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All-time favorite Pinoy comfort food

No matter what the weather, Filipinos love going out for a food trip.

A recent survey shows that we are the biggest foodies in the world.

Pinoys are always excited when there’s a new food place in town or a new dish to try.

But there are some classic favorites that we will always crave for.

Here’s a shortlist of Filipino comfort food that we all love.

HALO-HALO

Halo-halo (also haluhalo) or “mix-mix” is a Pinoy cold dessert that has crushed ice, evaporated milk and various ingredients including ube, sweetened beans, coconut strips, sago, gulaman, pinipig rice, fruit slices, leche flan, and topped with a scoop or two of our favorite ice cream.

The yummy halo-halo is a favorite, especially during the summer months.  You can either make your own halo-halo at home or buy one from nearby food stores.

BANANA CUE

This treat is a popular snack food or street food in the Philippines.  The “cue” in banana cue is an abbreviation for barbecue.

Sold for only P10 or less, Saba banana is deep-fried and caramelized with brown sugar.

The sweet bananas are often served on bamboo skewers and enjoyed as a quick snack.

TAHO

Consisting of tofu, brown sugar syrup, and sago pearls, taho is a staple comfort food that can be found in almost all places in the Philippines.

The warm taho is perfect for breakfast or merienda.

You can get a small cup of taho for only P10 and larger servings for P20 or more. This classic favorite is also available in strawberry and mango float flavors.

CHAMPORADO

This is considered a sweet chocolate rice porridge in Philippine cuisine. Champorado or tsampurado highlights the complexities of dark chocolate. It is best served with milk drizzled on top to add sweetness to the comfort food.

Champorado is usually a favorite breakfast meal with dried fish on the side.

Today, a lot of Filipinos are creating their own version of the champorado by adding flavors such as ube, mocha and even mango.

BALUT

Balut is a common street food in the Philippines.

Vendors especially go out at night to sell balut.  They either roam the streets on foot or ride a bicycle to sell.

This comfort food is a fertilized duck egg that was incubated for a period of 14 to 21 days before it was boiled or steamed. Most Filipinos who are brave enough to try this comfort food consider balut as a great after-dinner snack.

SUMAN

Using rice, sugar and coconut as main ingredients, suman is now sold in different varieties.

Made from glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, it is often wrapped in banana leaves or coconut leaves, for steaming.

The rice cake is best paired with a slice of mango or hot chocolate and can surely satisfy your cravings be it as a snack or as part of your breakfast.

What’s your favorite Filipino comfort food? Share your thoughts in the comment section of this video.

 

TAGS: balut, banana cue, champorado, comfort food, Filipino, food, foodtrip, halo-halo, Pinoy, Suman, Taho
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