Do you feel nostalgic for anything from your childhood?
I feel nostalgic for a lot of dishes my mother used to make. Now that I’m older I realize some of them were unusual on account of being Chinese or Filipino, and I could lose access to them forever if I don’t make an effort to preserve them. For example, I was surprised when my boyfriend did not know what Chicken Adobo is–isn’t that a standard dish? Except apparently it’s only standard in Filipino cuisine. I had to look up how to make it, apparently it’s quite easy. One of these days I will figure out how to make a vegetarian version.
Another example came up over winter break, my mother made some rice cake. I never would have recalled this rice cake without prompting, but it’s something my mother used to make all the time. I did not even know what it was called! My mother said it was tikoy. So far I have been unable to replicate it, but I’ll get there.