When we travel into a destination for the first time, we always tend to cope ourselves with the place to unveil its unfamiliar culture. Some say that getting the real meaning of a place or its culture starts by tasting its food.
In the Philippines, local dishes are always a pleasure, though to some it can be a little bit challenging. Philippine cuisine is greatly influenced by the Spanish, Chinese, and American styles of cooking that dates back hundreds of years ago. A fusion of sweet, salty, spicy, and sour flavors are in almost every Filipino dish, delivering unlimited delight to foodies worldwide.
Here are some of the all-time favorite Filipino dishes that every foodie in the world would crave for:
Crunchy Bagnet of Vigan
Bagnet is a crispy, sumptuous treat that originated from Vigan City in the Northern part of the Philippines. This northern dish is an Ilocano version of Lechon Kawali but is cooked differently. In contrast to Lechon Kawali, Bagnet is actually double fried. The reason behind this cooking process dates back from the olden days of Vigan. By that time, there was still no refrigerator and the only way Ilocanos can preserve the meat is by frying it. So by the time they want to cook the pork into a bagnet, they just have to fry it again. This succulent dish is best served with slices of tomato, cucumber, and bagoong.
Succulent Lechon of Cebu
Cebu Lechon is a delectable pork dish that is roasted with the enhancing blend of different herbs and spices stuffed with lemongrass, bananas (saba) and taro. It is one of the best in the world. This mouth-watering goodness is best partnered with sweet sarsa and atchara, a sweet pickled papaya.
Spicy Laing of Bicol
Bicolanos are known for cooking and eating spicy dishes; one of which is the famous laing dish. Its main ingredients are taro leaves or gabi, coconut milk, slices of onion and garlic, fish meat, shrimp and chili. Spicy food lovers will surely love to eat this deliciously healthy dish from Bicol.
Sizzling Sisig of Pampanga
Pampanga is known to serve the best sisig in the Philippines. It is a popular Filipino dish made from boiling and frying parts of pig's head and liver. It is usually seasoned with calamansi and chili peppers; served on a sizzling plate with onions and raw eggs on top.
Flavorful Bulalo of Batangas
The best Bulalo recipe is said to be found in Batangas, located in the south-western part of Luzon. Bulalo is a famous Filipino beef stew made from beef shanks mixed with sweet corn, and green vegetables. It’s a favorite dish of the Filipinos especially during the rainy season. The beef shanks are usually boiled for more than an hour to reveal its tasty and flavorful goodness and then adding up the vegetables and condiments to add more flavor. It is best served with fish sauce.
So the next time you travel to one of these places, don’t dare to miss these mouth-watering treats!