Pinoy’s love for food is a long standing cliché. A part of this love for food is our quirkiness for food combinations – we blend sweet with salty, or bland with something sweet or spicy. I guess nothing beats these food pairings that scream “meant for each other”. A ‘Tatak Pinoy’ and ‘Lasang Pinoy’ in every sense of the word.
Here are some weird, but mouthwatering Pinoy food combos that will surely tickle your taste buds!
Sorbetes sa tinapay (Ice cream on a burger bun)
A tasty and favourite snack during summer time, sorbetes sa tinapay is a hit amongst young and old alike. It is a scoop or two of ice cream served on a bun, to be eaten right away — for people who grew up in the province, this snack brings back happy childhood memories.
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Champorado at tuyo (Chocolate rice porridge and fried dried fish)
A classic breakfast or snack, this odd pairing of sweet and salty Pinoy food is how Pinoys would identify as “champion”. Champurado and tuyo is a comfort food for many, especially when the weather is cold.
Foreigners find this combination bizarre, but for Pinoys, nothing beats this sweet and salty tandem that warms the stomach.
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Saging na saba sa Adobo (Cardava banana in pork stew)
The quintessential Filipino dish, adobo, is loved by many. It always gets a spot in our home menu and served everywhere, from modest carinderias to swanky restaurants in uptown areas.
On some occasions, this viand is cooked with ripe saging na saba, creating a dish with nice flavors of sour-salty with just the right amount of sweetness because of the ripe saba.
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Puto at dinuguan (Steamed rice cake and pork blood stew)
For Filipinos, this food combination is one of the most popular food pairings eaten during midday snack. Puto is an indigenous steamed cake, while dinuguan is a savory stew of pork meat and/or its internal organ cooked in pig’s blood (blood in Filipino is dugo, thus the name “dinuguan”).
A black and white combination, it’s a bit hard to detail why these two go well together. Or maybe, it’s just because of Filipinos eccentric food tastes.
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Suman at mangga (Rice cake and ripe mango)
This combo has a soft spot for many, especially those who grew up in the province. The marriage of something unflavored (suman) and something sweet (ripe, yellow mango) yields a filling and delightful dessert or snack.
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Ginamos at saging na saba (Fermented fish and cardava banana)
A local delicacy especially in the Visayan Region, ginamos and saging na saba is a breakfast combo usually paired with a hot cup of coffee. The saltiness of ginamos is in good balance with the mild sweetness of unripe saba banana.
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Mangga’t bagoong (Unripe mango and shrimp paste)
As they say, a true blooded Pinoy salivates whenever mangga at bagoong comes to mind.
With the Philippines blessed with many varieties of mango, it is not surprising that Filipnos eat mango as a dessert or snack. And for the plentiful supply of succulent green mangoes we have, the perfect thing we pair it with is some savory shrimp paste. It’s a delightful union of sour piquancy and saltiness we all enjoy.
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Singkamas at asin (Turnip and salt)
Singkamas at asin can be likened with the ordinary chips we munch on when we’re watching TV, though this local version is a tad cheaper. It’s a refreshing snack… try it with just a pinch of salt!
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What’s your favourite weird Pinoy food combo? We know you got one!
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