CDO meat from the Philippines … Maybe … for some!
It was in Palawan at a local eatery that I asked a lady what type of meat was in one particular pot.
“CDO sir,” she replied. “Fresh!”
I looked at her with a confused frown. I’ll spare the translations. It took a good 3 minutes before her frustrations at me not knowing what type of Animal CDO came from forced her back into the kitchen. She emerged with a determined look and a small can.
CDO was indeed a brand name of processed beef. Canned meat is very popular in the Philippines due to it’s long shelf life and lack of refrigeration needs. On this occasion I turned down the stew of CDO as I’m not a fan of canned meat.
Sometime later I saw a can and bought it. The meat is often processed with various types of sauce. I opened it up, and gagged.
I really thought some almighty bacteria had gotten a hold of it and unleashed the fury of something quite bowel shattering.
A Filipino friend beside me took a sniff an immediately began drooling, then proceeded to devour the cans contents.
Much like the Durian fruit, and the 100’s of dried fish types available I think this type of meat is an acquired taste. After all the millions of Filipinos who enjoy it can’t be wrong.
One of the most incredible, charming & beautiful things on this planet …