'Adobo Queen' on standardizing dish: You cannot meddle with someone's property

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 13) — As the government seeks to standardize the adobo recipe, Nancy Reyes Lumen - known as the "Adobo Queen" - expressed her opposition to such move, emphasizing that every Filipino has his or her own way of cooking the well-loved food.

"Adobo, it's a property, you cannot meddle with someone's property. Everybody owns their own adobo," she told CNN Philippines' The Final Word.

Lumen also described the move to standardize the dish as a "very rude awakening."

"The word standardize is so stressful and intimidating. They could have not started with adobo because adobo, it hits at the gut of the Filipino," she said.

The Department of Trade and Industry earlier announced that a technical committee will be developing the Philippine National Standards when it comes to cooking some popular local dishes. 

This will pave the way for a "distinguished Filipino food culture while establishing the common ground for food businesses," and will also determine an authentic Filipino adobo dish, according to the department.

It drew flak on social media, but on Sunday, the DTI clarified the proposed standard in cooking adobo and other local dishes are for international promotion only, and will not be mandatory for Filipino households.

Instead of doing this, Lumen suggested that the government develop an adobo product - like powders or sauces - which will really say "Philippine Adobo."