A Filipino family feast
November 26th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
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Thanksgiving is an American holiday, but because so many of us have roots in other countries, there are many international dishes on Thanksgiving tables. CNN Radio’s Jim Roope was invited to a Filipino family Thanksgiving celebration and discovered the addition of Lechon, roasted pig, next to the turkey, stuffing and sweet potato pie.

“All [Filipino] festivities are religious in nature so we always have an offering, a Lechon at the table,” said Nora Hizon, who immigrated to the U-S 40 years ago.” “We have the turkey, but we also have the Lechon,” she said.

After some coaxing, Jim Roope finally agrees to taste the Lechon. Listen to the audio player below to hear what happens.

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  1. tj

    why restrain yourself from eating such delicious food..to taste is not bad not unless you ate too much..;0

    November 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  2. Bobby G.

    You would have to RESTRAIN me from eating it NOT coax me...

    November 26, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  3. tj

    this is one food that everyone should try..delicious in and out..hmmmmm..;0

    November 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  4. Truth@RichardHead

    I think that is big in Japan, but I agree...However, lead me not into temptation (I can find it easily enough on my own...:)

    November 26, 2010 at 11:47 am |
    • RichardHead

      UMMM..the food or the girl? .

      November 26, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  5. Truth

    The pic is pretty indicative of how food is served in VN as well. At our wedding, there was a fish on every table. You take what you want and leave the rest. Not a lot went to waste.

    No real difference from just serving a ham really.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:25 am |
    • Evil Grin

      Like a large whole fish, which people would just take a chunk of? I think that's a pretty fun concept.

      November 26, 2010 at 11:38 am |
      • Truth@EG

        That is exactly how it is...Most meals are served "family style", where large bowls/critters are brought out and you take what you want. Took some getting used to, but it really is a great concept. We've even gotten into the habit in American restaurants of eating off of each others plates.

        November 26, 2010 at 11:46 am |
    • RichardHead

      I want to go to one of those party's where they have the naked girl lying down on the serving table and covered in food. Decisions,decisions.

      November 26, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  6. Evil Grin

    Couldn't listen to the sound file for some reason, but that looks pretty good, anyway. Not so different from having ham on the table.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:12 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Eeep! Fixed.

      November 26, 2010 at 11:50 am |
      • Evil Grin

        Thanks. For some reason the exchange over the scissors hit my funny bone. "You're cutting that with scissors? (disbelief) Why?" "(look of 'duh', no doubt) It's faster."

        Made me wonder if she thought he thought that was some secret custom to cutting Lechon.

        November 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
      • RichardHead

        Our Fearless Leader is on top of things as usual. Thank You.

        November 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
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