By Ana Margarita Olar | Foodfindsasia.com
Culture, nature, and people- these are some of the reasons why the world wants to visit the Philippines. Beach, mountains, valleys, lakes, islands, and man-made attractions boost the country to start making a name as one of the favorite tourist destination. Together with the republic’s booming tourism industry; many local cuisines are also waiting to be discovered.
Filipino food is a blend of Spanish and Chinese cultures. That is why, common foods sound Hispanic such as asado, adobo, and menudo. Others do have Chinese names like pancit and shang-hai.
While there are foods that can be found anywhere in the archipelago; each region has its own traditional foods to brag. These are some of the menus that you can taste and try.
Because of the proximity to the sea, Ilocano loves salty foods. There are varieties of dried fish in the region. They also offer dishes from freshly picked local vegetables like pinakbet and dinengdeng. Don’t go home until you tried Vigan empanada, longganisa and bagnet.
The Philippines is rich in seafood and Cagayan Valley offers the freshest fish, crabs, lobster, and others. The province is also rich in fresh foods. If you are looking for exotic foods, you can try ant’s eggs, crickets, beetles, grasshoppers, and insect larvae.
Pampanga is known for sweet delicacies and processed meat like tocino. Pastillas (milk candy), ensaymada and inipit are sweet desserts made in Bulacan. You must also try binagis, kamaniang, and sisig.
The region is rich in coconuts. Many dishes are mixed with gata (coconut milk) such as nilupak, kulawo (banana heart with coconut milk dressing), chicken binacol, and coconut cream puff. On the other hand, Batangas is famed for its tender juicy meat “bulalo” and world class coffee beans.
The must-tried foods are Pinangat (native foie gras), Bicol Express (pork dish cooked with lots of hot chili peppers and coconut milk) and desserts made with pili nut (pili kisses and tarts).
Taste the world’s sweetest mango found in Guimaras. La Paz batchoy was found in Ilo-ilo. Capiz is the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines” and offers cheap and fresh seafood. You must also look for the famous bistek (beef), pinamalahan (pork stew in sweet sauce), sinambagan nga baboy ( tamarind pork soup), and pancit molo.
Cebu, Siquijor, Bohol, Negros, and the remaining provinces offer a unique taste. Who can resist the crunch of festive Cebu Lechon? You must also try biko topped latik (rice cake), kalamay (sweet gelatinous rice) and suman (cooked gelatinous rice in banana leaves).
Eastern Visayas also offers their finest foods. Like Cebu, they have their own version of Lechon de Leche. Tacloban serves authentic Visayan cuisine like crispy pata, sug-law (combined blue marlin and pork), patatim, and turon with langka.
Going to Zamboanga can make you feel visiting Spain because of their dialect “Chavacano” which sounds Hispanic. Because of its proximity to Malaysia; their foods have curry, chilli, and spices. The Peninsula offered mouth-watering dishes like Curacha (crab dish), Ensalada de latu (seaweed salad), Zamboanga Octopus, Zamboanga Moresqueta Frito, Kilawin de Pescao and Agar-agar salad.
Taste the sweetest lanzones when you visit this region. Camiguin offers pastel- a sweet, soft bun with yema inside. You can also enjoy a native delicacy called kiping (ground cassava drizzled with melted sugar syrup).
Davao is famous for its “inihaw na panga” and exotic fruits like “durian,” “pomelo, ” mangosteen” and “rambutan” .
South Central Mindanao
Taste the coolest buko halo-halo in Koronadal City. They also offer the finest seafood, salmon, and tuna.
One of the region’s sweet delicacies are Salvaro ( dried cassava), Peanut biscuit other called cay-cay, and other Durian products.
The tourism industry and other agencies created programs to revive Filipino cuisine and traditional foods. If you want to experience the lavish foods from different provinces can visit Kulinarya Food Trip – Tour Packages.