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13 Edible Reasons To Fall In Love With Philippines

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11 June 2017

13 Edible Reasons To Fall In Love With Philippines

It may not be as popular as its neighbouring cuisines (Chinese or Thai) but Filipino cuisine has its distinct flavours that are hard to find anywhere else in the world.

If you doubt our words then listen to world’s renowned chef, Anthony Bourdain, who believes Filipino food will be the next big trend in the coming year. TBH, with so many expat-Filipino fellows living here in UAE, it was just a matter of time that we got the whiff of their understated Asian cuisine.

Exotic seafood delicacies, deep-fried desserts, tropical fruits slushies and their spices, we wholeheartedly agree with Bourdain, we've got enough reason to visit this colourful and friendly archipelago.

As the country celebrates it National Day today, we look at the 13 scrumptious dishes that define its culture, people and landscape.

1. Adobo

Many consider this meat-marinated-in-sauce dish to be the unofficial national dish of the country and we can see why. It's chicken or pork marinated with vinegar, soy sauce and garlic.

You can't really go wrong here.

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2. Ukoy

It's crispy shrimp fritters with tangy vinegar dipping sauce — we're sold!

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3. Turon

Deep-fried, sweet banana rolls that can usually be seen on the streets being peddled along with banana-cue.

That's it, we're moving to Philipines.

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4. Chicaharon

Dipped in vinegar spiked with chilli peppers, this is Filipino's answer to french fries except, it's pork instead of potatoes.

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5. Halo Halo

Filipinos discovered rainbow trend long before the Instagram did. Halo-halo means "mix mix" in Tagalog, and that's exactly what you're supposed to do with it.

This picture-perfect drink is a crazy blend of shaved ice cream, fruit beans, ice cream and whatever your heart desires.

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6. Kwek Kwek

Deep-fried quail eggs in a spicy orange batter, these are a street-food must!

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7. Taho

Taho is bean curd made of soft silken tofu. It is topped with a sweet syrup, caramelised or liquefied brown sugar with sago or tapioca pearls. Exotic!

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8. Lumpiang Shangai

Like egg rolls? You're going to LOVE this popular mainstay in Filipino food gatherings. It's a heavenly mixture of ground chicken or pork, chopped vegetables such as carrots, onions and jicama wrapped in thin spring roll wrappers.

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9. Sinangag

Fried rice with soup and meat for breakfast, anyone? Head over to Manila and you'll eat as much as you want.

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10. Chicken Skewers

Don't get confused by the name, it's everyone's all-time favourite barbeque chicken skewers served Filipino-style.

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11. Pancit Palabok

This is how the country eats its noodles — with cooked shrimps and shrimp sauce, pork, crushed chicharron, tofu and fried garlic.

And like noodles anywhere around the world, they eat it whenever the mood strikes.

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12. Iskrambol

Iskrambol or Ice Scramble is the Filipino version of slushy made out of banana flavoured frozen condensed milk usually sold by street hawkers.

A perfect summer treat!

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13. Lechon Manak

Nobody can resist the power of a perfectly roasted whole chicken known as Lechon Manok. This street version of roasted chicken is available almost everywhere, especially for dinner-time.

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