While I don’t intend to make a list of my top eats on a monthly basis, I thought of making one in reference to my recent vacation in the Philippines. I can come up with a huge list, but I decided to point the following which are a combination of same-old and new tastebuds’ triggers.
Flower Salad [Bohol Bee Farm]. This organic garden salad is an assortment of freshly picked romaine lettuce, radish, turnips, mustard greens and of course the indigenous flowers. While it was not the first time I tasted a flower, it was a first when it comes to eating a bunch of flowers. All the petals tasted reasonably acceptable, especially that the honey mustard dressing was delicious. How to know if the flower is edible? I am still contemplating about the information shared by the guide (Bohol Bee Farm staff), that any flower being sucked by bees is not poisonous and therefore edible.
Spicy Kinilaw na Talong [Bohol Bee Farm]. I am not fond of kinilaw, but I liked how the eggplant was broiled, with cocomilk, ginger, onion, and honey.
Ginger and Malunggay Ice Cream [Bohol Bee Farm]. If you are adventurous enough, the ginger ice cream is a must-try. Well, it tastes so much like… a ginger, a spicy ginger! On the other hand, the malunggay ice cream was surprisingly delicious. I guess that is due to the amount of milk (and butter?) in it. You may order per scoop just like we did which I think is practical if your intention is to explore the different flavors. Other flavors available, which are more familiar to our tastebuds, are mango, avocado, pandan, choco, ube, honey, and halo halo.
Grilled Scallops [Balicasag Island, Bohol]. Among the dishes served to us during our sumptuous lunch after the snorkeling, I liked best the scallops. I missed it a lot since I’ve never had any scallop dish in the UAE due to lack of fresh supply in the emirate. (Let me know if there is and where it is hiding.) I started to fancy baked scallops when I was doing frequent work-related visits in Cebu. There is a carinderia-like near a university in Escario which serves it best.
Sea Urchin [Virgin Island, Bohol]. I regret that I didn’t try it! Munching on a sea urchin with vinegar while walking on the beautiful Virgin Island could have been wothwhile. Though I have no tangible idea on how it tastes (I gathered it probably replicates a lobster’s liver), I still consider it a top edible.
Lechon Pizza [Pizza Hut]. We have tried it just to kill the curiousity. Our group had mixed reactions while we were biting the crispy lechon toppings with the sarsa (sauce) on it. It was not bad at all, but I can only consume a single slice. More than that would be overwhelming. If you are interested to know more, interesting reviews were shared by kitchencow and upto6only.
Tuyo with Calamansi [Laiya, San Juan, Batangas]. I remember liking tuyo since I was a fetus, huh. That is, my mother craved for it (and balut, a fertilized duck egg) when she was pregnant. I always take spicy vinegar as a condiment until I tried calamansi on it in one of those buffet breakfasts we had in Laiya. Try this combination!
Abnoy [Siniloan, Laguna]. It is one of my classic-never-fails-to-bring-me-home favorites. It is made of duck eggs which got spoiled that didn’t qualify to be a balut. You need a spicy and/or strong vinegar to counter the stinky smell. It is hell-y smelly but delicious!