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A take on Filipino food hits

What do you think of when you think of Filipino food? I conjure up images of lechon, sumptuous Kare-kare, of sinigang, of adobo. I think about rice, and lots of it, paired with fried fish that’s either tilapia, or galunggong with adobong kangkong as a side dish. I always think about home-cooking, of pigging out with relatives or friends,  getting together for the fun of eating and enjoying good conversation. As a Pinoy–a Filipina–I love Filipino food, very, very much. (thank you!) bow…

You know when it comes to being a foodie, I’m a fanatic Filipino food lover. Sure I enjoy Italian, Japanese, Chinese and American food, but still nothing beats your own cuisine. And for me, I would rather be an expert cooking Filipino dishes than foreign ones ‘coz it’s the food culture I grew up with.

Gone are the days when I used to hate ginisang ampalaya, sisig, and dinuguan (pork insides stewed in pig’s blood). Though there are still some Pinoy food that I am not adventurous enough to eat, I can say I go for the Filipino classics even the simple ones such as ginisang monggo, tinolang manok, pork or chicken or beef afritada to name a few.

I wouldn’t want to miss eating my favorites when I get the chance to eat at Filipino restaurants. Today, Philippine cuisine has migrated from the home kitchen to popular Filipino restaurants where some regional  variations are incorporated. I can recommend a lot of restaurants but I think must-visit are the Barrio Fiesta, Cafe Adriatico, Mangan, Gerry’s grill, Cabalen, and Kamayan.

So today, I just want to share just some pictures of Filipino classic dishes that I took whenever I get to eat at a Pinoy food joint. Please don’t blame me to much if  mouth starts to water or if your stomach suddenly starts exhibiting hunger pangs after seeing this.  As it is, I’m having a little difficulty providing translation on some dishes.

Nilagang Baka (literal translation is boiled beef: beef boiled together with potatoes, beans, and cabbages)
mixed seafood
Sinigang na Bangus sa Bayabas (milkfish in sour soup that used semi-ripe guavas)
crispy fried Tilapia paired with burong
Crispy Pata (Crispy Pork Hock)
Kare-kare (beef stew in thickened peanut sauce)
Adobong Pusit (Squid dish)
Lechon (Filipino's famous whole roasted pig)

Enjoy and hie off to a Pinoy restaurant or better yet, cook your own specialty! That is much better 🙂

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