Boodle Fight, photo by Carol Elep
Boodle Fight – Dining Experience
Some of you, non-Filipino, may not have heard and therefore, have no idea what a boodle fight is.
It is becoming more and more popular as a way of dining. Well, I can tell you, it is an experience – a fun experience.
And as long as diners have sanitised their hands, 😉 boodle fight is the way forward. It cuts carbon footprints and pollution. No need to use plates and cutlery, saves on washing, and dumping used paper plates, which I like. The banana leaves are green recyclable, as they are bio-degradable.
Apparently boodle fight originated from the Philippine Military, where the long dining table in the mess hall is covered with banana leaves, which were then piled up high with a variety of food. The action men of the military then eat, cutlery-less, with their bare hands. The idea was to eat as much as you can against the other diners. It is some kind of survival of the fittest. It is no place for lily-livered or passive folks. It is a case of digging in or go hungry.
Of course, the non-military version has been honed a little differently, where being mindful of others is somehow observed, otherwise one would appear a glutton or much worse rather uncouth and may not be invited back during the next soiree. 🙂 The etiquette is you take food directly from what is in front of you. Happy!
This boodle fight can be adapted as a way of having a garden party during the summer here in the UK or anywhere. I would say this type of dining is better done outside as it might mess up the carpet flooring.
So cling film your garden table and then cover with baking paper. A roll is reasonably priced and available in Tesco. Tell file up with food. I cannot stress it enough that soup is not an ideal food for a boodle fight. LOL
Let’s fight, the boodle fight way!
Boodle fight, photo by Arnold Gamboa