Why some foreigners would rather go hungry than eat Filipino food

I love Filipino food!!! I never get tired of eating adobo. The taste is so primal because I just think it satisfies every human being’s craving for protein and salt – those two key ingredients that help keep our bodies from malfunctioning. For me, Adobo is one of those dishes that make you want to say, “I am so glad I am not vegetarian”. I like it especially when the pork and chicken have been fried to a crisp before mixing it back with the soy and vinegar sauce. We have adobo regularly and it is the default dish when everyone is too lazy to think of what to have for lunch or dinner.

For some greens, I like the bitter and sweet taste of pinakbet. Cooked right, the pumpkin melts in the mouth while the okra and eggplant is crunchy in light sauce mixed with bagoong (shrimp paste). I also like stir-fried kangkong (swamp cabbage) and ginataang gabi (taro) or laing, which my late mother’s best friend from Bicol used to cook for us whenever she drops by for a chat. Not everyone can cook laing with the same success as her in my opinion. I won’t even dare try cooking it myself because it is cooked in several stages the first of which is drying the taro leaves under the sun for a few days at least.

Filipino street food is something else also. I have to stop myself from eating too much balut lest I develop high-blood pressure. I don’t like the aborted duck fetus so much when the duck bones and little bits of feathers are already visible although sometimes when it’s dark or when I just close my eyes and not let my imagination go wild, the yuck factor goes away. Balut is very tasty, indeed but I wouldn’t force my overseas friends to eat it. I’d hate for them to throw up a good thing.

Isaw: No germs can survive this grilling!
Isaw: No germs can survive this grilling!
Another street food that can be so addictive once you start munching on it is the isaw. It’s what we Filipinos call barbecued chicken innards. It’s so light and tasty that you end up eating more than the number of kilojoules allowed for the day. I have fond memories of eating isaw in Boracay Island before dinner while watching the sun set in the horizon. It’s just one of those little joys that we Filipinos love to do when we have time.

I can list all the Filipino dishes that I love but it could take me all week and if I enumerate all of them, this article might turn into a book. Besides, listing all of them is not really the point of this article.

Do you want to know why I love Filipino food? If I tell you it’s the best, which I won’t because I don’t think it is, you’ll probably think I am just being biased. I love Filipino food because I am Filipino. For me it is good because I got used to eating it from the moment I became capable of chewing solid foods when I was a toddler. Had my parents introduced me to eating monkey brain the way they serve it in China and Indonesia — raw and occasionally directly out of the dead monkey’s skull — perhaps I would crave it too. But because I didn’t grow up eating monkey brain, I find the thought of eating the “delicacy” appalling and gross.

Yes, I am well aware of the fact that some Filipino dishes are too salty, sweet, loaded with fat and overall unhealthy if taken in large quantities, which is why I do not eat too much of it. Lechon, anyone? I realize the danger of indulging too much in some Filipino dishes because I know a lot of people who developed kidney stones from eating too much salty Filipino food, particularly those flavored with alamang or shrimp paste. I also know someone who is a little bit on the plus size because she dips just about everything she eats in sugar carelessly.

Most Filipinos who go abroad would find other foreign dishes too bland and flavorless. I know some kababayans or Filipino travelers who think the famous British food Fish and Chips is unappetizing and depressing. Personally, I would only eat it when there’s nothing else to eat. I haven’t tried African food yet but I doubt it would appeal to me, something I decided after just watching them prepare it on one of those documentary shows on television.

Because the world is getting smaller and smaller, people from around the world are getting exposed to different kinds of food from overseas. Aside from Filipino food, I love eating Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican, Swedish, Greek and Italian food. I can live without Indian food because I think it’s too spicy, oily and fattening.

Animal rights activists might find the sight of lechon offensive.
Animal rights activists might find the sight of lechon offensive.
This brings me to my point. Each society is different. People from different societies have different tastes. We all have been exposed to different ways of cooking our meals. I was told that some people from other societies do not like being reminded of where their food came from, which is why they fillet their fish instead of serving the whole thing, head and all, on the table. Furthermore, some societies prepare and flavor their meals depending on the available ingredients in their homeland. Historically, some societies have even gone to great lengths to put some precious spice for their meals by conquering other lands. Meanwhile, some societies make do with what little they have like salt for instance to preserve their catch of the day.

We cannot force people to love our food because they have been exposed to a different kind of food preparation regimen and their idea of what is edible and unhealthy is not the same as ours. In other words, people from different cultures have different standards. This applies to pretty much anything — including food.

The fact that Filipino restaurants overseas are not that popular with other cultures says a lot about our need to improve on it. We should also not feel offended, for example, when people criticize our food like how the young couple from Poland did when they blogged about their awful experience eating Filipino food while they were in the Philippines. We should see it as an opportunity to address where we get it wrong.

Eating out in the Philippines is an adventure!
Eating out in the Philippines is an adventure!
Some Filipinos who were angered by Agness Walewinder’s claim that “she would rather go hungry than eat Filipino food again” appeared too defensive. They seem incapable of putting themselves in other peoples’ shoes. In the first place, the bloggers from Poland wrote valid reasons why they got turned off with Filipino food. I personally would not eat the stuff they ate. The picture of the adobo in the article didn’t look like it was cooked the same way I like it cooked. I wouldn’t like that adobo as well. The roasted poultry looked a bit grotesque piled up on top of the stand. I wouldn’t eat them even if someone paid me either.

Most Filipinos who got upset by the honest assessment of the couple from Poland missed their point. In the Filipino people’s defense some said that the couple should not have stuck with buying their meals from cheap local stalls that cater to poor Filipinos. But I think that the couples’ point was, in a lot of societies, the quality of food being served to the poor folk is not so different to that served to those in the middle and upper classes. In some countries for example, when a poor guy orders a steak, he will get a steak in the same quality as when a middle-income earner orders a steak. In a true egalitarian society, a steak is a steak. Meaning, food is not prepared according to your social standing.

Basically, these Polish bloggers highlighted the country’s gaping social divide.

Coming from a more advanced society, it was hard for the Polish couple to comprehend that poor Filipinos have their own standards in food preparation. Evidently, hygiene is not a priority when it comes to handling food. Unfortunately, because there are so many poor people from the Philippines, most foreigners visiting the Philippines will more than likely encounter street food that will not be enticing to them.

My advice to the two Polish travelers and other foreigners travelling the Philippines is to expect that the quality of food to be a lot different when the meals are prepared using a higher standard. And my advice to my fellow Filipinos is to take criticisms from foreigners with a grain of salt.

[Photo of isaw, lechon, and karinderya courtesy LifeOutofOffice.com, Dude4Food, and TropicalVacationSpotsblog.com respectively.]

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Titod
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Ang pagkain pinoy, pagkain ng alipin. Yung mga itim sa Amerika, halos pareho ang pagkain nila sa atin. At ang pinag-iba lamang natin sa kanila ay tanggap nila na dito sila lumaki sampul ng inalipin sila ng mga puti. Yung mga matataba na parte ng baboy, bituka, tenga, ulo. Ito ang mga nilalaga nila. Kaya naman nagtatabaan sila. Tayo naman, tumataas ang ating cholesterol at kina-mamatay ng marami sa atin. Pareho lang tayo inalipin ng mga puti. Pareho lang tayo umasa sa mga tira at tapon nila. Dapat talikuran natin ang mga pagkain na ito at tularan ang mga lahi… Read more »
ChinoF
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The black people… soul food? Pretty unhealthy too.

Charles Conley
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How is soul food unhealthy?

JT Jerzy
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IDK Charley, U tell me, What is soooo healthy about ‘Cholard greens’ smothered in lard and fried?
LOL

Carmichael
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First Tagalog now our food. What’s with degrading anything Filipino?

If anything the lesson here is that take criticism well and improve on the mistake..not quit altogether.

Beaglelover
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Your point is well taken. This post by the thread starter should serve as an impetus to IMPROVE our cuisine, and not get detracted from the goal, which is to elevate it.

Beaglelover
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The Filipino food is one note: sour, and more sour. How about sweet and sour or spicy and sour? Also, Filipino food is mostly fried and brown. Brown food is unattractive. Therefore, brown food needs to be offset by garnishes and colorful veggies, etc. to render it appealing. Also, as food is tied to the country, poor/bad cuisine is a reflection of the poverty of that country. This may seem like a generalization, but I think there’s some truth in it.

toby manuguid
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because almost all filipinp cuisine uses salt w/c oz very bad for the health, cant cook without salt Anf are quite oily ( lsgong mslonsng ) la pko nbalitaan n filipino food niluto sa olive pil

Gogs
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Pinoys really believe the world should be seen through the eyes of Pinoys. Which is a paradox because they depend so much on outside perception even if it’s an unknown commodity like Isreali X Factor. If that show picks some Pinay caregiver then suddenly that show is so important . Whatever happened to liking what you like. ? If Pinoys are truly the best then all you need is Pinoy shows and what they glorify . No need for anything international. But if the internal culture is so weak that the government has to embargo your free choice like the… Read more »
Lem
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I totally agree on what Gogs said. We Filipinos view things strictly in pinoy ways. We pride ourselves as the best race, but could not take criticism well. I love Pinoy foods, but I myself don’t eat balut. Therefore, I understand why foreigners wouldn’t eat it. Thing is, you can’t please everybody. I’ve been to Taiwan and have tasted their food. I swear to God, there is more to hate than there is to love. Probably because my tastebuds is not accustomed to their delicacy. Same goes to foreign visitors trying out our food. Their tastedbuds will go crazy when… Read more »
Beaglelover
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I agree with Gogs and Lem about the defensiveness of Filipinos whenever anything remotely connected to their culture is criticized. Anyway, with regards to Filipino food, I always read how it was influenced by Chinese, Malaysian, and Spanish cuisines. Yet, it sorely pales in comparison to these top-notch cuisines’ flavors and ingredients! Why is that? Filipinos who defend their awful cuisine sell themselves short by refusing to see the obvious flaws in their dishes and to implement new ones to elevate the cuisine.

ChinoF
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Balut – I know some fellow Filipinos who would stay away from it. Unpatriotic? Nah, that’s stupid. But me, I eat it whether the chick is small or mature. I got accustomed to it.

xdarkx
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“Bekoz penoy pud es da bes, so no wan has da rayt to kritisayz et!” – Says butthurts everywhere… XD

Hyden Toro
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“You are, what you eat…”, they usually say. If you are open minded enough, to understand the history of the dish/menu/food offered to you in foreign countries. You would never be prejudicial on them. Filipino foods are too much fat; too much in cholesterol; too much in salts; too much in sugar. This is the reason , we have widespread: high blood pressures; diabetes; etc… Please adorn your food dishes, before offering them to foreign guest…it is not only the tastes, that they are looking. It is Also the PRESENTATION. Perhaps, you can offer an Ice Creame dish, in the… Read more »
Dave
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I was actually going to mention the British fish and chips example you used, in other posts that have sprung up defending Filipino food this week. I’m British, and it’s a common joke that our food is unappetising, especially compared to neighbouring countries in Europe. Of course, as with any cuisine there are tasty dishes to be found too – but the famous ones are the bland and fattening ones. It’s a stereotype that we know, acknowledge and laugh about, both when talking to foreigners and on our own TV shows. I can’t think of any British people I know… Read more »
Dave
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Ilda, I have to apologise – I committed the sin of only reading half the article and assumed this was another hot-headed Pinoy Pride rant, but then in the second half you discussed the travel blog and its varied responses and I agree with your position.

This debacle has brought out the worst in me! I guess because I’m in a similar situation to the Polish couple (backpacking for several years) so took their side a little too enthusiastically.

Hyden Toro
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@ Dave:
I am a Filipino. However, my wife was born, grew up, educated in Britain. We are living in the U.S.

libertas
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The great harry ramsden will be rolling in his batter at the decline in quality.

I look forward to agness’ forthcoming blogs

‘ i’d rather go deaf than hear filipino videoke’

‘I’d rather walk than ride a manila jeepney’

‘I’d rather be poked in the eye with a sharp stick than watch filipino tv’

I’d rather have a pole in me, than have a filipino’

Gogs
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Self deprecating ? This nation voted in a president who never did a thing in his life and is allergic to the three words I am sorry. Someone without an iota of accountability. This nation goes berserk over quasi Filipino contestants on shows you never heard of and use it as evidence as “taking over the world” . Self deprecating in a Filipino is as frequently found as road courtesy in a jeepney driver.

Brock MacLean
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Great comment and post…being Canadian with Scottish ancestry and growing up on more than well cooked beef,and not realising what tasty food tasted like til I left home and travelled abit…One of the Philippines best talents are the ability to copy-cat…can take a song from an American star and can mimmick it and make it sound almost exactly as well done in less than a week, but don’t like to copy-cat food from other countries and still serve bland disgusting looking food from left-overs from yesterdays disgusting left-overs….Anyways…forangs don’t go there for the great cuisine…they usually go there to get… Read more »
Beaglelover
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I totally understand where you’re coming from. The difference I think between the unappetizing cuisines of both Britain and the Philippines is the notion that if one eats British food, at least, it’s what the Queen and the mighty British people eat. Contrast that to Filipino food. It’s eaten by poor people, prepared by poor people, and forced upon the tourists by these poor, culinary-unimaginative people. One word you have to understand that describes Filipinos as you said it: PIKON.

Hulaboy
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“By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.” -Oscar Wilde

ignorance and journalism do not go together. it’s as simple as that. the scaremongering, condescension, and vitriol writing of that person is not worth the effort of any form of justification. consuming a satire of the subject is not the same as having a critical consciousness about the subject. the blogger probably took a page from the National Enquirer’s handbook of journalistic ethics.

Charles Conley
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Your conclusion is the best advice. Racist white people do not think anything a non-white person does is good. I am in the USA and an African American who learned by experience that White people food is not prepared to taste good. Or they go to the extreme and add to much sugar and high fructose corn syrup to make their food palatable. The Western diet has caused the people of the world to explode with diabetes. The Filipino natural diet does not contribute to diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases.

JT Jerzy
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@ Charles, Sorry Charlie but you do not know what you are talking about. The ‘National’ dish of the filippines is called ‘adobo’ whose main ingredient is ‘soy-sauce’ which is one of the most un-healthy things a human can ingest. Sodium in the quadruple un-healthy #’s.Secondly Filipino’s fry almost all of the food they eat, which causes obesity. The Filippines also has a high instance of high blood pressure, which qualifies as a cardio-vascular disease and exactly WTF is ‘WHITE PEOPLE FOOD’? UH, would that be the opposite of ‘BLACK PEOPLE FOOD’? Your the racist dude…and, judging by the few… Read more »
Neneng
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@ JT Jerzy Adobo is not necessarily prepared in one way (I think the traditional [?]) way is frying the meat before slathering it with soy sauce and vinegar). There are others who just choose to let the meat boil in soy sauce and vinegar, or prepare it with not too much soy sauce and vinegar, or choose leaner cuts of meat to make the dish at least a bit healthier. Aside from the soy sauce, adobo is flavored with pepper, onions + garlic, and maybe add any other vegetables you like such as potatoes and bell peppers, etc. You… Read more »
Kenneth
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@JT, The National Dish of the Philippines is “Lechon.” Soy Sauce is very healthy. If your so concern about the sodium content, just try to drink more water. Or, you can read this article: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=110 I agree with frying, but take in mind that frying is the more economical approach. It’s faster, cheaper, and your food will definitely last longer, that is why it is mostly preferred in cooking. Filipino food is not what you see in being offered in carinderya, or on a moving kart. Try to travel, do some research, and maybe you’ll come up with a better… Read more »
Archie
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Aso adobo country !

Kenneth
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Aso or Dog meat is a popular in the Mountain Regions. It is not only the Philippines that eat dog meat, in Vietnam and other South East Asian Nations, Dog meat is considered a delicacy.

JT Jerzy
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@ Ken, Soy sauce is saturated with sodium and is one of the most unhealthy things a human can ingest. I stand by that remark as true, as stated. I have travelled extensively in the country and chicken feet are just not meant to be eaten, likewise chicken ‘intestines/gizzards’…the shit is gross. The pork dishes I’ve tasted are pretty good.I am not a big fan of pork, an animal that eats and rolls around in its own shit, so I am careful where I will entertain the idea of eating it.Trichinosis is no joke. One restaurant that I have learned… Read more »
Jerry Lynch
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Yes, soy not only is loaded with sodium, but in recent years is often made from GMO soy beans so who really knows what you are eating? I also never eat lechon because it is not cooked long enough and I’m afraid of trichinosis. While I like many pork dishes as prepared by Filipinos; I never eat pork out because too much of the waste (gristle, fat and connective tissue) is left in pork because apparently Filipinos like to eat that stuff. When prepared in my house I trim the meat myself or my wife trims that stuff off. Many… Read more »
Jerry Lynch
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The Philippines is more than just Luzon. One tablespoon of soy sauce gives you 36% of the recommended amount of your daily salt intake. I can only stomach adobo about twice a year and is the only meat dish I actually use any sugar in. adobo is marinated before cooking, and not just fried and the soy and vinegar slathered on. My personal improvements to most adobo recipes is to add about a tablespoon of sugar to the marinade and when the meat is cooked (simmered in the marinade) I remove the meat and thicken the marinade with a corn… Read more »
OnesimusUnbound
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The original filipino adobo uses vinegar, not soy sauce, as its base. Natives prepares adobo primarily for food preservation.

Adobo is great for pack lunch when going in camping since it does not rot quickly, though eat it every isn’t good either 😉

Brian
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@jt Jerzy

Soy sauce is saturated with sodium and is one of the most unhealthy things a human can ingest. I stand by that remark as true, as stated. And you stand by that statement with utter ignorance. Do your research the fact is that soy sauce has much less sodium than salt but the same saltiness in flavor. Also it is loaded with antioxidants that salt doesn’t have. This is why overall the traditional Asian diet is healthier than the western one.

Brian
Guest

@Jt Jerzy

“Soy sauce is saturated with sodium and is one of the most unhealthy things a human can ingest. I stand by that remark as true, as stated.”

And you stand by that statement with utter ignorance. Do your research the fact is that soy sauce has much less sodium than salt but the same saltiness in flavor. Also it is loaded with antioxidants that salt doesn’t have. This is why overall the traditional Asian diet is healthier than the western one.

Brian
Guest

@Jt Jerzy

“Soy sauce is saturated with sodium and is one of the most unhealthy things a human can ingest. I stand by that remark as true, as stated.”

And you stand by that statement with utter ignorance. Do your damn research, the fact is that soy sauce has much less sodium than salt but the same saltiness in flavor. Also it is loaded with antioxidants that salt doesn’t have. This is why overall the traditional Asian diet is healthier than the western one.

HawkEye
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Whats the filipino ‘natural diet’? And wrt your last sentance your pulling my leg right?

Robert Haighton
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Dear Ms. Ilda,

I am lost and confused by your latter statements. It seems, they contradict each other.

Especially this statement makes me lost and confused (but also others):
“And my advice to my fellow Filipinos is to take criticisms from foreigners with a grain of salt.”

It would be very easy to translate your above statement into:

“And my advice to my fellow Filipinos is to take criticisms from GRP bloggers with a grain of salt.”

Does that make sense? I dont think so.

Gogs
Member
I won’t speak for Ilda but I will speak as GRP blogger . Whenever I put pen to paper in the digital sense it is to say how I feel about a particular subject. Even though I might disagree with the majority I try to define as best I can why I disagree. You spend all that time putting it together then you get detractors who just make it personal. So what’s the point of having anything here resembling personal details? Just allow for perspective , which many Pinoys do not. Pinoys feel the world should see it their way… Read more »
ChinoF
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My interpretation is, if you think you’ll get butthurt from a certain comment, best not mind it and save yourself the headache.

NYC2MNL
Guest
“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are” – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin I personally avoid most modern “street” food in Manila, not only because I feel it is unhealthy and lacks imagination but because I suspect most vendors don’t practice proper handling, preparation and storage of the food items they sell. Whatever their reasons are, be it a lack of knowledge or a lack of pride in what they do, it feels unsafe to consume. Any food served at any price range should be prepared competently by someone trained and knowledgeable of food protection. Filipino cuisine… Read more »
Brock MacLean
Guest

Agree 100% with your comments…but men go to the Philippines for the women…not the food…plain and simple..yes..the food sucks…but the women are fun and good nightlife..

Jerry Lynch
Guest
You generalize just a WEEEEEEEE bit now. Yes, I came to this country for a woman who has now been my wife for 10 years. If you get out of Jobbilee and find a lady who knows how to cook local food, much, in fact most of it is very tasty as long as you bypass the spaghetti and chicken parts that should be made into pig feed. Your lady (or you) need to trim the meat properly so you don’t get all the junk western butchers would trim off and discard though. If you can’t find a lady just… Read more »
kopitered
Guest

Pedo on the prowl!

Archie
Guest
While I enjoy adobo and Giniling and Apritada, I steer away from many Filipino food favourites. As a Westerner, I find the overall ‘appearance’ unusually unappetizing. Filipino dishes in food courts for example is often grey, dark, greasy, and worrying to look at. Dishes made from pig blood and the use of every part of every creature make attacking a Filipino buffet somewhat of a nail biting experience. Chinese dishes, and Thai food by comparison, is bright, fresh and crisp looking. Vibrant colors, aromas, fresh peeled cucumber, carrot, spring onion accents to the side of bright delicious looking stir fry… Read more »
Beaglelover
Guest

I agree with what you said. As much as it disappoints hearing this kind of critique, it must be accepted by Filipinos. If the country aims to make a reality of the tourism slogan, “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” they need to do something about the local cuisine and make it appealing for the tourists to want to try and eat.

JT Jerzy
Guest
Well, the adobo I can live without. Soy sauce just grosses me out, what can I say? The pig on a spiker is eaten the world over and is usually excellent. Try it you might like it? Depends, on what you and ur tastebuds are used to. But try telling me that Durian is anything but fucking gross and I’ll tell you what……….YOU CAN HAVE MINE! To Me the quality of the food I eat counts, BIG TIME. The quality standards in the fils are just low as low gets, thusly I just don’t care for the food. and Filipino’s… Read more »
Necroing
Guest

@JT Jerzy I know it’s Necroing but here we go.

“Soy sauce just grosses me out, what can I say?”
Did you know there are other cuisines that use Soy sauce, such as Japanese and Chinese.
Do you dislike their dishes that are prepared with soy sauce, such as Sukiyaki, Mentsuyu, Kung Pao Chicken?

“But try telling me that Durian is anything but fucking gross and I’ll tell you what……….YOU CAN HAVE MINE!”
I personally dislike Durian. However did you know Durian is also eaten in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, etc. etc.

Jerry Lynch
Guest
Some things I like and things I don’t like about Filipino cooking. Lots of Filipino food is very tasty if cooked and prepared properly. Both chicken and pork adobo can be very good. Under no circumstances do I ever eat pork out in restos or from street stalls because the cooks leave too much fat, connective tissue and other detritus in the meat before cooking it. When I use pork I make sure none of that stuff is present on the meat. If I feel the fat is necessary for the taste then it gets cut off in big chunks… Read more »
Neneng
Guest
Have you ever tried daing na bangus? It’s bangus marinated in vinegar, pepper, crushed garlic and fried. You can then eat it as it is or have atchara ready to accompany it. It’s also awesome in sinigang. You can also stuff it with onions, tomatoes, salt, pepper, maybe drizzle it with calamansi before wrapping it in foil and grilling it over charcoal. I don’t like bangus that much either but only because of its thousands of fish bones (the meat is very delicious of course!). You can have it deboned by an expert fishmonger in the market though. Not all… Read more »
Beaglelover
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This talk about sweet meats that shouldn’t be have not tasted Korean bbq, obviously. Sugar has its place in cooking, too. It just depends on what the dish is. I think the main elements that should be in food are: fresh ingredients, varying textures, layers of flavors that make your mouth water, aromatic ingredients that awaken your senses, and appetizing colors (e.g., red or green curries). These are elements that are lacking in Filipino food. Sad to say, when you watch Panlasangpinoy.com and other videos on YouTube, the ingredients are always the pretty much the same: soy, vinegar, garlic, onion,… Read more »
Jerry Lynch
Guest
No amount of washing can kill the trichinosis worm. It can only be killed by cooking the meat to a certain internal temperature. Between 2002 and 2007, 11 cases were reported to CDC each year on average in the United States;[2] these were mostly the result of eating undercooked game, bear meat, or home-reared pigs. It is common in developing countries where meat fed to pigs is raw or undercooked, but many cases also come from developed countries in Europe and North America, where raw or undercooked pork and wild game may be consumed as delicacies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichinosis I have revised… Read more »
Necroing
Guest

@Jerry
“Sugar has absolutely NO place in bread”
Then what are pastries?
And don’t Japanese and Korean bakeries also serve different types of bread with sugar?
And isn’t sugar a basic ingredient in making breads?

andylane
Guest

“I would rather go hungry than eat Filipino food again”.

Then, go hungry hehehe.

Mercury
Guest

I smell satire here. :p

Despair
Member
The article is not entirely oriented on satire. It only shows that Pinoys must not be too butthurt on the evaluation of foreigners about our food. If I were on their shoes too, hinding hindi ko rin kakainin yung adobo na pinakita nila at yung Longganisang binili sa 7-11. Besides, food kasi ang unang pinapansin ng foreigners when they come here. Dapat talagang may regulation sa food quality ang lahat ng nagtitinda neto para magkaron man lang ng lasting impression ang mga dayuhan when it comes to our food. But no one can never eradicate the experience brought by inihaw… Read more »
mcalleyboy
Guest

What I can’t figure out is, why don’t Philippino’s eat taco’s? Living out in the municipality I have had tacos that have sugar in them or made with bannana ketchup sauce, man I get tired of sweets or those Swarma burito’s…horrible and where’s the salsa and corn chips…answer: Philippines does not sell corn flour, it’s owned by the Chinese and they don’t do corn flour, so not corn bread and no taco shells it’s all imported or sold at a price most business couldn’t afford.

Jerry Lynch
Guest

Schwarma is a Middle Eastern food and has been brought here, but I have seen the meat be cooked, left around all day and then stored unrefrigerated all night and put back on the tray for sale the next day.

ChinoF
Member
domo
Guest

Ah yes those street foods from Europe. I already watched some of them on Street Food Around The World on National Geographic Channel and my mind just blown when I realized that the baguette that I sometimes buy on French Baker in which Filipinos think it’s a bakery and restaurant for rich people is actually a street food.

HawkEye
Guest

Ilda im curious. You said you like greek food. Where did you try this greek food? In greece or elsewhere?

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CJ
Guest

Filipino food can be very salty and some dishes filled with sugar. I’ve been living here for 2 years and desperately miss my families Puerto Rican dishes. This is the order I would rate food by country, and yes i’m biased….

1. Puerto Rican
2. Thai
3. Japanese
4. Korean
5. American (steak and potatoes)
6. French
7. Italian
8. Mexican
9. Cuban
10. Filipino (just the bbq dishes, inihaw)

kopitered
Guest

ermmm…u should go back to puerto rico then…makes sense doesn’t it?