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What is your favorite Filipino food?

Discussion in 'Culture and Food' started by Kuya, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. JohnAsh
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    JohnAsh Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    I love Eccles cakes and dried mango. I was very dissappointed with halohalo. How about you, whats your opinion on halohalo?
  2. Anon04576
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    Anon04576 Well-Known Member

    I like the halo halo from Chow King other seem a bit inferior. I am very fussy when it comes to food but when I went to Pi I decided to put my adventurous head on, so tried everything offered to me ....everything except balut. So Adidas (chicken feet), isaw/tina-e, dinuguan where new experiences for me. Oh and betamax (Chicken head) :p
  3. Kuya
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    Kuya The Geeky One Staff Member

    :sick:

    Not seen that one... But if I do, I hope to film it!
  4. JohnAsh
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    JohnAsh Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    I forgot. When in the Philippines I enjoyed Tocino most days, with my breakfast. Tried it from the Asian store back here but not as good.
  5. Anon04576
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    Anon04576 Well-Known Member

    Sorry Kuya, I have now been informed by her who knows best that it was chicken neck for pulutan
  6. handai
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    handai Member Trusted Member

    Anything with TALONG, fresh charcoal grilled TILAPIA and Kamote tops! delishhhhhh. And some Longanisa now and again.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2013
  7. adamchryss
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    adamchryss Member Lifetime Member

    unfortunately you got that wrong HaloHalo... betamax is coagulated chicken blood not head.. that are cut into squares/rectangualar shapes, that's why they call them betamax :) i love betamax! now craving for it :(

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  8. Mystica
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    Mystica Active Member

    Goat Caldereta, Pork Sinigang, Tapa, Bachoy, Pochero, Papaitan, Sisig, Bulalo, Laing & Pinangat and many more! :vhappy:

    OMG! :eek: I am supposed to be on a diet! :erm: now craving for all of these foods! :oops:
    Delete! Erase! :( and stop thinking about food! :frust:
  9. Anon04576
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    Anon04576 Well-Known Member

    Pasalubong from asawa :) I've added this to my 'like' list of snacks

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  10. JohnAsh
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    JohnAsh Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    My wife love this kind of stuff. Quite a good range in our local Pinay and Oriental stores. In fact we have the same pack in our cupboard right now. Along with a pack of Nova multigrain snacks by Jack and Jill....
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  11. Anon04576
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    :) Same here on the J&J plus another 5 or 6 packets of various snacks. We have a Thai/Filipino store just a few miles away too. A Filipino cafe and/or restaurant has recently opened in town, not experienced myself but the wife has been there.
  12. JohnAsh
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    JohnAsh Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    Thats where you are lucky. I wish we had a Filipino Cafe / Restaurant here, for my wifes sake.
  13. Anon04576
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    Anon04576 Well-Known Member

    Niche in the market for your Wife maybe? :)
  14. JohnAsh
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    JohnAsh Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    Well, you might think so but maybe not for a few reasons:

    1] There is, apart from TT Week, a fixed population on the island of only about 60000 or 80000. 2000 of them are Filipinos.

    2] A local Filipina opened a restaurant here called "The New Manila Cafe" a couple of years ago. The sunday menu was 100% Filipino food on the menu. And with Thai food the rest of the time. Sadly, she found no takers for the Filipino food. So she has gone 100% Thai which sells well.

    3] Although my wife's mother cooks for a living including food for Filipino Congress fellows amongst others, my wife didnt inherit her culinary skills :D

    So its not something that we would seriously consider.
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  15. Anon04576
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    More tongue in cheek than anything John but yes I thought with a small population it may not be viable. I'm surprised at the figures you mention though. 2000 Filipinos in a population of 80k, quite surprised at that. Your wife's story sounds similar to my wife's in that her culinary skills are not a match for her mothers :D
  16. JohnAsh
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    JohnAsh Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    Yes, there are a lot of Filipinos here, in percentage terms. Many work in the care sector or in the hospital. And there is a strong percentage that work in Tescos, Marks and Sparks and the local supermarket Shoprite.

    Filipinos are one of the biggest immigration contingent on the island. I think the island likes them.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2014
  17. Anon04576
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    Anon04576 Well-Known Member

    Yep, when I pick the wife up from work (doing care work presently) it's like I'm back in Cebu :)
  18. JohnAsh
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    JohnAsh Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    I see.

    There is a big care sector here as many people come to retire here. There is no death duty here and it is quite quiet and peaceful for the retired.
  19. JohnAsh
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    JohnAsh Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    There is another factor with this. Many of the Filipinos here are Filipino couples and not Fil Brit couples so much. They tend to be earning at the lower end of the pay spectrum and don't seem to have enough money to spend on eating out. The clientel for the Manila Cafe are local Manx people and tourists. Quite a number of Filipinos here are quite frugal in their approach to food and food buying (as far as they can be at Manx prices).

    So for a Filipino cafe and restaurant to survive here it would have to appeal to Manx people and tourists and some of the Fil Brit couples that are about.
  20. KeithAngel
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    KeithAngel 2063 Lifetime Member

    My favourite is torta talang egg plant cooked flattened and fried in beaten egg yum,Im afraid Im not really keen on phillipino food generaly except where it has been cleverly made into fusion food usualy with an outside influence thai and Indian are my favourites

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