In our researching about the Philippines, I came across this wonderful site, Food in Every Country, which is a wonderful resource for learning the cultural habits of other countries and where I got most of the information for this post.
Comparing the Philippines to the United States in terms of how large it is, the area is slightly larger than the state of Arizona.Ninety percent of Filipinos are Roman Catholic so christian holidays are the most widely celebrated holidays in the Philippines.
Tropical forests cover about one-half of the land.
|For our Philippines dinner, we made Adobong Hiponsa Gata (Shrimp Adobo in Coconut Milk) and Sinangag (garlic rice).|
The Chinese established colonies in the Philippines between 1200 and 1300, introducing Chinese noodle dishes, bean curds, egg rolls, and soy sauce.
Spain occupied the Philippines for almost 400 years, beginning in 1521 and colonization had a major impact on Filipino cuisine both in terms of ingredients and style of cooking. Techniques such as braising and sauteing, cooking with olive oil and seasonings, such as garlic, onions, tomatoes, sweet peppers, and vinegar are examples.
|We served a pineapple punch with our dinner.|
Nowhere else in Asian cuisine can cheese and canned tomato sauce be found in recipes.
Filipino meals are well balanced in terms of tastes and are served buffet-style. The desserts are included on the table, providing a sweet balance to the salty and sour tastes of the other dishes.
|We served Flan for dessert, but we just used a Jello box mix.|
It is customary for anyone who arrives at a Filipino home, to be offered food, no matter what time of day. This may have developed out of the fact that most Filipinos eat five or more meals a day.
Filipinos use "Kumain ka na?" ("Have you eaten yet?") as a general greeting to each other.
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We also played Tapatan, a game from the Philippines.
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