Most tourists from abroad have their first contact with Philippine cuisine after arriving in the archipelago. Filipino Food is worldwide not that famous as other Asian cuisine and one may not find a Filipino Restaurant in most cities around the globe. However, after trying it, most will say that it is really delicious.
Filipino food often pairs something salty with something sweet or/and sour. Cooking with vinegar is also very common. One of the reason is that this dishes can be stored longer. Of course, a portion of rice is always present. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are the three main-meals. However, a snack in between (or multiple snacks) are also very important. There is no gathering where there is no pica-pica on the table. An afternoon without merienda equals an incomplete day.
Eating with the fingers is the traditional way to go. However, this is mainly practiced in the countryside, while in the restaurants and eateries of villages and cities you will get a fork and a spoon. Don’t wait for a knife, most dishes have no use for that anyway, and if one really needs to cut something, the side of a spoon will do.
Filipino Food in Dumaguete
The following Philippine dishes are all found in Dumaguete. We went to restaurants, eateries and food stalls to get our guests from abroad an idea what they can expect here. Some may be a bit skeptical as the appearance is not always like out of a cook book, however, don’t be afraid to give it a try. You will be surprised how delicious most Filipino dishes are.
Filipino Snacks and Starters
As you probably saw are some of the dishes also a fully grown main dish. Filipino Food makes no difference to the cuisine from other countries. Some dishes can be a starter or a main course. It often dpends on the people you are with. Eating in the Philippines is often a “family-affair” and the families are not limited to relatives. All friends or colleagues become pretty quick a part of a big family. The best is to order many different kinds of Filipino food and eat your way through until you are “busog” (full).
Pork Dishes – Baboy
Chicken Dishes – Manok
Fish and Seafood Dishes
You have not been to the Philippines if you did not try Balut !!!