Boulogne, Paris – There’s a well-known spot in Paris the place Filipinos go on Sunday afternoons, and wind down and revel in an genuine Pinoy meals journey of mouth-watering fishball and kwek-kwek.
There is no such thing as a official invitation for many who wish to come to Boulogne. Distributors come and go, and so do their guests. These gatherings normally begin in summertime and finish simply after autumn.
One can simply spot the place they’re headed – simply observe the odor of barbecue or fried meals and the sounds of glad chattering and singing and you will be led to the world of Parc de Boulogne, the place round 100 Filipinos collect to fulfill fellow Pinoys.
In a single nook, a gaggle of girls have been busy with their make-shift karaoke, holding a microphone in a single hand, enjoying the karaoke lyrics on their cellphones in one other. In accordance with them, the cellular karaoke is ideal in a majority of these gatherings as you may virtually sing wherever.
Within the entrance, guests could be greeted with various kinds of road meals which might be generally discovered within the Philippines. Fishball, hotdogs, and kikiam — full with the candy and bitter dipping sauce — are offered for 1 euro per stick.
After which there’s the home-cooked meals like sisig, dinuguan, kara-kare and pancit offered normally for five to 10 euros per tub, relying on measurement. For these with candy tooth, there are additionally Filipino desserts like halo-halo and various kinds of rice desserts. And as autumn hits France, lugaw or congee turns into a crowd favourite.
Raquel Reyes, 36, has been residing in Paris for greater than 15 years. She has been serving home-cooked meals comparable to palabok and spaghetti to earn further money to help her 4 youngsters. “This has been a approach for me to earn further earnings for my youngsters. Earlier than the pandemic, my enterprise was actually taking off however as a result of lockdowns, our gross sales additionally went down. It has been slowly enhancing currently,” she mentioned.
Beginning with a €200 funding, which she used to promote at Parc de Boulogne, Raquel now appears to be like ahead to beginning her personal Pinoy Retailer in Neuilly sur Seine, a commune simply west of Paris.
Identical to in a typical palengke, imported greens like ampalaya leaves, string beans and kangkong which might be should for cooking genuine Filipino meals are offered at Parc de Boulogne.
It is easy to mistake Parc de Boulogne as a typical road meals market within the Philippines. However what units the expertise aside is the sensation of neighborhood. Individuals know and deal with one another right here like they’re household.
“We’re a real household on this neighborhood. This tambayan has been a approach for a lot of abroad working Filipinos to unwind, but additionally to meet up with pals and households in a well-recognized road market setting comparable to within the Philippines,” mentioned Jomar Florida, a resident of Paris. — LA, GMA Information