9 Filipino Dishes You Need To KnowBy Carey Jones | January 10, 2014 By Carey Jones | January 10, 2014
At the center of intercontinental trade routes for millennia, the island nation of the Philippines has been a melting pot for much of its history, and nowhere is that more evident than in its cuisine. With Chinese, Malay, Spanish, and even Mexican influences, Filipino fare is wholly distinct from its Southeast Asian neighbors - generally not as spicy, with plenty of pork (more than half of all meat produced in the Philippines is pork), and strong acidic flavors including vinegar and calamansi lime. In recent years, Filipino fare has become increasingly celebrated around the United States. Here are nine Filipino dishes to know - and where to try them.