Mar 17

I Would Rather Go Hungry Than Eat Filipino Street Food Again!

by in Philippines

Hey guys. Thanks for all the comments. We are doing our best to read, approve and reply to all of them (apart from the ones which include swear words). We found that most of your feedback is constructive, and decided that the word “street” should be added to the title, to better reflect our experience.

Many said:

“You will love Filipino food for sure!”, “There is nothing better than seafood in the Philippines”, “Filipinos are proud of their very own local dishes”…

Sorry guys for disappointing you, but it is not true in our opinion.

Hungry and unhappy girl

My “I’m starving but I don’t want to eat this food” face

 

You all should know by now that we are both  food lovers and new flavour hunters. Every single trip, whether we discover new places inside or outside China, is related in some way to food. Before setting off for a new adventure to a new country, we do a proper research into new cuisines trying to find out which dishes we should avoid and which one can’t be missed out. So far, we enjoyed Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, Khmer and Chinese cuisines the most, whereas Sri Lankan dishes (although they were incredibly cheap and accessible) were not our favourite. Unfortunately, with tears in my eyes and broken heart, we must add Filipino cuisine to our “I would rather go hungry than eat this food again” list.

Breakfast in the Philippines

We asked for traditional Filipino breakfast when in Pagudpud. This is what we were served – a bunch of fruits, coffee with milk and some cakes filled with jam. Is this what locals eat in the morning?

 

Why?

Here comes a long list … but before that let’s see what Filipino food is (should be) all about.

A few words about Filipino cuisine

It is possible that not many have heard of Filipino food before. We all know what Thai and Vietnamese, Japanese or even Polish cuisine is all about, before even travelling to these countries. As for the food in the Philippines, due to the small number of restaurants available, we are still not familiar with Filipino dishes.

Grilled fish

Grilled (burnt) fish I was served in Manila one evening

 

It is commonly believed that Filipino food has also been defined by a melting pot of influences, springing from the Spaniards who colonised the Philippines for nearly four centuries to the Chinese settlers. The Filipino cuisine embraces all the common elements of Asian cuisine – sweet, salty, spicy and sour. Ingredients commonly used include garlic, vinegar and soy sauce, all of which are used in chicken adobo – easily one of the most recognisable Filipino dishes.

Chicken and sauerkraut

A piece of grilled chicken served with sliced carrot and sauerkraut in the streets of Cabu- that was yummy

 

We have also read that Filipino meals range from the very simple, like a meal of fried salted fish and rice, to the elaborate paellas created for fiestas or even lasagna of Italian origin. Top 5 famous Filipino dishes are lechon (roasted pig), longganisa (the local sausage), torta (omelette) and adobo (chicken served with soy sauce).

Hot dog in the Philippines

We asked for “longganisa” which is Filipino famous sausage and this is what we were served – American style hot dog

 

Moreover, while other Asian cuisines may be known for a more subtle delivery and presentation, Filipino cuisine is often delivered all at once in a single presentation (we have not experienced it at all though).

Expectations vs. Reality

What we hoped to experience…

Before coming to the Philippines, we have found CNN Travel’s list of 50 Filipino foods that define the Philippines featuring such dishes as:

  •  Adobo - chicken and pork cooked in vinegar, salt, garlic, pepper, soy sauce and other spices.
  • Lechon – roasted pig with the crisp, golden-brown skin served with liver sauce.
  • Kare-kare - stew of oxtail served with delicious sauce made from ground toasted rice and crushed peanuts and presented with some banana blossom, eggplants and string beans.
Beef soup with potatoes served in Banaue

Adobo

 

We also hoped to try some fresh exotic fruits and veggies, grilled seafood, smoked meat and fishplenty of balut (developing duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell), local soups, different kind of rice (red and yellow), kind of dim sum and dumplings, sticky rice and a great composition of herbs and spices.

What we have experienced…

Let me start from telling you that for the first few days we gave the local food a go. We were open to new things, we were willing to eat anything locals gave us and we were so curious about new dishes. That has changed after 4 days of stomachache, dizziness and feeling overtired and bloated.

Sweet curry served with rice in Banaue

Sweet curry served with rice in Banaue

 

The fruits we bought at local markets daily looked and tasted old and gross. Bananas (they changed color into black) were the worst (you could see some flies flying around and sitting on the bunch of them). Apples were tiny, oranges and nectarines were extremely sour and pineapples were soaked in some kind of liquid that smelled bad. The only good fruits available there were sour mangoes sold with pepper and sugar as well as watermelons.

Local market in Banaue

Local market in Banaue

 

As for the veggies from local markets, we didn’t try them at all (apart from buying some at the supermarket) because we were not able to cook them. They looked ok though.

Random street restaurants

Random street restaurants

 

What shocked us the most was the poor quality of food. Most of dishes were left on the table without being covered with a lid, or without a fan to get rid of the flies, as it’s a common practice in other Asian countries. Fish and meat were mixed up together in the same bowl, sausages were displayed on a plate surrounded by flies and bugs, everyone was touching food with their fingers to try before buying and what was the worst the food was left on display for all night long and didn’t disappear from there unless someone bought it (we saw the same fish dish on display for two days in a row in one of local restaurants in Manila). It was a big mess, trust me!

Veggies in the philippines

Ready to go veggies from local market. They were packed with some noodles.

 

The Filipino food is packed with salt, sugar and oil. The meat we were served was soaking in oil, the fish that supposed to be grilled was full of oil and veggies we wanted to try contained more oil than the fattest meat we saw there. As we know, oil makes you feel so tired and slows your metabolism down. After having a few small Filipino lunches, we felt bloated and tired and we could tell it was the food.

A giant deep fried dumpling filled with mince and egg

A giant deep fried dumpling filled with mince and egg

Filipino food

The way it was made

 

We not only started feeling fat (literally), but also suffered from stomachache and diarrhea. I had a massive migraine, mood swings and heartbum caused by spicy and oily pork.

Locals enjoying their lunch in Manila

Locals enjoying their lunch in Manila

 

No wonder why, in the north, the vast majority of Filipino kids and young people are overweight. This is something we have noticed straight away. People in young age are huge and it’s due to poor quality of food.

Filipino supermarket

For week 2 we were buying the food in local supermarkets. We paid much more, but we knew the food was fresh and healthy.

 

Prices

The Filipino food was extremely cheap though. Coffee was $0.22, bread was for less than $0.5 and meal dishes were never more than $1 (including rice). That was the biggest advantage of dining out in local places. On the other hand, if you wanted to eat something healthy and more Western (brown bread, brown rice, cooked veggies, yogurt, grilled or steamed fish, oatmeal, dried fruits, etc.) you had to pay a lot of money (more than you would pay in your own country).

Local coffee machine in the Philippines

Local coffee machine

 

Love for sugar

Filipinos, unlike Chinese, seem to love bread, cakes, pastries, muffins, buns and everything that contains a lot of sugar. So do we, but we must say some of them were way too sweet even for chocolate monsters like us.

Local pastries, cookies and donuts

Local pastries, cookies and donuts in Cebu

 

We found it so similar to Sri Lanka. The streets are full of local bakeries open 24/7 and you can see locals buying tones of donuts and cookies. They are extremely cheap and you could get  like 3 for a price of 1. All displays looked so tempting and you could smell the fresh bread everywhere.

Yummy Apple and raisin roll cakes

Yummy Apple and raisin roll cakes

 

Biggest disappointments

The biggest disappointment was not trying traditional Filipino dishes. Why? We simply could not find them! We visited enormous amount of local food stands and restaurants asking for balut, adobo, asado, daing and more and we we have heard was “Not here. We have some fish and fried pork only.”, “Do you want to try noodles instead?”, “We have some boiled eggs”. So, so disappointing!

Trying some local dishes in Cebu supermarket

Trying some local dishes in Cebu supermarket

 

All we managed to eat was binignit ( Visayan vegetable soup made by Visayans with slices of sabá bananas, taro, and sweet potato), bihon (rice noodles fried with soy sauce some citrus) and lomi (Filipino-Chinese dish made with a variety of thick fresh egg noodles). These were yummy and we recommend them all to everyone.

"Fresh" Filipino style pineapple juice - 3/4 of water and 1/4 of pineapple juice from the box

“Fresh” Filipino style pineapple juice – 3/4 of water and 1/4 of pineapple juice from the box

 

Haggling

After a few minutes in Manila, we knew foreigners were expected to pay more than locals. When it came to food prices, there was no haggling involved. Most of prices in supermarkets and local stored were fixed so there was no need to bargain. As for local markets, we were ripped off a few times, but it was still cheap so we did not mind it that much.

Conclusion

Based on our experience, Filipino food did not live up to our expectations at all.  Let’s hope we can make it there again in the future and find a better luck!

Are you a fan of Filipino cuisine? What was your experience with the local food there?

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687 Responses to “I Would Rather Go Hungry Than Eat Filipino Street Food Again!”

  1. From Ellis Shuman:

    Wow, thanks for such an honest assessment! In many cases one expects that travel blogs only give positive reviews of restaurants and hotels, so it is great to read something that provides a true picture of what was experienced, even if it was not enjoyed.

    I made a very short visit to Manila, but it was work-related and I never had a chance to go out on the street and try local food. Maybe, that is why I only have fond memories of the trip.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 8:30 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Hi Ellis,

      Long time so see. I’m glad you liked the post. It’s nothing but honestly here. Work-related trip in the Philippines? Oh, I see. I guess you din’t try many local dishes. Maybe next time.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:33 am #
  2. From Michael:

    I guess you went to the wrong places while you were here in the Philippines. You should’ve visited famous Filipino restaurants like Barrio Fiesta and Cabalen instead of the small local food stalls in Banaue, because they really don’t live up to our expectations as well (I’m a Filipino, btw).

    Give our country another chance and visit us again. Next time though, go to places like Manila and Cebu.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 8:36 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      We went to local restaurants, plenty of different ones.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:32 am #
      • From r.banares:

        sorry about your experience. i’m from the philippines and i believe you were ripped off by your guide. we’ve had several foreign guests and some foreign friends who now live here in manila and so far as i know they love the food. i don’t take offense with what you wrote simple because you were writing based on your (bad) experience. hopefully you will give the philippines another try and maybe you’ll get to be invited to a filipino home and served a true filipino home cooked meal. :) i was aghast by the breakfast picture you posted. even i wouldn’t eat something like that. having said that, filipino breakfast varies from province to province. do give our country another try, and maybe take up the invitation of one of the people who commented on your post and stay with them while you are here. hope you visit again and not let that one bad experience prevent you from giving filipino food another try. cheers!

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 2:29 am #
      • From Ces:

        Then come into our house on your next visit in the Philippines, I’ll erase your bad impression about Filipino Foods. You went into wrong places my dear, you should’ve googled first the places where our foods are properly serve. Not all locals serve it presentably and how the CNN reported it. They are right, filipino foods are best served at home and in some not-so-expensive Restaurants all over the Metro. Where you’ve been are the places where the foods are okay with the locals because that’s what they could only afford. I bet you are aware that we’ve got homeless and poor people in our Country.

        Also, too bad for you because from the look of what you called “longganisa”, you went to “7-eleven” store (which actually originated in the U.S.) and gave you the sausage sandwich instead. That’s not longganisa looks like my dear, and fyi, we’ve got longganisa varieties. You should’ve researched more, you’re a traveler. :D

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 6:07 am #
  3. From Sarah Shumate:

    I’m sorry you had such a bad experience eating in the Philippines. I know how important that part of traveling is because it’s one of our top favorite things to do, too. You can learn so much about a country’s culture by the foods they eat and the rituals they have surrounding mealtime.

    I’m interested to see the other comments you get – I’m curious to see if everyone else agrees. I’ve never been to the Philippines, but that option is one that may come up for us in a few years when we’ve completed our contract in London.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 9:15 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Totally agree. Some people agree and had pretty the same experience, so people loved the food! 50:50 here :)

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:31 am #
  4. From The Guy:

    It sounds like a real disappointment for you guys. I wonder if the location/city you were in was a factor? Is the food more regionalised like in China, so maybe you’d find those sought after dishes elsewhere?

    The food hygiene standards sound very poor. The supermarket certainly sounds like the way to go.

    Sorry to hear that you were ill. Did you mean heartburn as opposed to heartbum?

    As for the breakfast, it seems quite similar to my breakfast this morning here in Norway. Lots of fruit which I suppose is quite healthy plus breads (which I should really avoid).

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 9:25 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Yes, it was very disappointing, indeed. We got used to fresh and good quality food in China. The food hygiene in the Philippines was very poor. Words can’t describe how bad some local food restaurants and stalls looked! :(

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:30 am #
      • From Sancho:

        I’m sorry to hear that you had a not too stellar experience. I see your blog has generated so much energy, so that’s good for you. I wonder if traffic was a motivation for this blog entry?

        I’m surprised you actually went to eat food from the stalls, kudos to your adventurous side. I lived in Manila but would never try that.

        Your guide failed to live up to the task at hand, which obviously enough was to take you to the good area worth visiting, afterall great experiences make clients come back.

        I gather you have travelled a lot, I’m a little amused by your misadventure and honesty, however, your blog in my humble opinion is misrepresented and magnified by your inept guide.

        Good luck, better planning and networking on your next trip.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 2:23 am #
      • From trxie:

        how many areas in china did you visit that made you experience fresh and good quality foods? and how many areas in the philippines did you visit for you to say you would rather die than eat foods here. honestly, I don’t patronize street foods here because i’m unsure of its hygiene which every locals know already and many of them just have to live and eat. I wonder why you stopped hunting what you’re looking for like the balut,adobo,lechon and kare-kare. Makes me think you came here not to look for good things but you intentionally look for places that could satisfy your mind set that filipino’s are not capable of serving clean foods. we accept criticisms but your blog comes with an insult and i know you know that you intend to do.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 6:57 am #
  5. From Savi of Bruised Passports:

    I hear you. Vid and I didn’t enjoy food in Vietnam as much as we thought we would. But the fresh fruits and vegetables were spectacular. I wonder if there are others who’ve had similar experiences in Philippines?

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 9:32 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Yes, some people can totally relate to the post, some don’t.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:28 am #
  6. From Lily La:

    It’s such a shame that food from the Philippines didn’t satisfy you, because there are some great dishes out there! I have a lot of Filipino friends in London who helped me in what direction to look for good food. I spent a lot of time eating around my travels in the Philippines, and although it may not be as appealing as Thai, or Japanese, there are certainly some amazing dishes; adobe, sinigang, lechon. The markets and hygiene really doesn’t sound great even in Asian standards, though. I hope one day you go back and find a lot of luck with good food.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 9:39 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Once I’m back in Europe, I’ll try some Filipino dishes recommended by my Filipino friends, but I know it’s not going to authentic.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:28 am #
      • From Marla:

        lol at this point, there’s no such thing as authentic anymore. I’m a Filipino and I can say that I’m not fond of eating Filipino foods anymore. but its not because they taste good but because I grew tired of it. To make things more interesting for us, we then add different things to it or maybe cook it differently. that doesn’t mean that its not authentic anymore. and besides Filipino foods are basically spanish food that were cooked differently to cater to the Filipino pallet.

        it is sad though that you weren’t able to experience the best food we have and The Filipinos that are commenting badly are just full of pride. we’re not the best basketball and we don’t have the greatest government. in a way your blog just hit us where we actually found pride in our country–our food. I totally understand where you’re coming from. there will always be those people who just didn’t like it. period. but i didn’t also like your title. it misleads other travelers who would want to get a taste of our food and culture. you’re basically robbing us of tourists instead of letting them find out for themselves. so thats just basically it. just one last thing i guess. KNOW WHERE TO EAT! not just disgusting canteens! There’s a long street near my school where its full of local restaurants that definitely show authenticity of culture (since that what seems to be your main point)

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm #
      • From Janine:

        Honey, I was just wondering how you’d know it’s not going to be authentic if you haven’t really experienced much of the authentic Filipino food? Street food is NOT ALWAYS authentic Filipino food as they are viands prepared for mostly laborers, drivers, workers on a tight budget. Thus, ingredients there are scrimped. Simple logic: cheap = substandard. As a LOCAL, with many other locals commenting here, dishes served along sidewalks are DIRTY. Most dishes served under a small budget is EITHER dirty or unhealthy. Same principle when you eat at McDonald’s. You can’t expect to be fed healthy dishes. They just fill you up on a budget. That’s what happened to you guys. Look at the fruits you got, quite substandard. If you only knew where to get good ones. By the way, apples and oranges are not grown in the Philippines. They cannot simply survive the weather. They are mostly from

        Frankly, there are restaurants that are not too pricy and serve great authentic Filipino dishes. In this blog, you exude a persona that you are a bonafide traveller. However, a bonafide traveler MUST KNOW WHERE TO GO. Sure you went to local restaurants, plenty of different ones. The WRONG ones.

        You stated that “The food hygiene in the Philippines was very poor. Words can’t describe how bad some local food restaurants and stalls looked.” WHY STILL EAT THERE???

        True, you have the right to write about your bad experiences. Hell, you could even post the name or picture of the stalls that were unhygienic so we could actually avoid them or even file a complaint to the necessary governing body, but YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO OVERGENERALIZE and say they’re all bad by saying “rather go hungry than eat Filipino food again when you hardly experienced authentic Filipino food at all.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 4:24 am #
  7. From Ann:

    To be honest you cant really have the real filipino cuisine if you are looking in cheap cateens/karinderia. You can see it in some expensive restaurants now a days. Also i belive the place you went also affect. Theres less nice foods in there. You should ask google first next time to avoid that kind of experience. There are much better foods somewhere south. Especially in PAMPANGA. Iam truly sorry from what you guys experience. I hope you’ll still come back because there are lot more places here in philippines that is worth to go, cheers!

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 9:57 am #
    • From keith:

      well said! mabuhay! :)) they were just in the wrong place that’s all. i just don’t get it why they keep generalizing and judging us just coz of that awful trip. :(

      Posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm #
      • From Agness Walewinder:

        We visited all possible local food stands, stalls and small restaurants. There were all the same, sorry!

        Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:32 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Unfortunately, I can’t agree with you Ann. In my opinion, eating at food stalls, streets etc is more typical and more show of an embedded culture than going to a restaurant. Personally restaurants elaborate dishes that are not always typical or what your everyday person eats.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:27 am #
      • From Liann27:

        Speaking of #StreetFoods…
        Have you my dear tried kwek-kwek, tukneneng, squidballs, chickenballs, siomai, isaw, betamax, and adidas? those are just the basic…not to mention BALUT — which was by the way featured in Fear Factor in an episode for challenging their stomachs…. *yum-yum…

        And if not, they you better come back and try them… then, make a follow-up on this blog.. ;)

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 2:08 am #
      • From JJ:

        Tons of posts from Filipinos here have already said that you can’t experience our authentic food from cheap food stalls and the streets and yet you still disagree? You still think that these places are “more typical”?

        If you think your opinion on where to experience authentic dishes is the only opinion that is valid, then you already have failed to embrace the core of traveling to experience another culture.

        I do appreciate the fact that you are being honest but I guess you also have to look at the perspective that you may have not researched properly. A restaurant does not have to be too posh, you know. There are tons of Filipino restaurants that would definitely be within your budget. Google can be a friend on instances like these :)

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:39 am #
  8. From Zara @ Backpack ME:

    Oh guys.. this sucks, but at least it makes for an entertaining article!
    Most travel blogs are always raving about some thing or the other. It almost feels refreshing to come across something a little less positive every now and then! (just looking at the bright side here) :P

    I used to work with a girl from the Philippines who would every single day bring home cooked food to eat at the office. I never tried any of her dishes as such but I can tell you that the smell that would linger in the office after she used the microwave would not be very appetizing. So fishy and so strong!

    Still, I am sure that there is great food in the Philippines.. but it might not be as readily available or recognizable as elsewhere. Living in China you guys are probably spoiled with great choices all the time!!

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 9:58 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Fishy and strong? I love fish! :D I am also sure there is some great food here, it’s just way too expensive and available in posh restaurants only. That’s a big shame!

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:00 am #
      • From Tony Ahn:

        Hi Ageness, I’m an American expat who has lived in Manila 4 years, with one of those years living in a low-income community. I wanted to respond to some of the things you said in the comments section of this article. But first, kudos for reading every single comment that comes in. That’s very good of you.

        You mention that you went to these places because you wanted to go where “locals” go. But you seem to define “locals” as poor people. Filipinos that ride around in chauferred BMWs are locals too. Most Filipinos that can afford not to eat low-cost street food (which comprises about half the country) will generally stay away from it, in the same way that an American making $80,000 a year probably doesn’t order off the McDonald’s dollar menu too much (or ever). Everybody knows it is generally dirty and unhealthy. Since you’re on a $25 a day budget, I’d recommend you check out a restaurant chain called Buddy’s Pancit Lucban. Their entrees range from $2.50 to $4.50 each, the food is authentic Filipino and delicious. I’ve never seen another foreigner in one, ever, so safe to say that’s where locals go as well. While pancit is a specialty, they have a full menu. My favorite dish is the sizzling pork chop steak: two pork chops and a side of veggies, with mushrooms and gravy.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:08 am #
  9. From DebbZie:

    I’m sorry to hear that you were ill, Agness. That’s the least we expect while traveling :(
    I’ve never tried filipino food but I hear their lechon is a must try.
    Thanks for sharing it with us though, I always love your food post :)

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 10:12 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Debbie, I loved Indonesian cuisine and I am so happy to move to Bali afterwards!

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:59 am #
  10. From Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)o:

    I had to laugh when I read the title of this post. I’m not sure I would go quite so far as to say I’d rather starve than eat Filipino food again, but I do agree that the food we encountered there was really disappointing and underwhelming, and sometimes really gross. I agree that it was actually very difficult to find local food—I suspect you generally have to be invited into someone’s home to experience that, since most of the food we found in restaurants was fast food or western influenced. I know that Filipinos are very passionate about their food, so we were really disappointed to find the food there so unappetizing.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 10:23 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Believe me or not Steph, but the title of the post expressed how I felt!

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:59 am #
  11. From Hannah @getting stamped:

    I totally agree with you. We just spent 23 days in the Philippines and we too weren’t impressed with food. There is only so much rice and chicken adobo you can eat. We were shocked on the fruit prices and then the quality was terrible! Hoping our next country is much better :-)

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 10:47 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I know!! :) Enjoy your next destination. It’s Vietnam, right? Don’t forget to dig into some spring rolls and Pho soup! :D

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:58 am #
  12. From Charlie:

    We only travelled to one place in the Philippies, but unfortunately we had some bad experiences with the food too – though yours look really terrible! I think it’s worse when you’re a meat eater, as usually being vegetarian means you’re pretty safe with what you’re eating. We also had trouble with our digestion and feeling rubbish as a result of the food though.

    Fortuantely for us the mangoes were really good in Palawan! We also found that “foreign foods” like pizza and falafel were much better than the so-called “local” foods in the area where we were, which is lame, but safe at least.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 11:27 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      We had some Western food when in Alona Beach area. So good, for a change :).

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:57 am #
  13. From J in Beijing:

    Oh dear Agnes! Looks like you guys were really unlucky with the food. It’s clearly made a terrible impression on you- shame you couldn’t find anything yummy. I know how much you guys appreciate your local foods and snacks (like those yoghurt drinks in Beijing- thanks for the idea of having it withe strawberries!) I hadn’t heard that much about Filipino food to be honest. I don’t think I’ve ever had any. I’m glad you managed to find a couple of things that you recommend though. The binignit soup sounds good.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 11:31 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Yes, we were, unfortunately. We love Chinese food, really. You can get a great variety of local street food and it’s cheap, nutritious and extremely yummy. I often crave baked sweet potatoes with grilled fish, Beijing’s yogurt drinks, sweetcorn, congee and soups! So glad I’m back here!

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:56 am #
  14. From Yvon:

    I’m with you on this! I really didn’t like the food either and because of the lack of nutricion I started to feel really weak throughout my trip. And not only that; I got really bad food poisoning in San Juan. :(

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 11:43 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Sorry to hear that. I can relate! I suffered from stomachache and I felt dizzy and weak.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:55 am #
  15. From Sam:

    I actually agree with you completely. I spent just 2 weeks in Luzon in 2009 and didn’t enjoy the food at all. I found it was mostly just rice and ‘meat’ (what kind of meat was never expressed!) and indeed the fruits and vegetables were not good quality it seemed to me. The most disappointing experience I had there was when I asked what kind of meat a nice looking curry had in it, and I was told beef, but when I started eating it realised it was tripe (the lining of a cow’s stomach). Clearly the lady serving me had a different meaning for beef than I did (which was an interesting realisation, maybe just not a welcome one at the time!) So yes, my impression overall of the Philippines was wonderful people, amazing beaches but crappy food. Such a shame!

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 11:45 am #
    • From keith:

      Sam if i may… Maybe you were just in the wrong place in luzon. You should’ve hired a tour guide.. you’ll find a delicious filipino food in a home :) well cooked, well organized, very hospitable and etc. Don’t just generalize and judge our cuisine. What if we wrote an article about your country wouldn’t that hurt your feelings? just saying.

      Posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm #
      • From Agness Walewinder:

        We never hired a tour guide. All places we dined out at were found by ourselves.I am proud of Polish food, but I can totally understand anyone complaining about it. We are all different people with different taste and food expectations. I have heard bad stories about Polish food and drinks. I respect people’s opinion. That’s why I love travelling to find out what is good and bad for me. If you don’t like Polish food, that’s absolutely fine and I respect that. Nothing wrong with that.

        Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:35 am #
      • From Sam:

        It never occured to me to hire a guide either, but I did stay in people’s homes a couple of times (renting a room) and indeed found them very hospitable! I’m from the UK where the food has a terrible reputation, so I’m with Agness; if you have a bad experience with food in my country, I can totally understand that and respect your opinion of it.

        Posted on March 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm #
      • From Liann27:

        Well, in my case…

        I’ve never tried to hire a guide, too…
        (since I’m a backpacker – travelling on a budget.. hehehe… )

        I just conduct a good research first of the place I’m traveling to..
        May it be of the peeps, the activities, food and of course a bit about the language — but here in the Philippines, English is good too BUT, wait for the other person to absorb your presence first before you start asking questions, people here get easily intimidated when confronted by a foreigner, OK? (back to reading more of the comments, while having breakfast **brown coffee(coffee with brown sugar, pandesal (bun), lakatan (a type of banana), and palabok) only for $1… hehehe… (“pofta buna” to me — Romanian for “bon appétit”

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:54 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Thanks Sam. Yes, fruits and veggies were really bad. Tripe in your curry? WOW! Some areas are really poor and people make food as cheap as possible putting really nasty and not fresh ingredients :(.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:54 am #
  16. From Tim | UrbanDuniya:

    Ohhhh that’s such a shame! And Agness you look so forlorn in that picture!!! :(

    Although I have to say, if there are not many of a particular restaurant anywhere, it immediately makes me wonder if there’s a reason for that! I bet you’re not going hungry now that you’re back in China :)

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 11:53 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      No smiley Agness anymore. I get upset and grumpy when I am hungry!!!! :-D I turn into a mean woman ! :D

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:53 am #
      • From filamgiirl:

        china is dirty too! their food
        is salty! very unhealtly!

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:55 am #
  17. From Alex:

    “We asked for “longganisa” which is Filipino famous sausage and this is what we were served – American style hot dog”

    Sorry, but it is kind of stupid to ask for longganisa at 7-11 (noticeable wrapper of 7-11) They DO NOT serve longganisa. If you really did a research, but it is really common sense, 7-11 does not serve longganisa. If you TRULY did a research then you would know which places to go which is apparently not. Next time you go, don’t base it on luck that you’ll have the real experience of Filipino food. Do a proper research.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      We asked people in the street and they sent us to 7-11. Sorry for following locals’ advice.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:52 am #
      • From Liann27:

        Yeah… it happens…

        So also, next time…
        Ask 3 locals/people not just one…
        (it’s my rule of thumb when asking for directions during my travels here and abroad… *wink)

        The person/local you asked might have been intimidated since you were a foreigner – it happens. LOL

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:38 am #
      • From JJ:

        Hmmm…
        Are you sure the locals understood you? Did you say longganisa or did you say sausage?
        People may have misunderstood you.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:45 am #
  18. From Regin:

    What’s your purpose of writing this?

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      1) Sharing my personal experience on Filipino street food which did not come up to my expectations.
      2) Sampling local culture though local food.
      3) Showing my readers that you can’t really rely on Filipino food when you have a tight budget.
      4) Pointing out that obesity is a major problem in the Philippines due to bad quality food locals consume on a regular basis.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:52 am #
      • From Melanie:

        I’m sorry, but you really have to stop saying that obesity is a major problem in the Philippines. I have lived in the Philippines my whole life aside from the past four years. Let me tell you that I have never seen more than 5 obese people in the Philippines – and trust me, I have been to a lot of places in the Philippines. My country is a third world country – that means that the majority of the population cannot afford to have ONE full meal a day. Does that sound like a potential for obesity to be widespread in a country so poor? Also, please look up what obesity really is. It sounds to me that you might not know what the word really entails.

        On another note, while I appreciate that you and your friends tried to sample Filipino food, I honestly think you got ripped off by your guide. $25 is plenty enough for three scrumptious meals. I currently live in America, and I know how far $25 can get you in the Philippines – a lot more than the crappy, unhygienic and extremely cheap food you had. And yes, I understand you wanted to taste what the “local” food is like, but you could have had a much better experience eating what most locals eat if you went to the right places. When I say “the right places”, I don’t even mean the “posh, expensive” restaurants you were so eager to avoid. I personally do not go to the fancy restaurants too, and yet I still manage to spend less than $25 per day on delicious Filipino food when I go back to the Philippines.

        Plus, if you were to travel in a country where people on the streets are so poor that they can’t go to school and therefore barely speak English, don’t heed their advice. Find a travel buddy that grew up in the country, is knowledgable of local spots and speaks the local language.

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm #
      • From Louisa:

        Obesity is far from being a problem in the Philippines. You should get your eyes checked. You might have been having double vision. I also don’t comment on things like this but you attacked our country on the basis of an experience in 1 local part and by judging our cuisine with street food. I also don’t eat street food. You should make a trip back and visit Pampanga or other provinces. Btw, $25/person is more than enough to experience real Filipino food. Not enough research on your part.You didn’t see any fresh fruits and vegetables in major supermarkets? Where did you go? You go to SM Hypermarket and you have an array of fresh fruits and vegetables. You have the right to your opinion but you should be responsible enough to back up your “facts” and accept criticism. What gets me is the fact that you keep saying over and over that the Philippines is an obese country! Seriously?!

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:18 am #
      • From Weel:

        Obesity? Dear Lord, which area of the Philippines did you visit? In another dimension?

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 6:33 am #
  19. From Vhenn:

    That’s a great and honest observation. Unfortunately, it didn’t meet your expectations. If you really wanna taste great variety of filipino food, try to visit during fiestas. Most street foods are crappy and tasteless. Most sellers just want to make a profit not minding the customers at all. And these customers keep buying because it’s cheaper and just for them to fill-in their hungry tummy.
    I suggest next time, it would be satisfying if you can stay in a filipino home and be able to really taste their own delicacies. I’ve been living in Thailand for 7 years now and I see how thai local foods are being prepared as well on the streets (except those tourists areas like Silom and Khaosan) but I do prefer to look at the bright side. I did also suffer from diarrhea three times on the first month but was get used to it later.
    So I think every traveler has some pretty good and bad experience about food in other countries but then that’s part of travelling especially if our budget is tight. :) Thanks for sharing.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 12:46 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      That is why I love to travel – it’s both – good and bad experience and we are grateful for both! :)

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:48 am #
  20. From abe:

    I appreciate your opinion and I’m very sorry that the food from the places you visited didn’t satisfy your appetite. Honestly, most of our food (specifically those being sold in the streets) are not served to please foreigners. They are meant to satisfy our locals with limited budget as well as please those who are daring and adventurous enough to eat our sweet, strong, fishy but yummy dishes.

    And to generalize filipino cuisine as unappetizing as well as to invite others to subscribe to your opinion is but unfair and by far an insult to the intelligence of those who are interested to taste our local dishes.

    And it seems no one told you (and I’m telling you now) that if you want to experience the best of Filipino cuisine you have to (1) be invited in someone’s home and be served with deliciously authentic Filipino dishes coupled with hospitality that will give both your appetite and heart the satisfaction it needs. and (2) you have to actually look for decent filipino restaurants but be ready to pay a couple of bucks. sad to say, the first option is quite improbable if not totally impossible coz I doubt if there’s any local who would be willing to welcome such a rude person in his/her home unless plotting someone food poisoning.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Thank you for sharing Abe!

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:48 am #
  21. From jay:

    poor you..how come you didnt find the best foods in Philippines. Are you really a traveler? well, youre too unlucky, maybe. Piece of advice when you travel next time try to spend a little amount of money for you to taste the delicious and better one. Dont generalized that foods in Philippines is not good if you only visited an area or two. Save more so you can afford to buy fresh, delicious and quality one.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 1:06 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Hi Jay. Read the headline on the front page once again. It says “Travelling like tramps for less than $25 a day”. What we do here is looking for cheap and delicious street food which we could not find in the Philippines. Even the most expensive supermarkets in the Philippines didn’t serve fresh fruits neither veggies.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:48 am #
  22. From Ben:

    Agnes’s, you are spot on. I spent a month in the Philippines from end Jan – Feb this year, and I was totally disappointed with the quality of the food. They are a nation obsessed with sugar and fast food. Sugar in the bread (yuck), it was even in a spaghetti bolognaise I ordered! I too suffered from tiredness, mood swings, even depression for no obvious reason sometimes. I’m sure this was down to the food. What a shame, with all the sea surrounding them, that the preparation and ingredients are all so wrong. There were some healthier, well prepared exceptions like you say (and you can cook yourself) but these were always substantially more expensive and/or western run.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      You nailed it Ben! I totally agree with what you are saying here. Most of people are obsessed with sugar and fast food and they love to follow American way of eating BIG and UNHEALTHY.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:45 am #
      • From Cy:

        You can probably blame the Westernized (sugar, fatty, oily) food that you came across in the Philippines on the fact that the Philippines was under Spanish colonial rule for over 300 years and was then ceded to the US until they became independent in 1946. It’s not that Filipinos love to follow the American way. In the grand scheme of things, what you ate is what was introduced and forced onto a country that did not rule itself for almost 500 years. It’s what they’ve known.

        Before being colonized by the Spanish, before being called the Philippines and before we were considered Filipinos… the people of the 7000+ islands did indeed eat healthy from both land and sea as the islands provided excellent rich, nutrient resources.

        BUT, that way of life is barely heard of today and why would it be heard of after 500 years of oppression and corruption in which other countries tried to impose on their way of life to show them what’s considered “better” and “civilized”? Right? And even if the Philippines is independent today, the government is pretty much like how it was during colonial times dictating the lives of Filipinos, many of whom live in poverty.

        I get that you had it rough, trying to eat the “authentic” foods and what the locals eat, but before you go making generalizations on Filipino food trying to copy the American ways of eating… you should try taking a look at why it is the way it is. You could probably get a small history lesson out of the food you eat there… At the very least, you probably shouldn’t be looking for anything authentic in very populated areas of the Philippines like Manila in the first place and take to the provinces instead.

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 9:08 pm #
      • From ThinkCritically:

        Have you looked into the history of the Philippines? The Filipino people have been colonized for hundreds of years. Hopefully understanding imperialism and colonialism will help you realize why Filipinos “love” to follow the American way.

        I think people are responding negatively to your post because it is disrespectful. You can talk about your food experience, but anything that you mention about food directly relates to the culture. What we eat comes from our heritage and our history as a country. In America, many of the obese people you read about, see on television who “love” junk food, live in “food deserts”, where everything around them are fast food restaurants. A lot of the people that live in these “food deserts” come from low-income communities where the regular grocery stores aren’t even available. Many communities can’t afford fresh fruit, vegetables, and clean meats. Poor people don’t have the luxuries we privileged people have, especially with food. These are socioeconomic things one should think about when talking about the culture of food in general. And, this is something you should definitely think about especially when going to a third world country.

        As a person seeking to experience another culture, do your research. And when I say research, it’s about the people, why certain foods are cuisines for them, why they have access to these foods, and lastly the traditions tied to how food is prepared. This is what amazing foodies like Anthony Bourdain do.

        Food is personal. Food defines a big part of many communities’ cultures. Respect that. I can appreciate your blog post on the Filipino’s food, but you provide no legitimate context for your findings. They just sound like excuses for you not experiencing great food. People already suggested it in the comments, GET TO KNOW THE PEOPLE, and have a local show you the ropes. As a traveler, learn to be humble yourself and be ready to lower your personal expectations and learn a little more cultural competency before you write about a culture outside of your own.

        “It’s not personal” because it’s not about you, it’s about Filipinos, and food is personal to us.

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 11:10 pm #
      • From Robbie:

        I am sampling local culture here not referring to people but food. No one should feel hurt or anything as it’s my view and valid like anyone’s. Sorry to hear you took it so personal.

        You nailed it Ben! I totally agree with what you are saying here. Most of people are obsessed with sugar and fast food and they love to follow American way of eating BIG and UNHEALTHY.

        huh?

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:40 am #
  23. From clarisse:

    I can’t help but feel bad because you had a horrible experience with Filipino food. We Filipinos have a long way to go in terms of food tourism, which is a shame really, because we have such a diverse cuisine which is not just oily, fatty and salty. :) But, I salute you for trying our street food, because even I would have second doubts about eating at a roadside eatery. Well, I guess it really depends on the location and the cleanliness of the owner.

    Truth be told, I was looking forward to reading your posts about our food: sinigang, lechon, adobo, sisig, bulalo, inasal, etc. but they were nowhere to be found! But what i find quite appalling and embarassing for my country is that you were not able to taste our local fruits, specially our mangoes (specially the Guimaras variety) which is the best in the world. These mangoes are known for their quality and are exported. Sadly, even the average Filipino may find it on the expensive side. I truly hope you won’t let this experience prevent you from coming back here. And I hope, for your tummy’s sake, that you will have a local to show you around the next time. :) If there’s one thing that could be said about Filipinos is that we don’t want our guests to leave until they have tried the best of everything. Specially our food. :)

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm #
    • From Bert:

      I’m from manila and almost all of the dishes you mentioned were honestly really unhealthy. I think they were trying to look for healthy food.

      to the writer with all honestly as a filipino myself, we filipinos lack discipline. just look at our current government or even go to a street intersection where there is a pedestrian lane that pedestrians don’t use and ignore traffic signs lol.

      when it comes to cooking, most filipino dishes are just rich in flavor but are really unhealthy

      Posted on March 17, 2014 at 11:41 pm #
  24. From jackTh:

    No comment. Another racist post. Nonsense! You are poor and Pathetic traveler. Go home.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Dear Jack,

      I am sampling local culture here not referring to people but food. No one should feel hurt or anything as it’s my view and valid like anyone’s. Sorry to hear you took it so personal.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:44 am #
      • From Jess:

        No it’s not valid. It’s your opinion but you cant conclude something because of that opinion. That will make what youre saying LIES. Do you get this? It is like saying “i had a bad experience so filipino food sucks” or “filipino food makes filipinos obese” seriously? What if I eat tons of food from your country? That would make me obese too.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:25 am #
    • From Edward E:

      Opinion about Food not the people. I’m a Filipino. I’m sick and tired of Filipinos hating on other nationalities for having an opinion.

      Agness, sorry for your diarhhea

      but thats a thing about Filipino Food, we dont really do good cheap food, if its cheap, its really cheap in more ways than one.

      Good middle ground would have been somewhere around a 60 – 120 meal. To be honest, I wouldnt even think of touching a 20 Peso Noodle dish, its diarrhea in a plate, and its bland as cardboard. The best cheap food you can get would be balut, 15 Pesos of pure perfection.

      Hope you come back again and remember, diarrhea happens, not just in the Philippines

      Posted on March 20, 2014 at 6:32 am #
  25. From Loyne:

    I agree that quality local food that really identifies the culture of the Filipinos is hard to find in the common place in the Philippines. It’s a disappointment shared not just by tourist but by Filipinos as well. Compared to Thailand, where rich and common people love to eat their local food out in the streets, Filipinos relate eating at these street “karenderia” (eatery) as a status symbol. POORLY PREPARED FOR POOR CUSTOMERS/EATERS.

    LOCATION matters too. As you have known, Filipinos are very diversified in language and food. PAMPANGA is known for the tourists who want to indulge in Filipino food. Quality restaurants are mostly WESTERNIZED so don’t expect getting it from there unless you are a chicken-rice aficionado.

    You are right when you said, you’ll only get the tastiest local food when invited into a family meal or eating at expensive Filipino restaurant. Each city has one I guess.

    Statistically, you (who experienced this) are just a few against the other tourists who have good food memories. My suggestion is you need to find a Filipino who has a good-sized family who is willing to improve your experience. Being guided or invited will always guarantee good memories. Get to know at least someone to avoid being ripped off.

    To Agnes, you just got unlucky. Can you tell us what province did you experience this? Manila is not a guarantee unless you go to expensive Filipino restaurants. Do it again by skipping the urban and finding a nice Filipino family.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm #
    • From ELLA:

      I couldn’t have said it any better. :) THANK YOU!

      Posted on March 19, 2014 at 9:09 pm #
  26. From Cheery Bacabis:

    Word from a Pinay: In general, Filipino street food is not impressive. I prefer my mom’s cooking LOL. When on vacation, I always include good restaurants in the budget. Street food is too risky in terms of quality and hygiene. There are lots of delicious traditional Filipino food– you just need to look for them and pay way more than you would for street food.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Unfortunately we could not afford to dine out in good restaurants. As you can see, our budget is $25 a day a person :). P.S. I miss my mom’s cooking as well so I can’t wait to go back home for summer ! <3

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:42 am #
      • From Iel:

        Hi Agnes,

        $25 per person per day gives you Php 1,000.00 which is enough to get you three meals in good Filipino restaurants. Maybe your “tour guide” ripped you off so you didn’t get to look in the right places.

        I suggest looking for a local host family or friend should you decide to come back. You can email me if you want. Hospitality is one of the Filipino people’s specialties so I’m sure you’ll get a much better experience then.:)

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 3:06 am #
      • From nevetessa:

        You can afford a decent food in that amount of money.. for a whole day, if that budget’s for food only. But yeah, I got to agree, I’m a local and I too don’t fancy some of our dishes.. yeah, some of them are too sweet, too fatty, too salty, but that’s not all about it.. you must try the other regions’ cuisine; street food in Manila? NO. No to street food in general.. and that’s the reason why they’re called street food.
        so you tried balut.. did you like it? it’s one of my favorites. Seriously though, stay away from street food, it’s not good for you.
        As for breakfast, because you’re asking if that’s typically our breakfast.. uhm no, I sometimes eat 2 large pandesal (Pan de Manila/Pan de Pugon) they’re really good, but cheap.. and those bread are usually partnered with scrambled eggs or peanut butter or hotdog or tuna or anything. Then coffee; I choose brewed coffee. I think what you had was either the normal instant coffee or the 3 in 1, that’s coffee in a sachet with sugar and creamer mixed with coffee.. that’s very popular here and also cheap, and I too buy those. But I think you got your hotdog at 7 eleven, they also serve brewed coffee for about 30 pesos.. and it tastes like real brewed coffee. Have you tried suman? some of us also eat that for breakfast.. also puto, kutsinta.. have you tried taho? in Baguio they have strawberry taho which is very unusual, but it tastes good.. a bit sweet yeah, but you can ask the vendor not to put too much syrup (strawberry syrup).
        I can’t name them all, but if you really want to experience the real Filipino food, you’ve got to explore and expect them good food to cleaner places. You’re right about what you said here, but still a bit unfair. Maybe you should expand your budget a bit more when you think of coming back. No? :D

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 7:29 am #
      • From Neil:

        Hi. Where exactly in the Philippines did you go?

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm #
  27. From Rachel of Hippie in Heels:

    Hi Agnes, bummer you didn’t like the food. There have been places that I was very underwhelmed as well! There was a post by the Globetrotter Girls called “Why Chilean Food Sucks” and people went nuts yelling at them- I see a couple mean posts on here as well. I hope people keep it nice! I hate HATE comments even on other people’s sites :(

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Hi sweetie,

      Thanks! Filipino people seem to be very proud of their food and I absolutely understand that. We respect everyone’s opinion as long as it’s expressed in a polite and kind way without using bad words and insulting people.

      What can I say… Sometimes travelling is also about bad experiences. I am referring to food we did not like and there is nothing I can do with that. I could lie and say “Yes! I loved it!” and make everyone happy, but that’s not the point. We are honest here… :) and I can cope with negative and mean comments, no worries! :-)

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:40 am #
      • From Anz:

        Hi Agnes,

        We have 17 regions in the Philippines and I would say you have tried one place only which is in Luzon please do try to come in other regions as well which they have their own delicious food delicacies or better yet check this site: http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/
        I’m from Philippines but never have Itried to travel in LUZON AREA so I’m not familiar with their food also but try the foods in VISAYAS and MINDANAO for a different view :)

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 6:37 am #
    • From Christian:

      I don’t understand when you say you hate HATE comments. Isn’t this blog post a HATE comment?!

      Posted on March 19, 2014 at 9:52 pm #
  28. From Lyndsay:

    Different place will have different taste or style of cooking. If you could have collaborated with locals or contacted local travel bloggers you could have had you’re time of your life in the Philippines like Justonewayticket.com girl.

    Just sucks, not everyone will have the same experience and sorry that you didn’t experience the best of our country. But you know what, there’s always next time and maybe that time, you’ll get to do it right. ;)

    Have a safe trip.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 2:59 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      We met Sabrina. She loved her Filipino experience. We didn’t talk much about the food though.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:37 am #
  29. From jonas:

    I’m Filipino and i don’t intend to be on the other side of the truth here but there is a little detail that you forgot about your post and your experiences. You never had anyone who knows something about the ins and outs of the locality. Sure it was nice that you took the initiative to try some stuff but you we’re in the wrong places in the wrong times. Get a local who can help you. If you weren’t aware, Filipinos play with certain languages and English is our second medium of communication, you failed to communicate properly with a native. And if you actually intend to eat something that is both hearty and appetizing then stay at a friend’s house during festivals. You travel that’s great, but use your social media friends to maximize the experience. Oh before I end please try something like Nilaga (comes with many different varieties; pork, shrimp, etc.), Pancit Palabok, Halo-halo or the ever famous Inasal… I’m sure were open to any suggestions right?

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:02 pm #
  30. From jonas:

    One last thing, if you want i can be your tour guide, and if you need some place to stay we can adopt you… See you around!

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Thanks Jonas! We really appreciate that!

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:36 am #
  31. From Pamela:

    Thank you for your honesty, different cuisines are really up to individual likings but still, at least you did not just give up on it on the first attempt! :)

    Although I have never been to Philippines but I have tried some filipino dishes. I find them too sweet for my liking too.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Thank you Pamela. I hope you can make it to the Philippines soon and find out what locals have to offer.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:36 am #
  32. From Franca:

    What a shame guys! I heard the same comments about Filipino food from other travelers. Looking the bright side, at least you managed to try some local dishes in the end, even if only few :)

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:08 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Maybe next time we can try more food! :D

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:33 am #
      • From Liann27:

        I couldn’t agree more…
        Do come back and look for a better guide… OK?

        Email me… I can have someone — or even MYSELF.
        Guide you… No biggie… ;)

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:31 am #
  33. From bernie:

    Lily May Paradero-Joy One experience should not be the conclusion of the whole matter. Korean food is one of my favorites and I have eaten at some places that I don’t like but I try again somewhere else. No big deal!
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    Rhett Ragzh once is not enough for a wise man…
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    Rhett Ragzh she should try chinese fake meats…
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    Vinz Matias read her article. sad to say but in so many points she’s right.
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    Alvin Lucrida Bulls She eat in a wrong place…
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    Alvin Lucrida Bulls I can get sick with American food too if I eat just in any place
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    Cheery Chette She needs a good tour guide.
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    Tracy Gutierrez She should stay in a local family home. That’s the only way to truly experience local food.
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    Alvin Lucrida Bulls Good thing I didn’t see bulad… Tuyo on the pictures hehe
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    Alvin Lucrida Bulls Good thing I didn’t see bulad… Tuyo on the pictures hehe
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    Luzil Joy Faigmani Pontanar One person or group of tourists’ opinion. Great advice: local family who cook well & good local companions or tour guides. She’s right however with a lot of local/street food handling. That’s why GMA’s Imbestigador still has a thriving gross food feature.

    But I wouldn’t be too bothered with reviews or blogs like these Thanks for posting though
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    Ali Bernie Buga-ay I would not repost this because this travel blog is stupid. These nerds travel to eat in asia, they must be ready for whatever. we travel much here in asia and we also experience almost the same things they have in every asian country we visited except for those extremely developed countries. Yet, going to the wrong places give you the wrong experiences as well.
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    Ali Bernie Buga-ay They said some good things but all are bad… each country has its own ways about food and stuff, this travel blog is biased in the approach of this topic. Can’t they see or something? They could have chosen not to eat or buy what they think is wrong.
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    Ali Bernie Buga-ay They have chosen to experience the wrong thing and deliberately attacked…
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    Lily May Paradero-Joy Before you go to a different country, make sure you have a “person” there who will be your guide to take you to reputable places to eat, or better yet, homecooked meals with you there to see what’s in them;-) My husband’s been sick with banana cue befo…See More
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    Ali Bernie Buga-ay We were in Laos last week and we went to the famous Vang Vien Hills. There we saw people from different parts of the world. I already warned my wife and daughter about whatever may happen. When we reached the place, we saw a lot kids and adults, just l…See More
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    Cheery Chette She didn’t research well and didn’t find the right places so it’s her loss, but she did tell the ugly truth about our street food. We can invite her back, let her taste real food in our homes and wait for her blog update.
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    Ali Bernie Buga-ay The way they made the title is generally saying that filipino food is bad… I will go against that, that can go for a big legal battle.
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    Lily May Paradero-Joy Street foods are not made to impress tourists in my opinion. It’s for the locals whose stomachs are used to it, sa ato pa, pinobre, it’s affordable…I was used to eating ginamos for more than 25 years and went back to the Philippines after many years and got really sick eating it…Go figure. I want it still;-)
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    Ali Bernie Buga-ay The famous Roti in thailand is made and cooked by lands that also receive money and do something else, they never wash. Yet, people of all colours are buying that ont he streets here in Thailand, Malaysia and everywhere…
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    Lily May Paradero-Joy But that was her own experience, her opinion and she’s entitled to it. There’s many others who have a totally different experience. My American husband loves Filipino food and was only sick once in the many visits he had to our country. He’s been there more than 10 times and most of them on mission trips so he stayed for about a month on some of those trips. You have to have someone there that knows the good/safe places to eat and you have to have common sense;-)
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    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:15 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Thank you so much for sharing!

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:31 am #
  34. From Indietraveller Marek:

    Filiponos are so proud of their food. One Filipina told me she’d travelled all over south-east asia and hated the food there because it was “only spicy”. In the Philippines, she said, you had all the flavours.

    Sadly, I have to agree with you. Filipino food is not great… just too much fat, sugar, and salt. There are exceptions of course, but overall it’s a huge step down from any other cuisine in the region :(

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I know locals are proud of their food. I’m proud of Polish food as well! I hope nobody takes it personal. It’s all about our food experience. Yes, it’s fat, packed with sugar and oil :(. There are way too many junk food restaurants and pizzerias and people get obese day after day.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:31 am #
      • From Jan:

        Hahahha now as i read all comments your a europian its just so stupid to expect that you can get your expectation to your taste bud of filipino food to the point that europians are eating almost tasteless food… Sorry but i love exotic food…. Ang congrats your blog is famous. Nice idea to blog

        Posted on March 18, 2014 at 9:31 am #
      • From Donna:

        I think what most upsets filipino, which I am, is your insensitive headline. “I would rather go hungry than eat Filipino Food AGAIN.” It’s your opinion and that’s fine. But, how would you feel if I went to Poland and ate dirty street food and insulted it just based on that one experience? It’s disrespectful.
        Street food is gross. Period. In the Philippines, street food is especially sold by the poor and naturally, it will be composed by the cheapest produce and poorest quality meats. My husband is Caucasian and loves Filipino food. It’s totally based on who prepares the food. Lots of people take shortcuts and just throw in too much salt, sugar and fat. But you shouldn’t base something on one experience. I don’t mean to sound like a jerk in any way but, your headline was just not nice at all. $25 is a lot in the Philippines and if you had the right resources and the right person to show you around, I bet your time there would have been better. I was born and raised in California and I wouldn’t even be walking around a neighborhood without a proper guide around. It’s also not safe.
        Ps, that fried “dumpling” is called an empanada. It doesn’t always have egg in it and when I eat it, it is not fried. So, just try to explore options more. There are about 171 dialects and 7,107 islands in the Philippines which means, one area of street food should not represent Filipino food.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 12:23 am #
    • From posh:

      it’s because we have all our different food preferences, every country differs from one another depending on the region. If you cannot appreciate the taste of other foods, then you may just to stick on your local dishes .

      Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:22 am #
  35. From bernie:

    One experience should not be the conclusion of the whole matter. Korean food is one of my favorites and I have eaten at some places that I don’t like but I try again somewhere else. No big deal!

    once is not enough for a wise man…

    she should try chinese fake meats…

    Vinz Matias read her article. sad to say but in so many points she’s right.

    Alvin Lucrida Bulls She eat in a wrong place…

    Alvin Lucrida Bulls I can get sick with American food too if I eat just in any place

    Cheery Chette She needs a good tour guide.

    Tracy Gutierrez She should stay in a local family home. That’s the only way to truly experience local food.

    Alvin Lucrida Bulls Good thing I didn’t see bulad… Tuyo on the pictures hehe

    Alvin Lucrida Bulls Good thing I didn’t see bulad… Tuyo on the pictures hehe

    Luzil Joy Faigmani Pontanar One person or group of tourists’ opinion. Great advice: local family who cook well & good local companions or tour guides. She’s right however with a lot of local/street food handling. That’s why GMA’s Imbestigador still has a thriving gross food feature.

    But I wouldn’t be too bothered with reviews or blogs like these Thanks for posting though

    Ali Bernie Buga-ay I would not repost this because this travel blog is stupid. These nerds travel to eat in asia, they must be ready for whatever. we travel much here in asia and we also experience almost the same things they have in every asian country we visited except for those extremely developed countries. Yet, going to the wrong places give you the wrong experiences as well.

    Ali Bernie Buga-ay They said some good things but all are bad… each country has its own ways about food and stuff, this travel blog is biased in the approach of this topic. Can’t they see or something? They could have chosen not to eat or buy what they think is wrong.

    Ali Bernie Buga-ay They have chosen to experience the wrong thing and deliberately attacked…

    Lily May Paradero-Joy Before you go to a different country, make sure you have a “person” there who will be your guide to take you to reputable places to eat, or better yet, homecooked meals with you there to see what’s in them;-) My husband’s been sick with banana cue befo…See More

    Ali Bernie Buga-ay We were in Laos last week and we went to the famous Vang Vien Hills. There we saw people from different parts of the world. I already warned my wife and daughter about whatever may happen. When we reached the place, we saw a lot kids and adults, just l…See More

    Cheery Chette She didn’t research well and didn’t find the right places so it’s her loss, but she did tell the ugly truth about our street food. We can invite her back, let her taste real food in our homes and wait for her blog update.

    Ali Bernie Buga-ay The way they made the title is generally saying that filipino food is bad… I will go against that, that can go for a big legal battle.

    Lily May Paradero-Joy Street foods are not made to impress tourists in my opinion. It’s for the locals whose stomachs are used to it, sa ato pa, pinobre, it’s affordable…I was used to eating ginamos for more than 25 years and went back to the Philippines after many years and got really sick eating it…Go figure. I want it still;-)

    Ali Bernie Buga-ay The famous Roti in thailand is made and cooked by lands that also receive money and do something else, they never wash. Yet, people of all colours are buying that ont he streets here in Thailand, Malaysia and everywhere…

    Lily May Paradero-Joy But that was her own experience, her opinion and she’s entitled to it. There’s many others who have a totally different experience. My American husband loves Filipino food and was only sick once in the many visits he had to our country. He’s been there more than 10 times and most of them on mission trips so he stayed for about a month on some of those trips. You have to have someone there that knows the good/safe places to eat and you have to have common sense;-)

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Thank you for sharing!

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:30 am #
  36. From Gaki:

    Let me help you shed some light in your dreadful experience in the Philippines. I’m a local.

    1. A traditional Filipino breakast may contain Pan De Sal (bun), rice (staple food), dried fish (we love having it in the morning), tomato, hotdogs, eggs, bacon, longganisa, tocino, etc. We also have it with coffee, tea or fruit juices. What was served for you in Pagudpud was not even close a traditional Filipino breakfast. Your guide must have misunderstood your request and gave you whatever he can grab at that time.

    2. Grilled (burnt) fish is indeed a common dish. If the Japanese can’t wait for their fish to cook, we are the exact opposite. We are okay with burnt food.

    3. The hotdog served to you (which is what I am eating atm) is more likely from 7-11, a convenience store that I believe you guys have too. If you go to convenience stores and ask for Longganisa, people would think you are joking. Why you were served a hotdog by whomever you asked, I have no idea. Everyone here knows the different between the two.

    4. The stomachache you got may have been from street foods. Even the locals would prefer to avoid it if they only have the luxury to do so. But they are general poor so there you go. Our stomaches are used to dirty food (good for survival, come zombie apocalypse, I guess). Dizziness – must be the oily food you ate. Yeah. We get that too. We love oily foods. LOL. Overtired – sadly, our food isn’t as healthy as all the other Asian cuisines. Bloated – Well, this all depends on the type of food you ate. Next time, tell your guide to not serve you “heavy” meals. He’d know what to do.

    5. Sadly, our local markets are indeed dirty and has little to no regard for hygiene. People would normally clean the food they bought from these kinds of markets before cooking them to avoid food contamination. The food isn’t top quality either. Most of the fruit and vegetables were bought cheap from suppliers and isn’t as tasty as one would expect. The good thing about it thought is that they are laughably cheap. That’s why the middle-class tends to avoid local markets altogether and go to the supermarket for their daily needs to get decent food.

    6. I would suggest all foreign travellers to avoid street cafeterias and cheap pantries if you can. Yes, the food is very cheap and a meal can cost less than a dollar but you literally get what you pay for from these cheap restos. The food are prepared as hurriedly and as cheaply as possible because the mark up cannot be too high or else people will flock other establishments with cheaper pricing. If you really want a decent Filipino cuisine, get a Filipno family to adopt you during your stay to get authentic home cooked meals (I have a couple of foreign friends who does this, you get a decent guide, home-cooked meals and way cheaper lodging) or go to decent Filipino Restoraunts. An average meal should cost about $3-10 dollars. If you buy food for anything less than that, you are eating what we call “food for the masses”. 70% of our population is poor. They live within their means. We have a saying “Mura na, madumi pa!”, which translates to “Not only is it cheap, it’s dirty too!”. And yes, I eat street foods too when I am in the mood for a snack in between my daily commute. And I eat at these cafeterias too when my maid can’t cook and I am short on budget for a decent meal.

    7. “We not only started feeling fat (literally), but also suffered from stomachache and diarrhea. I had a massive migraine, mood swings and heartbum caused by spicy and oily pork.” – All the more reason for you to avoid street food (dirty food) anywhere you go.

    8. N”o wonder why, in the north, the vast majority of Filipino kids and young people are overweight. This is something we have noticed straight away. People in young age are huge and it’s due to poor quality of food.” – No, an average Filipino is skinny. Even in the “North”. If America is called the country of excess, we are the exact opposite. Obesity will never be a problem in the Philippines.

    9. You made a very bad decision when you chose your guide. Your experience could have been very different otherwise. He gave you a hotdog instead of a Longganisa. He gave you random fruits instead of a standard Filipino breakfast. He fed you dirty food instead of bringing you to decent Filipino Restaurants. For all we know, he is the one to blame from all your bad experiences here.

    10. The pineapple juice you bought from a street vendor costs about 10 cents. A not-so-good pineapple here costs about a dollar. Not sure how much it is where you live. So expect water, artificial fruit flavored powder and dirty ice on your drink. A real Pineapple juice should cost way more than that. You may even get Hepatitis from the street foods here. Please don’t buy cheap food here. It is for your own good.

    Why am I doing this? Because you barely ate real Filipino food and your title is somewhat…extreme. But then again, it’s your site and it’s your opinion, hehehe! Cheers!

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Hi Gaki,

      Thank you ever so much for sharing that with us. That is just fantastic. Yes, as you mentioned, it’s our personal blog where we share bad and good experience from our travels. We had a bad experience with local street food in the Philippines, sorry. I’m referring here to the food, its bad quality and lack of variety, not to the people. Don’t take it personal.

      Thank you!

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:29 am #
      • From bb:

        you are right, never trust filipino street food. seriously i’m from the philippines 80% wasn’t in a sanitary environment

        Posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:13 pm #
      • From athens:

        Yeah. What you can see on the streets does not necessarily mirror the culture/food of the Philippines. It is like that because they have to survive. The seller has to sell something cheap to have buyers so he or she can live, the buyer has to buy the cheapest to live. If they have a choice, if they just can, economically, I bet the street foods of the Philippines will be similar at least to Thailand not only in Manila but even to the smallest barrios in the north. If they just have the money they will sell what most Filipinoes would want to eat. True Filipino Food, like the food cooked by their mothers or the recipe handed down by grandmothers. I am a Filipino, I agree with the cleanliness comment. I DONT EAT as well on these type of food stalls because I am scared to get sick. I am just lucky because we have enough money to buy good quality ingredients so my mom can prepare adobo, sinigang, bulalo, etc. Just like how it should be, like how it was before, when most Filipinoes still have enough money.

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm #
    • From Ria:

      I’m a Filipino and I grew up in Manila. I have to agree that if you want to taste good Filipino food, you have to get yourself invited to a Filipino home for a home-cooked meal. When my parents have foreign visitors or friends/family coming home from abroad, we invite them to our house and we cook for them. If you’re not as lucky, you could try Filipino restaurants in malls; the food there actually are more accurate incarnations of home-cooked Pinoy food compared to street foods or sidewalk eateries. Even I don’t eat at those places because 1) not worth your money if you can actually afford slightly more expensive but still decent food and 2) you could get AGE, typhoid, Hepa A, etc from those places. You’ll be surprised because there are actually a lot of restaurants (some in malls, others stand alone establishments) are not expensive but still serve good food.

      Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:07 am #
    • From Etonmusikero:

      Very well said!

      Posted on March 20, 2014 at 5:44 am #
  37. From Tush:

    I’m from fhe Philippines amd sadly, I have to agree with you. Filipino foods are either salty(adobo with salts…soy sauve), oily (fried everything.. And Filipinos love to eat PORK) or sweet (minatamis or “sweetened” everything. Although as stated by the previous commenters, a lot of the food stalls on sidewalks where you bought or looked for meals that you ate were not exactly made to satisfy foreigners. You were on point about haggling. It’s the poor economy that drove all these vendors and pretty much everybody to corruption.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:53 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Hi Tush,

      At least one person from the Philippines can relate to this post and agree with what we are writing here. THANKS!

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:28 am #
      • From Patt:

        1 tip when eating in the Phillipines: Don’t go mainstream, it’s not authentic (quality and standard wise)

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:27 am #
      • From Guy:

        Hi, I think it’s better to change your title as it generalizes all the Filipino food. Better say “My experience on local street/fast foods in the Philippines”. With your title “Id rather go hungry than eat Filipino foods again”, basically it generalizes the whole country’s cuisine.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:21 am #
      • From JD:

        Hey Agness,

        Looking at the photos of the food you tried in our country, looks like you haven’t gone to our country at all. I believe you already have an idea that the Philippines is an archipelago and trying “Filipino foods” by just staying in one of the islands is not the right way to do it. Every island, every region has its own specialty. You can’t just say that you have tried our local foods because you have been eating in fast foods/carinderia where locals eat. This is not Thailand or Vietnam where you can easily get authentic local foods in the streets. Like what others are saying, knowing where to eat is way different from knowing what to eat.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:31 am #
      • From john:

        I agree with your post. I am a Filipino from down south and like you I travel a lot around the Philippines. Next time you visit our country, never drink tap water in major cities, they are dirty that’s why there’s a lot of water refilling stations every where. Even locals don’t drink it. I’ve had LBM many times.

        Traditional Filipino foods vary from each region. each region have their own cuisines and methods for cooking. I am from south called Mindanao and I tell you I’m not even familiar with most traditional cuisines in some regions.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:56 am #
  38. From Lauren:

    Click bait posts like this makes my heart jump with laughter. Come on, you are selling your opinions as hard facts when you haven’t even experienced the whole country. And if you pay peanuts by the way you get well– disappointment. And who the hell goes to a convenience store expecting gourmet quality food? I travel too but the last thing i will ever do is to insult a country’s culture just because it doesn’t fit my personal criteria.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Our experience is based on 2 weeks we spent in the Philippines. During this time (I know it’s a short period of time), we wanted to experience what most of local people eat in their countries. Eating on food stalls, streets etc is more typical and more show of an embedded culture than going to a posh restaurant! Personally restaurants elaborate dishes that are not always typical or what your everyday person eats. This is our personal experience with local street food.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:27 am #
      • From Sharisse:

        Eating what and how you did would be the equivalent of eating at a soup kitchen or living off solely street food (i.e. hot dog stands) in the US. The locals eat at those places where you ate because their stomachs are accustomed to the local cuisine. All Filipinos do not eat like that – my family doesn’t. Perhaps you should’ve gone to a kamayan or seafood restaurant for a more well-rounded experience. Just a thought – next time, post a better headline, because your headline didn’t actually capture your experience. It’s insulting to most Filipinos who KNOW we have good food. The White House Executive Chef is a Filipina woman – we know our food.

        Posted on March 18, 2014 at 6:48 pm #
      • From Victoria:

        Honestly, it’s difficult to get the experience of an average local in the Philippines by eating out, even from street vendors and karinderias, because honestly, it’s a luxury to be able to go somewhere and have someone else cook your food for you. If you spent the entirety of your two weeks just eating from food carts and roadside eateries, you didn’t get an accurate overview of local eating at all. If you wanted to know what the average local eats like, you should have been a gracious guest in the country, met people, shared meals with people in their homes – because that is how people eat.

        Again, for most Filipino families, going out and having someone cook food for them at all is a luxury that they only indulge in once in a while – most of the time, they are at the palengke (marketplace) every day or so, haggling for ingredients (mostly vegetables and fish) that they need to cook for themselves at home.

        So again, you have an accurate perception of what Filipino street food is like, but not what the everyday eating experience of the Filipino is like. Not even close.

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm #
      • From Happy:

        I agree with you completely, I am FIlipino and here from the Philippines, I hope people are not sending you too many hateful comments. It’s just your opinion and you were not insulting any Filipinos I do not know why some people are so (too) sensitive :(

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm #
      • From Koroneki Pinchot:

        You only went in one place of the Philippines, I guess mostly north or just one place of north luzon and you are generalizing everything. Every place in the Philippines has very distinct way of cooking.

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 6:02 pm #
      • From Andrea:

        If this is how you feel about eating in restaurants, whether they be posh or not, you should probably avoid generalizing the whole cuisine on account of 2 weeks of street food. It is incredibly unfair and haste that you feel comfortable writing these things about a country you don’t seem to understand very well. Filipino food varies, just as most world cuisines, on the socio-economic status of the cook or clientele. It’s unfortunate but it’s true. So before you write in your blog , be sure to contextualize your experience and research on the wider implications of what you eat where you dine.
        Ps- You’d be happy to know that any Filipino family would love to host you (free of charge) and share with you our cuisine. And hey, in this case it will be even cheaper than your anti-restaurant policy.

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 6:18 pm #
      • From Walter:

        “…we wanted to experience what most of local people eat in their countries. Eating on food stalls, streets etc is more typical and more show of an embedded culture than going to a posh restaurant!”

        Ahahaha… sorry, but that is a very narrow POV. Saying most people eat street food in the Philippines is pretty ignorant. Majority of Filipinos do not eat there, if that was the case, those street stalls would be rich.

        If you wanted to eat what the poor eats. You achieved that… but it’s pretty ignorant to say that you are eating what most Filipinos eat. You did get it right, that Filipinos cook with too much oil, sugar, and carbs.

        You clearly ignored where/what the middle class eats. I’m an avid traveler… and I’ve eaten from Posh restaurants to street vendors in several Asian countries. If you want to be taken seriously as a food blogger, I suggest you TRY harder and provide equal/fair coverage.

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 9:40 pm #
      • From Sam Bean:

        If you look at the price of the foods you bought it is so cheap it is only for regular Filipino who earned below $1 a day, never try street foods in metro manila, go to some province if you want a safe foods….

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:33 am #
      • From Lauren:

        Hi Agness! Anyway, this post caused some really heated replies on your part and it really takes patience to answer to it. While i do have to commend you on sticking to your rightful opinion here’s why saying that Filipino food did not live up to your expectation is problematic.

        Mostly i replied to you as such because you have not eaten Filipino food!!

        - Our culture is one that keeps strong Family values, Much like how Chinese people order Lauriat style in a buffet meant to be shared, Filipinos will make food in one huge batch meant to be eaten with a lot of people– this is why side stall eateries and hawker stands that are so popular in other parts of South East Asia do not serve the same function here. The average Filipino everyday worker would rather brave a 3 hour commute to have a home cooked meal rather than have a 50 cent poor excuse of a dinner at some random carinderia

        Now it is easy to assume that with a limited market a carinderia would only cater to people who will not be able to get home for a proper meal (truck drivers, cab drivers etc.) It is incredibly unhealthy because its sole purpose to to tide over a hungry person so he can do his job and earn his wage to feed his family. A carinderia owner would have to make it loaded with preservatives (salt, soy sauce, vinegar) so it would keep longer so the owner doesnt end up throwing it away.

        So the Filipino street food you had just functions as a snack most of the time.

        Also, i don’t know why you saw plenty of overweight kids but recent statistics show that malnutrition is prevalent in my country. A lot of people are poor, and the government steals the funding supposedly used for fertilizers and pesticides- on hindsight it would mean that our vegetables and fruits are organic. Yes bananas are supposed to be spotty and Nectarines are sour, yet the immaculately spotless fruits i buy in Costco is all thanks to Monsanto (which isnt bad, it means high yield production which fuels the economy of Banana Republics such as Costa Rica or Mexico)

        I am not making excuses for the problems of my country but as a Traveler, i am not in a position to derisively call out an ENTIRE CUISINE along with the COUNTRY and UNIQUE CULTURE that goes along with it. I know that if i am privileged enough to travel then i could afford the extra money that goes to the local people so i could have a decent meal. Because that’s how a tourism driven economy works- by people who pay the locals for goods and services.

        Everyone’s been ripped off at one point or another, but do we b*tch about it. No, i don’t because i believe that the third world countries like mine cannot afford the quality education that allows me to see the wider picture.

        I never comment on posts like this. In fact if you caught me during exam season i wouldn’t even give a flying f*ck but your post has been viral and so many are sharing and my country has a horrendous rep already, i just don’t think that “Horrible Food” is one of its many many many problems.

        Ciao!

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 2:50 am #
      • From Kirsikka:

        “Eating on food stalls, streets etc is more typical and more show of an embedded culture than going to a posh restaurant!”

        The one mistake that you have made is that you think that everyone in the world eats out. Eating in food stalls is NOT A TYPICAL FILIPINO THING TO DO.

        A typical Filipino normally eats home cook meals at home. We take time to get ingredients ready and cook from scratch. We rarely eat out on a regular basis. Most “locals” will only eat in the places that you ate if they have no where else to eat if they are out and really hungry. But most of the time, we cook our own meals and eat at home. As Filipinos are a family-oriented nation, meal time are always spent at the dinner table sharing a meal and family and friends.

        Although, yes. Most Filipino foods are salty as compared to other nations which to us Filipinos would taste too bland. We do try to bring out the flavour of our meals that foreigners like you would think it too strong a taste.

        You don’t have to eat an an expensive restaurant to get the Filipino dining experience. Get a Filipino family to adopt you for a week or two and experience REAL FILIPINO food cooked by a typical Filipino.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:01 am #
      • From Rltr Jayson Dulatre:

        Next time you visit the Philippines please feel free to contact me at (+63)9228630322 or (+63) 9354451020. I will be your tour guide and I will show you and cook for you and experience the true Filipino Foods that your are looking for. I currently live in Angeles City – “the culinary capital of the Philippines” but I grew up in Northern Luzon.

        I hate reading your blog because you are discriminating and judging our Filipino Food culture easily. Remember, the Philippines is a 7,100+ islands and 2 weeks is not enough to understand and taste all the Filipino cuisines. I lived in the Philippines for 30 years already and I still didn’t experience all the food in Visayas and Mindanao. Now compare it to your 2 weeks stay and why we are reacting to your blog.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:33 am #
      • From Irvin:

        Next time, make a post if you are to go to the Philippines. I’m sure a lot of Filipinos would be willing to give you info on which places you can eat ‘local style.’ What you ate are ‘budget foods’ or turo-turo – Unhealthy, under-prepared, and sometimes unsanitary. The people who eat them are either on a budget or are too busy to wait for the legit, Filipino home-cooked meals.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 4:32 am #
      • From Erek:

        I’m a local and don’t eat the food you featured, nor do I frequent sidewalk vendors unless there’s absolutely nothing else available. The places you went to and the food you tried are not accurate representations of Filipino Food. Before you go hungry, allow me to invite you to try proper Filipino food.

        I also think you’re really pretty Agness. I’d like to rock your culinary world with Filipino food. I shall woo you like a proper Filipino gentleman, with flowers and my driver playing guitar in the background while I sing.

        Allow me to host you and correct the impression you have.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 5:00 am #
      • From Wowie:

        your pictures of sample Filipino foods is dirty,cheap and gross… even I, a typical Filipina will not dare touch it, moreso feed it to my kids. As a travel/food blogger you sure don’t know how to do your assignment well. Also, we’re not like other asians who typically eat dirty street foods. Home cooked meal and decent restaurant food is what a TYPICAL FILIPINO EAT EVERYDAY.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 6:52 am #
      • From roselle:

        Hi! First of all, I’m sorry that you had a bad experience eating Filipino food in the Philippines, BUT, it was of your own fault. I grew up in Manila, and YET, I have never eaten in those places where I think you ate. Looking at the pictures of food you posted, I’m thinking you ate at really poor carinderias and turo-turo where food is cooked the cheapest way possible with little care about sanitation. They looked gross and disgusting, and not like the Filipino food I grew up with and love to eat. Even I would get sick if I eat those food. Even the benignit, pansit bihon, and lomi you liked and recommended, looking at the pictures, I won’t even try tasting them, even though I love all those food and are one of my favorites. You didn’t have to eat at expensive and elaborate or posh restaurants… there are a lot of decent Filipino restaurants that are affordable, and yet delicious and clean. The places where you ate does not measure up to the quality and taste of an authentic Filipino food… the food you ate are “watered down” food and is not what you would typically taste and eat in Filipino homes. I dunno where you stayed in Pagudpod, and where you ordered that traditional filipino breakfast, but let me tell you, our traditional filipino breakfast would usually consist of fried rice or steamed rice, eggs (scrambled or sunny side up), longganisa, tocino, or tapa, or daing, tuyo, or any fried fish, with sliced tomatoes, and coffee or juice, and slice of fruit that is in season like pineapple, mango, etcetera…. alternate traditional filipino breakfast would be chocolate porridge, hot pan de sal (bread), eggs, hot dogs or corned beef, fresh goat cheese, coffee, and milk. Those are the traditional filipino breakfast I grew up with. I hope that you give it a try again and next time if ever you do, please try to spend more money and do research on where you can eat good and clean filipino food.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 6:55 am #
    • From Louisa:

      Thank you Lauren! Short and succinct.

      Posted on March 20, 2014 at 2:48 am #
  39. From nix cruz:

    hi agnes,i think u went to the budgeted places. the food u ate are for the local filipinos who can only afford for the budgeted prices.tourist may also try but it has no assurance of the cleanliness and the quality of the food.if u really want to taste the real filipino food u shouldve googled the food first.ive been to pagudpod also and i really enjoyed their food there but it cost quite expensive.try going to manila and try their best restaurants there.ur research wasnt good enough.as a traveller,u must research the best food to order and the best place/restaurant to go.u must give it another shot with a good guide.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      We ate where locals usually eat. That’s how we experience local cuisine. Of course we could have gone to fancy and expensive restaurants, but that’s not the point.

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:24 am #
      • From Athena:

        Just a tip. If you wanna experience real Filipino food, you must not eat on the streets nor in fast food restaurants. There are a lot of decent restaurant serving same as a home-cooked bill in a Filipino house’. So if I were you…you should’ve not only tried the food on the streets. Street foods in the Philippine aren’t impressive. Unhealthy just like any other street foods found from other countries such as Thailand. And please don’t utter “FILIPINO FOODS” if you haven’t tried eating in a Filipino house yet. The food that you experienced on the street were all considered fast foods. They are not cooked traditionally…though they’re eaten by the locals. Not all locals..just a percent! We usually cook our food in our houses. So if you want to discover clean, and awesome Filipino food..visit a Filipino house or just a decent Filipino restaurant. Not food on the streets…I’m but a poor Filipino. But I don’t eat on the streets, I may get real sick same as you’ve experienced.

        Posted on March 18, 2014 at 5:16 am #
      • From jhun:

        you don’t need to go to fancy restaurants, in the mall will do. Side walk eating you wont be up for it,specially if you are used to sandwiches and salads.

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm #
      • From Happy:

        I have lived in the Philippines my whole life and I have to say I’m not a huge fan of Filipino food, however it really helps to know where to eat. You probably went to places where the locals ate which I think is great (all part of the cultural experience), but you have to know that the locals have been eating there for years so their stomachs are accustomed to these foods, and the Philippines has a looot of poverty (which I’m sure you saw) and so the quality of food, even just fruits or vegetables are definitely lower quality than what you would find in Europe or even other parts of Asia (probably why they are also usually cheaper). But if you ever come back there are more (and I believe better) places to eat! Each area has it’s own places where locals eat. A lot of locals still go to malls to eat every now and then but the “real” Filipino cuisine I believe, is in the home. Most moms I know can cook an amazing Adobo. Anyway best of luck to you on your future travels! I hope you still enjoyed your stay even though you did not enjoy the food!

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 5:23 pm #
      • From Paolo:

        FYI, some of the places you went to get grub were called “Karinderias”, locals don’t usually eat there to satisfy their own cravings. In fact, only students and the working class eat there to fill up their bellies to give them energy for work,that’s why it is cheap. As for the places that locals eat went to eat to stimulate their taste buds, they eat HOME COOKED MEALS IN THEIR ON HOMES, Exotic food in “Real” Street food stalls and Gourmet Filipino Cuisine in Restaurants not in Karinderias which was meant to fill up working class filipinos’ bellies. So don’t expect to experience Filipino cuisine when eating in those kinds of places. Sad to say, you never really experienced True Filipino Cuisine.

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 11:14 pm #
      • From True Filipino:

        In the Philippines, locals do NOT usually eat on SIDEWALKS. They eat at HOME. Or bring to work food from their houses. Sidewalk food in the Philippines is sloppily made fast food and does not do justice to real Filipino food – what we call lutong bahay (home-cooked meals).

        So if you wanted genuine Filipino food, you should have eaten in the house of one of your Filipino friends. Or you should have gone to a restaurant that serves Filipino food. I am Filipino and I can tell you I have NEVER tried sidewalk food. I usually eat at home, or in restaurants. If you wanted the place “where locals usually eat,” you chose the wrong venues – and therefore got the wrong impressions.

        Not your fault, though. Next time, eat at a middle-class Filipino home or eat at one of our restaurants. That’s Filipino =)

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:21 am #
      • From Henlin:

        This is not a hate comment but just a piece of my mind and some suggestions if I may.

        First of all the title of your blog post “I Would Rather Go Hungry Than Eat Filipino Food Again!” is really offensive. I know it is your right and opinion but I thought since you love travelling, you are more openminded than some other people that were not exposed to other cultures aside from the one that you are familiar with.

        Based on your pictures, you are eating on sidewalks which is called turo-turo/carenderia. You also said that it is where MOST LOCALS dine. I know sidewalk vendors are all over the place and people eat in there BUT there are so many people in the Philippines and the “LOCALS” that you saw eating there are most likely the ones that are really poor and can’t afford to eat somewhere decent. I don’t have anything against people who can’t afford because they should eat and do whatever they need to do even if it means eating unsafe street food. By the look of the table an AVERAGE Filipino won’t eat in there coz it is very dirty so I was surprised since you can afford 25bucks a day of food why will you eat where it cost a buck or less for a whole meal? With the things you showed it’s like you were allowing yourself not more than 10 bucks a day. Anywhere you go, you get what you pay for.

        You might have seen lot of locals eat in dirty places like that but that is just a small portion of our people. If you want real food like lechon the only way to have it good is to pay at least 200USD for a small one. Nobody goes to 7-Eleven to ask for longganisa. Longanisa is bought is a reputable local dealer or the ones from Pampangga and then you home cook it. If you want half decent food your 25 dollars will be enough. With the things I’ve seen in the photos it is no more 10 bucks a day. It is nice to know someone local so you could eat the AUTHENTIC FILIPINO FOOD, HOME COOKED. RESTAURANTS COOK IT TOO BUT YOU HAVE TO PAY MORE THAN THE COST YOU PAID ON STREET FOOD. The street food version is a far cry from the real one.

        Usually if you go to Pagudpud or Palawan the breakfast you will get for a cheap resort or resto is really like that. You pay cheap you get cheap.

        I know you had a bad experience and got sick and I feel sorry for you but at least do not generalize Filipino food because what you ate is not even close. Adobo does not have a broth like that in the picture. I’ve been to Banaue and they dont have a lot of choices because they are on top of the mountain. If you got bad experience with street food and turo-turo food(based on your pictures) then that should be emphasized, too bad you title says otherwise.

        There is a lot of decent places to eat in Manila and I myself never tried a turo-turo before because we were taught that is it dirty, our parents forbid us to eat there and most parents I know forbid their kids too. Next time do not go to the poor areas. Go to Makati, Restaurants/Hotels in Roxas Boulevard, Market-Market, Mall of Asia and Bonifacio Global City. Try to go to some Floating Restaurants and I am sure you won’t be disappointed. A very good meal in a floating restaurant is minimum 50 bucks good for two person. Now that is authentic because authentic and fresh costs more than the streetfood.

        I hope you will give it a chance again and next time, home cooked meal is good thing to try and a lot of AUTHENTIC FILIPINO RESTAURANTS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. Even Filipinos avoid eating street food but there is a lot of poor people and that is the only thing they can afford.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 2:24 am #
      • From Ben:

        I cook dishes based on recipe from different country, unless you are adventurous when it comes to food if unfamiliar you should not go for street foods unless you are accompanied by locals. But one thing I can tell you , those people eating street food in the Philippines that seem very disgusting to you in one way or another have strong immune system.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 2:56 am #
      • From Bat:

        Yup. You’re right about that. But there’s so many levels of street foods or cheap restaurants that even many locals would avoid. I’m guessing you went to those judging by the photos you posted. The 7-11 food. Really? I went to Burma and got sick the first day I ate local food. But I attributed that to my stomach which lost its natural hardiness after being used to more hygeanically prepared food and water. Remember, when you travel, don’t drink the water. Drink beer. You got sick and I laugh at your pain.

        And to @ZhaGaga…..Filipino foods are fatty/oily and full of carbs for one reason…..it’s supposed to last you a whole day of hard labor. It’s salty because salt is mostly used to preserve fish or beef by making jerky out of them. Our use of soy and fish sauce is no different from the rest of east Asia. Now that everybody is a city dweller and doesn’t have to walk 2 kilometers to chat with his/her neighbor, lessen your intake or excercise to compensate. Jeez you all could be so simple.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:02 am #
      • From bernard:

        Daily local cuisine is based on the FIlipino’s capacity to buy food. You should have to know how much locals earn their living for them to choose rubbish food. But if you are lucky, try visiting their local country fiestas. They serve their good food on those occasions, and i mean real food. And regarding your breakfast in Pagudpud, apples and oranges are imported from China, they dont grow here. Bananas vary from small (señorita) to big (sabá) varieties, what you got on the picture is the kind that most can afford because its cheap, and yes it gets dark-black because its sensitive and can get easily oxidized. good bananas are sold in airconditioned markets and are usually exported to your country but they are not as organic as the variety you got in Pagudpud. The Longganisa on the picture is NOT longganisa at all! that’s hotdog from 7-11! disappointingly, your research on the food seems insufficient. youve been to the north down to the Visayas region, you should have known that there varieties of longganisa too and tried them at least. Every food here in the Philippine has varieties even the most esteemed Adobo. It differs from one mother who cooks it to another. I am a Filipino and I must tell you, Filipino food is meant to be tried at home not on restaurants, expensive or otherwise.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:37 am #
      • From Bien:

        There are a lot of better places to eat in even if it’s not in a fancy restaurant. You could have gone to dampa or Binondo. It would be cheap but good.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 4:41 am #
      • From Jcuz:

        Most of the real food that is really experienced are in homes. Most of these are made with love. Longganisa is a specialty and not sold in convenience stores. You were in Manila as well so your authenticity factor for your buck fails. You do know that you went into a country that is experiencing poverty. If you really want real food, buy the ingredients and then have someone cook it for you. In that case, they would not skimp on the ingredients. It is also disappointing to know that you only tried without asking, for example, chefs in the Philippines. They know the cheap food places where they get their inspiration from.

        Your research was only based on a few choices and places and notwithstanding your poor judge of character. It’s sad that you were not able to try turon, 10 kinds of adobo, sinigang, and the works.
        I hope you get to see and experience Filipinos and not just their food. The real tastes are in families and smiles.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 6:15 am #
      • From Roselle:

        I’m a Filipino hailed from Manila, and yet, when I lived in the Philippines, I never ate @ the local carinderias where you ate. I know that you are trying to experience eating local cuisine and probably thought that the best way was to eat where the locals go. The thing is, where the locals go, the food is usually not sanitary and definitely not good. To tell you the truth, Filipino cuisine is really good if it’s cooked the traditional way and all the ingredients are present. These carinderias where you ate would not cook food that way because it would be too expensive, so therefore they will not earn much. If you really wanted to eat and experience the real taste of Filipino cuisine then you shouldn’t have eaten on those cheap carinderias. You wouldn’t have to suffer with stomachache and diarrhea. I was shaking my head while looking at the pictures that you posted. That adobo looks disgusting swimming in watery sauce… in fact all the pictures of the food you posted look disgusting even the binignit, pansit bihon, and lomi that you liked and recommended. I love all those food mind you, but I won’t eat them if I see them cooked like those in your pictures. Next time you go to the Philippines, don’t eat in the carinderias, please. Also, try to spend more money (which still would be cheap no matter what) and go to nicer places which I know exist in the Philippines. I have a lot of foreigner friends that enjoyed their stay in the Philippines and were raving about the food they ate, but that’s because they probably didn’t go to the places where you went to. Sorry to hear about your bad experience. Hope that you give it a try again.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 6:24 am #
      • From BenniiO:

        I can totally understand what you’re talking about in this blog. I was initially somewhat offended (being Filipino-American), but then realized, “Wait a minute… They went to the wrong places!” You can still get some REALLY good Filipino food (without going to a fancy restaurant) IF you know WHERE to go rather than what to eat.

        I’m no longer offended by this blog, mind you… NEXT time you come to the Philippines, find some of us here who have commented. We’ll ALL bring you to the RIGHT placeS! You won’t need to break the bank either!

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 6:26 am #
      • From M:

        Hi Agness!

        I just want to point out that you don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to experience quality and authentic Filipino food. In every town/city, there will always be that one place/restaurant known for their *insert Filipino dish here* – you just have to know who to ask. You could have asked the hotel manager (if you were staying in a hotel) or any person of authority, because they would have pointed you to the right places, unlike people whom you just met on the street.

        Also, I wish you learned more about our country before you went here and judged our food. I’m not mad or anything, but you should know that most of the people here aren’t privileged, and they do what they can to make ends meet. Those who sell food sometimes level down price and quality for quantity, so that those who buy their food can afford to eat more.

        It’s a different story when it’s us cooking the food that we eat. I just wish that you tried a homecooked meal, because home’s the place where you can really try the richness of Filipino cuisine.

        I hope that if you do come back to visit the Philippines, keep in mind the suggestions given here. :)

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 7:24 am #
  40. From Jei Milan:

    This should help you on your next visit:

    http://www.choosephilippines.com/eat/

    Knowing what to eat is one thing, knowing where to eat is another. I live in Manila and I’d be more than glad to show you around if my schedule permits. :)

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Thanks for sharing the link! I really appreciate that!

      Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:23 am #
      • From jhun:

        I know you love the adventure but no side walk eating you could get really sick, its not hygienic and the standard is very poor. Look after yourself while you are way. greasy salty food Filipinos don’t mind that, that’s why a lot lot of the Filipinos die at a very young age.

        Posted on March 19, 2014 at 12:27 pm #
      • From ZhaGaga:

        I am a Filipino, I love Filipino food! But when my European friend came to visit for a month, everything have changed. He didnt like Filipino food at all, even when we go to expensive restaurants, he just orders salads or pastas. He explains every details of why he was not eating what im eating, from burnt parts to greasiness, i realized it was gross. I still love Filipino food, its what i eat everyday, it is what my mom cooks. But i began to be very meticulous on how it was made, if it was too salty or oily etc. Well, Filipino foods are supposed to be that way, but i began to go to the groceries to buy sodiumless salts, organic etc. Yes they cost a little bit more and u can only buy them in groceries, where not the ordinary local filipino buy there food. It is sad that the rich history and the quality of Filipino food is gone because of the money before quality mindset. Poverty, corruption at its best. Welcome to my country, but whatever crazy shit is in here, i still say, Pilipinas kong Mahal.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:57 am #
      • From Jeff:

        Every country has its own Traditional/Authentic food to offer… you grew up with donuts, burgers and pizza, they grew up with pasta, some with sushi etc… and I grew up with Adobo, lechon, Inasal/inihaw, balut… I agree street food is bad due to their poor preparation… Not Healthy? yes! Yummy? for us is a BIG YES because WE (Pinoys) Grew UP with that kind of food.. and guess what.. We have healthy or more presentable version of that, all you need is to know the right place…. did you have a filipino companion? or you do it yourself? and oh the local sausage your talking? you cannot buy it on 7’11 store.. Both Public and Supermarket offers LONGANISA but not 7’11… In short YOUR “I Would Rather Go Hungry Than Eat Filipino Food Again!” started with the wrong place to do it… I’m not mad with your comments about our food I’m actually feel sorry that you didn’t experienced the real authentic pinoy food.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:49 am #
      • From rizza:

        since u r speaking ur mind might as well speak mine too, i think u love china and chinese food, tell u what i been i china several times an i tried thier local family home food ( junan, guangzhou, shenzhen zhuhai have u ever in this place? or maybe only in beijing?)and guess what is disgusting in any way, oily. greasy. fatty. what ever the word but that is only 1part of china on the other side i got exactly what i want, what im trying to say is we dont try to generalize until we experience most of it so sad that now u have a bad impression to my belove filipino dish and base on the pictures those are not even a public market coz u know what if u go to a market a real1 u will find what ur looking for and u wont be disappointed. people eat not only filipino as they want the way they want u want to eat rubbish u get rubbish. next time be careful with ur words i believe r not professional enough to give such comments.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:50 am #
      • From Queen V:

        Hey Laura,
        I guess the main problem here is not the food but the places you went to. It may seen hard to believe but Filipino cuisine is actually one of the best cuisines becuase of it’s diversity and flavors. As I have read, you went to Ilocos right? Ilocos actually offers very good longganisas and a dipping sauce made of vinegar which is authentic and known world wide. I have no idea why you went to 711 and ordered longganisa though. you can never ger authentic home made food from that store. That is a convenience store in which you also have back there. And if you are up to authentic filipino food, you should definitely go to filipino restaurants which we have a lot. And believe it or not they are as affordable as the karinderyas you went to. You really can’t count hawkers, karinderya and 711 as a place that offers authentic filipino cuisine. They offer alternative food for those who are on a budget and can’t afford to cook or go to a restaurant. I just think that it is very early for you to judge FILIPINO CUISINE in general when you have only visited a few places. I also think that when you travel, you should not rely on the locals too much. They have different opinions on which is delicious or not. As you can see, we are extremely challenged by the economy, that is the main reason why othwr locals prefer karinderyas or side street food carts since they are on a budget and they couldnt afford to eat in an authentic filipino restaurant.

        Just wanna say that I’m not hatin. And I hope that you still visit our country next time. I guess what Filipinos our angry about is the audacity to tell that you’d rather go hungry than eat our food. It’s a bit insensitive knowing that there are a lot of people/children here that are dying because of hunger and poverty. So I hope you understand why Filipinos are reacting badly about your blog.

        Just a piece of advice, research. Before you travel, do some researh on restaurants and food. That will definitely help you find what you are looking for. It’s better be wise than be sorry.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 4:02 am #
      • From Dana:

        Hello Agnes! You may have realized this, but you went to the wrong places.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 4:08 am #
      • From dragonrower:

        unfortunate of your adventure. we experience that everyday. just like what jei milan said. knowing where to eat is another thing. most straight out street vendors are gross, cheap, souped-down quality pinoy dishes. more than 95% is not sanitary and the type of customers patronize them are the lower class pinoys who can’t afford more than $2 to eat in a day. so expect that how it was cooked, they will not even like. but they have to eat.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 4:15 am #
      • From elle:

        You are judging other culture’s food basing on your poor research and choices in your stay. Generalizing it is seems to be exaggerated and maybe in a way, uneducated and uncultured.

        You should do your research more so not to offend some people in your next country of visit.

        $25/a day in the Philippines can go a long way. Very long way, in fact, minimum daily wage here is just about $6-7 dollar and can support a family.

        Living at $25/day is already for the very privilege. If you have done your research more, I may not have fault you for your poor judgment. Maybe a result of the food you just ate today.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 5:13 am #
      • From Denise:

        Hello. You seem to be a smart girl. But your title is just way off i am filipina and i have to say it was mean of you to say that. You just went to the wrong places but that’s no reason for you to call this article like so. change it.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 5:23 am #
      • From Cesar Cruz:

        As many had responded to your blog, the next time you visit any country, make sure you have a local who can guide you…

        You never experience the real Filipino food at all…

        You are in Ilocos, and you ask for a “longganiza” on a convenient store? That’s not where do you think you will find the authentic longganiza after all…

        We mean authentic Filipino cuisine cannot be found and serve on the street alone, you can have a taste of it when you ask around.

        What you get on the sidewalk or any nook and corner here in the Philippines doesn’t resemble nor in anyway represented the real authentic dishes that we Filipinos love to.

        They are quick dishes intended for students, workers from nearby as stated by one response here.

        I can’t blame you for trying what you say “where the common people eat” mentality, you really get the price of what you really pay and asked for in return.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 5:24 am #
      • From oddfit:

        Unfortunately, you really went to all the wrong places and were served all the wrong dishes. Locals would not consider what you had “Filipino” food. I recognize that as street food from provincial locations, basically whatever was cheap and handy.

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 6:19 am #
      • From Sani:

        Hi, I understand our country has a lot of imperfections. I didn’t react on your previous blog post about your trip because I think it is (in a way) true. But this post is just stupid. I am a Filipino who lives in Thailand. I can say personally, that Filipino food is not as exciting or as exotic as the food in other countries. If it was, it would have been as famous as Thai or Japanese food. Do the world a favor by not leave your comfort zones. Please stop insulting our culture and our people. Thank you

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 6:43 am #
    • From jhun:

      Maybe she was eating in the side walks to save money, off course the food will be terrible and will not be up to standard. you have to be in a restaurant or in the mall to get proper food. Filipinos don’t mind greasy food its not that they like it but and lot in the population are not really into weight watching because people are very active anyway. Fatty, greasy foods goes to all Asian food. Europeans wont be used to greasy food that’s not their thing at all or a lot of the food from the sea.

      Posted on March 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm #
      • From Emilie:

        Hi Jhun. I have been living in the Philippines for now 5 years. I don’t believe that “proper” food if found in malls. Reality is, filipino food is oily, salty and sweet, whether you get your food from gated malls or from the street. I don’t think Agness was not trying to save money, she just wanted to experience street food, the same thing you would do in Thailand, Malaysia, Laos… (which by the way tastes wonderful and is really cheap too).
        Another point: poor or not doesn’t justify an overweight population. With all the local fruits and vegetables you grow in the Philippines, everyone could possibly eat healthy (and those are really cheap if you buy them from local markets).

        Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:52 am #
    • From Nadia:

      You had the most helpful comment :) Good move. Reactive comments for these kinds of blogs are just internet clutter.

      Posted on March 20, 2014 at 4:30 am #

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    […] we’ve seen this before and it wasn’t pretty. A controversial blogpost titled “I Would Rather Go Hungry Than Eat Filipino Street Food Again!” made its way onto the Web a few months ago and sparked some controversy for […]

  12. 8 Reasons The Philippines Is The Best Tropical Destination No One Ever Talks About | NEWS | Phones | Nigeria Science | Technology |Computers - August 2, 2014

    […] The Food: OK, Filipino food might not be for everyone, but if you don’t try good-quality Pinoy cuisine, you’re selling yourself short. […]

  13. 8 Reasons The Philippines Is The Best Tropical Destination No One Ever Talks About | Vegas News Paper - August 2, 2014

    […] The Food: OK, Filipino food might not be for everyone, but if you don’t try good-quality Pinoy cuisine, you’re selling yourself short. […]