kankamtuy

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 KanKamTuyKanin, 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.

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3 Comments

  1. wow sarap nyan and bagong word of the day ah kamkamtuy. actually mas fave na breakfast ko yan instead of tapsilog. at mas mura nga syang kainin. nanakam tuloy ako hehehe

    i cannot claim ownership though. LOL… basta yun naalala ko dun sa book ni ambeth ocampo na yun. it just stuck. and it’s true diba? mas staple nga ng pinoy ito kesa tapsilog.

  2. KanKamTuy – I will take note of this. Paborito ko ‘to! Kaya kong kumain ng 2 platong kanin basta tuyo ang ulam. Sabi ng nanay ko pinaglihi yata ako dati sa balut at tuyo. 😉

    haha… feeling ko ako din! pagka-liit-liit na isda pero nagagawang kain-construction worker yung mga tao! haha

  3. naintriga ako sa title mo ha. akala ko kapampangan word. hehehe.

    alam mo ba na noong bata ako at madalas tuyo ang ulam namin eh nagrereklamo na ako. pero ngayon gustung-gusto ko na syang ulamin. napaparami ang kain ko ng kanin lalo na kapag nakakamay lang akong kumain at meron maanghang na sukang sawsawan.

    ay, LALO NA talaga pag nagkakamay!!! away ito! haha…

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