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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FOOD IN THE PHILIPPINES
BY JO BIDDLE SOURCE: EXPATICA
Kalamansi), a citrus fruit found at each table to make your own spicy sauce. PORK DOMINATES THE PHILIPPINES CUISINE
The Philippines is a meat loving country and pork seems to dominate. At any party, event or fiesta, ?lechon? will be the star. Beyond the whole-roasted suckling pig, you will find pork in many of the local and everyday dishes. From fried pork (chicharones), pork stew, pork blood stew (dinuguan), to pork pieces on a stick, you will find all variations of pork. If you are a pork lover, you will love the food in the Philippines.
SWEET AND SOUR FLAVOR PROFILE IN FILIPINO CUISINE
The two distinct taste profiles that we immediately noticed in the food in the Philippines, are sugary sweet and vinegary sour. One of the popular Filipino dishes we tried was a soup called ?Sinigang?. We tried various versions (chicken, pork, seafood) and in different regions of the country. The most distinctive characteristic of this soup is WWW.EXPATSWORLD.COM
its our taste. A second surprise came when eating chicken and crab cooked in the traditional Filipino style. Both were shockingly sweet and the crab came with a heavy sweet red sauce. Don?t expect the use of pepper and a variety of spices in traditional Filipino food. Instead, use the bottles of vinegar, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, and calamansi (also spelled
NO KNIVES, JUST A SPOON AND FORK TO ENJOY FOOD IN THE PHILIPPINES
When it is time to eat, you will find just a spoon and fork next to your plate. Filipino?s don?t use knives to eat. Instead, they push the food using the fork onto the spoon and ?shovel? it into their mouths. Most of the dishes don?t require the use of a knife and the meat is often chopped up. You rarely find beef on the menu, and when you do it is sliced up.