Five Filipino friends get together to publish home-maid recipes

Four of the five authors of Family Favourites: (from left) Ms Lita Patricio, Ms Jetky Amores, Ms Jomarcy Bebida and Ms Carina Rebuya. Fellow author Rose Buenvenida has returned to the Philippines. Ms Patricio's favourite fish curry dish (below) is fe
Four of the five authors of Family Favourites: (from left) Ms Lita Patricio, Ms Jetky Amores, Ms Jomarcy Bebida and Ms Carina Rebuya. Fellow author Rose Buenvenida has returned to the Philippines. Ms Patricio's favourite fish curry dish is featured in the book.PHOTO: GIN TAY, COURTESY OF ANOUK VAN DER EL
Four of the five authors of Family Favourites: (from left) Ms Lita Patricio, Ms Jetky Amores, Ms Jomarcy Bebida and Ms Carina Rebuya. Fellow author Rose Buenvenida has returned to the Philippines. Ms Patricio's favourite fish curry dish (below) is fe
Four of the five authors of Family Favourites: Ms Lita Patricio, Ms Jetky Amores, Ms Jomarcy Bebida and Ms Carina Rebuya. Fellow author Rose Buenvenida has returned to the Philippines. Ms Patricio's favourite fish curry dish (above) is featured in the book.PHOTO: GIN TAY, COURTESY OF ANOUK VAN DER EL

When Ms Lita Patricio started working as a maid in Malaysia in 1993, she had never eaten Indian food before, much less cooked it.

She often had simple fare, like fried fish and vegetables, in her village in the Philippines. It was only in the home of her first employers - an Indian husband and Chinese wife - that she learnt dishes from other cuisines, including what is now her favourite: fish curry.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 11, 2019, with the headline 'Five Filipino friends get together to publish home-maid recipes'. Print Edition | Subscribe