This is about bad food and cleanliness type experiences in the Philippines.
Now in light of the GOT DAMNED donut thread I want to hear all your horrible experiences and I want to hear all the petty complaints, so please feel free to bitch over the smallest thing. WHY?……. Because it makes me feel better to know I’m not the only poor son of a bitch suffering from my daily dosage of the Filipino experience. Topics can be anything regarding food. From its nutritional value, to the types of food you have seen, poor customer service in restaurants or grocery stores, to general cleanliness in home or while at an eatery. Basically anything related to food and or its scope.
This isn’t an intellectual thread; I personally don’t give a shit about anything more than hearing horror stories, all you have to do is bitch, complain, or simply tell a funny story.
That being said, allow me to help by attempting to set the tone.
When I first came to this country naturally I was in for a shock when ordering certain things off of a Filipino menu, but aside from the obvious misrepresentation of said menus, there was also the extra that comes with many Filipino meals.
Now I am fully aware that every food establishment has its problems, and I have eaten at places in the states that are pretty awful and even worked at a few as a kid. However, I think we can basically all agree (or not) that this countries standard is so fucking low as to make anyone cringe.
Exhibit A: Was at a jolly bee and I could see into the kitchen and there was a dude cooking burgers. He was standing sideways enough that you could see him putting cheese on the burgers. He did this by licking his fingers (the way you would to separate paper) and then placing the cheese on the burger, mmmm, YUM ™.
Also ordered a Champ and got home opened the bun as I always do for some reason to find a moldy rotten tomato slice. I have not eaten at JB since. The only reason I did was because I was in a hurry.
Exhibit B. Decided I would go to Shaky’s pizza and get something. I should have assumed it was bad from walking in and sitting down when I saw in the space of 5 minutes, three Ipis (Cockroaches) and several flies, the big fat blue kind buzzing about. I chose to ignore this. BAD MOVE.. So I get two pizzas for takeout and I go home. I sit the pizza down on a table in a dimly lit room and proceed to take from it over the course of several hours. It was actually pretty good. Unfortunately I decided to turn on the lights. What I discovered was that there were no less than (count it) 6, THAT’S SIX FUCKING IPIS UNDER MY PIZZA!!!! All baked into the dough. You know, like some dickweed tried to cover them up and bury them in pizza dough for a little extra protein. Granted they were not big (Am I fucking trying to justify this shit?) the largest was about ¾ of an inch the second largest about half an inch and the rest babies. So to summarize reddit style, I ordered a pizza with extra cockroaches. By the way, this happened on the 3rd floor of an SM mall by the way, not some outside type of situation. But I’m willing to bet dollars to horrible tasting nutella covered donuts, that there were probably maggots somewhere in the store as well considering the flies I saw. All the Filipinos seemed to be quite resilient to this naturally.
2. HOME COOKED MEALS
Basically as I think others have mentioned, they would prefer to cook and prepare their own food. I assume this is because like me, they feel the “cleanliness” of Filipinos have a little to be desired.
Exhibit A: Was at the Ex wife’s house with her family for some family affair, and they decided to cook pasta. Naturally it was some housemaid cooking this shit, and they have this outdoor (dirty kitchen) that has a cement sink. So they dump the pasta all out in the sink and drain the water, then this housemaid uses her hands to pick it up and put it into the pan again all drained out. I’m assuming most Filipino would not do this. YOU HEAR THAT FIPS, IM GIVING YOU THE BENEFIT OF DOUBT!! Lol.. By the way, this sink was normally filthy. I mean they would clean fish there, and leave dishes in it and rats would climb through it. Yeah I’m aware that most bacteria cants stand boiling water, but that’s not the fucking point!
Exhibit B: Decided to make myself some chicken or pork I can’t remember, and at any rate, at that time I was kind of a gym rat. I basically cleaned off all my meat to get the shards of bones off of it, because Filipinos only know one way to butcher, and that’s to mutilate everything with a 12 pound meat cleaver. I also sliced off the extra skin and fat which I didn’t want to eat. Now I realize Filipinos like fat and skin, but I didn’t think about saving it for them obviously. I decided to just toss it in the trash. I start cooking and I come back about 5 minutes later to see a pile of fat and skin in my pan cooking alongside my once cleaned meat. “WTF??” I say… As it turns out my father inlaw had gone into the kitchen and seen what he perceived to be a waste of good food, and decided to cook it. So he took it from the trash and put it into my pan to cook it so that he could eat it later.
It’s not just food or eating issues either, its overall general cleanliness. In the states we have a term for the likes of Filipinos, it’s called “nasty nice”.. The behavior of a Filipino is such that they are literally some of the most anal people when it comes to being “clean”, yet they are some of the filthiest people I have ever met. I.e. Washing dishes outside in a corner where people piss all day, and vomit when drunk. (I can elaborate on that if needed.) I know it’s not really a Filipino thing, and that you can find similar behavior all over the globe, but I don’t know, it really seems strangely prevalent here.
I can literally go on and on with this. I have so many examples it’s ridiculous.
It is not all bad, and while standards here are pretty low even for western food outlets, I have found some decent places to eat. But currently I’m relegated to scrambled egg sandwiches, and occasional Homemade tacos.
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