Boodle-style eating refers to a military setting of tables with banana leaves piled high (hopefully) with food that everyone attacks and eats with their bare hands, often without even sitting! The occasion for our own version in the garden terrace? Four birthdays in April for staff that we decided to celebrate in a relatively impromptu dinner tonight. Banana leaves from our own trees on another part of the property. Bursts of color from bougainvillea flowers in the yard. We added red stools for comfort, and of course the crew rented a mobile karaoke machine for entertainment!
Early this morning I hit the Carbon market, seafood section, and picked up some fresh fish alumahan/anduhaw and some talakitok as well.
Fresh medium-sized squid were stuffed with some onions and tomatoes…
…white shrimp skewered and slathered with satay sauce and chili flakes…
…and instead of pork barbecue which is a little more fussy, we marinated pork chops and skewered those as well…
…and did Bacolod inasal style chicken drumsticks.
Everything was grilled on hot coals by several of the cooks from the commissary.
We cut a banana trunk in half and the skewed meats and seafood were stuck into the trunk. We hadn’t paid much attention to the direction of the food on the skewer, so it was a bit of a mess, but this was a casual dinner after all.
We added steamed rice to the table, added bam-i noodles that were steaming hot, bowls of sawsawan or sauces, and adobong sitaw and kangkong as well. As soon as the food was on the table, the crew did literally ATTACK the food and we had a wonderful dinner!
The food definitely tastes better when you eat it with your hands. And there’s minimal clean up without plates or utensils… you just roll up all the leaves and dump that. Totally biodegradable to boot.
It always amazes me how well you can eat with just a little bit of thought and planning. This dinner probably COST less than PHP5,000 and at least 30 people were able to eat, with leftovers. That means it cost just PHP160 each, and we ATE a LOT of food!