Favorite Filipino Foods Back Home

As cliche as it may sound, truly there's no place like home. The feeling of coming back to your roots is just beyond words. This, likewise transcends to enjoying habitual foods we grew up with. Hence, whenever we are in the Philippines we always make sure that we get to taste the foods we usually missed. We hopped from one restaurant to another to indulge into scrumptious, like no other fare. The photo above shows a typical breakfast plate of Pinoys. It has some of the most popular, uniquely Filipino breakfast items. You wouldn't go wrong with fried daing na bangus (milk fish marinated in vinegar, onion, garlic and pepper), cured meat like pork tapa and fried dried seafoods such as danggit and pusit (squid) for a morning fix. All these go well with a fried rice. Complement it with the famous kapeng barako (Filipino Coffee) and you're all set to start your day right.         



So crispy on the outside yet, so soft in the inside.
Come lunch time, we're heading for the best fried chicken in town. There might be a lot of fried chickens now in the market, but I would always vouch for the goodness of Max's Fried Chicken. Considering its staying power in the Philippines food scene for many generations, this is without a doubt a heritage name in its own right. Easily, I could trade off a 4 Fingers Bonchon Chicken for a Max's Fried Chicken. It's crispiness and soft meat character is second to none. The best accompaniment to its finger licking good character is the local favorite banana ketchup sans the typical sourish aftertaste of the more widely popular tomato ketchup. Trust me, it tastes better with the former.

Then we ended our day with a delectable dinner at Zong's Restaurant. With its "Best Chinese Restaurant in Manila" award in its belt, I know that luscious signature savoury dishes await us and in as far as I can remember, the foods indeed still taste good.





Chicken with Salted Egg, our all time favorite. Describing it as good is an understatement.




Shrimps with Vegetables, note the sequence of ingredients in the name. It's true, it's shrimps overload.




Another all time favorite fried rice.

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