They say the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and Filipinos know this very well that is why they have developed their cuisine from the typical grilled specials to the most sophisticated gourmet that has a pleasant symphony of sweet and spicy that is very Filipino.
Having a tour in the Philippines normally equates to a food trip as each province has a native delicacy that one should try and savor. They are even recommending that you take some home just so your family and friends could also somehow experience the sumptuous cooking that Filipino offers.
Sure, the Philippines is known for its diverse ethical culture because of its history when the Spaniards, Americans and Japanese colonize them once upon a time. These series of seemingly unfortunate events was transformed by the Filipinos into a gift through the power of cooking. They used the spices and other cooking traditions brought about by these three conquerors to improve the Philippine cuisine that we have right now. Indeed, Filipinos has the gift of being very resourceful and innovative hence the myriad dishes that one should try once he or she has a chance to have a vacation in the Philippines.
Let’s trot through the Philippine Cuisine as we navigate through the three major islands namely Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Our first stop, Luzon, already has a multitude of delicacies to choose from but the bulk of it goes to the famous Pampanga where more and more dishes are being cooked and developed to perfection. Artist turned cook Claude Tayag is one of this renowned chefs and his creations are truly a must-try especially if you want to experience Philippine cuisine. The delicacies in Ilocos is also very ravishing as you munch on their own version of empanada and their mouth-watering bagnet (deep fried pork that is very crispy). Luzon also has abundant desserts to choose from!
Next stop is Visayas and Mindanao. Of course your trip would not be so complete without tasting the most succulent Lechon Cebu! Anthony Bourdain of the Travel Channel even commented, “It can be said that of all the whole roasted pigs I’ve had, the slow roasted lechon I had in Cebu was one of the best!” The Piaya and Chicken Inasal of Negros is also a must-taste. It’s basically chicken marinated in vinegar, calamansi, garlic and annatto seeds that is skewed to perfection. And while you are still in Visayas you may want to try Panay’s tasty La Paz Batchoy to complete your Visayan food expedition.
As for Mindanao, you may want to tickle your taste buds with this pastel bread with a gooey candied milk center. It is so sweet that you can’t get enough! It is a must taste for every visitor of Camiguin. Also, you may want to try the exotic Durian in the province of Lanao del Norte. This foul smelling but very delicious fruit could actually be made as a drink, candy and other durian products.
Indeed, having a very tasty food on your side while marveling on the wonderful sunset superimposed in a pristine white beach setting is perfect paradise bliss and you can experience it only in the Philippines.
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