Food in the Philippines

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I am going to be visiting the Philippines in about two months, and I have a question about the food.  I can tend to be a picky eater, and I am nervious about what I will be able to eat.  Can someone tell me what I will most likly be eating.  Also, if I do not care for the local food, is there a place I will be able to purchase American food?

 

Thanks

food

most people in the phils, and i mean most foreigners, do not care about what they eat. you could serve them cardboard and they would not notice.

food in the phils is very bad in general, having travelled to 75 + countries i would rate food the worst of any country i know. not only does it taste bad, it is also extremely unhealthy. life expectancy is very low in the phils.

the main food is pork and rice. most food is fried in transfat oils. vegetables are not used by most restaurants. the main dish is a piece of meat and rice. herbs and spices are unknown.  local filipino food stalls store meat and rice in silver cookpots all day and i bet sometimes many days, meaning that bacteria develop fast considering the heat. 

they have cheap fast-food copies like jollybees which do not serve a single healthy food item. in the usa, all fast foods serve salads and some have started to serve vegetarian food, not in the phils. also portion sizes are very small in the filipine fast foods, about half the normal size. everyone should avoid those fastfoods anyway, in order to stay healty.

you can find good restaurants only in large cities. those restaurants are very few and unlike in north america, there is no variety. decent restaurants are expensive, you will pay more than in an equivalent restaurant in the usa. in a good restaurant in a mall you will pay more than 15 bucks per person. in the us you can get similar food for 10 or 12. in the usa most chinese, thai and vietnamese restaurants serve tea for free. in the phils nothing is free..

finally be prepared that you have to be on guard all the time because they use tons of SUGAR in every and any food item. even most young people, 19, 20 years young, are loosing teeth. most older people have only a few teeth left.  in the phils they do not declare the sugar, they do not declare anything on any food and so you will have to ask every time you buy anything if there is sugar added or any other unhealthy ingredient. most of the time the clerks will not know or they will give you wrong information.

the only way to stay healthy is buying vegetables and fruits at the market and cook.

fred

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food

Hi I'm from the philippines.   May be in manila no free but in my province thier is a free coconuts.   My husband does not like the food when they use msg.  We go to the market buy vegetables and cook our own food and also fruits. 

Milyn

I guess the Philippines must

I guess the Philippines must have changed greatly in the last year since I've been away. I found the local food good, both that I bought at the markets and cooked at home, and that from the resturants and stalls. Jollybees was good for that kind of thing......I would say that you could eat anything offered........As for the Filipinos loseing their teeth,...My wife's mother has lost a couple, but she IS 80 years old! One of her brothers lost one in a fight a few years ago.....Otherwise all of her (our) family are well toothed!

OMG!

 okay, first of all.
im a filipino and actually proud.
the food in the philippines are amazing.
we make do with what we got.
canada has it easy. but i was happy when i lived in the philippines.
all of us are really close and i do get that other people
have their own opinions but this one was just plain rude!
im not trying to cause any trouble... just put on facts that need
to be put on there. not the fact the if we were fed cardboard, we wouldnt 
even notice. (YEA, we would).
my friend loves filipino food and shes from canada.
the philippines is an amazing country.

^^im just stating my opinion.
yours truly,
anonymous.

 THERE IS AMAZING FOOD IN THE

 THERE IS AMAZING FOOD IN THE PHILIPPINES. !! (: (:

you can eat what ever you

you can eat what ever you want from philippines,its depend on you..please dont tell that philippines is not good in terms of food....we have plenty of vegetables and fresh fruits...

Reply to Fred

I am a Filipino and am proud to be one.

I am absolutely offended by Fred's comments. I'm sure every Filipino would be if he/she ever got the chance to read his comments about Filipino food. Though I know that each person is entitled to his/her opinion, I believe that one must take in to consideration the feelings of those to whom his comments are directed at. Fastfood chains here in the Phils., for me, can't be referred to as "Filipino food". Before criticizing our choice of food and lifestyle, you should first research about the various kinds of food that we could and do offer, like adobo, sinigang and pinak-bet. They are healthy and yummy at the same time. And regarding those things that you wrote about us not being healthy, I'd like to inform you that there are more obese people in the U.S. than here in our country. And that's a known fact.

 

There are lots of amazing

There are lots of amazing Philippine food. There are lots of American food (which is not very many anyway) in the main cities of every province in the Philippines where you can find in supermarkets. Restaurants in cities nearby or in Manila are quite expensive if you are looking for lucrative foods just like in any other countries. Fast foods are the most famous for average Filipinos because they're fast and inexpensive. Jollibee is just like McDonalds taste and menu adjusted to local taste and market. You can get fresh vegetables for salads in supermarkets or wet markets in the very early morning. Get meats from the supermarkets or from trusted wet market vendors. Fishes are most likely fresh in the Philippines but must buy also early in the morning at the wet markets or get at supermarkets. You can check on local middle class community for good and inexpensive restaurants and food supply, they are the one who most likely know what's best in town. Street foods are served all over Manila streets but they are just snacks and should buy with those much customers. The best way to save money and stay healthy is to cook your own food, which most Filipino families do. Fast foods and street foods are just for comfort and they are not a daily diet. Filipino fast foods and street foods are just amazing tho, specially for the locals. Taste them if you want to have a taste of the culture.

  hey everyone, i am from

 

hey everyone, i am from philippines. i live here my whole life and id like to give a comment about freds. i think he knows a lot less about philippine food. there are fairly loads of amazing foods over here if u would only research, as simple as askin people. would help if u get to know philippines.

cookin for urself is great whereever u would be so, everything u would need is jsut in the supermarkets!!!

welcome aboard!!!

dd

 

As a foreigner I'd like to

As a foreigner I'd like to say that fred did get the message across, though I feel he could have been a tit bit more diplomatic in his response.

The food in the Philippines is diverse, however the bottom line is that if you want good food you have to part with a little more pesos than the average pinoy. Let me elaborate, carefully select the stores/markets you buy your chicken and other food from. A lot, not all, but a lot of Filipino dishes have quantities of ingridients that most foreigners fail to find palatable sugar and cooking oil being the main two.

GOOD Vegetables are hard to come buy in metro manila, however the more remote areas of the Philippines have fresh, scrumptious vegies that will leave you yearning for more.  The local beef doesn't taste as good as beef elsewhere so if you are a person who loves staeks your best be would be to buy imported meat(From Australia and other countries in the vicinity.

 

Bottom line - shop around

My 2 Cents

Much of what Fred wrote is true. However, extremely short sighted as it fails to tell the whole story.

I just returned two weeks ago from a six week business trip to Asia of which 4 weeks were spent on the island of Leyte, Philippines. It is funny that I even came across this thread as I actually found it by doing a search on healthy eating in the Philippines.
 
A little background for what I'm about to say. I'm 53 years old and certainly at a time in my life when I can look at food and gain weight. I'm not a dietitian or a health food nut but I try to eat right most of the time.  When home I work out at the gym 5 days a week, and on weekends try to engage in some sort of physical activity. This is the only way  I can keep from getting fat. I’m 5’11” and weigh 180lbs.
 
When I left on this trip I weighed 180lbs. The local foods were my only choice and I tried many dishes and kept eating the things I liked the most since I was not near the larger cities and I certainly did not starve myself. I did not work out for the entire time as I was busy and fairly active anyway. When I returned to the US my weight was still 180lbs. After being back for two weeks I’m 185 and back to having to limit what I eat, go to the gym to work on get the pounds back off.
 
If I were to make one statement and observation… I would rather eat the very fresh young hormone free pork and chicken combined with their exotic fruits and vegetables in the Philippines then all the fattening  foods served here in the US. The foods here are good, “and I’m not a DR” but being obese has to be much more life shorting than eating their foods.
 
With that said just use common sense. I don’t like their foods cooked in oil but I found so many other great choices, and regarding the meat… the pork and chicken cooked over charcoal is out of this world.  Forget about beef while you are there, it is a waste of money.
 
Beyond all of this, the Philippines are beautiful and you will not find another English speaking country whose people are genuinely so friendly and sweet. These people, as poor as they may be are educated and extremely family oriented. They take care of each other and I have the highest level of respect for the Filipino’s. Yes, it is true that their life expectancy is 5 years less than ours but maybe that has something to do with being poor and little access to healthcare. That’s right; most live their whole life without going to the doctor or dentist. Still most stay healthy enough to live out their lives poor and happy not needing a Doctor o keep them alive the last 20-30 years of their life. BTW, I saw a lot of beautiful pearl white teeth when I was there.
 
I recommend you do not try and judge the Philippines on the major cites because life in general there is so much different in the Provinces, and the people will treat you with great respect expecting absolutely nothing in return.
Good Luck, and enjoy your visit to the Philippines

T

I have had awesome pilipino

I have had awesome pilipino food, grew up with it.  Filipinos (it appears that you do not know how to spell it) cook with lots of veggies.  Perhaps you should think before you speak.

FOOD IN THE PHILIPPINES

  I HAVE BEEN TO THE PHILIPPINES TWICE AND FOUND THE FOODS THERE TO BE VERY GOOD .

I ATE IN THE BEST RESTRAUNTS IN THE CITIES , STREET STALLS AND IN THE HOMES OF SOME OF THE VERY POOR PEOPLE .

TO TELL THE TRUTH I FOUND THE BEST FOODS IN THE STREET STALLS AND POOR PEOPLES HOMES.

AND I ALSO FOUND SOME OF THE WORLDS BEST COOKS IN THE HOMES OF POOR PEOPLE THERE

AND THEY WHERE KIND ENOUGH TO TEACH ME HOW TO COOK SOME OF THERE DISHES . NOW MY WIFE AND I CAN INJOY THEM AT HOME .

I LOVED THE PEOPLE AND THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY , AND THE WONDERFUL FOODS SO MUCH THAT I WILL BE RETIREING THERE IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS

IF YOU LOOK AT IT FROM ANOTHER WAY THERE ARE LOTS OF AMERICAN FOODS THAT I DO NOT LIKE BUT THEN AGAIN THERE ARE ALOT THAT I DO LIKE .

SO PLEASE DO NOT BELITTLE  A WONDERFUL PEOPLE , A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, AND VERY GOOD FOOD WHEN YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT.

WHAT IT BOILS DOWN TO IS IF YOU DO NOT LIKE THE FOOD THEN DO NOT EAT IT

                                                                        THANK YOU

                                                                     LYNN COOPER

 

 

fred?

mr. fred, i just want u 2 inform u that u should b carefull to ur words..do you know how to educate ur self? well its ok, if thats ur comments with regards to our food her n the philippines. dont u know that every provences in the phil. has its own original recipe for their food menu? so, can u till me now that uv'e already tried those menu from dfernt prtovences in the phil.? can u give me also what kind of original fil. food uv'e already tasted? lets see how deep is ur knowledz  towards our food her in the phil.. reminders..dont search in the nternet!!!!ha!ha!ha!

f00d

i dont know where in philippines did fred went but i was in luzon in zambales and the food are great they have everything we can  get from u.s.a and it is very cheap  he said mostly pork and rice  filipinos main diet are fruits,vegetables fsh etc. If you like steak and burgers or hot dog the philippine food is not for u.I love it there  white beaches,very cheap cost of living ,ipaid my maids 50 dollars a month and enjoy the peoplespmem

FOOD IN THE PI

You will love the food, dont believe the crap about monkey meat.  All the food is great.  I do not eat Ballot however.  I tried once and the feathers made me throw up my good Rum.

You're not invited

Small portions because we are little people!  Funny because my western co workers begged me all the time to bring Filipino foods....or is it because they don't have budget for food lol...they all worked hard but no end result, meaning zero net worth and no food in their houses.  Go to a Filipino house in the US and they will feed you good food  for a week free...you can even spend the night there,,,, they will beg you to do it...... it is called hospitality  hehhehehh.. Do you ever wonder why you people are bitter and angry and we Filipinos are always smiling???

this message is written

this message is written without any knowledge how good filipino food is..considering that this country served delicious and mixed traditional foods from malay-chinesse-hispanic dishes..all countrys have JUNKfoods..even US hav this sort of junk in foodchain,you must know how to find a good one.(know eat this not that.book)..filipino foods are local dishes that savor local ingredients..we used herbs..and some of it are locally available so it means your not aware on it..dishes cook in coconut milk..spicy ingerdients..food cook in sarsa( saucy dishes) ..broth dishes..paul;try and meat..and bounty seafoods which philippines is well known..fruits and vegetables are also superb as most of it are cared organically...i know ur cautious on health issues but you must able to know your fact or have a research before stating it...so there it goes!

i beg your pardon. i just

i beg your pardon. i just want to say that not youve said a lot of bad things about philippine cuisine. im sorry to say this but i think your wrong. our food is not bad at all. i think that you dont have the right ctiticizing our food. aside from those fast food chains or expensive restaurants you found. there are alot more restaurants here that offers delicious and healthy food that only cost half of your american meals. i think you better apologize to the Filipinos you might haveoffended with your mouth or should i say fingers.. 

-naomi

Mr Fred

uhm mr fred. letme just remind you that alot of famous chefs there in us actually came from here. now tell me that we dont cook yummy foods!!!

HEY..:)

hi.. by the way.. i am also a proud FILIPINO.. i just want to comment on what you have wrote here.. anyway.. are you a filipino?? if not.. please respect of what filipino people do have. dont be rude of saying words against them..you are acting just like you are so illiterate. coz they are not saying anything against YOU. and if you are a filipino, dont worry,, filipino people are also NOT PROUD oF YOU..:)) take care and GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS..:)

weeeeeeeeee

wag craan ang pinas hahaha

Good for You!!!!!!

Well its about time and extremely refreshing to read someones opinion who is NOT politically correct!!! To me, you have stood up for not only your country, your way of life and yourself, CONGRATS!!!! Much RESPECT!!!! You do have to remember though, in this world, it takes all kinds, and sadly there are people who are not happy with anything and they feel its their duty to inform EVERYONE about their opinion, whether they offend anyone or not. I mean the cardboard comment, I mean come on, thats just absurd! What these people dont think about is just because they dont like anything, that doesnt mean everyone else is just like them!!!!! My suggestion, if you cant say anything nice, DONT say anything at all!!!!!!  You sound like a good and honest person, someone I personally would like befriend and communicate with, someone who in this day and age, still believes in HONOR!  If you would like to communicate, Email me at GrayJohn96@yahoo.com , looking forward to hearing from what I consider a new friend.

FOOD?

IF YOU DONT WANT THE FILIPINO FOOD STOP CRITICIZING! YOU ARE JUST BITTERED! DID SOMEBODY LET YOU EAT A BITTER GOURD? (ampalaya)... Talking of "herbs and spices are unknown"???? come to the province/s and we will give you the best herbs and spice that would even take your spirit to heaven or hell.... Arrogant A**! MAYABANG KA FRED!  Are you coming back here in the Philippines? I challenge you to live in Mindanao, specifically in Maguindanao, i am from there. We will let you live and eat there for free!

Bad food

What do you think of the beer in the Philippines?  I personaly prefer food in America but I have never lost any weight while visiting in the Philippines.  And I find the chicken, eggs, bannans, mangos and pinapples are much tastier there than in the U.S. 

Philippine Food

For your information my girlfriend is from philippines and she is part foreigner .THe food in the philippines doesnt taste bad maybe you just dont have taste buds you idiot what if i say your food taste the worst in the whole world your stupid and dont say that the food here taste bad.

Food taste & things

Wow----------ee.  Don't know what you girl friend (lucky her) being from Philippines and part foreigner has to do with food taste.  But then you figurred me out  when you say (maybe you just dont have taste buds you idiot what if i say your food taste the worst in the whole world your stupid and dont say that the food here taste bad).  If I were just a maliit smarter I would have seen frome you posting how truely knowlegable you are.  My appoligies.  As far as my food being the worst taste in the world.  I am very thankfull for that,  imagine how fat I would be if it had a good taste.

Fred, im afraid your wrong

Fred, im afraid your wrong about a lot of things about the Philippines. I don't know what happened in your trip here but i'm thinking it didn't go all that  well. You seem to have a very negative attitude toward the country. Sure it's not the best but i can tell you that there is a lot of good food around the Philippines and i can assure you they're a lot cheaper than in the states. And as for free tea, there's a lot of chinese restaurants serving that if you just ask. Too bad your experience wasn't that great. 

American food in Philippines

Depending on where you go,you may or may not be able to find actual American groceries.All major cities have imported groceries,but they also have Pizza Hut,Mcdonalds,and Starbucks. You can get great healthy food pretty much anywhere you go,fresh fish and fresh fruits are available anywhere in Philippines. The easiest way for a tourist to find great locally grown food at good prices is to find a foreigner who lives in the area you are visiting and ask his maid. (trust me,he has one) she lives there and knows where to get the best food at good prices. She will probably volunteer to do your shopping or at least go with you and keep you from wasting time or being overcharged, which happens to tourists (kanos) a lot..You can even hire a part time maid for yourself for 5-10 USD per week and it is easily worth many times that much in the time and money she will save you.She has been there her whole life and she knows where the deals are. You can find local Filipino food that is barely edible and you can find the best food you have ever tasted,just like in America,Europe, or anywhere else.

Fred didn't go to the Philippines for the food

I bet Fred is a sex tourist who visits every country he can trying to find young girls and will 'Eat' anything he sees. So when he stays in Olongapo or Angeles city and eats in and near the gutters with his drunken bar girls, he thinks he's eating the best these cities have to offer. If he had any class, and spent time looking for good restaraunts instead of hookers, he'd know that good food can be found there and is as healthy as any other place. The best meal Fred probably ever had was in a back alley of a Thai red light district.  Besides, if you don't like Adobo or Pansit, they have McDonald's, Pizza Hut and KFC. Go to the Philippines and enjoy.

i agree with fred

i agree with fred

Fred is NOT a sex tourist , he was gay but ate his partner

:)

HI HOLA TODOS ESTAN HACIENDO

HI HOLA TODOS ESTAN HACIENDO COMMENTARIOS, I LIKE THE FOODS IN PHILIPPINES TASTE GOOD ESPECIALLY RICE I CAME FROM SOUTH AMERICA PERU AND LIVING IN US I WANT 10 TIMES ALREADY IN PHILIPPINES AND I LIKE THE FOOD ITS CHEAP AND HEALTHY AND IT WAS HAD ALSO SPANISH RESTAURANTS THERE AND MEXICAN AND AMERICAN RESTAURANTS AND THEY GOT LUXURY RESTAURANTS IF YOU WANT PAY LITTLE BIT HIGH, THEY  MACDONALDS, KFC, PIZZA AND ETC............

IF YOU WANNA EAT HEALTHY VEGETABLES THEN BUY IN SUPER MARKET EVERYTHING IS THERE............ PLAN LIVE THERE WHEN I RETIRED........... PHILIPPINES IS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY , IF YOU KNOW HISTORY OF THE PHILIPPINES...............

;)

ha ..i agree any one would ****ing notice by the way .. and w.e

Ahm, Mr. Fred, whoever you

Ahm, Mr. Fred, whoever you are, I think you just don't know how to find healthy foods in the Philippines. You're a very unpractical tourist.

food

im a picky eater also. i was in pampanga. and they have plenty of really good restaurants. pizza hut, kfc, kenny rogers roasters, dominos pizza and lots more.

I beg to disagree...

There are a lot of food chains that are from the US that are available in the Philippines. You can find a lot of different food there. The local food is not bad at all. To say that you can eat cardboard is just plain ignorant! The US has more unhealthy and bland food. Why do you think there are a lot of obese people here than in the Philippines. Life expectancy??? Do your research before opening your mouth and giving your opinion cause clearly you know nothing about on the subject. I am half American Filipino and I just go to the Philippines every 5 years and I always miss the tasty great food compared to the bland food I get here. But to each his own so there are a ton of American food you can get the in the Philippines. Depending on where you are going in the Philippines. Manila would probably have more selections. Hotels will always offer continental/American food but all the big malls especially Rockwell and some other Makati malls have choices like CPK, Planet Hollywood, Johnny Rockets in Eastwood. Anyhow, you have to know your location when you get there so you can find the right places.

Fred's comment

Hi T,

thank you for your comment regarding FRed's rude statements on Filipino foods. . . everything you said is a bull's eye! lol! Choosing what you eat  is just a matter of common sense, okay? Filipinos should be admired that even though they suffer scarcities in life, still, they can manage to smile and care for each other. . . I am proud to be a filipino even though we are poor.

cardboard

I think the cardboard reference is due to the fact, that many foreigners visit the Philippines for one reason. And that reason, is not food.

I have to say up front that I

I have to say up front that I have never been to the philippines and  am still planning my first trip.  I work as a nurse  and  I work with ALOT of Philippine nurses and Nurse assistants.  They frequently bring in home cooking so I get to try alot of different home cooked meals.  The food I have experienced is almost always fried in heavy grease, very heavy and for sure not healthy.  I usually eat it to be polite not because I like it.  Alot of fatty meats, oily pastas, very few vegetables.  Alot of white rice fried in oil and mixed with other oily foods.  My best friend from the Philippines found out at age 38 that he is pre-diabetic.  The philippino doctor he sees told him the number one thing he can do for his health is to eat fewer traditional foods.  I think "good food" is a developed taste no matter what country it is from.  I was raised poor in the USA and ate alot of bad, unhealthy food that I LOVED at the time.  At this point in time you couldn't pay me to eat those same foods because I have developed other tastes. (i no longer eat much fried food, i dont save my oils/grease to reuse it/ i can't believe i ever used lard in my cooking, pig meat especialy fried makes me gag...)  When I see people(including myself) saying Philipine food is "bad" i just keep in mind it is all subjective and a matter of taste.  There are people that would not eat my food if you paid them...:)

Philippines food

Dear fred,

 

You all right about Philippines food but you don’t  you have to go more deep on the food fiasco on this country .The best country in the world for food are france and italie. Philippine don’t know how to cook anything jut survival food to make them full. They can understand what we talking about on food and cooking cause they have no test for food no education about food and no pleasure to eat unless id to make them full.

 

They will never learn anything cause of their ego and proud to be Filipino .

 

 This peoples are just doomed

 

 Cheers

 

 The chef

i agree

i agree !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

food in the philipines

basicly you eat very delicious food over there and the custom is you can eat with your fingers trust me im filipeano and the food over there is very good so i hope you enjoy your time in the philipines.

your mean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That was very rude of you to say that about fred!? I hope you apolagize to him when have the chance. fred im so very sorry people say such rude things like that. i can tell your such a nice guy by asking for peoples opinions on the food so im here to tell you to enjoy your time and enjoy all the delicious food!!!!!!!!<(^.^)>

you are so right

you are so right in fact your more apt to get fat and unhealthy in the fast food nations ie.. usa and canada than in the phillipines . plus filipinos live an average of 3 to 5 years longer than westerners. i think fred was raised perhaps on what he considers to be quality fast food. dont be lazy fred cook your own meals. everything you can do in the states or canada to stay healthy you can do easier in the phillipines ... me being a westerner myself and coming back from a 2 month stay in cebu i can honestly say i will miss the food til i get back too it very soon. ill just say one last thing no preservatives!!!!!

well, i understand perfectly

well, i understand perfectly why so many filipino get offended by fred's comment. But it's actually true. it's not the first time people complaining about philippines cuisine. It's quite bad. And if you say it's good, i bet you're a filipino, so your opinion is a little bit bias :)
As an asian country philippines cuisine is remarkable on its bad gastronomy. my friend told me that if you love to eat any food of philippines you could make bear grylls look like a sissy. why you're mad at fred? what he said is true, and it's real. i think your patriotic thing is clouding your logic. when someone criticize some aspecs of your country you people just defend it blindly. what's wrong with you people. have you ever try another country cuisine and compare it to yours? try thais, malays, indian, or japanese food and say it again that your food has the same gastronomic status as theirs.

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