“What food do you recommend?”
This is one of the most common questions teachers receive from new students during the first day of classes.
This is not bizarre because majority of people love food and if you are someone who is visiting a place for the first time, you would probably ask the same thing. The spectacular thing about food is, it doesn’t only help us survive and accomplish our daily tasks. When you think about it, certain types of food could tell us more about the culture, the people who prepared the food, as well as the geography the locale has based on the resources used.
Having Monol weekend trip twice a month and being able to go out of the academy after 5 pm are opportune moments to try out Filipino foods at some local restaurants. The following are some delectable cuisines for starters:
Longanisa resembles sausage. It has variety of flavors ranging from sweet, sour, and sometimes with garlic and black pepper. This food is usually served during breakfast with egg and fried rice. If you happen to visit Hundred Islands, or Vigan, you could try their local-made longanisa.
Where to: Volante, Rufo’s Tapa
- Halo halo
Halo halo is a literal translation of Filipino word to English. ‘Halo’ means ‘mix’ and as the name suggests, it is a mixture of different fruits, nata, sago, beans, crisped rice, topped with crushed ice, milk and custard or sometimes with ice cream. Perfect for summer!
Where to: Mang Inasal, Chowking, Kubong Sawali
Adobo is one of Pinoy favorites. This meal consists of pork, chicken, sometimes string beans, together with vinegar, salt (or soy), black pepper, garlic. Some modifications may involve adding liver spread, pineapple, boiled egg and potato.
Where to: F.O.T.D., Rufo’s Tapa
A perfect combination of crispy and soft, turon is made with banana and caramelized sugar, sometimes with jackfruit or sticky rice, rolled in spring roll wrappers, and deep fried to achieve crispness.
Where to: SM Supermarket, Mang Inasal, Dencio’s Bar and Grill (SM)
Lechon almost all the time signifies festivity and celebration. This is often served during festivals and special occasions like weddings. For most people, the skin is the most sought-after part of lechon as it becomes so crispy and tasty, infused with smoky aroma that will surely boost your appetite.
Where to: Baliwag Lechon, Andok’s, Good Taste, Kubong Sawali
Sinigang is one of the dishes perfect for any weather be it rainy or summer. Fish, pork, or shrimp is boiled together with tamarind or kamias (tree cucumber) making the soup taste sour. Leafy vegetables are added few minutes after the meat has been cooked and voila, sinigang is ready to be served.
Where to: Kubong Sawali, Dencio’s Bar and Grill (SM), Point and Grill
**featured image from http://www.muckingaroundmanila.com