Forget about sightseeing - the only thing I want photograph when I travel is food.
A trip to Manila for a wedding offered limited free time and we ended up spending much of it shopping. Even then, I found myself continually gravitating toward the sights and smells of the food court.
Kusina ni Gracia
Food courts. What's not to love?
We ended up shopping at the SM Mall of Asia, the fourth largest shopping mall in the world with 750 shops and 220 eateries, and Green Hills Shopping Centre which was near our hotel.
It's no surprise that I had more fun wandering the stalls and checking out the food on offer than visiting the stores.
Food is cheap and cheerful in the Philippines - most hot meals cost AU$2-$5.
Inihaw - offering pre-cooked foods and grilled seafood
Deep fried crab
Dishes at Inihaw
Sisig with chicaron balat (display sample) 79 pesos / AU$1.90
I couldn't resist the promise of sisig (sizzling chopped pigs head) and chicaron for lunch.
Sisig with chicaron balat 79 pesos / AU$1.90
Alas my resultant chicaron was a lot drier than the sample dish on display. For two dollars though, it was a cheap, if fatty, meal.
I kept meaning to get some chips from Potato Corner -- french fries tossed with spices, drizzled with melted cheese or served with chocolate sauce in their new dessert flavour -- but somehow I ran out of time.
Turk's Shawarma - found everywhere and super cheap
with shawarma available for less than AU$1
Deep pan pizzas at Sbarro
Chocolate-dipped waffle cones from Dairy Queen
Lechon cebu roasted pig in the display case
It's a roasted pig in the display case with crackling for sale by portion size!
R Lapid's Chicharon
Did you smile at the mention of crackling? If so, then the Philippines is the place for you!
Standalone carts selling nothing but pork rinds are commonplace here, and locals carry around little bags of chicharon or scratchings everywhere, and munch on them like peanuts.
Snackage for everyone
The Filipino people don't just appreciate pork rinds. They love chicharon bituka made from pig or chicken intestines and chicharon manok deep fried chicken skin too.
Chibit (chicharon bituka) chicken intestines
Chibab (chicharon bituka) pork intestines and
chilak (chicharon bulaklak) pork omentum
Chicharon bulaklak is pork omentum, the fatty sac that protects the small intestines. Bulaklak means flower, referring to the appearance of the omentum when it is deep-fried.
Manila - home of a crackling good time!
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