Thursday, September 10, 2009

Travel your Tastebuds

Are you the type of person who eats everything serve to you? Do you have the stomach to eat whatever and is willing to try weird foods? We Filipinos we pretty much eat everything that is taste good and used almost all parts of the animal meat such as intestines from the pig and chicken, tongue, ears, and more. If you plan to travel and experience different cuisine the Philippines is a good place for culinary daredevils. If you're after a few good "been there", "tried that" stories, the Philippines is sure to satisfy. Some of the more challenging Filipino culinary treats include Balut, a boiled duck egg containing an embryo that sometimes already has down or feathers.


Likewise the white meat of bayawak (monitor lizard) is a prized delicacy, but you will most probably have toget drunk first on lambanog (rough coconut wine) in order to beable to stomach the idea of biting into some reptilian meat. Beetles, fried or floatingin soup, and steamed tree-ant nests are two other gastronomic specialties found in the Philippines, though these havebecome quite rare, perhaps because of the drastic drop in beetle and ant populationsfrom pollution and habitat loss.

Lambanog is wine made from coconut. Lambanog is famous for its potency that normally carries about 80 to 90 proof variations. It is mostly produced in the Quezon Province, Philippines. It has been passed down throughout generations of coconut plantation farmers. The process involves collecting the sap from the coconut flower, similar to rubber tree tapping. The sap is then cooked and fermented to become tuba, a popular coconut toddy. The tuba is then distilled to make lambanog.
The same is true for frogs and freshwater snails (kohol). Finally, if youare really hankering for something out of the ordinary, you could dig into nice helping of bopis. An item on the menu of many eateries specialising in Filipino food, bopis is made of pig's lungs, chopped and stir-fried. Quite tasty, really, once you get over your initial feeling of revulsion.

Bopis is a uniquely Filipino dish that is made out of pork lungs and heart sauteed in tomatoes, chilies and onion. It is a spicy food that is traditionally prepared from assorted parts of pig, usually, the heart, kidneys, lungs and intestines. See Recipe Online


d'kitchen September 9, 2009 at 9:07 AM  

I can eat bopis but not balut....ewwww....manlimbarot man akong panit tsang...hehehehhe.....lami ba na tsang?

Mom September 9, 2009 at 12:12 PM  

I wishes I had not read that...

Lulu September 9, 2009 at 12:54 PM  

wahhhhh ako kaon ko bopis... kaon pod ko balut pero kana ra yellow... di kaya ng powers ko ang piso heheheh

Seiko September 9, 2009 at 3:26 PM  

Me too,I can eat bopis,favorite ko kasi,even balut pero hindi ang sisiw,tinatanggal ko yun pag kumakain ako ng balut & I don't eat bayawak either hehe.Hugs!

fatherlyours September 9, 2009 at 4:45 PM  

How about adobong Sawa? Got to taste it in Mindoro Occidental and adobong baboy damo.

katherine September 9, 2009 at 6:05 PM  

ahak, unsa mani tagay na? naa pa jud balut...bopis my fav, unsa man ng butiki apilon nato nag kaon kay apil man sa picture yikes...nyahahaha.

Di sad noon ko anang frog...bahala na..kuhol noon kakaon nako sa Baryo Fiesta...hahaha kalain sad anang frog oi, imagine na lang gi-fried nga gatikang-kang murag gi-hold up nyahaha.

Umpisa na tagay na...kinsa may taga tagay diha kay aron sugod na...ayaw lang ako kay ako daghanon ako part, una ko nga mahubog sa inyo hahaha.

Chubskulit Rose September 9, 2009 at 6:32 PM  

hahaha Kampai kampai (toast) sabi sa taiwanese hehehe.. bopis lang ang gusto ko dito lol..

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me September 9, 2009 at 7:04 PM  

Na Manang kung ako mokaon ug balot sa ngitngit jud kay dili nako kaya makita ang piso..hehehe..favorite nako ang Bopis pero mao na reason ngano namatay akong iro..waaahhh

gengen September 9, 2009 at 8:51 PM  

my goodness unsa mana oy...

Cacai M.'s Place September 9, 2009 at 8:52 PM  

unsa mn ni Karya nga gipa-clear mn jud kaayo.. heheh..

Cecile September 10, 2009 at 1:42 AM  

Tsang, sarap yung bopis, miss ko na nga yan eh; balut, di ko kinakain yung kiti though.

shaine September 10, 2009 at 2:35 AM  

I had tried everything except for bayawak, wala akong inuurungan lambanog to tuba, kohol to salagubang hehehe weird nuh first time ko nakakain ng salagubang hnd pa sa pinas kundi sa ibang bansa... tama ba nakakalibog daw? hahaha basta mainit o bagong luto kaya kong isubo :D.

Hampers September 10, 2009 at 8:46 PM  

Wine will do better with it. It was nice going through your blog. Keep it up the good work.

jaz April 20, 2010 at 4:02 AM  

wow! bopis and balut ako order inday... my favorites. YUMMY!

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