What’s for ulam: Filipino love language for community and connections
INQUIRER.net BrandRoom / 05:04 PM May 14, 2021
When Filipinos want to greet and check in on someone, they will always ask: “Kumain ka na ba?”
It’s a cultural idiosyncrasy that shows just how well-versed Pinoys are in the use of food as a love language – from our pasalubongs and pabaons, to our hating-kapatids and handa for visitors and giant boodle feasts. We nurture and cherish one another through these shared gastronomic experiences. Nothing communicates thoughtfulness and care quite like taking a bite of your favorite ulam, courtesy of your mama, your lolo, your tita, your BFFs. In the Philippines, when we say comfort food, we truly mean it.
Giving that comfort to our loved ones is now more important than ever, what with the stress and anxiety brought on by the ongoing lockdown. While the initial shock and fear from the start of the pandemic has somewhat mellowed, most people now report experiencing lingering feelings of dull, dreary numbness. Psychologists call this condition languishing; a state where a person feels drained of vitality and joy—i.e., a serious case of the blahs. While not yet depression, it is the absence of well-being, where you start to feel unfocused, demotivated, and stagnant — and they say it will be the world’s prevailing mood for the rest of the year.
While we have no choice but to hunker down in our homes, physically quarantined and cut off from our usual outdoor activities, it is important that we take care not only of our own mental health but the mental health of our loved ones as well. Even our most mundane social interactions are now things to be treasured, and the act of sitting down and sharing a good meal, in particular, has become one of our most meaningful emotional lifelines; a way for us to connect and support one another through these difficult and exhausting times.
This sense of community is something GoodAh!!! wants to bring to every gathering, through its Salo-Salo meals. The homegrown food chain store, already popular for its iconic take on the classic lugaw and tapsilog, today boasts an array of viands that would be mainstays in any Pinoy table spread, all put together in convenient bundle sets you can order through delivery and share with your family and friends, hassle-free.
There are four different Salo-Salo meals to choose from. Those craving good savory meals can choose between Set A with Pork Ribs, Kare-Kare, and Garlic Kangkong with Pork and Set B with Pork Bistek, Pork Sinigang, and Daing na Bangus. If you want a more celebratory feel, you can also opt for Set C with GoodAh!!!’s signature Herbed Chicken, Pork Liempo, and Pinakbet, or Set D with large Crispy Pata, Beef Nilaga, and Lumpiang Shanghai. Each Salo-Salo set costs less than P1,000, but what’s even better is that GoodAh!!! is currently offering at least 20 percent discount on all of them.
So, this is the perfect time to do a customary welfare check on your family and friends,
banish those blahs by offering comfort beyond what mere words can express, the way only the best food can. Because for us Pinoys, nothing could be more welcome than a good helping of delicious Kare-Kare, or mouthwatering Crispy Pata, or piping-hot Sinigang to warm the heart.
“O, kumusta na kayo? Are you GoodAh?”
Goodah!!! is available for 25-hour delivery via GrabFood and Food Panda. Customers can also call its Sucat, Bicutan, Timog, and Granada branches during store hours, and check out their website and Facebook to find out more. All meals are prepared following strict safety protocols befitting a restaurant that’s been giving its customers top-notch service for three decades.