These plates remind me of our extended family’s traditional reunion in the barrio, the countryside. There would be about 20 or more families coming together to celebrate a great-great- grandfather’s birthday. The best part about it was lunch out in the open. Steamed rice, green mango salad, grilled fish, roasted pig all laid out on a long bamboo table covered with banana leaves. No plates, no utensils.
Eating with hands from banana leaves is a gastronomical experience in itself. Try it sometime! (It’s more fun. Promise.)
Seasons by Nao Tamura.