as this has more reach and its likeability factor is high, they are also simpler than traditional food most of the times.
In Philippines where I grew up the usual fare are vegetables and if you have the extra budget then an additional fried fish or pork are also served on the side. In New Zealand the usual dinner food here is a piece of pan-fried meat which can be beef, pork or chicken where it is served with steamed vegetables, sometime family pie or sausage and mash. In your home country how does it look like?