Hello from the UK! After two weeks in the amazing Philippines – and a VERY long trip back home – I am finally back in London. I don’t think I’ve ever been so jet lagged in my life, even though I went to sleep at 9 pm last night and at 7:30 pm the night before. But that won’t stop me from picking up on the blog again!
Even though being on holiday is great, I absolutely dislike eating out every day and not being able to cook for myself. And no that doesn’t make me weird – I just like cooking and knowing what’s on my plate! So after eating pancakes for breakfast and burgers and pizza for lunch and dinner pretty much every day during my first week there, I was a little too excited when we spent four days in an apartment in Manila which had a small kitchenette.
We stayed at Jazz Residences in Makati (I’ll leave the Airbnb link to the apartment we stayed at right here, I highly recommend it!) which besides having a pool, a gym and a great view of the city, the building also had a mall with few places to eat and get coffee from and a pretty big supermarket. So as you do, we went grocery shopping a few times and I took the opportunity to see what strange or cool foods you could find at a Filipino supermarket.
Although most of the food was just basic things that can be found anywhere in the world (pasta, fruit, veg, meat, fish, cereal, etc) there were a few things that caught my eye; some that I wish we had here in the UK and other’s that, well, I don’t care much that we don’t.
First, let’s talk about the things I thought were cool or I really liked.
Yes, that’s a 25 kg bag of rice. Filipino women (and men) must be really strong if they have to carry these all the way back home, I couldn’t even lift it 1 cm off the floor. That’s not surprising though, I have the arm-strength of a 10 year old. But yeah, rice is a staple in every Filipino meal, and it isn’t just normal rice, it’s the best rice you will ever try.
In regards to the fruit, I’m not going to lie, I don’t like mangos or papaya. Actually, I like papaya, but I don’t love it. I took the pictures so that my mom could see how beautiful (and big) they were and to make her jealous – she’s obsessed with those two fruits.
And now to the few things I thought were a bit… odd. Weird. Kind of disgusting even though I didn’t try them so I probably shouldn’t say that. But you get what I mean.
I guess that if you like mango you would love the mango candy and the mango-dark chocolate ice-cream… but in regards to the avocado and peanut-butter ice-cream, what the heck? How can you even think to put those two things together? I think it’s just completely wrong. I love cookies and bacon but that doesn’t mean I would enjoy an ice cream made with those two flavors. Same with Fresh Fish, I love fish, but fish candy? YUCK! And well, I’m sure the Omypop popcorn tastes delicious, but what is that packaging???! It makes me cringe.
I’m sure though, that there are a lot of things that we think are normal in our supermarkets that Asian’s and other cultures find completely strange. I would love to know if you have ever tasted any of these, or if you’ve tried weird foods and candy from other countries (or from the UK), so let me know in the comments or send me an email!