The best, and the worst of Food from The Philippines
My Food from The Philippines series has been one I’ve enjoyed a lot. There are three main reasons.
- I like food, and eat far too much of it. The main reason here, is quite simply it’s one of my secrets to long-term travel. I move more than most, I’m in differing climates, and I’m under a lot of pressure. If I ate less, then I wouldn’t have made it this far.
- No one has really highlighted food from The Philippines as being anything “special“, I wanted to boost its visibility in the world.
- A lot of people have enjoyed discovering what’s available in The Philippines to eat. If you are planning to visit The Philippines you can come here, and see what will be awaiting you!
This series has been the raw reality of eating in The Philippines from a travelers perspective.
But as I move on, so I must eat my last meal here. So, without further ado, here are my best and worst top 3 of Philippine food.
Top 3 worst foods in The Philippines
3rd worst food – Bolinao (stinky fish)
read more about dried fish in The Philippines
2nd worst food – Balut
read more about Balut in The Philippines
Number one worst food in the Philippines – The Jollibee Burger
Just a little sub note to the millions I’ve just insulted by writing my own opinion. Have a look at Jollibee’s environmental policy and food standards. Wait, they don’t have any. Yes, other huge fast food chains also contribute. But at least they make their policies public. For some reason Jollibee won’t make its ingredients public, nor its exact meat source (100% beef can mean anything, how’s the BSE testing in The Philippines these days?), nor its environmental policy. Yes, it’s very cheap food. But at what cost …
read more about the Jollibee Burger in The Philippines
Top 3 best foods in The Philippines
3rd best food – Palitaw with Banana Honey
read more about Palitaw from the Philippines and Banana Honey from The Philippines
2nd best food – Marang fruit
read more about the Marang Fruit from The Philippines and Mangosteens from The Philippines
Number one food in The Philippines – Lechon Manok (roast bbq chicken)
read more about Lechon Manok from The Philippines
What is Filipino food really like?
Plain. Sweet. Meaty. There it is in three words.
In all honesty the average tourist coming over from Thailand or Malaysia will probably be disappointed with what they find here to eat. The high income tourist will see little difference as the higher end restaurants in The Philippines can serve really good food.
Why do most tourists not get excited over Filipino food?
Because, like it or not, the tourism industry in The Philippines is still far behind many of its South East Asian neighbors. Many people in The Philippines eat for sustenance and not for pleasure nor taste. (to the Filipinos reading this, sorry but junk food does not count)
There is also a North American influence here in terms of fast food. It’s everywhere, and the size of people’s waistlines will show you this.
Food standards here are not the same as elsewhere. And, while I have never been sick eating in a local diner, I have had problems in the fast food outlets, nothing at all serious though.
The future of Filipino food?
I think the long overdue is about to happen. And, the Philippine economy is going to boom soon. If it’s not already. With this will come an increase in standards, spending and expectations. As Pinoy’s find more peso’s in their wages, so they will want to treat themselves. And, boy do Filipinos like to eat!
I fully expect the variety of dishes here to break out soon. There are plenty of creative, and initiating people in The Philippines. And, I am sure the chefs are already creating variations on the traditional dishes that will soon have the tourist drooling.
In the meantime, this is Food in the Philippines as you will find it here as a tourist.
More food from around the world?
I have every intension in continuing this series from my next destination! There are many people writing about food out there. Some show the fantastic side to food in their countries, others review great restaurants.
Here on The Longest Way Home, I eat to travel and live. The food you see here will not be from a top-notch restaurant. It will be the real food you encounter as a tourist in a country you visit.
I hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen so far.
Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing my food from a whole new country next!
“Meanwhile, Happy Holidays to everyone.”
This is an additional and final post highlighting food from The Philippines