M.I.Y.O Monday: What Is Your Favorite Road Trip Food?

Whether eaten in the car or on the way, this is the one food your road trip can’t do without. A MIYO Monday question specially crafted for this long weekend.

Note: M.I.Y.O. Monday stands for Make It Your Own Monday, a question thrown out to DCF readers every Monday to jumpstart the week with lively interaction. I also welcome questions and suggestions for future MIYO Mondays. Email me.

As I write this, I’m looking at the Bicol vacation photos that my sister has shared on Instagram. My other sister is in Baguio, and as for me, well, I’m still in Manila but seriously contemplating a brief road trip maybe later today.

The photo above shows two different kinds of buko pies that hail from Los Baños, Laguna, but whose fame extends far beyond that. Buko pie, which is something that I bake on occasion, has become my default road trip food. For some reason, most of my road trips are to the south, and well, the south has a surfeit of buko pies. When driving down the streets in the south, I like that there’s a whole strip of stalls to choose from, though I know that in reality, there are really only three or four brands in total.

Most of the time, these pies are lukewarm, having withered in the midday heat with only the shade of a box cover for protection. I like that these buko pies are old-fashioned, made from lard and crumble upon first bite. I’m charmed that if I want one, I must buy the entire pie because it’s not available by the slice. Most of all, there’s something challenging and memorable about eating a pie with my hands because there aren’t any utensils available, plastic or otherwise. I have fond memories of standing in the midday sun holding an errant slice of buko pie that’s been ripped from its whole, and I’m bent over the sidewalk to prevent any wayward crumbs from littering my shirt. Good times!

So tell me: on this long weekend, what’s the one food you’re taking with you on your road trip? Whether it be in the car with you or bought along the way, tell me what it is.

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