Lawsuit over smelly food

I’m Pinoy and one of my favorite Pinoy food is “tuyo” or dried fish, but we live in an apartment and once I cooked “tuyo” the whole smelled like it. I also rarely cook adobo because of the overpowering smell of vinegar that is all over our unit whenever I prepare it.
While we Pinoys crave for the smell of our local food, other nationalities may not be happy about it, just like the nuns of NYC who filed a US$75,000 lawsuit against their Pinoy neighbors for cooking “tuyo.”

NY nuns sue Pinay over ‘tuyo’
NEW YORK – It may be a cultural thing, but when you’re up against a congregation of nuns and your neighbors in an apartment building in Manhattan, a lawsuit would make an interesting anthropological study in ethnic tension.
The Missionary Sisters of Sacred Heart (MSSH) in Manhattan has filed a complaint against a Filipino-American couple, Michael and Gloria Lim, over a Filipino delicacy called tuyo (dried fish), and its funky cousin, the tinapa (smoked fish).
The case is now with the Manhattan Supreme Court.
Reports say Gloria was smoking fish outside her apartment window when the smell – noxious stench to the nuns, divine aroma to the Lims – of the salted fish wafted throughout the Gramercy apartment building.
Read the whole article here.

I like the drawing that accompany the news article. Some are calling it racist that the tenants are complaining over the smelly food, but when one reads the whole news article it says at the bottom that there’s a rule that says “cooking smelly food is not allowed.” The thing is what’s “smelly” is subjective. Some also said that the smell could be “dangerous” to health. Hmm, in that case then it’s always wise to have health insurance since there are pollutants everywhere. For reliable health insurance that’s just right for you, check Blue Cross NC.
Somehow I’m glad that I live in Korea. Some Korean food are a lot smellier than our “tuyo” – cheonggukjang for example.


  1. hi betchay..happy new dried fish on this side of the hemisphere is really a big issue…westerners couldnt really tolerate its smell..we can just cook that when our neighbors are away…coz they liken its smell to ___(sorry,censored!!)their nose are too sensitive in smelling this food…they know if we are cooking that though they are 100 meters away…too bad, others hate this thing we(Asians) truly love…aren’t these people called the missionary sisters of the sacred heart?where’s the compassion in that? and they do missionary work maybe in a clean,sweet smelling environment..did Jesus puke when he wash His disciples dirty-muddied feet??just asking^^

  2. LOL. this is pretty weird and stupid at the same time. The strange thing about it is— the people who filed the lawsuit is asking 75K for damages?? I mean what damages??? It looks to me that the nuns are only after the money ahahah geez leave it to the Americans to file something that’s really absurd and pathetic …… who’s the idiot lawyer taking this case ahaha

  3. i can totally relate to this… i remember my grandma in NY too, we brought them some “tuyo” from Manila as well. when she cooked it, their neighbor complained about the “stinking smell’ as what they referred to it. but luckily, she was never sued for that. 😉
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  4. this issue had been around for years! i remember it even from my high school days. way back then, i thought it was fair, simply because US (or those who came from the same place) has no FOOD CULTURE of their own. If they found it pleasant, the country would have adopted it, and claimed it as their own (like what they did to other foods from other countries).
    However, knowing (and living) Chinese food, moving and learning cuisines in Korea, some international chows other than our own had proved to have a more revolting stench than our beloved TUYO. hence, now enlightened, those who complains about our native delicacy are called IGNORANT HEATHENS.

  5. How to lessen the fishy smell of our favoritee tuyo.
    1. Mag-init ng mantika
    2. Lagyan ng ginger or luya (chopped). ang mainit na mantika
    3. Ilagay ang tuyo
    4. maglagay ng konting suka sa platito or kahit na anong maliit na lalagyan malapit sa kawali. Iwasang masunog ito.
    5. Please try nyo to, 8years ko ng ginagawa to, subok at garantisado at siguradong bawas ang lansa ng isda at crispy pa.
    Pwede gamitin ang tip na ito kahit anong ipipritong nyong isda fresh man o daing.
    please e-mail me kung ok ba ito sa inyo.… happy eating tuyo

    1. ^^ thanks for the tips daniella… yung isang kuya sobrang sensitive sa amoy ng isda… kaya pag nagpi-prito ng isda sa bahay, laging nagsisindi ng kandila para ma-counteract ang amoy

  6. And nobody’s complaining if someone cooks Chitlins?
    Discrimination much? Hehehe.
    As serious as the article it may seem, I just can’t help but laugh on how people tend to act towards something foreign to them.
    I guess we need to consider that nuns are so enclaved into their own world called convents that they didn’t know that world’s changing around them, no puns intended.
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  7. I find it funny that this lawsuit is from the missionary sisters of the sacred heart. The damages is an odd amount – perhaps just to get the cooking to stop but I dont see how these damages would hold up in court. (perhaps relocation costs?)

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