Filipino cuisine is distinguished by its bold combination of sweet (tamis), sour (asim), and salty (alat) flavors.
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.
Counterpoint is a feature in Philippine cuisine which normally comes in a pairing of something sweet with something salty, and results in surprisingly pleasing combinations.
champorado (a sweet cocoa rice porridge), being paired with tuyo (salted, sun-dried fish);
dinuguan (a savory stew made of pig's blood and innards), paired with puto (sweet, steamed rice cakes);
unripe fruits such as mangoes (which are only slightly sweet but very sour), are eaten dipped in salt or bagoong;
the use of cheese (which is salty) in sweetcakes (such as bibingka and puto), as well as an ice cream flavoring.
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Merienda Philippines Cuisine
Merienda is taken from the Spanish, and is a light meal or snack especially in the afternoon, similar to the concept of afternoon tea. If the meal is taken close to dinner, it is called merienda cena, and may be served instead of dinner.
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