If we truly are what we eat, then I'm Bangus- otherwise known as Milkfish. But I'm not that sanitized, boneless small version you see at restaurants. I'm grown. I'm full-flavored and I'm prickly as hell. See that's the thing with me and Bangús: It will take some patience and effort to enjoy the unique taste we bring.
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Lechon, all over the Latin world, means whole roasted pig. Like the Filipino lechon, the pig is the magnificent star of the puertorriqueño Christmas holiday feast table. This begs the question, is the Philippines part of the Latin world? Are we indeed the 'Lost Latinos' as Filipno American comedian Rex Navarrete has joked? We visited Puerto Rico's lechon capitol, Guavate, to find out.
True to her eponymous dinner series name, Chef Chrissy Camba, over the course of three days, stuffed and rolled and steamed and fried little parcels of thin skin wonton wrappers and spongey rice flour dough full of tasty Filipino Christmas goodness. If that isn't the Christmas spirit, then I don't know what is.