Trouble With Bagoong And Tuyo

Dear Beng

Five months na ako dito sa Germany and I think it’s not unsual if I miss or craved for Filipino food. Hindi pa ako adjusted sa pagkain nila…kaya minsan niluluto ko ang gusto ko like Pinakbet, Bicol Express and sometimes Tuyo. Yon nga lang, I’m always in trouble with my husband after that dahil sa amoy. Do you have any idea how to cook smelly bagoong and tuyo without getting in trouble with husband and neighbors?


Hello there Elizabeth,

Well, I think I can claim myself lucky dahil very understanding ang mister ko tungkol sa bagay na yan. No kidding, paboritong niya pang kainin ang baboy na binaguongan.

Ok let us talk about your problem. Alam mo, it is not easy to cook bagoong here in Germany without offending your husband and neighbors dahil hindi sila sanay sa amoy nito. I advise you to prepare “bagoong” when your husband is not home. Open all windows to air the rooms, (this tip is not applicable on summertime dahil lalabas nga ang amoy…susugurin ka naman ng sangkatutak na langaw). Try to spray citrus air freshener after you cook. Coffee (ground) is also an alternative, roast some tablespoon in a pan for about 10 to 15 minutes. It helps to elimate odor a bit. The smell however, lingers around wallpaper, curtains and clothes. If the smell stays, change wallpaper, wash curtains and take a shower šŸ˜‰

Another good time to cook it is at midnite when your husband and neighbors are asleep. There’s a very good chance however that neighbors could wake up from the oder. Then you’re in big trouble. Biro lang ito ha, kaya huwag na huwag mong gawin. Baka mumurahin ka nang asawa mo at kapitbahay kinabukasan.

Some advise lighting perfumed candles or meditation sticks to neutralize the smell. Or magpakulo ka nang tubig na may vinegar, they said it will isolate the odor.

Ang pinakamabuti mong gawin in order to avoid trouble is to find a friend who is willing to prepare it for you. A friend who has no neighbors, no quacking mother-in-law, and no maarte husband. If you’ll find this ideal friend you’ll be happy and contented in your entire life here in Germany. Ayos ba Elizabeth?

Kind regards,


Beng Hafner is my name. Well, most of you know that already. I am a mother of 3 and a granny of 3 cute kids. I am proud to be who I am and I am proud of the way I am. I am alive because I have a lot to live for. I have many dreams that I wish to reach for and I have many journeys to make. My life is like a soap opera, and you are the audience.

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