Ever wondered what the people in the Philippines eat? Despite being a big country in Asia, Filipino cuisine does not usually get enough limelight they deserve when Asian food is mentioned. In this post, I will be sharing with you what are the top 5 dishes that shouts Filipino pride!
Chicken Adobo (Chicken Marinade)
One of the well-loved food in the Philippines is the Chicken Adobo! Adobo simply means marinade in Spanish. This succulent meat dish is mostly eaten with a bowl of steamy hot white rice. The rich flavours of peppercorn, garlic and bay leaves are absorbed into the meat through the long marinating process and simmered for at least 30 minutes until the sauce is reduced and thickened. You can look forward to sinking your teeth into the soft tender meat as you let the juices of the meat engulf your mouth. Be sure to try this mouthwatering dish when you're there.
Kare Kare Ox Tail Stew (Oxtail Stew)
One of the best comfort food you can find in the Philippines is the Kare Kare. You'll find deep tasting flavour to the stew, containing oxtail and ox tripe, lots of vegetables, enhanced with roasted ground peanuts, onion and garlic. Coupled with shrimp sauce also known as "bagoong", you experience some tanginess on your tongue as it is sometimes spiced up with some chilli and calamansi juice also known as the Filipino lime. A dish definitely not worth missing!
Lechon Kawali (Crispy Pork Belly)
Did anyone mention deep fried pork belly? Yes, the Filipinos sure know their pork really well when it comes to eating it. You'll savour the boiled and deep fried juice of this meat as you take a bite into this juicy piece. The extra crisp of the skin which accentuates the saltiness of its exterior will leave you begging for more. You'll get a taste of cane vinegar which cuts moist tender fat of the meat perfectly as you let it all just melt away in your mouth. Yummy!
Tapsilog (Beef Jerky with Garlic Fried Rice)
This is a popular breakfast meal. In this dish, you'll find Filipino beef jerky, garlic fried rice and fried egg. Sounds like a simple dish? Don't be fooled by the simplicity of this meal as its beef jerky will surprise you with some spiced tangy taste from the vinegar and the overnight marinade of the garlic will give a pungent sweetness to the meat! You'll find this dish everywhere you go in the Philippines!
Puto (Steamed cake)
Craving for a little sweet something? This popular dessert will satisfy your desire. This is a classic Filipino dessert that you absolutely have to try. This steamed cake is made of flour, sugar, milk and butter. It is set to ooze away in your mouth the moment it lands on your tongue. Savour the fluffiness of this cake and let the sweetness take over your soul.
So come, and let's have some of that delightful food!