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Why is Philippine food not as popular as...?, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, etc. food
redhotchili
post Jul 6 2008, 05:54 AM
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I want this thread to be a point of discussion on why this is so. With millions of Filipinos worldwide, how come our cuisine lags behind other countries' in terms of familiarity? confused.gif

I also want to post this article I read earlier today:

Are We There Yet?

By Norma O. Chikiamco
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 07:08:00 07/06/2008

MANILA, Philippines - I feel disheartened every time I hear people extol the virtues of Asian cuisine. Most likely they'd be referring to Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian or Chinese food; just as likely there won't be any mention of Filipino food. As if it isn't hard enough being called the Sad Sack of Asia, they have to snub our cuisine too. Not to be dramatic about it, but that's like pouring vinaigrette on our already festering wounds. As with our government, we can't seem to get our act together when it comes to making our food acceptable to others.

Is Filipino food meant to be loved by no one else but us?

Maybe it's because our food is indistinguishable. Being an aggregation of Spanish, Chinese, Malay, and American influences, it's neither East nor West, neither here nor there. Ours is probably the only country in Asia where American hamburger is seasoned with Chinese soy sauce, “Italian” spaghetti is cooked with hot dogs, and Chinese dishes are called by Spanish names (as in camaron rebosado, morisqueta tostada). And where else but in the Philippines can one find a dish called Arroz a la Cubana which doesn't exist at all in Cuba? All these alongside our own homegrown favorites such as dinuguan, sinigang, pakbet and tinola. Being accustomed to all these, we probably take them for granted. But a foreigner trying our cuisine for the first time would probably be scratching his head, wondering what culinary circus he has stumbled into.

And yet, this shouldn't really come as a surprise. Ours being a hybrid culture, it's but natural that our cuisine should be a mishmash too - part East, part West, and everything in between. Some of our dishes were learned from our colonizers, others from our ancestors and a few we invented ourselves, never mind that the country after which we named our invention may be totally unaware of the honor.

That is why it's so gratifying when, once in a rare while, we get a bit of unsolicited publicity. I almost jumped with pride and joy when I saw Martha Stewart featuring Filipino cuisine in her highly-rated TV shows. With Martha by his side, Filipino chef Romy Dorotan demonstrated how to cook lumpia and adobo. The doyen of domesticity even had some favorable words to say about our cuisine and pronounced Romy's cooking delicious.

Likewise, in an issue of Gourmet Magazine a few years ago, halo-halo was included among the featured Asian ices. And in the reality show “Fear Factor” (and later, in “The Amazing Race Asia”), one of the challenges contestants had to hurdle was eating balut, the dark, forbidding unhatched duck embryo that's a unique Filipino delicacy. As expected, it had some contestants gagging, and while this might have given Filipino cuisine some notoriety, it at least brought our much overlooked cuisine its 15 minutes of fame.

Maybe we should take our cue from the Americans. A few decades ago, American cuisine was being derided as consisting of nothing more than hamburgers and hot dogs. Even Julia Child herself once acknowledged that post-war American food was all about tuna casseroles and TV dinners. And yet look where it is now. In the '70s, Alice Waters and company launched a culinary movement advocating the use of fresh and seasonal ingredients - which California was more than ready to supply. Tex-Mex cuisine has come into its own as a major player in the culinary field, and American chef Thomas Keller has been hailed as one of this century's greatest living chefs. Today with even European chefs opening restaurants in major U.S. cities, American cuisine is certainly nothing to sneer at.

One factor that helped bring this about was the opening of more culinary schools in America. Suddenly cooking was no longer just a past time or an avocation. It has become a prestigious career, as respectable as going to law school or taking up medicine. In addition, with the food channel airing cooking shows round the clock, chefs have become superstars in their own right, not unlike the supermodels who've become the staple of tabloids.

With more and more young Filipinos now going into culinary arts, is our cuisine then next to be launched into international stardom? Is a renaissance of Filipino food soon in the offing?

I wish the answer could be “yes,” but I think it's more of “not yet.” True, there has been so much renewed interest in dining out, and options for the dinner crowd have expanded tremendously. And yet, what I see is young chefs opening Greek restaurants and French bistros, working in international ocean liners and developing recipes for American food imports. Few are those who have ventured into Filipino cuisine, or who've championed the cause of Pinoy food. Maybe it's because other endeavors are more lucrative. Maybe chefs feel (with reason, I believe) that their countrymen wouldn't pay restaurant prices for dishes they can cook at home. Maybe it's just a reflection of the diversity of our culture that our chefs can adapt so easily to foreign cooking.

Which brings us back to where we started: Filipino cuisine as the outsider looking in, the uninvited guest to the feast. Will we ever find ourselves the belle of the ball?

Recently someone said something about Filipino food being the best kept secret of Asia. And there perhaps we've found our squeeze, our rightful position in the global community. Filipino food as the ultimate culinary secret, a hidden treasure whose bewildering ways are understandable only to a chosen few. Never mind being snubbed and being obscure. While others are unaware of this last frontier, it's ours to savor and ours to enjoy. After all where else can one find pitisu, a derivative of the French petite choux, side by side with pancit Canton (which isn't really from Canton) or lumpiang Shanghai (which isn't really from Shanghai either).

It's circus cuisine all right, and we don't have to force others to buy tickets to the show. If it's Asia's best kept secret, let's just keep it that way. Let's conspire not to tell the rest of the world about it.

http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/sim/si...re-We-There-Yet


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post Jul 6 2008, 06:16 AM
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wasn't this discussed before?

anyway, ilikeredhotchillis..
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post Jul 7 2008, 06:19 AM
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Omg, you should! Redhotchilis are the bomb! icon_wink.gif biggthumpup.gif beerchug.gif
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post Jul 7 2008, 06:39 AM
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I can't simply like bagoong and balot both are yucky.................
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post Jul 7 2008, 06:43 AM
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I've read some travel blogs who say filipino food is bland compared to the thai food
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post Jul 7 2008, 07:11 AM
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QUOTE(Suzuka00 @ Jul 7 2008, 06:39 AM) [snapback]3796910[/snapback]
I can't simply like bagoong and balot both are yucky.................

hey bagoong is good with manggang hilaw and kare-kare munch.gif
and bagoong is not bland..
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post Jul 9 2008, 06:42 AM
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QUOTE(felltohell @ Jul 7 2008, 07:11 AM) [snapback]3796953[/snapback]
hey bagoong is good with manggang hilaw and kare-kare munch.gif
and bagoong is not bland..

kare kare makes me sick.....
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post Aug 22 2008, 12:05 PM
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Filipino food is not promoted well compared to other Asian cuisine.

Take the United States for example.

Filipino-Americans are one of the largest Asian-American groups but there's not a lot of Filipino restaurants.

I see more Thai and Vietnamese restaurants.

Maybe other Asians just have more desire to open up restaurants.
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post Aug 22 2008, 01:35 PM
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QUOTE(felltohell @ Jul 7 2008, 08:11 AM) [snapback]3796953[/snapback]
hey bagoong is good with manggang hilaw and kare-kare munch.gif
and bagoong is not bland..

yes that is awesome beerchug.gif
bagoong is like the filipino ajinomoto embarassedlaugh.gif
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post Aug 22 2008, 02:21 PM
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I have two neighbors that do spaghetti with hot dogs made of chicken.

How about plantain. Is Plantain consumed much in the Philippines. Its popular here. Which type of Plantain do they use in the Philippines. Checking it seems you seem to use Saba Banana (plantain) which could be what they call here "Chamaluco". Here the regular Plantain and not Chamaluco really consumed.

Saba Banana (could be the Chamaluco): **

Regular Plantain: **

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post Aug 22 2008, 02:37 PM
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QUOTE(islander @ Aug 22 2008, 03:21 PM) [snapback]3886559[/snapback]
I have two neighbors that do spaghetti with hot dogs made of chicken.

How about plantain. Is Plantain consumed much in the Philippines. Its popular here. Which type of Plantain do they use in the Philippines. Checking it seems you seem to use Saba Banana (plantain) which could be what they call here "Chamaluco". Here the regular Plantain and not Chamaluco really consumed.

Saba Banana (could be the Chamaluco): **

Regular Plantain: **

Hotdogs is like the cheap alternative to meatballs embarassedlaugh.gif Every Filipinos got so used to it they even prefer it compared to the real meatballs.

As for the plantain, Im not sure. Where do you live btw>?
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post Aug 22 2008, 04:36 PM
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Filipinos eat lots of inards and stuff like that, the only way to popularize it in the USA is to "Americanize it" maybe make a Filipino / Hawaiian style restaurant, something caucasions will be familiar with.
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post Aug 22 2008, 06:26 PM
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fu-k no!

i like my kare-kare the way it is...
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post Aug 22 2008, 06:48 PM
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wth is wrong with some people here. "EW BALUT IS SO GROSS!" wth, why don't you sit down and actually try the liqud inside with some salt, then eat the yolk, you don't really have to eat the little formed duck. i mean you talk about filipino pride but you're throwing down your own culture
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post Aug 22 2008, 09:34 PM
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QUOTE(SoJealous @ Aug 22 2008, 07:48 PM) [snapback]3886865[/snapback]
wth is wrong with some people here. "EW BALUT IS SO GROSS!" wth, why don't you sit down and actually try the liqud inside with some salt, then eat the yolk, you don't really have to eat the little formed duck. i mean you talk about filipino pride but you're throwing down your own culture

seriously, its like they're (oh its kadiri oh my) embarassedlaugh.gif pansies! well ok, I can eat everything except the chick fetus.
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if you can eat out some pek-peks, u can eat a balut. tongue.gif munch.gif lol
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post Aug 26 2008, 07:04 PM
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this thread seems about selling..!

why shouldn't everyone eat their own stuff?

the chinese are selling huge amounts of food also here in europe, a little restaurant at every other urban corner, but eventually it has little to do with what chinese people eat in their homeland, and that ends not with cats and dogs or bird nests.
these special asian dishes that are said to be imprtant to the health, are not popular and often not legal (by our local version of 'FDA).
no snakes, no insects, no fresh living hearts of reptiles.

in terms of genuine food culture I see little disadvantage for the filipino cuisine because white people (in mass) don't eat any of that special stuff, be it thai or filipino or japanese. it may be cool with the upper 10000 to have the exotic food of the day though..
sushi is the only pure asian stuff that has gained some popularity.
"beijing duck" is westernized enough, duck is quite a usual food here, and the culture is in the way the chinese serve it to us, and some special spices are very welcome.
the chinese way of making rice is part of their huge success.

I think it is just a matter of good selection and good business plans.
then filipinos could have a restaurant at every corner where there is not already a chinese one ! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
but it really took decades and tremendous dedicated work for the chinese, to create their standing.



selling is not about the reality of the product, but about the reality of money, and the "image" of the product.
it was mentioned above, very true. if an entrepreneur invents something and then calls it "filipino" just to sell, he might become billionaire..
personally I appreciate the intention to be genuine and deliver something "true" but as you see, it is much more difficult.

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I find most of the Filipino food boring and greasy.
I've had enough of it at home, surely I will not want to eat Filipino cuisines when I dine out.

If not all, most Filipinos alike whether living back "home" or else we're always b!tch, moan, & wait until someone will do something 'bout it. laugh.gif


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post Sep 8 2008, 02:04 AM
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QUOTE(lucky_me_noodle @ Sep 5 2008, 12:46 AM) [snapback]3909520[/snapback]
I find most of the Filipino food boring and greasy.
I've had enough of it at home, surely I will not want to eat Filipino cuisines when I dine out.

If not all, most Filipinos alike whether living back "home" or else we're always b!tch, moan, & wait until someone will do something 'bout it. laugh.gif

I agree with this.
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post Sep 8 2008, 02:31 AM
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Pinakbet is not greasy and it's very healthy.





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinakbet

Sinigang na Bangus is also not greasy and contains lots of Omega 3 for the heart.



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