It was the birthday of Ivanka Trump’s daughter yesterday and she served a familiar dish for the party, at least for us. By that, we mean hotdog and marshmallow skewers—yes, the ones served at every Filipino birthday party.
did Ivanka Trump throw her kids a Filipino birthday party??? pic.twitter.com/1hCuNN28Rt
— the laughing rats from that NYTMag story (@ortile) July 18, 2017
Although they don’t look like the red hotdogs that we like eating as kids, many Filipino-American citizens pointed it out. They were also wondering why Ivanka didn’t use colorful marshmallows and didn’t put the skewers on a cabbage head or pineapple.
hot dogs aren't red enough
— J A Z O M O I S E S (@jazomoises) July 18, 2017
But there's no karaoke, no spaghetti or palabok, no Jollibee chicken, no lechon, no drunk uncles and chitchatting aunties
— MJ (@imarcusj) July 18, 2017
Kulang…she didnt stick them in a head of cabbage
— Tristan (@tristanjangulo) July 18, 2017
Meanwhile, there were also Americans who were confused by the combination. Food site Delish even admitted to being mind-boggled by the party dish.
Is that marshmallow and hot dog? Rich people are weird pic.twitter.com/tmkN7fGyD0
— brian BOO-er 👻🎃 (@bribri_an) July 18, 2017
— Whitney Ksiazek (@SoooWhitty) July 18, 2017
The Trump family simply cannot be trusted pic.twitter.com/1pji0kwcsY
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) July 18, 2017
Good thing Natalia Roxas of Filipino Kitchen explained why we paired hotdogs and marshmallows: “Our marshmallow is made sweeter, so it gives you a salty-sweet dynamic. But especially when the hotdog is fresh off the pan or grill, the marshmallow has a slight melt on it, and you get a gooey bite with your hotdog.”
If that wasn’t Filipino enough, Ivanka also posted a photo of her and her daughter eating spaghetti with the caption, “Birthday tradition—noodles for a long life!”
Throw in some ube cake and they’ve got themselves a full-blown Filipino party.