Filipino cuisine is a interesting mixture of food from all around the world. It is supposed to take the best parts of Spanish, Western, Chinese and Indo-Malay food and fuse them into delectable dishes of orgasmic treats.
I would have to say that so far in our travels through the Philippines, we’ve had none of those yet.
Instead, we found the food we had so far to be rather special… in a oily, salty and unsavoury sort of way.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not doubting that there are good Filipino food, I’m just saying we haven’t found them yet. But then, what do we know? As a relatively poor couple backpacking our way around, we have one BIG criteria for our food – barring the occasional treat, our food has to be cheap.
By the time we reached Dumaguete, it got so bad that I decided we would resort to our trump card and go to the bastion of consistency – fast food. Normally, at times like these, Jo would kick up a hissy fit and go into full blown eye rolling mode, exclaiming to all who would listen about how we came all the way to a foreign place to have McDonald’s.
Jo is an idiot.
But this one time when I came up with the suggestion, Jo readily agreed to it. That’s how bad things had become.
In the end, we came to a compromise. Instead of going to the local MacD’s or KFC, we would go to a Filipino fast food joint that have a menu which is surprisingly similar to KFC’s. For the sake of anonymity, let’s just call this place Xollibee.
Like I said, the menu is similar… in fact, it would be exactly the same as KFC, if KFC serve solid rocks of salt instead of chicken.