Exactly 17 days from now I’m going back to Philippines. Yay!
Nah. Scratch that. I’m VERY EXCITED!
On the 28th of December, I’m finally going back to Philippines for my winter holiday. I am so excited I’m gonna make a list of food I wanted to eat when I go back. My contract already ended today (but I was renewed yay!) and I haven’t used any of my paid holidays yet, I am that workaholic lol, If they didn’t convinced/pushed me to use my summer holiday last September (that was 3 days) I wouldn’t use it. And I used them not for sightseeing nor vacation, I used it when I attended a school related seminar in Tokyo (nemen masipag).
I am so ready for these:
- JOLLIBEE (jolly spaghetti, chickenjoy, lumpiang shanghai, sundae) – I would never ever trade my jolly spaghetti for anything, I know it’s weird but this spaghetti is sweet, it’s Filipino way of cooking spaghetti. They said they made it sweet because kids love sweet food and kids will bring the parents to Jollibee and that is a good business lol.
- MANG INASAL (Chicken Inasal, Liempo Inasal and Mais Con Yelo) – this is a reward food for me when I was working in the PH, after we worked so hard or just simply hungry, going to Mang Inasal and indulge ourselves with their unli-rice menu. I’ve heard they do not have unli rice anymore but I would still definitely go there and eat.
- Sisig – every region in Ph has their own version of sisig, my favorites are Ilocos version which is not crispy but sweet, they use pig’s brain instead of mayonnaise but that’s what makes it unique and Bikol’s sisig, this sisig is crispy and spicy, they use liver spread and mayonnaise, I love the combination.
- Lechon Baboy/Lechon Kawali na may Mang Tomas – I would definitely eat every fried food with Mang Tomas, Jufran Sweet Sauce and PAPA Banana Ketchup (yes, banana).
- Chooks To Go: this is no ordinary roasted chicken, this is the best!
- Vigan Empanada/Okoy – or meat pie, but Vigan empanada is my favorite.
- Tocinosilog, Porksilog, Longsilog – tocino with sinangag (fried rice) and itlog (egg), Pork (breaded) with egg and freid rice, Long for longganisa.
- Pancit Canton – yakisoba!
- Tinapa and Tuyo – dried fish
- Bagoong – since I moved to Bikol, I learned that you can eat Bagoong alamang with rice.
- Manggang Hilaw na may Alamang/Bagoong – unripe mango dipped with bagoong (since I am half-ilocano I love bagguong) it is a condiment made of either fermented fish or krill with salt.
- Bulalo – a stew made primarily from beef shank and bone marrow, I love putting fish sauce with chili on it.
- Sinigang – it is a pork soured with tamarind or sometimes they used kamias or tree cucumber.
- Lugaw at Goto – Goto is the Filipino version of Congee while Lugaw is just simply Arroz Caldo or rice porridge.
- Ilocos Bagnet – a deep fried crispy pork belly dish that is similar to lechon kawali, I love to dip it in bagguong (mouth watery).
- Kare-Kare – a traditional Filipino stew complimented with a thick savory peanut sauce, it would be perfect to eat with alamang.
- Street Food:
- kwek-kwek – boiled quailed eggs coated with an orange batter and deep-fried until the batter is crispy
- dugo – grilled pig’s blood
- isaw – chicken’s intestine
- adidas – chicken feet barbeque
- balunbalunan – chicken’s gizzard
- Balut – a developing duck embryo that’s boiled and eaten in its shelf, you just have to close your eyes when eating this
- Puto at Dinuguan – pork offal (typically lungs, kidneys, intestines, ears, heart, and snout) stewed with blood.
- Halo- Halo – shaved iced with mixed fruits and stuff
- Tinola – a Filipino main dish best complimented with green papaya wedges or sayote and chili pepper leaves
- Bikol Express – pork slices cooked in coconut milk, shrimp past and lots of chili pepper 😀
- Laing – dried taro leaves cook with coconut milk, they put tuyo or tinapa dpending on the province.
I know my list isn’t enough and I still have lots of food in mind but these are a MUST to remind me on my 2 weeks holiday.
If there’s something you wanna add, tell me, baka nakalimutan ko then I would regret not eating it. I also wanna make a list of food I should bring (I CAN) when I go back like sinigang mix or magic sarap (haha). But for now I am too excited just seeing this list. Whoooo. PHILIPPINES!
P.S The photo is not a Filipino food, charot lang yan 😀