Learn Your Parents Recipes

Filipino parties are known for their abundance of food. No matter the party, you can count on the staples being there like lumpia, pancit, and steamed rice. If it’s a special occasion, we’d go all out and buy a Lechon, a whole suckling pig. When my parents host a party, they dedicate the entire day to cooking and preparing the main dishes. Hosting gatherings is a significant aspect of Filipino culture, with food playing a central role.

After my birthday party, my parents called and the first thing they asked about was what food I served. Since my party started in the evening, I only had snacks and drinks, the norm for parties in New York City. If there was any food, it was likely store-bought rather than homemade.

It made me realize that many of my friends in New York, despite coming from rich food cultures and having parents who are exceptional cooks, do not cook regularly, if at all. Our generation might be the generation that cooks the least. Many of the recipes my parents cook have been passed down from generation to generation, and it would be a shame if they were lost with me.

One of my goals this year is to learn at least three of my parents’ recipes. It will help me connect with my culture and continue my traditions.

May 5, 2024

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