How I Reclaimed Filipino Food After Finding Out I Was Allergic to It

My whole life, there was always a bottle of soy sauce on the dinner table. Anytime you wanted an extra sprinkle of umami, it was ready and available for consumption. Growing up with a Filipino mom, when I was hungry and wanted a snack, the go-to was a bowl of white rice and soy sauce. And in my family it wasn’t just any soy sauce—it was always Silver Swan. “Soy sauce is eternal,” says South Korean nun Jeong Kwan. “It is...

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This Honey-Garlic Pimiento Hails From the Philippines (& Its Diaspora)

No matter where in the world we migrate, we Filipinos seem to define ourselves by what we eat. There are dozens of Buzzfeed articles, as well as pre-2010s Xanga and email forward chains, on “how Filipino you are.” All of these mention food. But when I asked my friends about cheese pimiento, some of them seemed confused and others did not. It wasn’t the resounding “yes” when, say, adobo or ube ice cream is mentioned. For those who said no,...

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