By Marjaleen Ramos
Three traditional Filipino dishes made it to the 2019 list of 100 best dishes in the world.
Lechon (roast pig), kare-kare (ox tail stew with peanut sauce), and crispy pata (crispy pork legs) were among the dishes included in the international food website’s “TasteAtlas” as some of the best dishes around the globe.
“The slowly-roasted suckling pig is usually stuffed with lemongrass, tamarind, garlic, onions, and chives, and is then roasted on a large bamboo spit over an open fire. It is traditionally served whole on a platter, at celebrations and festive events such as weddings and Christmas,” TasteAtlas says referring to lechon.
It added lechon is also popular in other countries such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Spain. “Some famous chefs even named lechon the best pig in the world, so it is definitely worth a try.”
Kare-Kare, meanwhile, was described as a traditional Filipino stew consisting of meat such as tripe, pork leg, ox tail, goat or chicken, vegetables, with thick and savory peanut sauce flavored with annatto seeds.
The website also noted crispy pata as one of the most common Filipino dishes served on special occasions. “It consists of a whole pork leg that is cooked until tender. It is then dried and deep-fried until golden brown and crispy.”
Joining the three dishes are world favorites like Japan’s sushi, Thailand’s phad thai, South Korea’s bibimbap, Greece’s moussaka, Russia’s beef stroganoff, and Singapore’s chilli crabs.
Meanwhile, adobo was included in a separate list of favorite national dishes.
TasteAtlas is a world atlas of food and drinks dedicated to noting, preserving, and promoting local ingredients, traditional dishes, autochthonous recipes, and iconic restaurants.