Filipino style spaghetti is unlike any spaghetti you’ve had before. It’s sweet, made with banana ketchup, topped with a mountain of sharp cheddar cheese and has hotdogs! Get ready to spaghetti, Filipino-style (yeah I don’t know what that means either lol).
Just like that, Thanksgiving (American and Canadian!) is over and our brain automatically goes on Christmas mode. Christmas for Filipinos started months ago in September actually. That’s when the weather turns a tad cooler there and Christmas carols start playing on the radio.
We start decorating and singing Christmas carols pretty early at home here in Toronto too; I’d say late October. Red used to insist we don’t put up decorations until after Halloween but I’ve fixed that. Just watch. A few more years and with my powers of inception our Christmas lights will be blinking in September too.
Sorry. I digress. Christmas just makes me all excited! And Filipino style spaghetti is one of my all time favourite things. And I’m so happy to be sharing this recipe with you.
Filipino style spaghetti
So what makes it so different? Unlike Italian spaghetti which is more on the acidic side because of all the tomatoes, Filipino spaghetti is sweeter; it actually has sugar in the list of ingredients.
Banana ketchup too. It’s more common in the Philippines (Jufran, anyone?) with many considering tomato ketchup too sour.
It also has hotdogs in it (just like how Sheldon likes it!). Filipinos are great at improv and since beef is expensive, we use the cheaper, more readily available hotdog to make the dish meatier.
Staple holiday dish
Personally, I think Jollibee spaghetti is a really great example of how it should be done (a close second would be the spaghetti from Makati Supermarket of the 80s) but every family has its own take on the dish. Much like how you’ll find a million and one variations of adobo.
What’s common is its place on our tables. Whether it’s Noche Buena, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Eve; Father’s Day, someone’s birthday or graduation, you’d most likely find spaghetti on Filipino tables.
It’s a great weekday meal too. Who says everyday can’t be special? Hope you try it!
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