Due to the influences from foreign dishes quite observable as you move around the archipelago, Filipino cooking has evolved a lot in the past centuries.
However, since this tropical is lush with spices, many people prefer to prepare their meal with what's available from their farms, house gardens, or the local markets rather than buying imported products.
So, in the past many centuries the Filipino style of cooking has been evolved having a combination of Malay, Chinese, Arabian, Japanese, American, Latin and other Asian influences being adapted to native ingredients and locals' taste.
In particular, Filipino cooking can be identified with three general tastes: salty, sweet, and sour. A dish can have only one or the combination of the three flavors which actually brings or results a pleasing taste to the palate.
Now, what follows are some short descriptions of Philippines food traditional and popular in most regions of the country. They are my favorites too.
Here we go...
And, of course, there are thousands of dishes available owing to various ethnic or regional groups of people and food resources. The thousands of islands (7,000 plus) can provide different cuisines of various ingredients and tastes.
We can only show you some photos of native Philippines food and Filipino cooking. Below are just some of them. However, if you are so interested to see more you know where to look – Google, Yahoo! or Bing, right?
Here they are…
(Photo: yummy-cebu.com). It is one of the famous Filipino seafood and is readily available on the island.
It is the source of calcium and other nutrients especially for people living by the seashores.
All sorts of seafood are offered by most seafood restaurants...
It is usually a fresh fish (of any kind) dish mixed in with all sorts of ingredients including: tomatoes, scallion, onion, ginger, vinegar, and other spices available locally.
It's a bit different from the Japanese sushi or the Korean hwe because in this preparation style the fish meat is somehow being cooked by the ingredients and spices, thus removing any fishy smell...
(Photo: jeepneyguide.com). Yes, lechon is the most popular delicacy among Filipinos locally and abroad. Without this dish, a wedding, anniversaries, birthdays or any other event is not complete. It is a barbecued one whole piece of young pig! A lechon is perfectly prepared when the skin is crunchy enough to be eaten... yummy!
(Dodz). Chicken is also one of the most popular source of protein among Filipinos.
It can be prepared into various dishes and the number of dishes depends of the region or locals who prepare the menu.
It can be plainly barbecued or cooked as stew with coconut milk...
More Photos of Filipino Food
Yes, you can always find Philippines food through the internet. But if you are interested you can find more delicious pictures or photos at this link:
The following are some of the Filipino or Pinoy food restaurants located in Cebu area. These are just sample places where you can easily access but you can certainly find Cebu style of Philippines food anywhere you go on the island.
Golden Cowrie Native Restaurant
Golden Cowrie is a chain restaurant serving native Filipino dishes. In Cebu, it serves the following:
Address: Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City
Mactan Marina Mall, Lapu Lapu City
Robinsons Cybergate, Cebu City
SM City Cebu and Ayala Terraces, Cebu City
Phone: (6332) 233-4243
Robinsons Cybergate Cebu, Don Gil Garcia Street, Capitol Site, Cebu City, Cebu
032 236 5740
Boosog Lasang Pinoy
Boosog restaurant is a proud Cebuano authentic specialist of Philippines food. Some of its specialties include:
Dining area is an Al-fresco roof deck and outdoor or indoor. Boosog also provides a function room that seats 35-60 persons for any social events.
Now, contact them and book for your visit at…
Tel # +63.32.238-1600
Juan Luna Street, Mabolo Cebu City Cebu
And, more Filipino cooking if you want more choices…
Pino Filipino Cuisine
Phone: +63.32.232-0939 | +63.32.233-2311 (TF) | +63.32.231-3101 (TF)
Wilson Street, Lahug, Cebu City Cebu
Alejandro’s Filipino Resto
#6 Island Area, Century Plaza Commercial Complex, Juana Osmena St., Cebu City Cebu City Cebu
Phone: +63.32.340-0468 | +63.32.435-4737
Cebu Yacht Club, Mepz1 Pusok Lapu-Lapu City Cebu
Phone: +63.32.233-8602 | +63.32.233-8600
Garden Row 1 Bilirad Rd.Cebu Business Park Cebu City Cebu
Chicka-an Sa Cebu
Phone: +63.32.233-0350 | +63.32.412-2029 (SM)
Salinas Drive, Lahug Cebu City Cebu
Phone: +63.32.253-5563 | +63.32.253-5564
94 Juana Osme?a St., Capitol Site Cebu City Cebu
Phone: +63.32.417-1448 | +63.32.417-1449
The Terraces Ayala Center Cebu City Cebu
Phone: +63.32.415-8284 | +63.32.232-4159
2nd Floor Ayala Activity Center Cebu City Cebu
Phone: +63.32.233-2383, +63.32.233-2386, +63.32.232-5028, +63.32.231-2478
Gen. Maxilom Ave. Cebu City Cebu
Phone: +63.32.346-3668 | +63.32.346-8455 TF
A.S Fortuna Mandaue City Cebu
Phone: +63.32.232-0640 (TF)
3rd Level, NRA SM City Cebu
Yes, they are great native Cebuano (Filipino cooking). However, just in case you can’t easily find them and really dying to try Filipino dish, just look around and find the word “Karenderya” or “Carenderia”. That’s the place, the original ones!
Yes, that's the short description and background of Filipino food within its varied, mixed and intricate regional and cultural aspects.
Now, enjoy your meals!