“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Quite notable, isn’t it? Filipino cuisine has a long list of dishes and meals you can learn to prepare. Filipinos are known for hospitality. They say “Kain na!” when they ask their visitors to join them at the dining table to eat.
Filipinos have a diversified culture and tradition, which caused a significant impact on their cuisine influenced by the Malays, Chinese, Spaniards, Americans, and even the Japanese. But do not ever think that Filipino cuisine is not 100% authentic anymore because some influences are made on the island because of the local resources found here.
Here are some popular Filipino foods:
- Pork Menudo. It is a tomato and liver-based stew infused with carrots and potatoes and square-cut pork and usually prepared during feast celebrations.
- Pancit Molo. Influenced by the Chinese. Usually prepared with toasted garlic and chopped scallions made with wonton.
- Pork Binagoongan. Filipinos love to eat pork. This dish is made of shrimp paste they call Bagoong.
- Maja Blanca. Food influence from the Spaniards. A pudding dessert made with milk, sugar and then infused with whole kernel corns. This is a great snack or also called panghimagas.
- Inihaw na Liempo. They are also called grilled pork liempo. Usually marinated with its spice overnight and shall be cooked the next day.
- Dinuguan at Puto. A unique combination of dish and dessert. Puto is a vanilla steamed rice cake, and Dinuguan is a pork blood stew. Try to dip the puto in the casserole and let its magic happen!
- Leche Flan. Also called creme caramel. Usually topped into some Filipino desserts like the Halo-halo. Leche Flan tastes so sweet and must be eaten chilled.
- Lumpiang Sariwa. This dish is usually eaten as a snack. It is made of egg roll with chopped turnips, and other greens topped with toasted garlic and a sauce made of peanut butter.