5 Filipino Dishes You Must Try
Guest blog post written by Cherry. Check out these interesting dishes, I definitely want to try the pig when I finally get to the Philippines.
The Philippine cuisine is like its lovable summer treat “halo-halo” (literally, “mix-mix”), a concoction of different influences reminiscent of the Spanish, Chinese and American presence centuries past, with a hint of Malay and Indian herbs brought on by pre-Spanish trade with these countries. There is an entire smorgasbord of Filipino delights that await the adventurous palate, and here are five Filipino foods to get you started.
To preserve meat in the pre-cooler era, Filipinos would cook pork or chicken meat in vinegar and fish sauce, and toss laurel leaves for more flavour and aroma. With the arrival of the Spaniards, they named this marinated meat dish “adobo” after their own “adobado.”
A Chinese legend has it that “lechon” was accidentally discovered when a man’s hut and swine burned down to the ground; hence, the Philippine ”lechon.” An entire pig is spit-roasted for three to four hours to achieve that salty, crunchy, melt-in-the-mouth taste of pig skin and evenly cooked pig meat.
Beef shanks boiled until the collagen and fat melts, bulalo is often garnished with corn and pechay leaves, as in Southern Luzon’s version in northern Philippines, or prepared in its barebones form, as in “cansi” of the Visayas in central Philippines.
4. Ginataang Alimango
Freshwater or sea crabs cooked in thick coconut milk and carrots, “ginataang alimango” is made more savory by turmeric (an Indian spice that is also widely available in the Philippines), black pepper and other spices.
Filipinos are known for their kitchen resourcefulness, and “sisig” is a fine example of how pig brains, ears, snout and jowls – traditionally discards from the kitchens of American Naval base in Pampanga – are converted into a highly popular dish (laden with cholesterol). “Sisig,” either taken with a cold beer or eaten with rice, it is best served with a squeeze of citrus and a topping of raw egg (and more cholesterol).
I hope you will give all 5 of my must try Filipino foods a go should you visit my wonderful country.