The varied cuisine of the Philippines
The range of typical dishes you'll find are a mixture of traditional flavours developed from local ingredients for thousands of years, to influences from surrounding countries and colonising nations. The Spanish flair is easy to recognise, with lechón, a celebratory pork dish, and paella being two examples. Pastries like sugary cheese ensaymadas and cashew marzipan cakes are other products that have come from Spain.
Rice remains at the heart of many savoury meals in the Philippines, and may be served with fish flavoured with coconut or cured meats. Don't leave the country without trying the noodle dish pancit, or a regional version of chicken adobo—there are almost as many as there are Philippine islands! Exploring the markets and picking up ingredients to cook in your holiday rental is a great way to enjoy local foods. Or, head out and enjoy the thriving street food scene, either outdoors or in the many shopping centres you'll find throughout the Philippines.