If Japan has Nabe, Philippines has a lot of sinabawan (hot pot dishes) too like bulalo, sinigang and nilaga. And living abroad without parents nor friends to cook for you, you would definitely master hundreds of ways to cook simple Filipino dish like the food mention, and since meat is really expensive here in Japan and they only sell small portion of everything (like really small, strips!), it would test your creativity in making alternatives haha. Also, I am not a good cook and I only cook for myself. So when my family and friends find out that I cooked something for other people they would definitely freak out ( nah just exaggerating) or laugh lols. So how did I ended up cooking for them?
After Iza has came back from Kyoto, she asked me and H to come to her house so we could eat some omeyage she bought from Kyoto, but we ended up inviting Arnold, Daiki and Junichi (he squad!). We freaked out and decided to cook dinner for them. At first I thought of cooking sinigang or bulalo but I couldn’t find the right ingeredents when I went to the grocery store plus I only ran up because I have work that day and just used my lunch break (when I say lunch, I eat at 4:30 in the afternoon). So when I saw pork ribs and corn, I grabbed them and decided to cook nilaga.
H and A picked me up infront of the school but I had to go back home because I needed a deep pot for my nilaga. We reached Iza’s apartment at 9:30 p.m (I got off work at 9), I felt sorry for bringing meat in her house but I had to cook something because we’re starving! lols
Iza and H helped me prepare for the nilaga and some bought some snacks from Family Mart. I had to ask Arnold ( a fellow Filipino I met from the language exchange group but he grew up here in Japan) to taste my nilaga because I have this weird habit of not tasting the food I’m cooking, we added some garlic and more black pepper to make it spicier. Iza took her turn to cook her vegetarian fried rice while we’re eating the nilaga. I watched their reaction after eating nilaga and I can say that they were surprise that it was actually good, I took a sip and I can’t believe I cooked something like this (just kidding). I thought it was really bad but it was quite good, A also gave me a compliment (yay!).
(Iza while cooking her vegetarian fried rice with egg lol)
(Junichi ate 3 bowls of my nilaga, he’s even wearing something that looks like the sweet corn so we started teasing him nilaga )
After we ate, we did some games as usual (rolepaying and food reaction video recording). We had fun and finally eat the baumkuven that Iza bought us from Kyoto! yay!
We decided to go home past 12 m.n already after cleaning up the dishes of course.
I realized that we should stop thinking negative things about ourselves, our abilities and things that we can do, instead start believing in yourself and start doing something new even if it’s no longer in your comfort zone. Who would have thought I could cook? (hahaha)
Ganbarimasu! (I did great!)