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    Updated on Jan 31, 2020. Posted on Jan 30, 2020

    The Philippines Has 17 Regions — Here Are Typical Dishes From Each One

    Ready for the ultimate cross-country food trip?

    1. Have a bowl of pinikpikan (chicken soup) and a slab of etag (preserved meat) from the mountains of Cordillera.

    2. Feast on empanada (stuffed pastry), bagnet (crispy pork belly), longganisa (sausage), and dinengdeng (vegetable stew) in the Ilocos Region.

    3. Satisfy your noodle cravings with pancit cabagan and pancit batil patung (stir-fried noodles) in Cagayan Valley.

    4. Take a spoonful of sisig (grilled pork mixed with onions and calamansi juice) and a bite of pastillas (carabao milk candy) in Central Luzon.

    5. Twist your fork on a plate of pancit Malabon (stir-fried noodles) in the National Capital Region.

    6. Grab a hot bowl of bulalo (beef shank soup) and a slice of buko (coconut) pie in Calabarzon.

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    Parts of Calabarzon tend to have a lower temperature than the surrounding towns, which is why a piping bowl of bulalo (beef shanks and bone marrow in light soup) feels just right. Finish off with a slice of sweet and chunky coconut pie and you'll be cheering.

    7. Have some danggit lamayo (dried fish) for breakfast and some sihi shells (local edible shellfish) for lunch in Mimaropa.

    8. Pass the spice level test with servings of laing (taro leaves in coconut milk) and Bicol Express (pork and chili in coconut milk) in the Bicol Region.

    9. Fill your tummy with some mango pizza, binakol (chicken and coconut soup), inasal (chicken barbecue), and La Paz batchoy (pork noodle soup) in Western Visayas.

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    If you've ever been to Guimaras, you know how much the people there take pride in their mangoes — and for good reason. Try the mango pizza before you knock it. While you're at it, have some binakol, which is chicken cooked in some coconut water and grated coconut.

    For barbecue lovers, a serving of chicken inasal might just take you to barbecue heaven. Inasal is chicken marinated in lemongrass, coconut vinegar, annatto, and other spices before hitting the hot coals. For dinner, have a bowl of La Paz batchoy, a noodle dish made with pork innards, pork crackling, and chicken stock.

    10. Have a glorious helping of lechon (roasted suckling pig) and puso (rice in woven coconut leaves) in Central Visayas.

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    You can find lechon basically anywhere in the Philippines, but Cebu has the best kind, so be sure to have it along with a packet or two of puso — rice packed in coconut leaves.

    11. Snack on some sagmani (cassava/sweet potato in coconut milk), moron (ground rice cooked in coconut milk), and binagol (taro in coconut milk) in Eastern Visayas.

    12. Count how many sticks of chicken and beef satti (grilled meat skewers) you can finish and try to stop yourself from having some sweets off the bangbang sug tray (a platter of native pastries) in Western Mindanao.

    13. Try palapa (a sweet and spicy condiment) with the local dishes in Northern Mindanao.

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    Palapa is a popular condiment in Mindanao. It is sweet and spicy and typically made with scallions, ginger, chili, and grated coconut. It's usually served as a side dish or as an ingredient for local dishes.

    14. Don't miss out on Southern Mindanao's durian ice cream and top-grade pomelo.

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    Davao is known for a lot of notorious things (*coughs* the president hails from this province *coughs*), and durian is one of them. If you're not a fan of the smell, maybe you could try durian in ice cream form and see if that changes your mind. You can also have a bite of juicy pomelo while you're at it!

    15. If you love tuna, a trip to Central Mindanao (or Soccsksargen) for a bite of its kinilaw (raw tuna in vinegar) and grilled tuna panga (jaw) should be in order.

    16. Once you hit Caraga, be sure to grab a few cones of sayongsong (steamed rice cakes).

    17. And finally, munch on some pastil (packed rice with shredded meat) to finish off your Filipino food trip in ARMM (or BARMM)!

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