Kamay is the Tagalog word for hands and eating using your hands is traditionally called Kamayan. A kamayan meal may be on a table laid out with banana leaves with food mounded in the middle and a serving of rice at each seating. If you asked a Filipino why eat with your hands? They may reply, “Mas nagiging masarap ang pagkain,” Tagalog for “the food tastes better.”
So how do you eat with your hands kamayan style?
1. On a top of a small amount of rice, place a small amount of main dish (ulam in Tagalog) using your dominant hand.
2. Using your finger and thumb, pinch the food together as if you are picking a bit of cheese.
3. Don’t forget to include the rest of your fingers in the pinch or else it won’t work.
4. Make sure that your all your fingers are shaped around the rice and viand ulam.
5. Lift your hand towards your mouth while leaning your head forward and place your thumb behind the food.
6. With one big push using your thumb, shove the food into your mouth. You can do this effectively if you’ll make sure that your fingers are close to your lower teeth.
At Bacolod Chicken Haus, they refer to this Kamayan as Boodle Boodle. It is also known as Boodle Fight, which is a symbol of brotherhood and equality among Filipino military by sharing the same food without regard to rank.
Inihaw na Pusit
(Grilled squid stuffed with tomatoes and onions)
Deep Fried Pampano
Filipino Chicken BBQ
Inihaw na Baboy with atchara
Grilled marinated pork steak with green papaya pickle
Eggplant omelet with ground pork
Sweet Filippino breakfast sausage
Salted Eggs, tomatoes and onions
Turon con Tsokolate
Deep fried plantain and chocolate wrapped in eggroll and drizzled with caramel sauce
Unlimited Servings of Rice
Beverages: Soda Pop included, BYOB
Cash for fruit juices ($2), Coffee ($2) and Tea ($1)
Event cost: $35 (includes tax and service)
Bacolod Chicken Haus
6320 N. Lincoln Ave – Chicago, IL