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Friday, October 22, 2021
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Lizada: The Korean meal

OKAY, okay. I admit, we ordered the BTS Meal. I am not really someone who follows these things but I heard through Chona that one of our household companions was saving up for the meal, so we decided why prolong the sacrifice for her. Besides, she is a wonderful person, so we ordered the BTS Meal for everyone in the house! Suddenly, it was Dynamite!

When the orders arrived, she was giddy. The first thing she did was line up the brown paper wrapper and took several pictures. I was happy for her. We got our share and then I found out that it was the usual chicken nuggets plus a couple of new sauces, Cajun and Sweet Chili. I should have ordered the usual barbecue sauce. The sauces and that instead of the six pieces were the only difference from the ordinary mcnuggets meal. It was a letdown to be honest. But I guess senior citizens are not exactly the target market of BTS.

I heard that there were others who returned the boxes and the paper wrappers because they were torn or folded. It really was not the meal. I ended up eating something else after the initial taste of the sauces. But I was happy for our help because she was beaming from ear to ear.

Now. If we need to go to a BTS meal, I would have my own. First would be Bulad. I am a dried fish addict, well at least before the curse of hypertension attacked me. Bulad was my comfort food. I like that small smell salty variety. I would soak them in vinegar for at least two minutes. My justification was it would mitigate the saltiness. Then I would put a heap of sinangag on the plate. Bring out the kamatis, the redder the better and then of course, the ice cold Coke floating in several cubes of ice and more ice. Yumyum.

Then we go to T. Talong Salad. At first, I did not like Talong Salad but that changed with our monthly trips to Koronadal. There is this caterer who absolutely makes this Talong concoction to perfection, trust the Ilonggos. The salad is a little spicy but it does the job. Someone suggested that I try Talong salad with lechon. The only thing I could say was, really? I never thought of that but I tried it and right off I was hooked. And somehow it works with bulad too. So bulad and talong salad would probably be enough for a meal. Ahh, but what about dessert? Of course, there is Saging. Fried bananas.

My father was a great influence in my life. He introduced me to music, crosswords, public speaking, reading and you guessed it, fried bananas. So there, a complete meal, my BTS Meal.

And you do not need sauces for it.


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