HOW many times in the last 5 years have I heard critics say that Filipino food is going to be the “next big thing in America.” It’s 2016 and I have yet to see the predictions come to fruition.
So what could have gone wrong?
I could only surmise that so much have been focused on popular Filipino cuisine like lumpia, pancit, kare-kare and adobo, but Filipino food is so much more. While many are adaptations of international cuisine, or are influenced by the Philippines’ historical interaction with its colonizers or trade partners, ethnic and authentic Filipino food abound in the country’s island regions.
The biggest challenge in putting this list together is narrowing it down to 20. So this list is by no means a representation of everything gastronomically unique about the Philippines.
And, as a matter of disclosure, I come from the island of Luzon. Hence you might…
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