Trip Start Feb 27, 2007
30Trip End Jun 01, 2007
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Since arriving here, I have made it a point to eat like a filipino at every meal. I have been drowned in soy sauce and calamansi juice, stuffed with bagoong rice and dried fished, and I've washed it all down with the freshest fruit and buko juices I can get my hands on.
Easily, the most readily available food item aside from rice is fresh fish. You can get it pretty much anywhere, and it never disappoints. However, one rarely orders fish by itself. Usually, the fish dishes I've had were served at the same time as at least two other kinds of meats (most often pork and chicken). looking at such a feast spread before me is one of the best things I've experienced here.
And of course I could not forget this dish. This pic is the stuff of dreams. Jews beware, this is how the Philippines rolls - Lechon,
Lechon comes in many variations, but once it is served, it is usually gone just like *snap* that. It is even common to take all the unfinished meat after the meal, deep-fry it, and then continue eating on into the night. Most of the time it is reserved for special occasions, but I think I've had at least four since I arrived. Really, pork just might be one of the things filipinos do best, and I've gotta say it has gone straight to my heart, figuratively and literally.
Finally, it would be terrible of me to not present some balance to my description of food here. Filipino food does have its negatives, and one of the biggest ones if the extreme amount of bones in every dish. No matter what you try here, you will eventually end up with something like a rock crunching in what you are eating. Personally, I am ok with bones only when they are found in steaks or ribs. But here, people seem to not have caught the de-boning wave. Chickens are chopped up, bones and all. and thrown into the pot. Fish are rarely filetted, and you sometimes end up pulling more bones out of your mouth than it's worth.
Although there is much more I could go into on the subject of food, I really need to get out of this internet cafe. I will try and add more in later entries, but until then, be well...