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Travel to the Philippines and Enjoy Mouth-Watering Exotic Filipino Food

In most people’s bucket list you will find the desire to eat exotic food. At the same time you will also find the desire to travel to a tropical paradise. You can fulfill both if you decide to travel to Philippines and eat exotic Filipino foods. This well-renowned archipelago is composed of roughly 7,100 islands but for easier travel plans you can divide the country into three major islands: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Luzon is in the northern part of the archipelago while Visayas and Mindanao are located in the middle and southern part of the country, respectively. In these three major destinations within the Philippines you can find an assortment of one-of-a-kind food that will tickle your taste buds.

When talking about exotic dishes we are not referring to the difficult to swallow exotic snacks found in Cambodia or Vietnam where hawkers persuade you to sample fried spiders, deep-fried moths, and stir fried cockroach-like looking insects. In the Philippines exotic means not your typical fare, however, if you learn how to eat them you may ask for more.

papaitanIn Luzon you can sample “Papaitan” this is a dish made from goat innards cooked with a lot of ginger. The secret ingredient however is the goat’s very own stomach acid. Do not worry this is clean and you know when you come and visit this wonderful country. You will also love dishes cook in coconut milk. The best examples are mud fish and sting ray cooked in the delectable milk-like essence of the coconut meat.

In Visayas try the dried squid. These are small sea creatures not the big-sized squid found in North American shores. Fisherman dry the squid under the sun and then you can eat it fried or you can grill it over hot charcoals. In Cebu, the oldest city in the Philippines you can sample a different take on how to prepare and present rice. The staple food of the Filipinos is rice but in this case the grains are placed inside a small basket like weave made of palm fronds the size of your fist. They cook the rice while inside the tight embrace of this container and the essence of the cooked rice mixes with the palm fronds creating a distinct aroma and taste.

If you live in a landlocked territory like Alabama or Minnesota your fish monger probably has a supplier that replenishes its stock using fish from nearby lakes or rivers. Now, if you want adventure come to Mindanao and taste its Blue Marlin. This fish is so tasty because of the high fat content. But it is the good kind, the omega-3 kind which your doctor will tell you is good for your heart. Come, travel to the Philippines and enjoy your fill of exotic Filipino foods.

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