Turning Ordinary to Extraordinary: Fusion of Dishes, Filipino Food 2.0

by Ma. Ericka Joyce C. Dungo and Patricia B. Marcelino, APRIL 2021

“Kain na!” – a tagalog phrase usually heard from every Filipino while they are having a meal as a generous offer to share a meal. While Filipino food gains much fanfare from various countries – US, Korea, Japan, China, and others from watching their daily dramas and tv shows, the best that our cuisine has to offer is already right here on our shores. These are the meals we eat every day but can be more than what we usually eat.

No meal is complete without steamed white rice – a mandatory side when eating in the Philippines to balance the Filipino food out. There is more to Philippine Cuisine than adobo, lechon, or sinigang which are the famous pinoy dishes. Get to know more of the Pinoy dishes which we think you have not tried yet:

1. Lechon Kawali Kare Kare – or known as Crispy Pork in Peanut Sauce. A combination of two pinoy dishes. You get the best of both worlds when you try this out. 

Photo Credit from foodwithmae.com

2. Sinigang Fried Chicken  – add an “asim” twist to your Fried Chicken inspired by Sinigang soup served in the Philippines.

3. Sinantolan – or Ginataang Santol – a ground cotton fruit cooked in coconut milk. This is a common dish in Bicol but not in Manila. It’s best eaten when there’s spice.

Photo Credit from Panlasangpinoy.com

4. Poqui-Poqui – a famous dish in Ilocos rich in smell and flavor. Perfect for vegetarian’s go-to meal.

Photo Credit from Panlasangpinoy.com

5. Corned Beef Kare-Kare – Kare-kare leveled up with strips of corned beef and bagoong. Who would have thought that a common breakfast can be turned out into another type of dish right? 

Photo Credit from spot.ph

6. Sinampalukang Manok – Looks like Tinola but taste like Sinigang! 

Photo Credit from eatlikepinoy.com

There are many ways out of Filipino’s mainstream habit to enjoy authentic Filipino life, like learning how to cook the local food habits and by trying something new and extraordinary. Always remember that trying something new need not be something expensive, who knows, these food choices can give you a great experience.




About the writers:

Patricia B. Marcelino. An expression of one’s creative side. A different angle, sharing one’s point of view through words. That’s what writing is, endless possibilities.

Ma. Ericka Joyce C. Dungo. An enthusiast in creating stories by wandering the different Sights of the South. I am keen to experience and let others know what South has to offer.

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