The various cultures that have influenced the Philippines have allowed visitors and tourist to enjoy eating unique but tasty food delicacies of the country. Tourists who visits the country oftentimes leaves the place gastronomically satisfied because the Philippines is one of the few places on Earth where individuals can try delectable and delicious exotic dishes that would surely satisfy one’s appetite. For most visitors, they consider Filipino dishes as something unique with different tastesby just eating one specific dish. For more than a century the colonization of the Philippine and the influx of various visitors from Asia, Europe, and the US have strongly influenced the kind of food that the Filipinos offer and serve their locals and visitors. Food delicacies in the Philippines are considered to be one of the highlights that the country offers their visitors and tourists today. Most foods served in the country oftentimes described as exotic because of its rarity and can only be found in the Philippines. Filipino food preparation is commonly a combination of American, Spanish, Chinese and other Asian country influences.
Slow cooked meats, spices, and other native ingredients like bananas and coconuts are what make Philippines traditional dishes from the country taste unique but good. Aside from the international influences, the Philippines also have cultural differences within its various regions and this also greatly influence the type of food that they prepare.
It was the Spanish explorers and settlers that first introduced food sautéing
to the native Filipinos. Prior to the Spanish arrival, Filipinos just boiled, grilled, roasted and steamed foods. The Spaniards taught the natives a new way to cook by the introduction of peppers and other spices, food condiments that are quite important to the Spanish people during that era. common ingredient that were initially introduced were spic
es like ginger, garlic, shallots, lemon grass, coconut, vinegar, soy/fish sauce and shrimp/fish paste. In the Northern part of the islands, simple vegetables such as eggplants, string beans, ladies fingers (Okra) and pumpkin are cooked in a very tasty and unique way and comes out as a dish called “Pinakbet”. This is a cooking feat that shows how Filipinos can make such tasty food from simple ingredients. Cooking in the Philippines in never rushed and one of the secret of good and tasty Filipino food is for the ingredients to be cooked in clay pots. These pots are used for slow cooking which ensures various meats to be tenderly cooked.
In the Urban Areas of the Philippines today, all kinds of food delicacies, local and international can easily be found around these busy cities. Regional food types and international cuisines are easily located in hotels, malls and downtown areas. Most of them are doing business side by side so visitors, tourists and locals can easily select the kind of food they would want to eat. Price is also not a problem because there are restaurant places that serve the best foods but are easy on the pocket. In the same way, five star restaurants are also readily available anywhere for those who would want to experience fine dining in the Philippines.