What’s Good

Mark and Cindy were visiting the Philippines for the first time. As they walked along the waterfront of Cebu City, Mark complained, “Can’t we just get a hamburger?”

“Honey,” sighed Cindy. “We should at least try the native food!”

“How will we know what’s good?”

People queued up before a food stall. “This one looks popular,” pointed Cindy.

A commotion erupted nearby. An octopus, a mutant five times larger than the largest, heaved up out of the water. Tourists began screaming and running for their lives.

The local Filipinos just smiled and called, “Kumusta ka*, Gambi!” The terrifying monster scrambled past, high-fiving four people at a time.

Huddling beside the stall, Mark squeaked, “What the hell?”

“Oh, don’t worry,” said Mrs. Sabang, owner of the the stall. “Gambi sometimes get’s a craving for Sinigang soup.” The small woman, far stronger than she looked, brought out a massive pot of her soup. “Here you go, Gambi.”

The giant gobbled down the pot in seconds, waved in thanks, then leaped back into the sea.

Mrs. Sabang looked towards Mark. “You ready for a hamburger now?”

“Nah,” said Mark. “I’ll try the Sinigang.”
Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2017/06/03/cibu-city/

Author’s Notes:

*Kumusta Ka: Visayan (one of 700 Filipino dialects) means: How are you?

Sinigang: a savory, tangy soup with tamarind, meat, and veggies. Highly addictive. Many folks have tried Filipino Lumpia (eggrolls, but better), but one of my favorite Filipino foods is Sinigang. I always eat slow, but not with Sinigang: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinigang

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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20 Responses to What’s Good

  1. Really cool. I haven’t been to the Philippines, but your story brings it to life.

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  2. You really have got the local flavours right down to the T Excellent writing.

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  3. James says:

    Nice twist on the prompt. I like it.

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  4. The locals are probably glad he’s satisfied with soup. You might add a dragon-slaying knight and freshly-squeezed princess to this tale and make it really go somewhere. 😉


    • EagleAye says:

      I think they are. I imagine the locals responded with fear the first time they saw him. Eventually, they figured out what he really wants. I’ll be sure to throw in dragon-slaying knights sometime in the future. Thanks Christine! 🙂


  5. This was fun. Very enjoyable!

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  6. Lyn says:

    LOL I could actually see Gambi high-fiving the people – it all seems so matter of fact for some reason. I think I’d really like Sinigang, it sounds quite delish.

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    • EagleAye says:

      The locals are used to him. He’s big and scary, but actually quite friendly so they’re not worried. And yeah, try Sinigang if you can find it. I get cravings for it often. 😉 Thanks Lyn!

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  7. Dear Eric,

    You always manage to bring a new ingredient to the soup. 😉 Clever. Makes me want to try the sinigang, too. Well served.


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  8. k rawson says:

    Sounds yummy to me! Funny and informative–I think I’ll have to try that soup.

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  9. alingmilay says:

    Best way to describe how great Sinigang is! Haha! Have you tried adobo? It’s really good as well. 🙂

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