Belle Piccio | Apr 26, 2013
Have you experienced a boodle fight? Eat at Tacloban’s Balay Inasal!
A Boodle Fight is a gathering where food (usually composed of pansít, or steamed rice and sardines) is served on old newspapers or banana leaves spread over a table and eaten with bare hands.
Although it is the practice for some Filipinos to eat with their hands, a group of people eating this way from one source is an unnatural and contrived practice in Philippine culture. This way of eating was devised by cadets of the Philippine military Academy (PMA), and does not represent authentic Philippine culture, but instead symbolizes fraternity and equality among PMA members by their sharing the same food without regard to rank. The term is taken from pre-World War Two West Point (to which the PMA is based) slang meaning "any party at which boodle (candy, cake, ice cream, etc.) is served."
There's a place in Tacloban, Leyte if you want to experience to try out this kind of dining style. The restaurant is called Balay Inasal at Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban City, Philippines 6500.
This is one of the boodle meals you can choose from its wide variety. It is good for 4 pax worth around Php 400++ ($9.40++ only).
In this set there's crab (alimango), 2 kinds of kilawin (vegetable and fish soaked in vinegar), a spicy kind of meat, shrimps, porkchop and grilled chicken liver.
There's still a lot of Boodle Fiesta Meals (as what Balay Inasal calls it) that you can choose from.
You can contact Balay Inasal at (+63) 0916-795-8698 for inquiries.
How to Get to Tacloban
From Manila, you can fly to Tacloban (estimated cost Php2,700++, round trip, 1 hour 15 minutes).
(photo by Dustin Mijares)