What kind of Filipino Soups do you want?
Although the Philippines is an English speaking country it can still catch you out. Yes, moist of the signs are in English but as soon as you sit down to a nice meal in most menus the menus starts to look increasing complicated. No, it is not your eyes it is the Tagalog writing of the Pinoy menus.
As you study and make nonsense of the menus, it becomes disheartening. So another burger is ordered. Wait. Here are three items you will find on most menus. If you see these just imagine them to be s ort of soup or broth. Here is an overview of three popular soups.
Bulalo is categorised as a Philippines soup but is better known to most foreigners as beef shank. The beef( on the e bone) is boiled separately and the scum is then skimmed off and the water is refreshed and bring back to the boil and add the vegetables, potatoes, Corn on the Cob, onions and fish sauce until in the soup until the meat just falls off. Towards the end add the Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage) and wait for a few more minutes and serve with rice.
This soup is made up of braised beef cubes, potatoes, onions, cabbage, carrots and a meat stock or broth. Adding salt as you go to find the perfect taste for you.
One of my favourites here. Pork belly sliced with diced tomatoes, onions, radish, eggplant and string beans. Some people add spinach and a few other variants. However you enjoy it the Pork Sinigang is a good feast. No bones for the foreigner to crack their teeth on.
Jeff Harvie is an Australian Registered Migration Agent (MARN 0959797) who has given up the quiet life in Australia a few years back for one more adventurous with his Filipina wife and kids in Manila, Philippines. He runs Down Under Visa, which specialises in Australian partner visas for those Aussie men who fall madly in love with the local girls and want to bring them to Australia.