Eat your way through the Philippines!

Cafe by the Ruins (Baguio City)

Ever tried eating “pinuneg”? Pinuneg is Igorot blood sausage, with a funky, raw, bloody taste. This is usually served during cañaos in the Cordilleras, with red rice and pork roasted and boiled in a salty broth. Also, brace yourself for pinikpikan, gingery chicken stew prepared in a manner that will make animal rights activists cry.

Rose-flavored Ice Cream (Baguio City)
Further north is the Ilocos bagnet, deep-fried, crunchy, juicy pork similar to lechon kawali. If you have bagnet for lunch, order with it the soupy eggplant dish called poqui-poqui, scandalous name notwithstanding.
Buffet (Boracay)

Dagupan, Pangasinan is the place to be for boneless bangus. Over at Pampanga is their miracle dish sisig, pork bits fried and served on a sizzling plate. Egg with your sisig? Chili, soy sauce, calamansi, or chilimansi? Your call.
Kainan sa Dalampasigan (Nasugbu, Batangas)

Drop by Batangas for a taste of binakol, chicken simmered inside a bamboo tube with coconut and spices. Bicol Express? Visit the Bicol Region and experience the dish the way the Bicolanos intended it to be.
Zubuchon (Cebu)

Craving for lechon? Choose between Lechon La Loma and Lechon Cebu. Dining on seafood in Boracay is a good idea, though surely nothing beats Davao’s grilled tuna jaw. Eating batchoy in its hometown, La Paz, Iloilo, would be an adventure too.
Sizzling Bulalo (Smoke Resto, Boracay)
For dessert, there’s halo-halo, pastillas, pichi-pichi, or leche flan. Laguna’s buko pie looks promising, but heavy on the belly. Rose-flavored ice cream? There’s a bar in Baguio that serves that. Let’s not forget about that sweet, soft, but smelly fruit durian.
I started food writing because I love food and the act of dining itself. Most importantly, I love discovering places where there’s great food. This inspired me to visit a lot of provinces in the Philippines, and learn about their specialties and the best places to dine. It’s a great way to know about Filipino cuisine.
Ma Mon Luk Special Mami and Siopao (Ma Mon Luk, Quezon City)
Thing is, why is Filipino cuisine so underrated? It’s partly our fault. We dine on our native dishes all the time that we tend to treat it as normal food and forget to give it the exposure it deserves.

(Also, balut.)
This is why I joined the search for the first Sooo Pinoy Ultimate Food Blogger. I hope to contribute to Sooo Pinoy‘s campaign to promote the Philippines through Filipino cuisine. There’s so much about our food that can be shared to Filipino and foreign tourists alike.
Big Binondo Food Wok with Ivan Man Dy (Binondo, Manila)
Lola Ising’s Adobo Rice (Cafe Adriatico, Manila)
The Philippines has a rich food database; so rich that we can turn this country into a culinary capital. I believe that we can learn about a nation through its food. Each province’s delicacy can tell us what its residents eat, their livelihood and lifestyle. Food is a central part of Filipino culture, as shown by the variety of dishes around the country.
Lunch at the Floating Restaurant (Bohol)
Pizza Hanna (Pizza Volante, Baguio City)
Buffet breakfast at Shangri-La Mactan (Cebu)
Lydia’s Lechon
I hope I’ll be given the chance to be Sooo Pinoy’s Ultimate Food Blogger. This campaign jives with my search for great food, and the drive to personally tell everyone how great Filipino food is. 

At Century Tsukiji (Century Park Hotel, Manila)

2 thoughts on “Eat your way through the Philippines!

  1. EYESTREET October 21, 2011 / 9:49 am

    ansarap ng siopao ser!isa po yan sa peborit ko from ma mon luk!good job po!more power!


  2. archie January 31, 2012 / 11:07 am

    Great post. Keep it up and promote Filipino foods.


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