Food trip: Minukmok

Would you believe that this delicacy paved the way for thousands of men and women to end up together as a couple?

Minukmok is a traditional delicacy in the province of Quezon. It is made from a variety of banana called saba. Making this dish is quite simple. You just need saba, sugar, margarine, and the traditional large mortar and pestle. 
The main ingredients...

Here's how a minukmok is made:
  1. Peel the saba(s).
  2. Place the peeled saba(s) in the mortar and pestle.
  3. Pound it continously until it is mushy.
  4. Add the sugar and then pound it again until it is well blended.
So how does the minukmok contribute in creating couples? 

Pound... pound... pound...
...then add sugar
Long ago, before the age of the "text relationships", young men had to first get the approval of the parents of the girl that they intended to court. Parents then are quite protective too and would usually keep a watchful eye to their daughters. In order for the men to get a chance to spend time with the women and court them, they would usually ask them to make minukmok
Seems ready to me!
Apply margarine... then share!
Since it takes time to pound the saba into a minukmok, the gentleman and the lady would let the chance to spend time together and talk about things even if the parents are just around watching them. However, there is also a superstitious belief for couple wannabes that is tied to making a minukmok. It is said that if the pestles used by the man and the woman hit each other while they are pounding the saba, it means that they are not meant for each other. Hence, making minukmok while courting requires skills and not only charm. 

Pound it like it's hot!
Today, a lot of Quezonian couples from the past generations would attest that they were products of the so called "minukmok romance" something only a few would probably experience today.


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