Hi! It's nice to see all your messages here talking about Filipino food. Those of you who have tasted Filipino dishes, all of your ccomments are true. Most non-Filipino would be difficult to like eating Balut. It's a delicacy usually found being sold by street vendors and it is quite popular as a snack. It's a hard boiled duck egg with fetus inside, typically between 17 - 20 days in gestation. It is said to be an aprodisiac for men. But most Filipino women cannot take it too, especially when you see a head of a chick there and with beak! ahhhhh! So much for Balut thing.
Except for most traditional exotic food like Balut, most Filipino dishes that are popular were derived from or rather influenced by foreign dishes particularly Spanish and Chinese. As mentioned already, the Lumpia (Filipino version of spring rolls) and Pansit were influenced by Chinese dish but only we made them better to suit our taste
. And of course, we have one of the best tasting barbecue! We barbecue almost anything... from the usual pork and chicken, we also grill fishes and other seafood. Aside from the popular Adobo, You should try Beef Caldereta, Bistek, Beef Morcon, Chicken Curry, and of course the most popular dish in every feast is the Lechon, a roasted pig! Yes pig, not just pork, but the whole body of pig, marinated and stuffed it with special spices then roasted it in a very special way until the skin becomes crispy and its meat gets tender. Here's is the photo link below. Sorry I dont know how to embed photos here as html is off.
By the way, sorry for this long post. It's my first post here actually. Just stumbled on this forum while i was googling for filipino food review. I was surprised seeing a thread talking about Filipino food by all-non-filipino members.
To the TS, i hope that the filipino restaurant that will open near your place will be a good one. Because some of them are not.