There’s always more to things than meets the eyes. Sometimes, they meet the stomach as well.
In the Philippines, after seeing the beautiful breath-taking sights and spots, there’s no other best way to a deeper feel of the country and its culture than taking a taste of its one-of-a-kind dishes and exotic treats – all proudly “PINOY“!
For during a drinking spree, a favorite appetizer would be Adobong Pusa (Cat Adobo). It is cat meat sautéed with garlic, onion and laurel leaf and seasoned with soy sauce and vinegar. Not feeling the recipe much? Do not worry because there are a great variety of exotic Adobo recipes to choose from. These are the Rat Adobo, Dog Adobo, Snake, Frog, Bat and Monitor Lizard Adobo.
If Adobo doesn’t satisfy your craving, there are also fried recipes of them all. There’s also barbecue but not your typical barbecue. From the chicken’s head, Helmet, to all its other parts like the intestines sold as Isaw. Just take your pick.
Had enough alcohol and want to lessen the spirit? Soup No. 5 is the best next thing. It is a soup which main ingredients are bulls testicle and phallic. This soup is also believed to have aphrodisiac properties. It just might help you get in the proper mood of relaxation after a day of adventure.
Nonetheless, adventure is not exclusive for places and spots only. There is also adventure in food especially in exotic Pinoy food.
Think twice before thinking gross and impossible for exotic Filipino food such as,
Balut, which is a boiled two to three week old duck egg;
Tamilok (mangrove worm), which tastes like oyster;
Ant Caviar which is made of tree ant egg, tasty like shrimp with a crispy shell on the outside and a creamy filling on the inside;
Shrimps Jumping Salad which is a raw shrimp dish in which the shrimps are served and eaten alive.
Papaitan (from the local dialect word “pait” meaning “bitter”), made of goat or cow innards sautéed in garlic and onions and sometimes with ginger;
Ginataang Kuhol (Snail Dish in Coconut Milk) with a wide variety of snails fit for this cooking
Kilawing Aso (Raw Dog Meat Dish) or Kilawing Kambing (Raw Goat Meat Dish), vinegar “cooks” the raw meat spiced with chopped onions, pepper, salt and other spices.
Helmet (Grilled Chicken Head) is an all-time hot seller for street food
One Day Old (Deep Fried Chicklets) which is a deep friend newly hatched chick
Adidas (Grilled Chicken Feet), a popular and must-try street food. It is a declawed chicken feet, marinated and grilled.
Tokneneng (hard boiled chicken eggs) is a hard-boiled chicken egg that are separately dipped in orange-tinted batter and fried until golden brown.
There are a lot more to these foods than how they look. They taste as striking as they seem and they’ll leave you wanting for more. Don’t miss the adventure these recipes serve you or else you’ll be missing half of the Philippine adventure you sought for.
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