According to online Urban Dictionary, Boodle Fight is a military style of eating where long tables are prepared and food are on top of the banana leaves. Viands and rice are ready to eat using your bare hands, jugs of water are prepared on the side to wash hands before the “eating combat”. With the signal to start the boodle fight, everyone aims for his/her position. This is commonly practiced in the Philippine Military for a mess hall banquet as a symbol of camaraderie and brotherhood amongst the Armed Forces.
In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, some of Filipino restaurants are now offering Boodle Fight Menu. To name a few, these are Asian Flavors Restaurant in Al Ghusais, Benny’s Cafe & Restaurant in Oud Metha, and The Filipino Kitchen Restaurant in Abu Dhabi (Tourist Club Area). Price ranges from Dhs.200 – Dhs.300 which is already good for 4 to 6 persons.
We did our own version of Boodle Feast with friends at home. My husband and 2 of my friends went to the Fish Market as early as 7:00 in the morning so there would be fresh variety of seafoods to choose from. They bought some crabs, squid, milkfish, tilapia, shrimp, and for veggies & side dishes we had eggplant, okra, tomato, onion, and mango. All of the seafoods were grilled (except for some squid and shrimp as these were fried with flour, i.e. calamares). Eggplant and okra were also grilled and mixed with bagoong (fish paste) or soya sauce. Soup/appetizer would be the sweet and sour salmon head soup. We put everything on the table, and on top of banana leaves of course. At exactly 12:00 noontime, lunch was served and all of us positioned for the fight.
Our overall expenses was Dhs.150 and were able to feed 12 persons. Very cheap and very healthy.
It was a mouth watering lunch for all of us and our tummies are very happy.