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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Typical Filipino Meal

Filipino cuisine is distinguished by its bold combination of sweet, sour and salty flavors, and in general most dishes are not heavily spiced. While other Asian cuisines may be known for a more subtle delivery and presentation, Filipino palates prefer a sudden influx of flavor. Filipino cuisine is often delivered in a single presentation, giving the participant a simultaneous visual feast, an aromatic bouquet, and a gustatory delight. Counterpoint is also a feature in Philippine cuisine. This normally comes in a pairing of something sweet with something salty, and result in surprisingly pleasing combinations. Examples include: champorado (a sweet cocoa rice gruel), being paired with tuyo (salted, sun-dried fish); dinuguan (a savory stew made of pig's blood and innards), paired with puto (sweet, steamed rice cakes); unripe fruits such as mangoes (which are only slightly sweet but very sour), are eaten dipped in salt; the use of cheese (which is salty) in sweetcakes (such as bibingka and puto), as well as an ice cream flavoring.
Snacking is normal, a Filipino may eat five 'meals' in a day. Dinner, while still the main meal, is smaller than other countries. Usually, either breakfast or lunch is the largest meal.

1 comment:

Retinna Bell said...

Yum! I have become increasingly familiar with Filipino culture, but missed a lot about the cuisine. Now I know a little more. Thanks...Now if only to find someone who can do a good job of cooking me some!!! :^)