So this post is inspired by my previous post on chichirya. Let’s have some fun!
Chichirya or ‘sitsirya’ is the Filipino term for ‘junk food’ although I’d like to think of it as a Filipino term for ‘snacks’. Junk food just sounds like it’s bad for your body. For many Filipino migrants, chichirya is good for your heart.
I think you can tell a lot about a Filipino based on their favourite chichirya. Here goes.
- You like Sky Flakes, Chippy’s, Clover Chips or Chiz Curls
These chichirya are the classics. That means you must have been born in the 60s, 70s or 80s when these snacks were the only thing that ever existed. You must have been one of the first wave of migrants to come to Australia. You’ve got a property, you’ve sponsored at least one family member and you’re probably a community leader.
2. 3. Your pantry is full of bags of Boy Bawang
You’re the sporty type and you love to travel. You live an active life but obsess about Korean drama. Bonding moments with the family are built on hours in front of the TV watching your favourite telenovela or the latest Pacquiao fight.
3. You love Choc-Nut
You’re studying an arts degree or an artist. Forget that the amount of chocolate in every bar of Choc-Nut is a fraction of what you’d get in a Kit Kat, Mars Bar or Snickers, you will still choose a Choc-Nut. It comes packed with memories of your childhood roaming the streets of Manila, playing “tumbang lata” or hide-n-seek until your parents yell out your name out the window telling you it’s dinner time.
Kit Kat is about having a break. Choc-Nut is your own time machine.
4. You eat Maám Inasal
You eat lumpia and bangus as snack? Then you’re either part of the next generation of Filipinos or you’ve just arrived in Australia. You know the latest trends and urban slang in the Philippines and you can’t imagine life without social media. I will probably rely on you to take me to the latest bar next time I’m in Manila.
5. You love Peanuts by Growers
Sure, Growers had its day but it’s since been superceded by better nut-based snacks. With or without garlic. Did you ever wonder why a packet of Peanuts Growers is always kulang (not enough)? It’s meant to be for the more health-conscious Filipino. You take comfort in the “less grease” labelling. Although all it means is that you eat twice as much.
I used to love Peanuts Growers but once you’ve had Boy Bawang, you can’t go back. If you still have this in your snack bar, we probably know each other but we’re not really friends.
6. You stopped eating chichirya
You’re even worse than the person who still eats Peanut Growers. I’m taking away your Filipino license. You are banned from all Filipino festivals from now on.
#Day 12. Third blog posting. Yay!
p.s. If you are reading this post and you own Peanuts Growers, don’t be upset. Joke Lang. I am open to all product endorsement deals. 😀