Can construction practices influence a country's recipes? Apparently, yes. When the Spanish arrived in the Philippines and began building churches, they insisted on using egg whites in the concrete mix to strengthen the mortar. The number of eggs used in this way is believed to have run into the millions. What to do with all the extra egg yolks? Make flan, cakes, and other egg-rich desserts, of course -- a practice still in evidence in Filipino cooking today.
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