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A Filipina's Favorite Cuisine

Nov 21, 2007
She may have lived for a decade or more in your country, adopted your food and eating habits and fallen in love with steak, pizzas, burgers, fries and international cuisines but these changes in her tastes could not erase her innate love and craving for native food from the Philippines. She may be influenced by the foreign culture, but she is still a Filipina at heart.

Filipinos love to eat and majority of them, even the ladies partake of a heavy breakfast very early in the morning. A complete breakfast is typically composed of steamed rice (the country's staple food), fried fish with soy sauce, and an abundance of fruits.

Do not be surprised though if you see your Filipina girlfriend dipping pieces of pan de sal (salt bread) on her cup of coffee, drink the remaining coffee and eat a hearty breakfast a few minutes after. It is a common practice.

Philippine foods are delicious, creatively prepared and popular in other parts of the world. Among the all-time original favorite foods that Filipina ladies would not exchange for anything includes native chicken barbecue (popularly known as inasal), the adobo, which is stewed chicken, pork or beef fried to a golden brown, and relished with spices, the Kare-kareng Baka, (beef chunks and tripe stewed in a rich peanut butter sauce, native vegetables and served with bagoong ), Bulalo soup, (tender beef shank in tasty broth and served with native vegetables); tinola (fish soup with vegetables) and sinigang, a delicious hot soup made from pork, shrimp or fish; seafoods and an endless list of Filipino favorites that is distinctively Filipino in taste.

Not to be forgotten is the piniritong isda (fried fish) served with soy sauce, vinegar dip and pepper.

A Filipina is used to seeing food in abundance as Filipinos love to splurge especially during gatherings, fiestas or festivals, birthdays, anniversaries and even for no-occasion celebrations.

One thing she could not resist, especially if she comes from the provinces, is the lure of street food that is a part of the Filipino cuisine. When you visit the Philippines, you can see stalls in town or city sidewalks displaying all kinds of food like fried bananas, grilled chicken parts like intestines, gizzard and feet served on sticks.

Filipina ladies also have a weakness for "sweet bits". Most popular especially during the hot summer months is the "halo-halo", a mixture of different fruits topped with milk and a scoop of ice cream and grated ice. She also loves fruit juices, shakes, and native delicacies cooked Filipino style like the turon, a sweet crispy fried snack consisting of saba bananas coated in brown sugar, wrapped in springroll wrapper; the local puto rice cakes, bico (sweetened glutenous rice), suman (steamed glutenous rice wrapped in banana leaves) and other mouth-watering native delicacies which has been a part of a Filipina's culinary upbringing.

Bet on it, when Filipina ladies get together, food is one of the inevitable topics.
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