Finally onto the food – one of my tops reasons for traveling. Filipino cuisine is somewhat of a mixture between Chinese and Spanish foods so you can get a nice mix of tastes that incorporate everything from soy sauce to adobo (or actually vinegar). There is also great seafood cooked in a variety of ways as well (grilled, marinated in vinegar, fried.).
Snacking is also popular, in fact so popular that Merienda, or a late afternoon snack, is an expected part of the day and a great time to meet up with friends or family. So we had a lot of opportunities to eat our way through Manila. A. LOT.
Hmm, wonder where my holiday weight gain came from…
First up, my favorite snack – halo halo. Shaved ice, jackfruit, cereal, random colored jelly, ice cream, sometimes flan or corn. It’s crazy, colorful deliciousness, especially at Iceberg restaurant.
Chicharron (fried pork rinds eaten by dipping in vinegar) is a popular snack on the savory end. Tasty but I couldn’t bring any back because we’re trying to eat more healthily and fried pork fat doesn’t rate too highly on the food pyramid.
I also recommend a few restaurants:
O’sonho is a Portugese restaurant in the Eastwood Mall complex. They had excellent food incorporating the peri peri pepper. Million dollar peri peri chicken dreams for under $5 (or whatever other food “dreams” they served).
It’s a lovely city. There are however touches of commercialism though that contrast with the serene mountains. E.g. the country’s most famous fried chicken chain, Jollibee, proudly displays its sign as you wind your way up the mountains.