History & influences, Characteristics, Common dishes, Breakfast, Merienda, Pulutan, Breads & pastries
Fiesta food, Regional specialties, Northern Philippine cuisine, Central Philippine cuisine, Southern Philippine cuisine
Main dishes, Side dishes and complements, Desserts, Dessert gallery, Street food and other snacks, Exotic dishes
Cooking methods, Beverage, Chilled drinks and shakes, Brewed Beverage, Alcoholic Beverage

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Characteristics
Philippines Cuisine

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Snacking is normal. Dinner, while still the main meal, is smaller than other countries. Usually, either breakfast or lunch is the largest meal. Food tends to be served all at once and not in courses.

Unlike many of their Asian counterparts Filipinos do not eat with chopsticks. Due to Western influence, food is often eaten using flatware—forks, knives, spoons—but the primary pairing of utensils used at a Filipino dining table is that of spoon and fork not knife and fork.

The traditional way of eating is with the hands, especially dry dishes such as inihaw or prito. The diner will take a bite of the main dish, then eat rice pressed together with his fingers.

This practice, known as kamayan, is rarely seen in urbanized areas. However, Filipinos tend to feel the spirit of kamayan when eating amidst nature during out of town trips, beach vacations, and town fiestas.



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