Whenever I make a spaghetti, it is very Americanized. This is according to my 7-year old daughter. She does not like it, and does not care to take a bite at all. Definitely, this is a totally opposite reaction from her as compare to our Philippine days. It used to be her favorite. What went wrong? Why such a change of heart?
In order to decipher the mystery, I have compared the ingredients of the American and Filipino version of this famous cuisine. Do you know what I discovered? The Filipino spaghetti has a sweeter taste and has sliced hotdogs. The American version is somewhat full of herbs and tomato-ey. My daughter loves her hotdog in her spaghetti. Not just any hotdog, but a Tender Juicy brand of hotdog, which is not available here in the US. I tried adding a Nathan’s hotdog on one occasion, and my husband went totally nuts. He said, “Hotdog in a spaghetti? That’s gross!” I just laughed out loud. Well, it seems like I have to cook separately for the two – one with American bottled sauce, and one with the sweet-style Filipino sauce.