Tablea

Tablea or mainit na tsokolate is Filipino hot chocolate. During the Spanish period, if the master of the house ordered the servants to serve Tsokolate Eh, it was a signal to make the chocolate drink rich and creamy. This meant that the visitor was important.

If the master of the house said, “Este, Ah, pakisilbi ng tsokolate,” or “paki-silbe ng Tsokolate Eh”… this was to signal the servants (they used to call helpers “Muchacho” o “Muchacha”) that the drink should be watered-down. It also meant that the master of the house did not deem the visitor important.