I’m Pinoy and one of my favorite Pinoy food is “tuyo” or dried fish, but we live in an apartment and once I cooked “tuyo” the whole smelled like it. I also rarely cook adobo because of the overpowering smell of vinegar that is all over our unit whenever I prepare it.
While we Pinoys crave for the smell of our local food, other nationalities may not be happy about it, just like the nuns of NYC who filed a US$75,000 lawsuit against their Pinoy neighbors for cooking “tuyo.”
NY nuns sue Pinay over ‘tuyo’
NEW YORK – It may be a cultural thing, but when you’re up against a congregation of nuns and your neighbors in an apartment building in Manhattan, a lawsuit would make an interesting anthropological study in ethnic tension.
The Missionary Sisters of Sacred Heart (MSSH) in Manhattan has filed a complaint against a Filipino-American couple, Michael and Gloria Lim, over a Filipino delicacy called tuyo (dried fish), and its funky cousin, the tinapa (smoked fish).
The case is now with the Manhattan Supreme Court.
Reports say Gloria was smoking fish outside her apartment window when the smell – noxious stench to the nuns, divine aroma to the Lims – of the salted fish wafted throughout the Gramercy apartment building.
I like the drawing that accompany the news article. Some are calling it racist that the tenants are complaining over the smelly food, but when one reads the whole news article it says at the bottom that there’s a rule that says “cooking smelly food is not allowed.” The thing is what’s “smelly” is subjective. Some also said that the smell could be “dangerous” to health. Hmm, in that case then it’s always wise to have health insurance since there are pollutants everywhere. For reliable health insurance that’s just right for you, check Blue Cross NC.
Somehow I’m glad that I live in Korea. Some Korean food are a lot smellier than our “tuyo” – cheonggukjang for example.