A Boodle Fight

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A boodle fight?! Never heard of it, you say?

boo•dle fight
\bü-dl fīt\

[1] A Philippine military eating tradition, originally practiced by the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets, wherein members of the military—regardless of rank—gather around a long table where a jumble of food is spread over banana leaves or old newspapers, and eaten with bare hands, as a symbol of fraternity and equality

[2] In Philippine usage, the boodle fight is a military academy terminology for “eating combat” or “attack the food.”

[3] The boodle fight is usually prepared in celebration after a successful event or for a special occasion.

This is apparently a thing! Restaurants across the country---predominately Asian establishments---are offering "boodle fight" combinations for larger parties to share. The communal eating experience is a great way to sample a wide variety of dishes and the hands-on eating style makes for a fun, if somewhat messy, meal.

Queen Asia, a new Filipino-Vietnamese restaurant in Sandy, now offers a boodle fight experience to eager food combatants. The boodle fight must be ordered a week in advance and includes an incredible variety of dishes to be eaten communally upon banana leaves.

Check out the interesting boodle fight combinations on offer at Queen Asia:

Salo Salo Boodle ($275.00)

serves 6 to 10

• Rice

• Green Mango Salad

• Nilagang Baka Soup (beef soup with vegetables)

• Ensalada Talong (savory eggplant salad)

• Itlog Maalat (salted duck eggs)

• Steamed Okra Ampalaya Sitaw

• Inihaw Na Bangus (grilled milkfish)

• BBQ Chicken

• Lechon Kawali (deep-fried pork belly)

• Fried Shrimp

• Fried Calamari

• Pancit Bihon (rice stick noodles sautéed with meat, vegetables and soy sauce)

• Palitaw (sweet flat rice cake with coconut and sesame seeds)

Fiesta Boodle ($325.00)

serves 6 to 10

• Rice

• Green Mango Salad

• Nilagang Baka Soup (beef soup with vegetables)

• Ensalada Talong (savory eggplant salad)

• Itlog Maalat (salted duck eggs)

• Steamed Okra Ampalaya Sitaw

• Inihaw Na Bangus (grilled milkfish)

• Tilapia

• Crispy Pata (deep-fried pork leg with a soy-vinegar dipping sauce)

• Bicol Express (spicy pork braised in coconut milk and chilies)

• BBQ Chicken

• Fried Shrimp

• Fried Calamari

• Pancit Canton (stir-fried noodle dish with vegetables, chicken, pork and shrimp)

• Seasonal Fruit

• Turon (sweet, deep-fried banana and jackfruit spring rolls)

In order to participate in this event, plan on ordering and eating as a group. We will pre-select one of the boodles for everyone to enjoy. We'll divide the cost of the meal among the participants.

The restaurant has its own private parking lot. There is plenty of parking.

RSVPs will open at 7:00pm on August 20th. Since we need to make a week's advance reservation, you must finalize your RSVP by 11:45pm on September 7th to be included in the event.

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