Well, hello Funny Names Fans. It’s me, Liz, here to break the silence that seems to have fallen at Blog of Funny Names. Know that the ragtag collection of BoFN writers are busy folk, so posts may not always go up. In fact, I–your resident funny-names-in-food “expert”–had nothing planned for you this week.
After Fannie’s most excellent post on Mr. Greg Bear last week, I knew I was up next. (Thank you, Fannie, for being my marker.) No funny food names came to mind, but I assumed I’d be inspired at some point during the week. Turns out I assumed wrong. Inspiration did not hit and I had not the go-gettedness (that’s a word, right?) to hunt down a name. [shades of Diddy here]
So imagine my relief when I happened upon a post from a crazy-talented blogger friend entitled How To Make Lumpia with Tinapang Bangus. Wow. While Lumpia (which I had heard of before) and Tinapang Bangus (which I had not) are funnily named foods rather than funnily named folk, their funniness factor is high enough that I will build an entire post around them.
First, though, note that I am in no way making fun of Tinapang Bangus nor Lumpia. One of BoFN’s many tenants is that funny names are celebrated because of their greatness. Though you’ll occasionally find a wee bit of snark and ridicule, it’s mostly good clean fun and we pick our topics because we think they’re cool enough to be featured. And “tinapang bangus” (along with the slightly more familiar “lumpia”) blew me away. Such awesome words deserve to be shared.
Wikipedia tells me that “tinapa” is the Filipino term for smoked fish and bangus is also known as milkfish. So Tinapang Bangus is simply smoked milkfish. You can learn to make your own here.
Though I knew lumpia as some type of dumpling, more research was needed for specifics. Again to Wikipedia for the knowledge that lumpia are “pastries of Chinese origin similar to … fried spring rolls.” Most food-based websites define lumpia as Filipino egg rolls, so there you have it. Hop over to YouTube for Judy’s lovely lumpia-making demo. I would totally eat these.
So what Jar of Salt has done in her post, then, is add flaked tinapang bangus to lumpia filling. Which is altogether brilliant. How yum! I’m just sorry she’s on another continent and I”ll never taste her amazing creation. But I’ve expanded my food world and am glad to have learned a few new (funny) food words. Here’s hoping you enjoyed them, too.