Filipinos are the most ingenious when it comes to adopting a foreign dish to suit the local palate. Take the case of spaghetti for example. Though it has some serious Italian influences, you’d be hard-pressed to find spaghetti on the menu in restaurants in Italy. Just as the Americans have added meatballs to come up with ‘spaghetti and meatballs,’ we, too, have given spaghetti our own spin. We called it our very own Filipino-Style or Pinoy-Style Spaghetti!So what exactly is Filipino-Style Spaghetti? Unlike its American (and Italian?) counterpart, Filipino-Style spaghetti is distinctively sweet. And our answer to meatballs? Tender, juicy hotdogs, the red ones in particular. Sweet, cheesy, and meaty – that’s how we like it in the Philippines. 99% of birthday parties in the Philippines will probably have spaghetti on the menu so you can bet your bottom dollar that it will show up on the dinner table for Noche Buena as well. All the major fast food restaurants and the carinderias serve spaghetti to their customers and every Filipino household has their own recipe for spaghetti. If the dizzying array of Pinoy spaghetti recipes does not discombobulate you, I don’t know what else will. However, it gets especially more popular during Christmas that even the government has to monitor the prices of spaghetti ingredients every year. Crazy, huh? When I was a kid, I was given the all important task of prepping the ingredients. From cutting the onions to grating the cheese, I graduated to actually sautéing the meat and making the sauce. I still have great memories of those times. Looking back, I think it’s those memories that made me love cooking.