Each of us has our own good food criteria. What might be good food for me may not be the same for you. I may find pan seared foie gras tasty and you may not. Native Filipinos may find the meat of a bayawak flavorful, but foreigners may not. For you, good food might mean something delicious, comforting, traditional and hearty. For me, I came up with my own good food criteria:
- GOOD FOOD MUST TASTE GOOD. It’s self explanatory. You wouldn’t eat something that does not taste right. Taste does not only pertain to what our taste buds are used to. It may also refer to seasoning. When I eat, I always consider whether the food is seasoned properly or not. Is it too salty? Is it too spicy? Does it taste too sweet? It is a sin for every chef or home cook not to season their food properly.
- GOOD FOOD MUST LOOK GOOD. We eat first with our eyes. Before we can even taste it, we can already guess whether a food is worth tasting or not. There may be dishes that taste good but don’t seem appealing, and there are others that look too good to eat but lack flavor. Why not come up with a dish that is appealing to both the eyes and taste buds?
- GOOD FOOD MUST BE WELL-PREPARED. And by well-prepared, I mean hygienically and properly prepared. Pay attention to your food. Treat each ingredient with respect. After all, they’re going into YOUR food. Spend some quality time preparing your ingredients. Peel what you need to peel. Devein what you need to devein. Trim your meat. Do whatever is needed to make your dish perfect. Your final dish will reflect the way you handled your food.
There you go. Those are my three good food criteria. Consider these three points and I’m pretty sure you’ll come up with the best cooking results.
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