9 Unique Filipino Delicacies to Check Out
What makes you travel to another country? Is it the beaches, season, history, or food? Well, if we want to promote tourism in the Philippines, we should endorse our unique delicacies as much as we endorse the beaches, isn’t it? We offer so many food visitors can only find here in our home country and nowhere else. After all, Filipinos are known around the world to have such good and unique taste and food is no exception.
Personally, you might as well learn the different Filipino delicacies, so you have something to look forward to when you travel domestically. It adds to the excitement and makes you more fun, ‘cultured’ and ‘legit.’ Your family and friends would love you more and be happier for having you around for introducing them the delicacies.
Here are 9 delicacies that give Filipinos more reasons to be proud:
Just mentioning this in a random conversation is enough to make people crave for it. Every magkakaninhas majablanca among the delicacies they offer. You may buy this in square slices, topped with cheese, or with latik. Maja Blanca is made by mixing corn starch, coconut milk, sugar, and sweet corn kernels. Ask for ‘special’ majablancas and you’ll have them melt in your mouth for the creaminess.
Can you think of any other kakainin more vibrant and colorful than sapin-sapin? If you’re a fan of coconut milk and glutinous rice, then this delicacy is for you. Sapin-sapin features three layers of flavors: plain (middle), jackfruit (bottom), and ube (top). These three flavors blend well.
You can say this is the most popular delicacy in the country. It’s always a delight when someone brings home suman from a trip! Like the other delicacy, it is made by mixing sugar coconut milk and glutinous rice. The banana or buri lead wrapping adds even more flavor. You may eat this as it is or pair it with mangoes like in the restaurants.
You can find this everywhere, but it is more common around the churches during ‘Simbang Gabi’ or Christmas season. Best to eat this with margarine, cheese on top, and butter. What gives this delicacy a special kick is salted egg.Bibingka is made of coconut milk, rice flour, baking powder, softened butter, sugar, and milk.
Like other delicacies such as Sapin-sapin and Kakanin, Biko is sold in bilaos are sold in almost every market in the country. Are you familiar with latik? It is the special sauce for Biko made that’s sweet and crunchy, and made of caramelized sugar and milk. Try it with tea!
Any Filipino delicacy list wouldn’t be complete without everyone’s favoritePuto. This round kakanin-like cupcake is made of coconut milk mixed with rice flour, and sugar. If that’s not enough to make your mouth water, imagine them being steamed to perfection and topped with slices cheese. The best places to get Puto are Marikina and Calasiao.
For sure, that place where you bought Puto also sells Kutsinta. This is probably among the simplest delicacy in the country, as it is easy to find at malls or markets. Another kakanin cupcake made by mixing lye water, sugar, annatto powder, and flour. Served with grated coconut.
By now you’re probably noticing Filipinos love naming delicacies with repeated words, right? Sounds cute that way! This next featured kakanin is made of grated cassava, sugar and comes in yellow color and coated with grated coconut. Pichi-pichi is worth every penny and kind of addicting as it is light in the stomach.
Last, but not least is Cassava Cake. This is the best choice of delicacy if you’re a fan of tapioca. Takes the effort to make one, though. Imagine yourself peeling the cassava tubers and grating them one by one. Afterward, you would have to combine it with other ingredients including milk, sugar, and eggs. Definitely a winner.
For sure, reading this made you more excited to travel domestically. You didn’t think the country offers such excellent delicacies, right? And they’re ours – they keep the Philippine history and culture alive. Now, it’s your responsibility to patronize and endorse them to the rest of the world. Life is too short for anyone to miss tasting these world-class Filipino foods.