Things to eat in the Philippines

So, the Philippines are not my favorite food country. In fact, to be honest, it is one of my least favorite. Especially vegetarians will have a hard time finding something tasty to eat. But these things are worth a try

1. Pots

The traditional local food is easily recognized by a line of beaten up aluminium pots. For about 40-60 peso you get rice and a scoop from the content of the pot you desire. Which can be anything from chicken adobo, pork, fish soup or (if you’re lucky) squash curry.

2. Seafood

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I am not a fan of pork, which is hard to avoid in the Philippines, but I do love seafood. The seafood served in the Philippines is super fresh and there is an abundance of grilled tuna, shrimp, and other deliciousness.

3. Fastfood

I have never seen such a big variety of fast food, especially American chains, outside of the US. If all else fails, you’ll be able to find something edible here. Or try some ‘local’ fast food at Jollibee which serves everything from burgers to spaghetti.

4. Beer

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San Miguel, the national beer, is pretty good. It comes in Pilsen and flavoured light beer. Either is perfect to cool off after a long day at the beach. Their stronger brother Red Horse is tasty as well and guarantees you a fun night. Either way, there is something for everyone. And if beer is not your thing, the local rum is cheap and surprisingly palpable. It is so affordable that a rum coke is the same price as a beer (around 1 USD).

5. Pastries

If there one thing the Philippino know how to cook, it’s pastries! From cakes to buns, if you have a sweet tooth, you can fill it here. Make sure you try the donut-like cinnamon buns.


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