i just had the best dinner i’ve had in a very long time. i sat alone, by myself, in front of the office computer, and started digging in. and instantly, i was in a state of gastronomic ecstasy. obviously i wasn’t in a fancy restaurant and you would guess that i had to “take out” food from one since this was oh-so-delicious from my description. but in reality, i was having KanKamTuy… Kanin, Kamatis, at Tuyô.
if i remember correctly, in one of Ambeth Ocampo’s Pinoy Trivia books, he mentions that the signature Filipino breakfast was not TapSiLog at all but KanKamTuy. he also said that this was Rizal’s last meal (or breakfast) or at least one of his favorite Filipino food. i’ll just have to search my baul if i could find that book. lol
isn’t it pure joy? salty fish with sweet-sour tomatoes on fluffy rice… mmm… but i guess i’ll have to be wary of being over-indulgent in this thing. alam niyo naman tayong mga tumatanda (ouch ouch ouch) pinagbabawal na ang masyadong maalat, matamis, ma-mantika, etc. hay, the perils of aging.
at bukod doon, it made me think how much i missed something so simple and, let’s admit it, cheap that even the idea of eating the expensive and “extra-special” food from select ingredients, meats and prepared by trained chefs at Mandarin Oriental (yun palang kasi ang hotel na nakakainan ko ng masarap na pagkain) couldn’t bring me to spend my money there despite knowing how good the food is!
i just step back, stare at the tuyô, think how blessed i am to be receiving this special meal, and dig in again.