How’s Philippines Food like?
Recently an Asian survey put Filipino food as high as No.2 in Asia. This excited the forums on the expat sites as there was pure disbelief with the results. Comparing the range and quality of food in the Philippines to that in Thailand and Malaysia seems difficult to do. I am not a lover of most Pinoy foods. To me it is fat and bone and fried to death. But, if you go to an upmarket restaurant you can enjoy the food. It is important to take into account the millions who are hungry. Ask them if they like Philippines food, like is just not something to consider. Hunger is.
What shocked us the most was the poor quality of food. Most of dishes were left on the table without being covered with a lid, or without a fan to get rid of the flies, as it’s a common practice in other Asian countries. Fish and meat were mixed up together in the same bowl, sausages were displayed on a plate surrounded by flies and bugs, everyone was touching food with their fingers to try before buying and what was the worst the food was left on display for all night long and didn’t disappear from there unless someone bought it (we saw the same fish dish on display for two days in a row in one of local restaurants in Manila). It was a big mess, trust me! from http://etramping.com/rather-go-hungry-eat-filipino-food-again/
Mostly I agree with the article and that comes from ten years of living here.
The writer went on to say
The Filipino food is packed with salt, sugar and oil. The meat we were served was soaking in oil, the fish that supposed to be grilled was full of oil and veggies we wanted to try contained more oil than the fattest meat we saw there. As we know, oil makes you feel so tired and slows your metabolism down. After having a few small Filipino lunches, we felt bloated and tired and we could tell it was the food.
This is a sort of reply from a Filipina
As a Filipino, your initial reaction would probably be to defend Filipino food against that sorry excuse of a “traditional Filipino breakfast’, burnt grilled fish, and hotdog they’ve obviously purchased at 7-eleven and then called it “longganisa”. You must be thinking: Hey! That is not what Filipino food is all about!
The blogger’s opinion about Filipino food is not that surprising though. My husband, an American and former Peace Corps volunteer who lived in the Philippines for almost three years, said that Filipino food in general is a shock to the Western palette. He didn’t like it the first time too. It is somewhat of an acquired taste.
He told me that if you’re a foreigner traveling to the Philippines for the first time and you want to have an authentic and good quality Filipino food experience, it is important that you should know where to go and what to try.
1. You don’t just go to some random hole-in-the-wall place like a “karinderya” and expect high quality food – that applies to anywhere in the world. Some Filipinos rarely even go to those places. Well, except me and my husband. We love karinderya or hole-in-the-wall places! We are discriminating in where we choose to go and will walk around until we find a place with an acceptable selection.
2. If you can’t afford to get a tour guide, try couchsurfing. It’s the best way to meet a local who can invite you to their home and introduce you to good and authentic Filipino food. I went couchsurfing for the first time in South Korea last year and it was a blast! Free accommodations, baby!
4. Unless you’re adventurous, it’s not a good idea for a foreigner try dinuguan (pork blood stew), isaw ( grilled chicken intestines), balut (duck embryo), and pretty much anything that will make you squeamish. My husband loves isaw though!
I wanted to know the best (and safest) Filipino food a foreigner should try so I asked my husband. These are the foods he recommended if you’re traveling to the Philippines for the first time:
Not all commenters disagreed with the travel bloggers.
“We just spent 23 days in the Philippines and we too weren’t impressed with food,” said Hannah. “There is only so much rice and chicken adobo you can eat. We were shocked on the fruit prices and then the quality was terrible!”
“Sadly, I have to agree with you,” said IndieTraveller Marek. “Filipino food is not great… just too much fat, sugar, and salt. There are exceptions of course, but overall it’s a huge step down from any other cuisine in the region.”
A few Filipinos even agreed with Agness on some of the points she made.
“I agree with the cleanliness comment. I DONT EAT as well on these type of food stalls because I am scared to get sick,” said athens.
“I couldn’t agree more,” stated Marvin, “yes food sucks especially those commercially sold along the streets which validates your honest observation.”
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