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Exotic? Monkey-eating eagles, pupa of honeybees, birds’ nests, freshwater beetles, sea urchins, lizards, iguanas, pythons, octopus, field rats… tastes like chicken!

The tabon bird of Palawan lays only two eggs, and one of them is sure to get egg-napped.

Freswater maliputo and tawilis — fish caught only in the Pansipit River and Taal Lake of Batangas.

Eel cooked in yellow ginger.

  • Kamatis Ligaw
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    Kamatis ligaw are wild tomatoes the size of berries which are occaionally found even in city markets. Small, red and sour, they are the coveted component of a sawsawan in partnership with fresh paho.

  • Tarambulo
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    Tarambulo are round hairy eggplants. Scientific name: Solanum ferox L. Also known as tabanburo or talong-buru. The Tagalog word for the regular “eggplant” happens to be talong. Tarambulo has also been referred to in English as Thai hairy-fruited eggplant. It is not that common a vegetable in the Philippines.

  • putok batok
    Putok Batok
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    Photo by Mayette Garcia of Chicharon Bulaklak & Crispy Pata

    The phrase “putok batok” (sometimes hyphenated as “putok-batok”) refers to meals that can cause the eater to have a heart attack or stroke due to its very unhealthy nature.

  • Java Rice & BBQ meal on banana leaf
    Java Rice
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    This “yellow” rice is often paired with barbecue pork or chicken (inihaw na baboy o manok).

    How to make java rice? The ingredients are steamed white rice, achuete, turmeric powder…

  • The Philippine Kitchen in the Early 20th Century
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    The bewildered natives and Spaniards lamented as Thomasites preached “everyday right living” through sanitation, nutrition and oil cloth tablecloths. Under the new public school system, elementary school girls studied home economics two to three hours a week. They learned that rice is served as a vegetable and must be boiled with salt and some cooking […]

  • Disilog
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    Dilisilog by Angie Pastor.

    SiLog is a popular Filipino breakfast combination of sinangag (fried rice) and itlog (egg).

    There is often a third component to complete a trifecta. In this case, it is dilis (anchovies).

  • Chinilaw
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    One of the highlighted dishes at Claude Tayag’s Downtown Cafe in the Pampanga province of the Philippines!

  • Nata de Coco by Dole for Japan
    Nata de Coco
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    Nata is the Spanish word for cream, but Nata de Coco is more like cubes of coconut-flavored gelatin. The gel is cultured from coconut water.