Thanksgiving serves up cultural fare for families

Juniva Bojorquez, Staff Writer

Thanksgiving is a time when families get together to enjoy delicious foods, and each culture has its signature dish that they make every year.

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Almamun Alfarah stated, “I actually do celebrate Thanksgiving; while it’s not part of my religion (Muslim), we still like to participate. We eat the basics like mashed potatoes, some turkey, anything they sell at the stores right now that are popular for Thanksgiving”. Even though his culture does not really celebrate Thanksgiving, he and his family still like to participate in the holiday.

Angela Lopez Romo, who is a senior at CSU Bakersfield, said, “Well, my family isn’t really family-oriented, so we just adjust to wherever we get invited to. But my mom’s go-to dish is green beans with bacon.” Her family comes from Mexico, and green beans with bacon are unique to her family’s Thanksgiving dish.

Erica Barroga, who is a senior at CSU Bakersfield, detailed how “Pancit Palabok,” is a famous Filipino dish of the Philippines that can be served as one of the entrees during Thanksgiving. It’s a noodle dish with shrimp sauce that’s topped with other ingredients, typically cooked shrimp, boiled pork, crushed chicharron, fried tofu, scallops, fried garlic, and green onion.