Everything you've wanted to know about Filipino food

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  • Wednesday, 03 May 2017

Lillian’s Filipino-style tamale is a brilliant piece of art studded with the orange of salted duck egg yolk contrasting with a white custard made of rice flour and coconut milk. Photo: penang-traveltips.com/Timothy Tye

Manila, a food destination? Even Filipinos make fun of their own food as “brown, oily and ugly”. But you’ve heard the rumblings about the Filipino food revolution, even though you may have brushed it aside as fake news.

On a recent 15-hour food crawl from Manila to Pampanga – the Manila Bay hinterland region known as the culinary capital of the Philippines, and also home to our host for the day, chef Sau del Rosario – we were looking for confirmation of amazing Filipino food. The media trip was a prelude to the World Street Food Congress slated for late May.

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