I know it's been over a month since I got back from the Philippines but don't think I wasn't going to share my culinary adventures, did you? My schedule was pretty hectic but I managed to snap some pictures of my blog worthy foodventures. So here you go, enjoy the mouth watering visuals:
|Corned Beef Pan De Sal|
Filipinos LOVE Corned Beef besides Spam. Found this at a Starbucks. The Corned Beef was baked on the inside of the bread. So good and savory!
|Dalandan (left) and Calamansi (Right) Juice from Cafe Juanita |
Dalandan and Calamsi are citrus fruits native to the Philippines. Dalandan is more like an Orange while Calamansi is more like a Lemon Lime. So refreshing during hot Summer days!
|Pinakbet w/ Bagoong (fermented shrimp) Dipping Sauce|
Melange of fresh vegetables and shrimp. Great with white rice!
The idea of eating Pig cheek and snout (that's what "Sisig" is) sounds really revolting but in a Third World country, nothing goes to waste! The cheek and snout are chopped up into small pieces and cooked until it is extremely crunchy. This dish is traditionally served as "pulutan" or bar food with a nice glass of cold beer (preferable San Miguel or Red Horse.. HA!) but can be also be enjoyed as an entree served with rice!
|Halo-Halo (translated as "mix-mix" in English)|
|Cafe Juanita Goodies Shelf|
|Home Made Shrimp and Fish Kebabs with Fresh Cherry Tomatoes, Green & Red Peppers|
|Home Made Lamb Kaldereta w/ Rice, Fish & Shrimp Kebabs & Pancit Plate|
|Chocolate Coffee Crunch Cake|
|Crispy Pata (Deep-Fried Pork Leg) from Via Mare|
|Iced Dessert Trio|
|Bibinka from Via-Mare|
It's basically a rice mochi with a salted egg baked in and topped off with Coconut shavings. It's best to eat after it's freshly baked. Some people like to smear some butter on top, kind of like eating a hot pancake!
In conclusion, Filipino food is for people with acquired taste buds. It might not be for everyone, but if you have an open palate it might be one of the most delicious and interesting food you will ever taste! We have a lot of weird ingredients but it makes sense to us. As mentioned above, because it's a Third World country, we make the best out of what we have so we learn to appreciate any and every part of an animal (sorry Vegans) as a means of survival. We also like to add the weirdest ingredients (like beans in a dessert) just because it makes sense to us! Just think of Remy the Rat from the movie Ratatouille. He learned to make additions to his recipes simply because the ingredients he put together made his food taste better! :)