food: sunday meal

lauya taken with my bb

there’s a soup dish that my family calls sunday meal. if you’re familiar with filipino food it is known as nilaga/bulalo (tagalog) or lauya (ilocano). it’s soup with beef shanks and a bunch of vegetables.

the best part is the bone marrow in the middle of the beef shanks that is looks like shit, loaded with cholesterol (what filipino dish isn’t? =x), tastes just like meat-flavored butter. me and my parents fight over this! SOO BOMB!

bone marrow that looks like poop taken with my bb

back to my original point, the reason why my fam calls it sunday meal is because according to my dad (don’t know how much of a reliable source he is hehe), back home in the philippines they could only kill one cow/buy meat once per week. so on sunday presumably after church thats what they would eat and thats how it became known as sunday meal. i’ve been calling it this all my life and didn’t hear the story til recently.

it’s weird how food has re-entered (has it ever left?) popular culture nowadays. with the saturation of food shows, food trucks, food festivals, food is always reinventing new ways to being an intersecting point of nourishment, culture, and family. oh, how i love food!

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