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Have you ever tried Filipino food?

We think it’s one of the UAE’s most underrated cuisines – let’s hear what Friday readers say

Friday readers
11 Jun 2017 | 11:42 am
  • The staff of Ihawan, a Filipino restaurant in Dubai's Hor Al Anz. Go there for their ube milkshake and grilled chicken skewers.

    Source:Anas Thacharpadikkal

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I have only tried lumpia and pancit, to be honest, and I am not a big fan as it is too sweet for my liking. – Simy Mathew

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I tried bibingka, a sweet cake, from my office colleague while I was working. That was the very first time I got introduced to Filipino food. I like people from Philippines, they seem to be happy-go-lucky people who don’t take much tension. Their food is simple and not so spicy, like the abodo chicken – it was light on the stomach. – Jaseera Coticollon

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I haven’t tried Filipino food, as it’s mostly non-vegetarian and I am pure vegetarian. – Surabhi Baid

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I have tried Filipino food and especially love the desserts. My favourite are the steamed buns – sio pao asado with the chicken stuffing. A variation of the Chinese/Thai bun, this too is soft and the filling is sweet(ish) and available at Chowking. In desserts, I love ube (purple yam ice cream) and halo-halo (which translates to ‘mix-mix’), which is made with evaporated milk and a mix of various ingredients like sago, coconut, beans, fruit etc... The version I’ve had was home-made with sweetened condensed milk, sago and jelly cubes. By far, one of my favourite desserts. – Alba D’Souza

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I have a deep love for South East Asian cuisine, I especially enjoy the exotic and eclectic mix of ingredients in Filipino cuisine. I have tried all their popular dishes like lumpia, adobo and pancit. The adobo dish I tried was not the usual chicken one, but was a combination of meat with okra, if you have a palate for that kind of flavour, you will enjoy this dish. I also appreciate their variety of breakfast and snack items, many of them are steamed, so they are pretty light on the tummy and without any oil. – Anupa Mathews

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I haven’t tried Filipino food and don’t think I will ever try it as its smell is not at all appealing to me. – Kauser Nooreen

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I’ve worked with many Filipino colleagues and loved their sweets. If I just remembered what they were called. It’s a lot sweeter than our European cuisine. – Agni Skafidas

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I once tried a food item called lumpia. It resembled spring rolls except that the wrapping was crisper. And taste wise, it were almost like Chinese spring rolls containing a mixture of meat and vegetables. I have also eaten at some Filipino restaurants such as Jollibee, Golden Fork and Marry Brown. I have had their spaghetti umpteen number of times and absolutely love it. It’s fresh, not too oily or heavy and mild in flavour. And I remember a few years back, our helper at home, who hails from Philippines, made us a cake that she said was their traditional sweet. It was soft, decadent and tasted much like coconut. The cake had a Filipino name. I’d say Filipino food has a lot of similarities with Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine. But all in all, it’s very healthy, bursting with flavours and light on the stomach. It is a must try! – Fatima Suhail

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I’m not a great fan of Filipino food, I tried it once and was a bit low on the spices and flavour, and I haven’t tried it since. Actually a little too sweet for my palate. I enjoy food that’s on the spicier side. – Alvin George

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I actually tried Filipino food for the first time at Max’s and quite enjoyed the traditional fried chicken. It was a little blander than I’m used to but it was great to experience a new cuisine. I’d love to try more dishes if only I knew what I should order. – Lekshmy Divakara Menon

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My favourite Filipino food would be chicken adobo. Every Filipino home has their own version. But like everyone else’s claim, my mum makes the best adobo. – Evelyn De Castro

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I tasted Filipino food at a potluck lunch. I’m not too sure if it was authentic cuisine so I would love to taste authentic Filiipino cuisine some day. I do not get to try different foods very often but would be delighted to taste this unique cookery. – Sarah Ronad

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I haven’t tried Filipino food because my sister and I stick to the type of food we always like to eat, like north Indian and Italian cuisines. My mum always tells me to try new things every day, and I do. But not food because it might not stay in my tummy for long! If Friday suggests Filipino food, then I’ll definitely give it go! – Haifa Nazeer

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I am upset to answer this question because I have not tried Filipino food. I remember going to a Filipino bakery near my home that certainly had the best cakes and all the bakery stuff alongside Flipino dishes. Unfortunately, I have not tried Filipino food because when I think about Filipino food, I recall standing in the bakery for a good 15 minutes just trying to read the name and understand the meaning of it (somehow). To be honest, I would need a certified Filipino chef to help me understand even the smallest details of that particular Filipino dish. Moreover, I would like to blame my shyness – as a result of that, I spent my entire time thinking whether I should ask someone or figure out myself. I would definitely love to try some because food is not only a need when it comes to me – it’s an enjoyment and in this case, another fun way to discover the culture of a respectable country. – Kanwal Rana

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I have never tried Filipino food. I would not know what to order if I was in a Filipino restaurant. Perhaps Friday Magazine can do a story on Filipino food, origin, type, what a first-timer should try, and most important, where to go to try authenic Filipino food. – Priya Malhotra

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