Boodle fight according to the urban dictionary is a military style of eating where long tables are prepared and food are on top of the banana leaves. Viands and rice ready to eat using your bare hands, jugs of water are prepared on the side to wash hands before the “eating combat”. With the signal to start the boodle fight, everyone aims for his/her position.
I still remember the first time I got to be a part of a boodle fight. It was during our CAT (Citizens Army Training) in high school. Our officer said that the activity will promote friendship and equality among us. I remembered it to be fun. It was like a fight in the sense that you need to fill yourself up before the food runs out.
A couple of weeks ago, we planned to meet up with friends but wanted to eat something different. Some restaurants here in the Philippines serve food this way but it’s quite expensive. Someone suggested we make our very own version of a boodle fight. We assigned each person to bring some viand (leftovers will do) for the eating activity. We laid down a banana leaf we got from our friends’ neighbor. Instead of using rice, we had milled corn and boiled green bananas. For the viand, we had dried fish, lechon manok, grilled pork, canned sardines in tomato sauce and chicken halang-halang. It was a fun experience. The food’s more delicious when shared. You should try it too!