Flavors of the Philippines

Nickles, Greg
January 2002
Philippines: The People;2002, p28
This section provides information on Philippine cookery. Filipinos usually eat dishes made from rice, corn, sweet potatoes or other vegetables. Patis, a salty fish or shrimp paste, is a favorite seasoning. Pan de sal, a type of bun, is a staple at mealtime together with tropical fruits such as papaya, coconut, mango and banana. During large festivities, Filipinos enjoy rich foods. A holiday favorite is lechon, a whole suckling pig roasted over a fire. Filipinos cook a variety of soups. A popular dish is sinigang, which is a mixture of vegetables and meat or seafood. It cooks in broth flavored with tropical fruit tamarind, which gives the other ingredients a flavor that is both sour and sweet. Vinegar and garlic are also favorite seasonings for broth. Many people consider adobo, a stew made with chicken or pork, as the Philippines' national dish. Another favorite treat is balut, a cooked duck egg with an unhatched duckling inside. People believe that balut gives then energy. A popular dessert among Filipinos is halo halo. It is a mix of ingredients including ice cream, milk, ice, fruit, corn, rice and sweet red beans.


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