| Filipino Recipes
Philippine cooking is the familiar blended with the exotic. Just as the
Filipinos are part Malay, Chinese and Spanish, so is the cuisine of the
seven-thousand-island Philippine nation. One can also taste the subtle hints
of Indian, Mexican, Arab and American influences. American contribution to
Filipino kitchen particularly became heavy following WW II when surplus
canned foods became widely available because of the shortages of fresh
produce. The Filipinos embraced these 'new foods' and turned them into
dishes that taste nothing like canned food. For example, by sautéing canned
corned beef with onions and garlic, they created a dish uniquely their own.
Adobo is considered the national dish of the Philippines. This dish
consists of chunks of chicken or pork or both cooked in soy sauce, vinegar,
bay leaf, lots of garlic and whole peppercorns. The stew is allowed to cook
until the meats are tender and the remaining sauce slightly thickened. Some
people prefer their adobos dry which may entail frying them afterwards,
while others prefer them moist served in their original sauce. As a style of
cooking, it can be applied to fowl, fish, shellfish and vegetables.
Cooking and Filipino cuisine is the Filipinos' favorite topic other than
politics. Filipinos for a fact are fond of eating. Whether in expensive
restaurants or at Mom's kitchen, they eat with gusto. Do they live to eat or
eat to live? - I guess both, what is life without those cholesterol loaded
and high fat gastronomical Filipino cooking. Filipino men also love to cook
and exchanging recipes among them is common.
| Many cultures have influenced Filipino cooking.
Malay, Chinese, Spanish, Indian, Mexican, Arab and American --
Filipino cooks just seem to have a talent for borrowing the best
from other cuisines and turning it into something uniquely fresh
and delicious. Chicken and pork adobo, a rich,
well-marinated stew flavored with vinegar and soy, is probably
the Philippine national dish. Other popular Filipino fare
includes pancit, a tasty mix of sautéed noodles, vegetables,
sausage and shrimp, and Lumpia, the Filipino version of egg