Watch: Australians Eat Popular Filipino Dishes for the First Time (BuzzFeed Video)
Here’s an interesting video showing Australians (Aussies in slang language) eating popular Filipino foods for the first time. As expected, you can see mixed reactions after they eat some of our local dishes, such as Sisig, Chicken adobo, Sinigang na hipon, Kare-kare (of course with bagoong), and Dinuguan. Watch their funny, but honest reactions on the BuzzFeed video below.
But before that, history tells us that Filipinos were among the races that were not allowed to go to Australia for a couple of decades. Under the White Australia Policy, their government implemented Immigration Restriction Act 1901 to help Australians shape their own identity. With this, records show that there were only around 700 Filipinos in Australia at that time.
This so-called racially selective immigration policies in Australia were eventually lifted in 1966. in 1972, after the late-President Ferdinand E. Marcos declared Martial Law, Australia started to become an attractive destination for Filipino workers and immigrants. Therefore, we can expect many Aussies not to be familiar with a lot of famous Filipino foods, and may find them weird.
Back to the video, the first Filipino food the Australians tasted was ‘Sisig,’ which has a pig’s head and ears as the main part. Unexpectedly, the Aussies find the food interesting to eat and pretty delicious. A specialty dish that originated from Pampanga, Sisig usually has chili peppers, calamansi, and sometimes with egg and mayonnaise. And yes, it’s also a good ‘pulutan.’
The next dish was ‘Chicken adobo,’ one of the most common dishes in the Philippines. As the name implies, the main part is the chicken cooked with vinegar and soy sauce. As expected, the Aussies praised the taste of the dish. And although one Aussie lady find it mysterious-looking, she said it tastes good, and even compared to the popular Chicken teriyaki of Japan.
The third dish was ‘Sinigang na hipon,’ or huge prawns that are cooked in tamarind soup. As compared to shrimps, prawns are bigger and have larger legs. One Aussie man commented that the dish smells like an aquarium, while an Aussie lady said she doesn’t even know how to remove the shell of a prawn. Some of them find it messy to eat, and one of them said, “No.”
The fourth dish was ‘Kare-kare,’ which Filipinos don’t eat without bagoong (shrimp paste). This dish is cooked in peanut sauce, and has many variants. The one used here has pig tails, though. One Aussie man it feels like eating a rubber, while another one said it’s chewy. And yes, we at TN expect them not to like it. Not all Filipinos consider it as their favorite food, too.
The fifth and last Filipino menu was ‘Dinuguan,’ or pork cooked in pig’s blood. As expected, the Australians find it as an exoting food, considering the unique ingredient. Some of them said they love it, but some of them vowed not to eat it again. For the record, some Filipinos don’t eat dinuguan because eating is against their religious belief. Nevertheless, it matches with ‘puto.’
Before the end of the video, most of the Australians praised the Filipino foods. One of them said she was impressed, and that she didn’t expect the dishes to taste good. Another one said Filipinos love using unique ingredients. An Aussie man said, “Filipinos are courageous as sh*t. They’re willing to eat stuff that we’re not willing to eat.” We take their reactions as compliment, though.