I want to start this post with a few words about Filipino food in general. It's naff. Definitely a huge disappointment compared to all other Asian food we have had thus far (and will have in the future). As a result my descriptions of the following things may seem uncharacteristically brief, but I assure you this is because there really is little to say. A typical main dish will be some kind of low quality meat cooked in a nondescript soy-vinegar sauce, served with rice.
|Breakfast 1: Rice, egg, meat.|
|Breakfast 2: Rice, egg, meat, tomato, banana.|
|Breakfast 3: Toast, egg, meat.|
You get the idea.
|Caramelised sweet potato chips - disappointing.|
|Deep fried eggs in weird batter - a popular snack,|
but nothing spectacular.
|Take-away food is often served in plastic bags. |
Not a bad idea, until one gets a puncture!
|Crispy chicken in soy sauce, with rice.|
|Non-crispy chicken in soy sauce, with rice.|
|A chicken dish that left no impression |
on me, so I don't really remember it.
|Slightly different chicken. I know it all looks quite|
tasty but trust me, there was nothing special
going on anywhere near these plates.
|Chicken Adobo. The signature dish of the Philippines...|
it was always a safe choice but never that great.
"It was alright, but nothing to blog home about"
"That was pretty good actually"
|These two were quite nice. On the left is veggie curry,|
and on the right is some kind of huge fish steak.
|Fish and chips...Dave wanted a taste of home|
|Disgusting pork in vinegar with some weird pork|
scratchings...beware of Filipino chain restaurants.
|That said, Chow King does pretty decent Chinese|
food - this was a side of dumplings we got.
Nothing special, but overall the food was good.
|The KFC Double Down Burger:|
No bun, just bacon, cheese, tomato and mayo, sandwiched
between two pieces of fried chicken.
"It was incredible and well worth the days it has
probably shaved off my life span"
|MANGOES! The Philippines prides itself on having some of|
the best mangoes in the world and you know what?
I think they might be right!
|Mango Graham cake. An apparently typical Filipino|
dessert made from layers of crumbled Graham
biscuits (whatever they are), mango and cream,
which is frozen and served semi-defrosted.
Really quite delicious. I might try it at home.
|The ice cream man!|
|Yup - that's mango and purple yam ice cream|
in a burger bun...weird but not half bad.
|This time we decided to get our CHEESE|
ice cream in a cone. The ice cream itself
was pretty tasteless and it just had a
few little bits of processed cheese in it.
|Juice made from tiny calamansi limes.|
|Green mango shake. These deliciously tangy|
smoothies became our go-to fruit drink.
Oh and there is a calamansi on the rim, in case
you were wondering what they looked like.
|All I need are two zig-zags |
and I'd be Afro-Man!
|I asked the super cute 10-year-old girl behind the sweetshop |
counter what her fave sweets were. After discussing it with
her little sister, she recommended these tiny biscuit balls
in chocolate sauce. They even came with a tiny spoon!
|These were really tasty.|
|Tropical Skittles - not bad.|
|Mango flavoured popcorn! YUM!|
We actually bought this in Taiwan
but didn't eat it until the 'Ppines.