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Filipino Food, A question...

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Nomad39, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. Nomad39

    Nomad39 Member

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    What are people perception of Filipino food? Why hasn't it caught on the way other Asian cuisines has in the US?

    Andrew Zimmern has mentioned that he believes Filipino cuisine is the next big thing for the US food scene. Having grown up eating Filipino dishes and believing that it does have a lot to offer I don't see this happening.

    As much as I love my culture's food it's not the most sophisticated cuisine. I liken it to soul food of the south. It's comfort food. I noticed many restaurants trying to "elevate" it by trying to make it fancy food. I think this is the wrong approach. It's not meant to be eaten this way. To truly elevate a filipino dish, all that's truly needed would be to use the best ingredients possible.
     


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    Well, he might be right but there's another reason why he really could be wrong. It has always been available in LA and people who eat ethnic food might get into it, but the tides of middle of the road to entry level dining are changing again, away from comfort food to stuff that isn't as heavy. I really could be wrong but I'm guessing that the increase in Mediterranean and korean might overshadow fatty comfort food which had the spotlight for a while.
     


  3. Nomad39

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    I agree that Korean is up right now but even Roy Choi admits that Filipino food hasn't taken off because it hasn't been interpreted yet for the western palate.
     


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    No it hasn't, but it might not take off immediately even if it does. Korean food is bold in flavor but a lot of it comes from spice and acid. Filipino food is a lot of pork and fried stuff, which white people have already been exposed to ad nauseum with the whole gastropub thing that is thank god finally dying down.
     


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    I agree. Different type of spices and seasoning is not readily used.

    Dishes are pretty much limited to soy sauce, viegar, salt, garlic, and peppar with the occasional bay leaf or coconut milk.

    The flavors are often one note and lack depth of flavor compared to great cuisines such as Indian, Thai, Chinese.
     


  6. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    What is Filipino cuisine exactly and how is it differentiated enough to warrant attention? Seems to me that outside of fertilized eggs it's pretty much stolen from everyone from the Chinese to the Portagees.
     


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    Oh.. You mean like Mericun.
     


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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Bingo.
     


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    surprisingly the two countries that influence it the most is mexico and malay region.
     


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  11. Nomad39

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    yep im familiar with those restaurants and agree they do a good job reinterpreting filipino cuisine to the american palate.

    heres the mexican connection. theres alot of dishes that mexicans have that are similar to filipino dishes.

    I went to a mexican supermarket one time and was surprised to see and try an exact copy of nilaga.

    http://passionatefoodie.blogspot.com/2012/07/zocalo-celebrating-manila-to-acapulco.html

    http://www.examiner.com/article/the...rican-connection-the-wonders-of-miscegenation

    http://wisemonkeys.ca/2011/05/filipino-tamales-a-mexican-connection/

    http://www.pilipino-express.com/his...25-mexico-is-not-just-a-town-in-pampanga.html
     




  12. acidboy

    acidboy Stylish Dinosaur

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    the manila-acapulco galleon trade route from the mid 1500s to the early 1800s was kind of a big deal back then
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Well, the term "Mexi-Asian" did not invent itself.
     


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    acidboy Stylish Dinosaur

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    have todisagree: the most influential cuisine would be spanish and chinese.
     


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