Filipino culinary arts is greatly influenced by European, Chinese, American, Arab and Asian cuisines. A fusion of recipes from former traders, immigrants and colonizers.
Before the Spaniards colonized the Philippines, the pinoy’s cuisine consisted of root crops, vegetables and seafood. Filipino food recipes then was almost always either boiled, roasted or broiled. Foreign trade brought in all kinds of spices and plants to the Philippines. And like the Filipino today, its cuisine is a mixture of many cuisines from different cultures – from east to west.
Filipinos have embraced as their own many foreign foods like the rice-meat dishes from the Spaniards, noodles from the Chinese, raw fish from the Japanese, fast-food from the Americans and even spaghetti from the Italians. All these now part of the Philippine cuisine.
There are however many Pinoy or Filipino recipes from each provinces of the Philippines. The Filipino’s penchant for cooking resulted into a unique Philippine culinary arts. The Ilocanos from the north is known for their Pakbet – a simple but nutritious vegetable dish. While the Bicolanos are famous for their Bicol Express a hot and spicy dish in coconut milk, the Bacolodnon in Bacolod for thier Chicken Inasal and the Ilongos in Iloilo or La Paz Batchoy. And to top it all, nothing beats the fame of the tasty pork and chicken adobo, a dish the Philippines is known for throughout the world.
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