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Loving the Filipino Food : Philippine Cuisine

Updated on December 9, 2012

Loving the Filipino Cuisine

Are you prepared to eat "balut" -- ducks egg, bagoong -- shrimp paste, fish sauces and taste some tropical produce? Let us add rice cakes which has many variations that you will love. Rice is of course the Filipino staple food and they eat rice with main dishes mostly meat -- pork, beef and fishes. Stew, grill, boiled fish, meat with vegetables and food with coconut milk are some of Filipino dishes. San Miguel beer and gin is a beverage unique to Filipinos. We have also the version of rice wine -- tapuy and lambanog -- coconut wine. These are some of Filipino main cuisine.

And of course after eating you go, visit and enjoy the beaches that surrounds the island. Philippines is floating and surrounded by bodies of water and is rich in natural resources. Seafoods are abound and tropical fruits are grown.

Philippine Cuisine - Filipino Food

The beauty of a culture is partly seen in the choices of food among the people. We grew up eating the kinds of food we eat because it is what our parents feed us. It is a conditioning process we all take part in. It is a part of us. Nature has prepared for us foods we will eat, and usually the cheaper foods are the ones available locally and not the imported ones. Our gustatory choices are affected by the things we are used to eat and what is available to us. So we have the nature to thank for, plus the traditions and culture embedded in a certain place, and yes of course our personal preferences. I think to a certain degree food is a factor of the way of life, how busy life is, religion (beliefs and what the market has to offer, plus your capacity to buy certain foods. Factor in the environmental conditions whether it is hot or cold, and it affects our choices of what food to eat. When I migrated here in the US, I thought that I will miss the food I used to eat in the Philippines, growing there for most part of my life, I am very lucky, America has everything in one place for me --the Asian market is everywhere making sure I will not miss the food I love.Yes I still love Filipino food and I cooked it from time to time. It will always be a part of me.

Map of some part of Asia and the Philippines

Location of The Philippines

Philippines is located in Southeast Asia and surrounded by Vietnam, Malaysia, Formosa and big oceans like the Pacific Ocean and Sea - Celebes Sea. Manila, the capital city is just a nap away from Hong Kong, two hours by plane to Manila, the capital city. Part of Southeast Asian regions are : Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Thailand and Papua New Guinea. Philippines is composed of 7,107 islands and three subdivisions, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Southeast Asian region is located south of China and to the east of India and farther north of Australia.

People from the Philippines are called Filipinos

This is a typical house -- nipa hut in the rural areas

rice is planted in the Central plains and rice is the staple food
rice is planted in the Central plains and rice is the staple food

Culture and traditions : Food Choices Among Filipinos

Filipino food today is a by product of the colonization by Spain, American and to some extent Japan. Added to this is the strong effect of Chinese cuisine and other neighboring cuisines -- that of Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Of course the indigenous Filipinos food culture cant be taken for granted. Mix all of these and you have got the kind of Filipino food today.

Colonization factors in the choice of food :

The Spaniards colonized the Philippines for more than 300 years, Japan for three years and almost half a century by the Americans. The indigenous people are still living in the mountainside of Luzon and in Mindanao where they are Muslim by religion.

The Spaniards from 16th to 9th century brought with them recipes and the exchange of trade between Mexico (another colony of Spain) to South America and to the Philippines brought a food culture which is similar to some South American food like menudo - stew, escabeche and sopas -- meaning soups.

The Spaniards brought with them festivities and feast which we call "fiesta" and is celebrated to honor the patron saint. Foods are showcased and we feed everybody who visit the house, plus there is day activities of fun, games and dancing.

The American influenced the Philippine way of life in terms of fastfood, (the version of McDonalds in the Philippines is called Jollibee) educational system and other ways of living. For most America is dream to majority of Filipinos and that is true. We have American fastfood chains in every corner of the country, most in the cities and urban areas. An American traveling in the Philippines will find that the foods here are also available there like pizzas, Pizza hut, Dominoes, Shakeys, Carls Jr. and Kentucky Fried Chicken to name a few.For most part burgers are eaten all over the country including french fries.

Nearby country influences : For most of Southeast Asian region, religion plays a major part in choice of food. Indonesians are mostly Muslims they don't partake pork. Malaysia is mostly Muslim. Noodle soups is eaten widely in the Philippines. Noodles like "pancit and bijon" are very popular specially during special occasions and birthday.

Some Southeast Asian countries like Laos, Vietnam and Thailand are mostly Buddhist while the Philippines is predominantly Christians -- 80 plus percent are Roman Catholics, so we almost eat anything except during Lenten season.

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Chinese Influences in Filipino cuisine and food choices

The migration of some Chinese merchants in the Philippines influenced the food choices of the people. It created a type of dishes that are mixed with indigenous culture plus the culture derived from Spanish culture. Sauces like hoisin, oyster sauce and variations of noodles soups are brought about by the intermingling of culture. Stir frying and the use of wok is introduced by the Chinese.

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Indigenous influences are strong and intact -- people in the Mountain province cooked their food mostly grilled and boiled plus rely on vegetables for food -- mostly in higher mountains. These people weren't colonized by the Spaniards and their culture remained intact.

For most of the Muslim region down the South, they mostly eat seafoods, chicken and vegetables minus of course pork which is against their religions. They too haven't been colonized and haven't been affected by the cultural exchange between the colonizers and people in the mainland.

Fried rice with shrimp -- Rice is the staple Filipino food

The Meal

Meals are eaten during breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus two snacks time "merienda" halfway meal between noon and evening plus morning and lunchtime usually ten am and 3 pm. In the countryside breakfast is eaten as early as 4 tp 5 amas  the farmers, fisherman usually wake up earlier. In the urban areas, breakfast depends whether how far you are commuting to work.

A typical Filipino breakfast, dried fish, egg, fried rice and tomato plus coffee

breakfast
breakfast
pandesal, flour dough bread -- basic Filipino bread
pandesal, flour dough bread -- basic Filipino bread

Filipino Breakfast -- variations

Rice is the staple food among Filipinos and throughout Southeast Asia. We have different version of rice from sticky -- "malagkit" to "Milagrosa" and other variants. Staple food is rice eaten in breakfast, lunch and dinner with another major meal usually, vegetables, meat and pork plus fishes.

Breakfast -- for breakfast there are variations in some places, but most eat fried rice, egg, tuyo (dried fish). There are also fried rice in combination of the following which is usually served with tomato and sauce:

  • tapsilog -- egg with fried rice and beef jerky
  • Longsilog -- sausage -- chorizo plus fried rice and egg
  • tocilog -- red meat, fried rice and egg

Another breakfast variation is a bread dough which is called "pandesal", an oval shaped dough made of flour and a butter or margarine put in the middle side plus coffee is another version of breakfast.

Coffee usually the brand Nescafe is popular and in some areas they drink the native coffee blends


Typical Filipino lunch or dinner with rice

http://www.filipino-foods.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/pinoy-food-mosaic.jpg
http://www.filipino-foods.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/pinoy-food-mosaic.jpg

Filipino Lunch and Dinner

Rice in combination with other main food from fishes, vegetables, meat produced is a characteristics of lunch or dinner in every Filipino table.

Rice can be eaten with another main meal which has several variations of meat and vegetables plus fishes like:

  • Vegetables can be stir fried with other ingredients like meat. Vegetables can be mixed with pork, beef and fishes to cook stew foods like :
  • Adobo -- stew -- pork "adobo" with ingredients like bay leaf, black pepper, soy sauce and vinegar, plus garlic -- cooked in medium temperature. This is similar to abodabo Spanish cuisine. "Bistek", which is beef steak is also eaten with rice
  • Boiled meat or fishes with vegetables -- ":nilaga" mixed with vegetables like cabbages, "pechay" and with ingredients like onions, sour lime and which is called "sinigang", could be fish and por. Tinolang manok -- boiled chicken with ingredients plus veggies
  • Fried fishes like milkfish -- bangus -- they can be smoked, dried -- daing and cooked with vinegar and other spices - "paksiw". Other fishes are galunggong and "tilapia" -- carp, salmon etc.
  • Paksiw -- is a menu which is comprosed of ingredients like vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ground black pepper and cooked with main food like fishes or pork
  • Fried meat, chicken and fishes with coconut oil as the cooking oil,
  • Grilled fishes and meat products -- pork barbecue, grilled fish, "daing" -- salted and dried under the sun

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Regional Variations

There are regional variations like the people in South of Manila like to mixed gata -- coconut milk with their food like "laing" with chili" and some foods whcoh are mixed with chili pepper and popular to those who like spicy foods.

The people in Central Luzon also have kare kare which is made of stewed oxtail and vegetables with other ingredients mixed together.

People in the coastline partakes, seafoods, shrimp, seaweeds, arosip, and shells like "tahong", can be simply simmered with ingredients and some fishes are fried, boiled or made into dried fishes -- daing.

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Variations in Fish Paste -- In the Visayas region, they used "ginamos" -- different kind of fish paste from the Ilocos Region and Pangasinan area where the fish paste is called "bagoong" and is made out of small fishes. There is also alamang which are made of smaller fish that the two pastes.

Variations in Vegetables

Vegetables is cooked with coconut juices or "gata' in Southern Luzon while in Northern Luzon, vegetables are usually cooked -- "pinakbet". In Southern Luzon, the chopsuey -- Chinese inspired vegetables mixed is cooked a lot. In Kapampangan, they love to cook kare kare.

Noodles soups

Noodles soup in Iloilo part is made up of batchoy as differentiated wit the usual noodles in Manila and Southern Tagalog region, it is called "mami" noodles.


Typical Filipino main food mixed with rice always

assorted menus for lunch or dinner -- filipinofoodlovers.com
assorted menus for lunch or dinner -- filipinofoodlovers.com
Kare kare (famous among the Kapampangans)
Kare kare (famous among the Kapampangans)
Pinakbet mixed vegetables with shrimp and with bagoong fish sauce
Pinakbet mixed vegetables with shrimp and with bagoong fish sauce
Asian mussell -- tahong -- famous seafood
Asian mussell -- tahong -- famous seafood
daing na bangus -- milkfish fried, sun dried and marinated then fried, -- milkfish -- national fish
daing na bangus -- milkfish fried, sun dried and marinated then fried, -- milkfish -- national fish

Roasted pig is part of big celebration and festivities

Roasted pig is served during special occasions
Roasted pig is served during special occasions
noodles mixed with vegetables and ingredients for special occasions -- pancit bijon and pancit canton
noodles mixed with vegetables and ingredients for special occasions -- pancit bijon and pancit canton

Filipino foods for special occasions and/ or festivities

There are lots of festivities and feasts attended by many Filipinos. Filipinos love to gather together and enjoy food and talking, plus dancing or singing, Usually these activities are conducted with partaking food like wedding ceremonies, feast of the patron saint, birthdays, baptism into the Christian world, wedding, Christmas season, and even funerals where people feed all the people who will visit the ceremony.

Roasted pig also called "litson" is always served in feasts of great importance. It is the national food of the Filipinos and is always present in marriage ceremonies and feasts or birthdays. It is also served in "coming out" ceremonies when one reaches 18 years of age for women.

Fried chicken or roasted chicken, usually marinated with soy sauce, lime and other herbs and spices which I described above.

Pancit --is a mean consisting of noodles stir fry with ingredients and vegetables. There are variations of noodles used like "bijon", pancit molo or the thicker ones.

Caldereta is stew meat with lots of ingredients and spices. Menudo is also composed of meat and other vegetables thinly minced and with sauce, cooked in medium temperature

Typical Celebration In the Philippines, you have to feed all the people in the communities

Filipino foods at restaurant

Street foods Balut is sold in the street and is ducks egg

balut -- duck egg
balut -- duck egg
street food grilled barbecue pork, insides of chicken and pig
street food grilled barbecue pork, insides of chicken and pig

Street foods

There are street foods and beverages sold in the side of the streets all over the place.

  • Barbecue pork
  • chicken feet
  • intestines of chicken
  • ears of pigs
  • insides of pigs

and dip in sauces of your choice, sweet and sour, sweet, chili

Balut -- is a famous street food -- ducks egg, can be delivered by a man selling it in the street shouting" Balut"


Beverages sold at the streets

Juice or "palamig" like orange juice, pineapple, coconut juice with artificial flavorings, ice and sold by glass


Filipino street foods

Other Filipino street foods

lumpia (spring roll), sliced hotdog and fish balls
lumpia (spring roll), sliced hotdog and fish balls
banana cue, corn grilled, and squid are also sold in the streets
banana cue, corn grilled, and squid are also sold in the streets

Herbs spices dips in Filipino cuisine

chili mixed with vinegar soy sauce bagoong shrimp paste and fish sauce -- patis is sawsawan or dip
chili mixed with vinegar soy sauce bagoong shrimp paste and fish sauce -- patis is sawsawan or dip
shrimp paste bagoong alamang is a good dip for almost anything
shrimp paste bagoong alamang is a good dip for almost anything
fish sauce -- patis is a good dip
fish sauce -- patis is a good dip

Herbs, Sauces and Dips Plus Spices Used as Ingredients

Herbs:

  • bay leaf, cilantro, pandan leaves for rice

Spices and Seasonings

  • garlic
  • onions
  • black pepper
  • ginger
  • salt
  • red chili pepper
  • sugar

Dips "sawsawan" or Sauces

  • ketchup
  • soy sauce
  • vinegar
  • fish sauce -- patis
  • bagoong

and mixed with some ingredients like

  • lime with soy sauce and red pepper
  • lime with vinegar and red pepper
  • sweet and sour sauce
  • chili sauce

Sawsawan or dip variation composed of herbs and seasonings used to dip fishes, grilled meat or stew fishes and boiled meat and fishes

thanks to -- http://www.marketmanila.com/images/aasawsawan1.JPG
thanks to -- http://www.marketmanila.com/images/aasawsawan1.JPG

Mango is the national fruit

Mango ripe
Mango ripe
Malunggay or Moringa oleifera is very healthy green leafy vegetables mixed with dishes
Malunggay or Moringa oleifera is very healthy green leafy vegetables mixed with dishes

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits are usually tropical fruits like banana, mango, pineapple, guava, caimito, mangosteen, jackfruit and oranges. There are also other fruits which are usually imported like grapes, berries, apple, peaches and cherries.

These fruits are made into juices, fruit salad and smoothies or served as a dessert after meal.

Mango -- national fruit

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Vegetables in the Philippines are green and very healthy. Some plant it in their backyard and is planted all over the country. Cabbages and some vegetables that need a colder environment are planted in Baguio City part -- Cordillera region like cabbages, carrots and beans -- Baguio beans. Malunggay is a very healthy leafy green vegetable as well as pechay. Tomato is always incorporated in dishes. Chayote, cauliflower and broccoli are also part of the main meals cooked mixed with meat. We have also spinach.

"Bahal Kubo" -- a song that shows all the vegetables in the Philippines

old coconut

old coconut
old coconut
young coconut
young coconut

Coconut is considered the wonder fruit used in cooking

Coconut can be used as :

  • coconut cooking oil
  • the young coconut can be used in fruit salad or coconut salad
  • the juice of coconut is good for urethra and for our kidneys
  • coconut juice is made into tuba -- lambanog -- famous wine distilled
  • coconut juice is ingredients for many desserts like ginataan, rice cakes and cassava cake
  • coconut milk is used for cooking food like "gata" literally means coconut milk


durian is a delicious fruit with thornlike husk cover and with distinct smell, also found in other Southeast Asian countries

Philippine Fruits -- mangosteen, pomelo, banana -- saba and jackfruit

mangosteen
mangosteen
pomelo
pomelo
banana variety saba can be fried or boiled as snacks
banana variety saba can be fried or boiled as snacks
jackfruit
jackfruit

Side dish -- atsara -- papaya pickle

leche flan is a famous dessert and is made out of milk, sugar and extract of vanilla plus egg yolk
leche flan is a famous dessert and is made out of milk, sugar and extract of vanilla plus egg yolk
cassava cake
cassava cake

Side dishes, Snacks and Desserts

Side dishes are at times pickles -- we cal it atsara-- papaya pickles, cucumber pickles and some fruits which we pickle. Pickle is done with vinegar, pepper and salt.

Salad specially green salad are mixed with tomatoes vinegar and other seasonings. Camote and kangkong" salad leaf and "are also partaken including jute -- "saluyot".

Snacks and Desserts -- sometimes it consists of spaghetti, pancit bijon and pancit molo, noodles, noodle soups and kakanin - like the famous rice cakes, sapin sapin, kalamay, bibingka, ginataan -- with coconut milk, cassava cake, suman -- ibos -- a variety of suman -- from rice sticky cooked with sugar and coconut milk covered with coconut leaves-

Fruit salad is composed of fruits, usually tropical fruit and mixed with condensed milk and sugar plus cream frozen and is served cold. This is also a dessert after eating in special occasions

Halo halo is a combination of crushed ice and cooked fruits -- banana, yam, ube and mixed with sugar and condensed milk

Arroz caldo -- rice with chicken cooked with seasonings and ingredients

Noodle soups like mami and chicken soups are eaten during snacks time

Leche flan is well loved dessert, plus cassava cake.

Cassava cake is composed of cassava flour, coconut juice and sugar

Filipino desserts -- rice cakes, fruit salads etc

sapin sapin version of rice cakes
sapin sapin version of rice cakes
tropical fruit salad
tropical fruit salad
halo halo mixed fruits cooked ice and sweet condensed milk with crushed ice topped with ice cream
halo halo mixed fruits cooked ice and sweet condensed milk with crushed ice topped with ice cream
puto -- another variation of rice cake
puto -- another variation of rice cake
mami egg noodle soup
mami egg noodle soup
coconut fruit salad fruit and young coconut grated with condensed milk, and cream
coconut fruit salad fruit and young coconut grated with condensed milk, and cream
batchoy noodles - La Paz  -- made from pork organs mixed with vegetables and broth
batchoy noodles - La Paz -- made from pork organs mixed with vegetables and broth
ibos -- a variety of suman -- from rice sticky cooked with sugar and coconut milk covered with coconut leaves
ibos -- a variety of suman -- from rice sticky cooked with sugar and coconut milk covered with coconut leaves

Popular Filipino Beverages

Coca cola -- famous drink
Coca cola -- famous drink
Lambanog -- coconut wine
Lambanog -- coconut wine

Beverages

Coke is famous and other soda like Sprite, Royal (orange flavor), calamansi (lime) juice, pineapple juice and orange juices are also famous and being drink regularly. The coconut juice is also famous specially in the southern Luzon area.

For alcoholic drinks, we have beer -- San Miguel Beer and gin - San Miguel Gin and other mixed drinks popular with the young ones, Rum (Tanduay rum) with juice, Gin with juice and other mixed blends usually mixed with the juice available.

Lambanog is a wine distilled from the coconut sap, tuba

Rice wine is fermented form rice and is very strong -- also called tapuy

Coffee is a part of everyday routine breakfast and mid afternoon drink. Native (barako) or Nescafe brand is famous.


beverages -- artificially flavored drinks sold in the streets

San Miguel Beer, Filipino beer
San Miguel Beer, Filipino beer
rice wine or tapuy
rice wine or tapuy
another alcohol drink famous all over the country
another alcohol drink famous all over the country

Filipino Cuisine

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      Tilecleaninghub 6 years ago

      Love the hub. Makes me feel like I am right there in the philippines right now.

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks Troy, Maita

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Nice! I find filipino cuisine to be quite similar to Thai. I'd love to try the adobo and puto. As for the balut....hmmm I might have to think twice. ;)

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      RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      A deliciously mouth watering hub. Thank you.

      Forever His,

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      sord87 6 years ago

      I am not ready yet for balut but ready to try the jumbo jugs flavoured drink!

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      rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Wow pdh! What an incredible amount of work you must have put into this hub! It's very impressive. (I'm not trying balut though.)

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      Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

      Really awesome hub, Maita. SARAP. Now, I'm wondering what's for lunch.

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      No balut or soy, but otherwise, lets eat!!!!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Maita, for introducing me to your lovely dishes plus the information which was very interesting.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice information on Filipino cuisine.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate' Maita, as you know I am married to a pretty Filipina woman and my wife enjoys cooking many of the dishes that you've displayed here in your Hub.

      Thank you Ate' for show-casing Filipino cuisine.

      Big Hugs and kisses Ate'

      KUYA Dave

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Kuya Dave, oh, I am glad you are familiar with these foods already, Thats good, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks Sandy, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks hello, I am glad you have learned a lot of information, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hey Cris, lets eat hehe, am getting hungrier now, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Chin, gutom na ako day, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi rm, thanks a lot my dear, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      sord we call that palamig, juice sold in the street, specially in summertime, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Mam Rev, thank you very much! Maita

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      Tony 6 years ago from At the Gemba

      SARAP!!!!!!

      I love many foods from adobo to Puto, the fruits and vegetables straight from the trees and fields are just so much nicer than what you can find in the supermarket..

      I have eaten many foods including crocodile sig sig, but I still can't bring myself to try Balut..

      As to the lambanog, tastes nice but the hangover can be truly terrible....

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Om, yes there is quite similarity my dear, and I love Thai food very much so, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Tony, Sarap talaga, I hope your Filipina wife cooks you later on, Oh you have tried the lambanog hehe, now you know, it has that kick

      Thanks much,

      Maita

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Oh Maita, you have covered it all - including the history of how some of the cuisine came to be. What a history lesson.

      I've been fortunate enough to enjoy Pancit here in New York done by friends of my sister, I'm a big noodle lover - it is excellent!

      What I noticed (and like) about much of foreign cuisine is that real food is served for all meals unlike the US where we buy boxes of dried flakes called cereal and think that can possible compete with real nutrition. It cannot.

      Thanks for a truly amazing hub. Rated up and more. Mmmmmm.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      WOW what an amazing work of art, this Filipin Cuisine tribute is beautiful. I've gotta go out for dinner now, any guess where???? :)

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Maita a very well rounded history of Filipino food and cooking, pass than San Miguel though steady on the Balut.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Miata, This hub is outstanding. You must have done a lot of research to have so many pictures and so much great information. Definitely rated up!

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      Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Maita, that was an amazing amount of information about Filipino cuisine. I have always wondered what Americans never get to know about sampling food from other parts of the world. There's more to Italian food the spaghetti and lasagne, and more to Greek food the gyros. Obviously, there's far more to Filipino cuisine, as well. I am good with nearly any type of seafood, but I can't handle spicy food as easily as I did when I was a younger man. The photos make the dishes you mentioned look wonderful, and now nothing in the refrigerator looks good to me... (lol).

      Thanks for revealing so much about Filipino food.

      Mike

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hey Maita. I just had lunch but now gutom na ulit ako! this is a great hub, wonder how long it took you to write this? :) *sigh* I want to eat balut. you ought to try crispy balut in one of the restaurants in Davao. it's yummy-licious :).

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Most of this looks wonderful! Great layout!

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      This is a very nice article I really like the pandesal bread and the breakfast too. Thumbs up and rated awesome!

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi cool, I like the pandesal too, it is used as a dip to coffee specially in the rural areas, Thanks for reading, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      thanks habee, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      hi emie, and Davao is paradise, Can I ask a hub about Davaos food from you hehe, I never tasted that balut, might like that, although I cringed upon eating balut hehe, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks Mike, Asian type of food as compared to here have more spices and color, complicated and takes a little bit time to cook, although it is worth the try, plus of course chili gives us more appetite to eat hehe,

      I am glad you like it too, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Pamela, thanks, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Billy, you can try balut hehe, it is nice, and San Miguel too, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Katie, I bet you tried it, there are few restaurants in the US for Filipino foods, Thanks dear, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks BK< am glad you like pancit and if I am near you I can cook for ya my dear friend, Thanks, Maita

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi this is your best ! well done xxx

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks Barry, Maita

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      queen cleopatra 6 years ago

      I am utterly speechless. All I could think of was -- "Mabuhay ang Pinoy!" (or in our case: Pinay) :)

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Hhhmmm, another delicious hub. I love roasted pig, we did a similar process in Tennessee for BBQ. Everything look delicious, however, I will pass on the balut with "a no thank you". :) Great job, my friend. Rating up! :)

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      dreamreachout 6 years ago

      Honestly, I am planning to land up at your home someday to have the delicacies that you keep writing on!! You just send the tongue rollicking!! :)

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi pretty. You have put a lot of labor in completing this hub. It's a complete hub on Filipino cuisine. You have done a great job. Everything included. Going to rate up and bookmark now.

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Mabuhay -- the food too Cleopatra, Thanks my dear friend, and yes, you are Mabuhay too, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Money (sexy), thanks and we call roasted pig litson, and it is delicious, Take care, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      HI Soni,

      thank you, I appreciate your comment, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi dream, thanks and you are welcome here at Tx, Maita

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      suny51 6 years ago

      hello pretty- as a matter of fact when it is about visiting hubs regarding edibles of class its sorta pain in the stomach, after all I shall have to rush to the kitchen to get some thing to eat.so no thank you for your great preparations.

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      me too suny, I am hungrier more than ever now, Thanks for dropping by, Maita

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      zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Wonderful hub Maita. I spent two weeks in the Philippines in 1981 when I was in the Navy. It was awesome. The Navy base in Olongapo City. Gotta love the San Miguel and the Mojo. LOL.

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks zzron, That was a nice experience, Did you like San Mig? Maita

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      I will stick to the San Miguel Maita for now.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      My, my! Such variety - and all so interesting! I had to smile when I read that people eat what is local - nothing imported! It's funny, isn't it? - What is "local" and ordinary to one culture can be so VERY exotic and amazing to another!! Most every dish you featured looked so extraordinary to me!

      I would be at home with the rice and fruits, though, even though the different ways of preparing the rice would be very special to me. I never met a fruit I didn't love, but yes - there are some I'm not familiar with which you show!

      I must say that it all looks tempting and yummy!! Well, all but the Cokes and other carbonated and sugary beverages. hehe.

      Fascinating food article, Maita!!! Really different!

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      syras mamun 6 years ago

      This is a mater hub of Filipino cuisine.I never heard of coconut wine and I always love fruit salad. I guess Google will soon give your hub a point as an authority page in their Yummy cuisine category :)

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Nice again Maita! I enjoyed every video. They were all great choices. Maybe in my next life I can be a Filipino! Your hubs are always great!

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      What an amazing job you did writing this most informative hub. I give it a thumbs up. I learned a lot about a cuisine I knew very little about. Thanks.

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks breakfastpop for your beautiful comment, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Mick, you can become a Filipino by marrying me, then you have a dual citizenship hehe, Thats it, Thanka and take care, beautiful comment, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Andromida, thanks for your comment, and yes google should do that, Want me to send you rice wine or coconut wine? It is available here in the US at Asian store, it has a strong kick,

      Take care, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Mam Nellieanna, I am so glad to see you here, and yes they are very different, street foods and all, the sweet carbonated drinks, I think you will love our fruits Mam, they are sour but very nutritious, some are sweet though, like mangosteen, it is sour sweet and we have lychees too, and avocado etc, Lots of those fruits.

      Yes I agree again it is different here in the US, and I miss them at times, I grew up eating those foods and it is quite expensive here because they are imported, thanks Mam, for your comments, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Andrew, (Billy) San Miguel beer is available at Asian store, and c'mon down we will have a drink hehe, Maita

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      TattoGuy 6 years ago

      Awesome hub on your food culture and it must have taken you ages to write it, well done Maita x

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Definitely a lot of culture in these dishes. Being my father was in the US Navy, we knew a lot of Filipinos over the years, and one way or another my mother was given a pancit recipe, which she made a few times growing up. It was definitely different.

      This was a great hub, chock full of interesting tidbits...but now that you've made me hungry you'll have to publish a recipe or two of some of these. :)

      Thanks Maita.

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      manlypoetryman 6 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

      Yes...I am prepared to try the Filipino Cuisine. Don't know where a Filipino Restaurant is...in my neck of the woods...but it all looks good! Colorful and Descriptive Hub...Makes you almost feel like your looking at all the food...for real!

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      Kamran100 6 years ago

      very nice hub! so enjoyable food....

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Wow, you really went wild with this hub--so many mouth-watering pictures. Some of the pictures look like they are taken in Singapore--they is so much similarity. Rated awesome--you've really done a great job.

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Maita - there is nothing like eating the food to feel comfortable with a culture. But, I am totally mad at you now. Here I came, feeling just fine, and now I am starving! It all looks so good - I'll pass on the duck eggs but bring on the ibos - I love the pretty package and they sound delicious. And then I'll try some of the daing na bangus. Great hub!

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      wolfpack5 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Great hub my friend, I would love to try some of those dishes.

      have a great night my friend :)

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      Nice Hub- I like Chinesse/japanesse fla vor- so phillipene food looks good too nice job.

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      _cheryl_ 6 years ago from California

      Such a great detailed and informative hub Maita, loved it! Pancit, Lumpia, Leche Flan, Halo Halo, and Ibos are some of my absolute favorites! I'm so craving these now, I could smell all these foods as you descibed them. You've inspired me to make a batch of lumpia's lol! =)

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi cheryl, your words are very kind, if ever, send me lumpia here at Dallas ok, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Tom, I am sure you will like Filipino food, They are yummy, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks wolf, and I am glad you like this hub, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks a lot Mam Dolores, they are so good, daing na bangus and ibos, am getting hungry now too, will send you one if I cook this hehe, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks angel, South east Asian foods are very similar my friend, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks kamran for dropping by, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi manly, you can got o Dallas and I will cook, you don't need a Filipino restaurant hehe, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Jim, you want recipe, well, after some time I wills end you recipes hehe, Did you like pancit by the way, Thanks for your nice comments, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thanks Tatto Guy for your very nice comments, Maita

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      The missionaries at my church told us about bulut lady selling eggs on the street! I don't think I could eat a duck or chick embryo. I hear it is a delicacy. I do love flan!

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      tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

      Thank you for the education Maita ! I must say that some of the food looks super yummy !Have a great day

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      Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      The pictures tell the story, but your explanations makes the food look even more inviting. I especially loved the fact that you put it all in context and gave great background information about the different influences of Philippino cusine

      Great job Maita, voted up and useful and awesome

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      theirishobserver. 6 years ago from Ireland

      This is the best Hub I have seen ever - the detail of the culture and the food is great - love the pictures - it all looks really tasty.....Irish

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      Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Hello Maita: this has to be the best ever hub ever written about food in the Philippines and food in general! I have dreams of HaloHalo and Chicken Adobo and Lumpia and yes, even Batchoy! This makes me want to go back to Manila again! LOL! A truly magical place! And hot too! Think the rainy season has started there now. I just have to rate this so Up!!! You do Filipinos proud! Even Astra Nomik thinks this is astronomic! LOL! : ) Cheers! Take care, moi friend!

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      mtsi1098 6 years ago

      You have a great sense of your culture and I appreciate that...I will try the coconut wine with daing :)

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      There! You make me crave for more and bring back bitterness in me.(Just a diabetic's ramblings here). My, I wish I could eat all that stuff! Awesome hub again!

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      hubby7 6 years ago from Chicago

      This is one involved hub! You left no stone unturned. Like all of your other hubs, you did a splendid job on it. It is quite lengthy, yet I enjoyed reading it. Some of my favorite foods are adobo, pancit, and salmon and turkey lumpia. Great hub. And how are you? I hope to be around here for a long time and I suspect that you will too, so whenever you get the time, stop by my hub and leave me a note. It is always good to hear from you.

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      receptionist 6 years ago

      This is awesome!!! I really love the hub.... especially those pics... Makes me want to eat right now.. heheh Btw, you forgot to post the pic of "kinilaw"... I love "kinilaw" .... Proud to be a Filipino... :D Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub...

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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      prettydarkhorse what an excellent article! You did so much research for this but it just flowed from one item to another and made my muth water to boot! thank you for enlightening me on all that is available in the filipno cuisine...I even learned a new word...gustatory!thank you! barbara b

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      TINA V 6 years ago

      Your hub makes me hungry and crave for more food. The photos and videos all look yummy. hhhmmm . . .

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I love this hub. Could you do one on how to make fried rice?Will rate up and bookmark

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      Uriel 6 years ago from Lebanon

      WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW :D this is awesome + Filipino cuisine is awesome { half Filipino here :P}...I really love the Filipino dishes mom makes [ yet some ingredients are hard to find here in Lebanon :(

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      PaperNotes 6 years ago

      I have only taken hot choco for breakfast and now I am hungry after reading your hub. This is awesome as I have been looking for dishes for our one week food plan. Thank you.

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      eventsyoudesign 6 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Your hub is great! The pictures are fabulous. I want to learn to cook Filipino dishes. What a great hub page. Well done easy to follow. Thanks for sharing. Teresa

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      Haydee Anderson 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      great presentation of filipino foods.

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      KLeichester 6 years ago

      Very good. I like this hub. Makes me hungry!

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      Richard 6 years ago

      Can you show how to make really really stinky fish? I think its dried and fried in oil but it smells terrible and my wife loves it. Apparently the other Pinays do too. It reminds me of the fried dried squid she was kind enough to share with me in Manilla. Any idea how it is so appealing to Phils and so revolting to Americans?

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi Richard,

      I buy it at Asian store here, they are everywhere, am near Dallas, Tx area.

      In the Philippines, we dry it yes, then fry it. Then we put some tomatoes, soy sauce plus chili, as sauce and then we eat it with rice of course.

      I think Americans don't like to eat fish because it is not available here as much as in The Philippines where it is cheaper, and bodies of water are everywhere.

      Do you eat it?

      Thanks for reading this and are you going back to Manila?

      Maita

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Wow, kabayang Maita. This is a very complete hub on Filipino Cuisine. I've heard this hub won an award on our Hubbalicious contest. Congrats! ^-^ Ireno

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      Mr Nice 5 years ago from North America

      komostaka Maita,

      Wow, mouth watering very comprehensive Filipino dishes. One day we will have some of these dishes together...hmmmm can't wait.

      When I saw the picture on the forum, I already knew that cute girl is your daughter. You know they say cute like mother like daughter.

      Your daughter is really adorable. Well I am always on and off Hubpages because of my own situation.

      It is nice to hear from you again. Keep in touch and have a wonderful easter.

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      balihq 5 years ago

      Got to be the greatest hub about Filipino cuisine. I've tried balut? balot? before when I was in the Philippines.

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      Carolina 5 years ago from Switzerland

      great hub, i miss the Filino dishes, a long time haven't gone home and if i could i surely eat different kinds of Filipino specialities every day.

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      prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

      thanks everyone for commenting

      carolp, I miss it too, I love our food! Take care,,,

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      canadawest99 5 years ago from Canada

      My wife is filipino but as a canadian, some of the foods I just cannot adjust to, especially balut. But I like the puto and pancet.

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      prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

      canadawest, puto and pancit are great, Good to know your wife is a Filipino, Extend my regards! Thank you!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Oh my God! This Hub is ssssooooooooooo great and awesome at the same time. I´m starving now just by looking at the pictures. I love this food except balut. But I am missing dried fish. Great Hub, Maita. Thumbs up for you. Allow me to bookmark this. Thanks a lot.

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      Chris Montgomery 5 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Wow that was a great hub! I love Filipino food and cook it too.

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      prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

      Thanks for the comments, I appreciate and read them!

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      mabmiles 5 years ago

      I love Filipino Foods!I've ate a balut once and it really blown me away! Disgusting to look but very delicious. Great hub. I wanna taste them all,pretty.

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      christinepurr 5 years ago

      Omg this makes me soooo hungry! Now I finally know what a couple food things are called! Thank you for this hub!!!

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      Paul Bisquera 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Oustanding hub, Prettydarkhorse! You are an inspiration and my great example of creating a hub here on hubpages. Thanks!

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      jgefm 4 years ago

      This is a great hub! It brings me back in time when I spent a week in the Philippines. I never did try the balut! Saving that for next my trip there :)

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Really nice hub with great visuals! Voted up!

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      klarawieck 4 years ago

      Pretty, what an amazing informative hub. You've made me really hungry at 12:30AM. I'm surprised at how familiar I am with many of these plates. These are meals commonly cooked in Cuba. That only means that I can move to the Phillipines and not miss my countries (Cuba and Miami - Yes, Miami is a country, part of Central America, I think!).

      Congrats! You outdid yourself with this one!

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      prettydarkhorse 4 years ago from US

      Thanks Klara. Perhaps there are similarities with your culture and the Philippines. Think they were both colonized by Spain. :)

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      klarawieck 4 years ago

      Any Flamenco in the Philippines? (And I'm sorry. I'm obviously unable to spell Philippines at 2 AM. ) Lol

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      prettydarkhorse 4 years ago from US

      There are women who dance flamenco. Perhaps you are a master of it?

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      SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I have only had Filipino food a few times, but it looks really good. Perhaps I will try a veggie inspired version of one of the dishes you mention.

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      rosa 23 months ago

      can u give me the recipes of the palamig pls..I just want my sister in the phils to have a business for this summer...just for her kids for enrollment...thanks a lot...

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