Each nation always has something unique to offer to tourists visiting their place. Other than the culture and traditions they have, food is one thing that catches interests of people. Surely, one of the many reasons why people travel and explore is because they want to try, discover and experience new things.
The Philippines is one of the most visited places in the world because of its wonderful offers may it be on different adventures, different sceneries, activities and even in types of foods! Surely, visiting this place will make it all worth it. Here are some of the Filipino foods you definitely wouldn’t want to miss.
Lechon or Roasted Pig: an essential part of any Filipino celebration. Any event would not be complete without the crispy brown skin and the soft, delicious meat of a roasted pig. Cebu is well-known for making the most delicious Lechon that people from other regions in the country order in Cebu, a cuisine that will satisfy your stomach and your heart.
Dinuguan or A Stew of a Pig’s Blood and Meat: is another rare food only found in the Philippines. From the Filipino word ‘dugo’ meaning blood, this recipe is a savory stew of blood and meat simmered in the gravy of pig blood, mixed with garlic, vinegar, and chili. This dish is usually partnered with rice or rice cake and may also be cooked by adding a coconut milk. And just a reminder, Dinuguan is cooked with a black sauce, so refrain from smiling too much because this might stuck between your teeth, though you will be happy after eating.
Kinilaw or Raw Fish Vinegar: is common in the island of Mindanao. This dish is made of a fresh fish cooked in vinegar. Yes, you read it right, the vinegar will eventually cook the meat and come with ginger, lemon, chili, and onions. Another way of preparing this is by adding grilled pork to make it a “Sinuglaw” – a combination of ‘Sinugbang Baboy’ or roasted pork and Kinilaw.
Balut or Fertilized Duck’s Egg: this one is something different, and others may look at it as ‘notorious.’ It is indeed in some way, the duck’s eggs are incubated for 16 to 18 days before selling them. When buying Balut, the vendor asks if you’re going to choose the egg who’s 16 days old or the 18 days old. Both goes with the same price, but the difference there is the size of the chick you’ll get. Filipinos often eat these on dark and shady places, usually at night so that the chick could are not visible while eating. Many people also cannot stand eating the chick, but that’s not a problem. There is also this what we call “Penoy” still a duck’s egg but has no chick in it. Either, the best part of eating this Filipino food is the juice inside which has to be the first thing you’ll taste. Once maybe as scary as eating a live chick, but the next time around, you’ll find yourself buying another after another and so on.
Kakanin or Filipino Dessert: these are all usually made of rice, coconut, and milk, but this is something you’ll remember the most about your visit to the Philippines. One of the Filipinos’ prides: Bibingka, puto, suman, biko, and a lot more are some of the foods that would make you want to come back!
These are just very few of the many dishes Filipinos have to offer. If we were to fit all of those in just one writing, you probably wouldn’t be able to finish this article: either you’ll get tired, or you’ll get hungry. All that there’s left to do is to get up, and plan for your next trip all the way to the Philippines and discover everything by yourself.