Philippine Cuisines


Brewed Beverage
Philippines Cuisine

Brewed Beverage

The Philippines is a predominantly coffee drinking country. Coffee from the cool mountains of Batangas is known as kapeng barako. Another known coffee is the civet coffee. It is called kape motit in the Cordilleras, kape alamid in Tagalog region and kape musang in Mindanao. The Kalinga coffee known for its organic production is also one of the popular coffee. Highlands coffee or Benguet coffee is a blend of Robusta and Excelsa beans.

Even before the establishment of coffeehouses in the Philippines, coffee has been part of the Filipino meal. Carinderias would often serve them along with its meals. The opening of Starbucks in 1997 paved the way for other coffee shops. Among the these are Gloria Jeans and Dome. Local coffee shops have also made a name for themselves and these include Figaro and Bo's Coffee.

Tea consumption in the Philippines is driven primarily by the growing health consciousness among middle to high income consumers. Tea is commonly prepared using Philippine wild tea or tea tree. There are several known variations of tea using different additives. Pandan iced tea made is one of these, made with pandan leaves and lemongrass. Salabat, sometimes called ginger tea, is brewed from ginger root and usually served during the cold months.

Late 2010 saw the opening of tea shops around the metro and with a glass of milk tea being more affordable than the usual cold designer coffee, it paved the way into making tea a food trend. Among the top players in the Philippine tea scene are Happy Lemon, Chatime, Serenitea and Moonleaf Tea Shop.

Tsokolate is the Filipino take on hot chocolate. It is traditionally made with tablea, which are pure cacao beans that are dried, roasted, ground and then formed into tablets.



Common dishes

Popular catches include tilapia, catfish (hito), milkfish (bangus), grouper (lapu-lapu), shrimp (hipon), prawns (sugpo), mackerel (galunggong, hasa-hasa), swordfish, oysters (talaba), mussels (tahong), clams (halaan and tulya), large and small crabs (alimango and alimasag respectively), game fish, sablefish, tuna, cod, blue marlin, and squid/cuttlefish (both called pusit).

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