I have a Philippine neighbor who never come’s to my summertime parties. We’re very friendly and they live right next door and that’s why I invite them but they never come and only recently it was put to me that maybe they don’t come because they don’t like the food we serve like good old American hamburgers, hot dogs, Italian sausage and other American staple foods. (I do however make my own hamburgers after breaking a few teeth over the years with store bought brands.)
We usually have a block party every year and when we do, they put up a tent and have 20-30 people come over for a feast of roasted suckling pig, a variety of dishes that smell awesome and some kind of rolled, stuffed, what I can only describe as an “eggroll looking thing” that his wife makes. They always invite me over for a sampling and if I'm too busy, they find me and give me a plate loaded with goodies.
I believe she likes to cook traditional homeland meals as he comes home to a home cooked meal everyday and she works too! Their kitchen is opposite my garage and driveway and sometimes I feel myself being drawn that way just to get a whiff of tonight’s dinner.
What can I make for a backyard bar-be-queue that will entice these friends to come over and have some fun and good food?