Metro Manila · Cuisine, Food & Beverages
The Philippine cuisine is not the typical Asian cuisine you might imagine. Here we tell you everything you need to know about Filipino food culture, from typical meals and beverages to street food, wet markets, and Jollibee.
Four centuries of Spanish rule followed by several decades of American influence shaped the Philippines in a unique yet not-too 'Asian' way. Compared to food and drinks in other parts of Southeast Asia, the Philippine cuisine is quite heavy, not spicy, and features less vegetables. In regards to seafood and fish, the Philippine cuisine offers excellent dishes.
The local Filipino food is not what you would expect in (Southeast) Asia. It is less filled with vegetables and more focused on meat - on the issue of rice your estimation would be right: it is eaten a lot. The food is quite heavy, not that spicy, most of the time grilled or fried, and often seasoned with soy sauce, vinegar, fish sauce and other interesting flavors.
With average temperatures of more than 30 degrees, staying hydrated is vital in Metro Manila. Here is what the Megacity has in stores, from mango juice and below-zero beer to service water and 3-in-1 coffee.
Filipinos love to grab a bite on the go. A street scene in Manila is not complete without a street food vendor. Here we present to you some of the craziest and/or most delicious of these uniquely Filipino snacks, from Adidas (chicken feed) to Walkman (pig's ears).
The world has a variety of bizarre and exotic fruits and many of these strange fruits grow in the Philippine Islands.
The Philippines has a lot to offer when it comes to alcoholic beverages, with nearly every region having its own type of wine or liquor. The country has been producing some local wines before the Spanish conquistadors docked on its shores. These exotic wines and liquor are often made from ingredients that are abundant in the tropical country. Here are seven specialty wines and spirits that you should definitely try.
Endless chains of sausages, tables laden with the freshest seafood, baskets filled with exotic fruits, mountains of rice: wet markets are the best way to get to know the world of Philippine food.
Pica-Pica and Pulutan are terms for Philippine finger food. It is usually fatty, salty, and delicious, just the right snack to keep your stomach in balance during a long night out in Manila's bar scene.
Make sure not to show up with empty hands after vacations, as your Filipino colleagues and friends will demand "Pasalubong!" when you come back. Pasalubong is the Philippine term for souvenirs, usually edible and sweet, and it is common courtesy to get some whenever you leave the Megacity.
You get groceries from all over the world in Philippine supermarkets, but the country also has its own local brands of delicious food, drinks, and snacks. Here is what you should definitely try out.
Noche Buena is celebrated on Christmas Eve, or midnight of the 24th of December. It is the most anticipated part of the holidays for many Filipinos because it is that time of the year when Christmas delicacies are served. Among these delicacies are a number of Filipino favorites. Find out what is served in most Filipino homes for Noche Buena.
Jollibee is without a doubt an icon in the Philippines. As a mascot, the red-white-yellow bee – chubby, cuddly and always smiling – is omnipresent here and far more popular than Ronald McDonald. The same is true for the restaurant it represents. Thanks to Jollibee, the Philippines is one of the few countries where McDonald's is not the No.1 fast food chain.