Eating Onam Dishes

Trying new foods is one way to appreciate the beauty of your taste buds.
Trying new foods is one way to appreciate the beauty of your taste buds.
Trying new foods is one way to appreciate the beauty of your taste buds.

Your taste buds keep your brain active and healthyAlon Calinao Dy

On September 19, 2013, my 2nd year anniversary in Kuwait, a group of Indian nurses at Chest Diseases Hospital (formerly known Kuwait Heart Center) invited me to have lunch with them for their special occasion called Onam. Onam is a festival celebrated by the Malayalees. I ate Onam dishes such as payasam, kalan, banana chips, rice with different curries, and many more.

At first, I was hesitant to eat because I might not like the tastes of their foods. I even asked one Indian nurse from Kerala if they put too much chili on the food. I ate every food they’d served to me on the table. It turned out to be delicious ones after all. I enjoyed their small gatherings and one thing that really catch my attention was the idea on how they prepared and served one another during meal. Some people would serve the food while others would eat and vice versa. I was fascinated by their culture. For the first time in my life, I felt the warm welcome by the Indian nurse community at Chest Diseases Hospital in Kuwait regardless of my nationality.

Now, in the Philippines, we have a variety of foods. If you have not tried Kare-kare, Bicol express, Kaldereta, Sinigang na Manok, etc., then you should eat these kinds of foods because they are popular among Filipinos. Not only they are safe and tasty because they are usually homemade foods, but they are full of nutrients as well. These foods are commonly served by most mothers to their children in the Philippines. Later on, this tradition will be passed on from generation to generation. However, to be safe, eat them in moderation.

For me, trying new food dishes is helping my taste buds to appreciate the saltiness and sweetness of the food. I need to experience tastes that are sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. Without them, life would have no flavor at all.

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Is a published poet, registered nurse-midwife and author. Check his poetry book at and also available in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc. Hobbies: Playing chess, swimming, basketball, writing, and reading.