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20 Questions You Ask Yourself Trying To Cook Filipino Food For The First Time

How do you solve a problem like tinola?

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You're a thousand miles away from a palengke. The closest Asian grocery store is a four-hour drive away. But those flavors from home are calling you!

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11. Why don't they have fresh okra?

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Don't mind me. Just doing a happy dance because my grocery store has frozen whole okra.

[DO NOT use breaded okra or pickled okra for sinigang.]

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Don't be discouraged if your first try at cooking Filipino food didn't go as well as you had hoped. And if you've been too scared to try, kaya mo 'yan! You can do it!

Write in the comments what other thoughts went through your mind when you tried cooking Filipino food for the first time!