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By Michael Aquino. The Philippines ' beaches and mountains have long outcompeted the local food for the favors of tourists, but that's no reason to pooh-pooh Filipino cuisine outright. A product of centuries of trade and colonization, Filipino food combines influences from Spain, China, India and the Malay kingdoms to create something entirely unique. Sure, it may not have the diversity or complexity of food from Singapore or chow from Thailand , but it's remains a compelling look into the local culture — and thus worth trying. To eat like a Filipino, all you need is rice and a bowl of adobo. Take chicken or pork, simmer in vinegar and soy sauce, and you get adobo - one of the few dishes in the Philippines that must have originated locally, without any foreign influence the Spanish name is a later addition.
Good old-fashioned Filipino food. Carlos P. In the embassy dining room Lolo Carlos often entertained diplomats while Lola showcased her signature dishes. Today these heirloom dishes take us back to when we were growing up in the sixties and seventies, to a magical family home called Kasiyahan—where five granddaughters and five grandsons learned to swim in a kidney-shaped pool shaded by trees fragrant with white kalachuchi blossoms.
Forgot your password? Remember me? Where to go for the best of one of the world's 10 Exciting Emerging Cuisines. But what is Filipino food exactly? Bold flavors, rice and sauces, family style?