Our 5-year-old son, Gabby is still a little picky when it comes to something to chow down and digest. And as first-time-parents, Tina and I have been alarmed with this. Like other mom and dad, we also want our kid to be comfortable with all those go, grow and glow foods! Don’t ask me now about them, LOL …it has been decades since my Elementary years! (All I know is that most these fiber-rich foods are essentials to health unless otherwise contraindicated). Surprisingly, our kindergarten is done reviewing them last year in their Science subject (yes, preschoolers now are far advanced compared to my generation!); although he’s already aware of those food groups, he still has his own preference at an early age.
My wife and I cannot convince Gabby completely to eat all veggies. He only prefers potatoes (especially mashed with gravy or when cooked in Menudo) , sayote in Tinola (our option to papaya), carrots, some greens like cabbage and pechay but only when cooked in nilaga (Boiled Pork and Vegetables).
Few days ago, we just learned directly from our own dining table that he also love the broth of Sinigang na Baboy (Pork in Sour Broth). We know nothing can replace eating greens in whole, but at least it has bits and pieces of boiled veggies.
As Gabby usually favors Quattro Formaggi, Mozzarella Garlic pizza and Crispy Fried Chicken with lots of gravy from McDonald’s, we know he tries to be obedient to us by gradually eating greens instead of mostly junkies. It’ll take time before he gets to be ready to eat Okra and Ampalaya. LOL!
Before we hit the grocery shelves last week, another craving was satisfied. That day, I long to eat Fresh Chinese Lumpia! And I’m so glad that Tina gave her nod and two-thumbs-up for the lumpia that we sampled… I give my wife the credits for her photos below…(applause, applause)
We had this delicious Fresh Chinese Lumpia from Yin Yiang, one of the stalls in Landmark Foodcourt in TriNoma mall. We like other versions of lumpia~ fried or fresh, but we love Chinese Lumpia more! The symphony of textures of boiled veggies with seaweeds and fried vermicelli in union with finely ground peanuts and dark peanut sauce is just heaven on a plate!
Tina and I ate a piece each at the foodcourt, and after our grocery shopping, I asked her to buy 3 more lumpia for us to bring home. We gave one to my dad-in-law (who’s with us for a break from California until he goes back there tomorrow) and we enjoyed again another pair of lumpia for dinner sans rice! Sarap!
But did Gabby like it?
Kids will be kids.
I think Tina and I are to blame. We never introduced veggies and fruits to Gabby earlier than he discovered it.
Still we will not vehemently insist.
After all, we know he’ll like it eventually