Food in Filipino

In the Philippines there are many mouth-watering dishes that one can choose to “ihaw” (grill), or “ilaga” (boil) when preparing them. Filipino (Tagalog), is the national language of Philippines and sometimes, English words are mixed in; referred to as Taglish.

There are mainly two seasons in the Philippines, the dry and the wet season. During the dry (tag-araw) season, fruits like mango, (mangga), pineapple, (pinya), coconut, watermelon (pakwan), avocado (abokado), melon and chico are available in abundance. During the wet (tag-ulan) season, there are grapes, apples (mansanas) and oranges (dalandan) along with local fruits like calamansi (kalamansi), and pomelo (suha). Calamansi is a sour fruit about the size of a lime but it is orange in color. Pomelo is also a fruit with a bitter taste and it has a green color. In the Philippines, bananas are grown throughout the year and some people even grow them in their backyards.

There are many colorful fruits in the Philippines from which fruit salads can be prepared. There is orange papaya (kahel na papaya), pulang (red) strawberries, which can be mixed with deliciously sweet yellow mango. Other food found in the Philippine include eggplant, (talong) and food cooked with coconut milk.

In the Philippines, ample time can be spent in the kitchen, cooking for the family. Breakfast is an important meal, and many members of the family prefer to eat at home, before setting out to work or school. The Filipino breakfast is generally fried rice (sinangag) or eggs fried (pritong itlog) with meat or fish. The meats prepared can include cured pork or marinated beef which are translated as “tosilog”, “bangsilog” or “tapsilog”, depending on which meat is used. Rice is the staple food in Philippines and it is generally eaten at lunchtime with some meat and a few vegetables. For dinner, one will find that fish and vegetables may be served.

Filipinos prepare a dish called adobo and it is very popular in the Philippines and some people prepare it with either chicken (manok) or other types of meat (karne). One way of preparing it is with “gisa” (sautee) minced onions and garlic in oil, with chicken added then it is spiked with soy sauce, a few bay leaves and pepper corns. To this, one can add sufficient water to let the chicken cook, till tender. Finally, salt and vinegar is added and it is left to be simmered again for a few minutes. For those who like beef (karne ng baka), there are many Filipino dishes which include beef.

In closing, one should know that the Philippines has a rich variety of foods. Each region specializes in particular dishes depending on the crop they produce. One will find food on the menu that include shrimp paste and /or fish sauce as one of the ingredients. Each region has its own flair and style of cooking. Fresh fruits and vegetables add to the array and fruits are often made into mouth watering beverages.