That's not our opinion. But it's something we've heard again and again from various quarters over the last couple of months, as we've prepared for this trip. We know it's not the truth, and you do too, if you've had even a cursory look at this book (pictured above), or visited this popular food blog.
We're in Manila, and we'll be here for 10 days (yes, Manila! a city that invariably invokes a wrinkled nose when mentioned), traversing the city and daytripping beyond it, looking for the best that the Philippine kitchen has to offer. We've hooked up with a food-loving Filipino who's travelled to every province in this country and lived in several of them, who promises to be an excellent guide (and advisor for the further explorations here that we're planning). Thanks to a certain generous EatingAsia reader, we're meeting with local chowhounds - professional and otherwise - whose work we admire. We expect this to be one excellent trip, with lots of fantastic food finds. We know there's gold here, and we don't expect to have to dig much to find it.
While this is my first visit to the Philippines, it's a bit of a homecoming for Dave, who got his initial taste of Asia a couple of (ahem) decades ago when he lived here for 6 months. Dave wasn't as food-focused then as he is now (he remembers pancit, balut, buko pie, and adobo, and that's about it), and has only the vaguest remembrances of local flavors. So it should be interesting to see how his impression of the local fare we partake of over the coming days compares with his memories.
We'll be be back in a week and a half with plenty of tales of Filipino tastiness. Until then, Selamat Makan (Happy Eating!)