Filipino food 101

One month, an odyssey of flavors. Here are some of the highlights...

 A variety of dried fish and squids. These are delicious dipped in vinegar sauces and/or grilled.

A variety of dried fish and squids. These are delicious dipped in vinegar sauces and/or grilled.

 Bikol: a treat of grilled coconut rice (i think). Super yummy.

Bikol: a treat of grilled coconut rice (i think). Super yummy.

  Sinigang: the ubiquitous sour tamarind soup, a Filipino classic.

Sinigang: the ubiquitous sour tamarind soup, a Filipino classic.

 Street food in Manila, including chicken adobo (top), pancit canton (the noodles) and veggies cooked in coconut milk

Street food in Manila, including chicken adobo (top), pancit canton (the noodles) and veggies cooked in coconut milk

 Fish-head sinigang in Iloilo, a town in the Vasayas. Delicious. 

Fish-head sinigang in Iloilo, a town in the Vasayas. Delicious. 

 The classic crispy pata: pork knuckle. 

The classic crispy pata: pork knuckle. 

 A Manila streetfood staple: batter-fried duck egg.

A Manila streetfood staple: batter-fried duck egg.

 One of my standard breakfasts: pancit with assorted vegetables and a balut on the side. 

One of my standard breakfasts: pancit with assorted vegetables and a balut on the side. 

 Eatery food in Iloilo: munggo (mung bean soup) and pickled anchovies.

Eatery food in Iloilo: munggo (mung bean soup) and pickled anchovies.

 Lechon kawali! One of the many variations of fried pork meat/skin.

Lechon kawali! One of the many variations of fried pork meat/skin.

 Popular fast food: Filipino spaghetti, fried chicken, lumpia ( summer rolls ), and pichi pichi -- a steamed cassava dessert, this time covered in cheese. 

Popular fast food: Filipino spaghetti, fried chicken, lumpia (summer rolls), and pichi pichi -- a steamed cassava dessert, this time covered in cheese. 

 Pork adobo: a classic. 

Pork adobo: a classic. 

 One of the best things I ate: kinilaw (Filipino ceviche) in Iloilo.

One of the best things I ate: kinilaw (Filipino ceviche) in Iloilo.

 My favorite Filipino food? Sisig -- pig face salad -- here bought on the street in Manila. 

My favorite Filipino food? Sisig -- pig face salad -- here bought on the street in Manila. 

 Tapa: fried marinated beef. 

Tapa: fried marinated beef. 

  Turmeric chicken (manok) and sisig

Turmeric chicken (manok) and sisig

 Lunch on the island of Negros Orientales: grilled fish, prawn sinigang, and tomato/ginger/chili salad. Yum!

Lunch on the island of Negros Orientales: grilled fish, prawn sinigang, and tomato/ginger/chili salad. Yum!