A Food-Focused Journey to the Philippines is Magical

Filipino Flavors
Filipino cuisine surprised this writer, though she notes "uninteresting food" is around. Here's an itinerary that includes crispy fried catfish, a griddled flatbread with muscovado sugar, and tsokolate, made with native cacao...
..."But there's no good food there!" friends told me as I prepared for a food-focused trip to Manila more than two years ago.
In fact, as I was to discover, what the Philippines has is Southeast Asia's most misunderstood cuisine. While Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia are foodie destinations, the Philippines is often stereotyped as the home of balut (unhatched duck embryos, a popular snack) and fast-food chain Jollibee...

Full Story: Manila's Magical, Misunderstood Cuisine; By ROBYN ECKHARDT, on WSJ.com




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