Zagat guide lists must-try Pinoy dishes


Posted at Jan 13 2014 06:30 PM | Updated as of Jan 14 2014 02:30 AM

Lechon at Zubuchon in Cebu. Photo by Karen Flores,

MANILA – An influential restaurant guide recently published an article about Filipino cuisine, which is said to have “become increasingly celebrated around the United States.”

In an article on Zagat published last January 10, writer Carey Jones listed “nine Filipino dishes you need to know,” while giving recommendations on where to order them in the US.

Leading the list is lechon or roast pig, which was once dubbed by chef and television host Anthony Bourdain as “the best pig ever.”

“The full pork feast is primarily for special occasions, while at restaurants in the US, you’re more likely to find dishes such as lechon kawali – the deep-fried pork belly,” Jones wrote.

Other Filipino dishes that are included in the list are adobo (meat or seafood braised in garlic, vinegar and soy sauce), lumpia (spring rolls), kare-kare (peanut stew), sisig (pig’s head and liver seasoned with calamansi and chili peppers), tocino (sweet cured meat), sinigang (sour soup with meat or seafood and vegetables), pancit (stir-fried noodles) and balut (fertilized duck eggs).

Chef, TV personality and food writer Andrew Zimmern recently included Filipino cuisine in his list of Top 10 food trends for 2013 in the US.

“This is the year, finally, that Pinoy foods have their day in the sun. Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese: One by one, they’ve all delighted and inspired American diners, and Filipino cuisine is next,” Zimmern wrote in an article published in People Magazine.

Last year, a magazine in New York placed the spotlight on Filipino food, saying that the Big Apple is “finally ready” for our cuisine.