Wednesday, January 31, 2007


As a child, I was hand fed Bago'ong by my grandmother. As she would try to feed me other foods, I would shake my blonde head and say "no, no Nanay, I want the fish with the eyes". She would then take a jar out of the fridge and spoon out tiny (as in the size of your thumbnail) salted fish, wrap them in a ball of rice and pop them into my hungry mouth.
Bago'ong comes in many forms, as a purple shrimp/fish paste, and in Bolinao, the village of my mother, in the form of baby fish packed for months in salt and transferred by the barrel. When I went home for the holidays, I was disappointed to tell my mom that, post conversion- I wouldn't be able to eat my childhood chocolate.
"But susi, my mom answered, these baby fish grow into fish with scales."
This is when my Kosher learning comes into practice. If a fish that has scales grows into a fish which loses it- it is not kosher. What about the opposite? Are fish Kosher if they grow up to have scales but don't have them in the form we eat them?
After many weeks of playing stump the Rabbi, I have come to find that- indeed I will not have to hesitate to eat my guilty pleasure. For Bagong is Kosher. Will my mother be as excited as I?
Happy Thursday homies.


At 2/04/2007 11:17 AM, Blogger cornflake girl said...

Yayyyyyy!!!! Best news ever :)


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