While sitting around with my new friends at Aboy’s Restaurant in Bacolod City I realized how embarrassingly shallow my knowledge about Filipino food was. With over 7,100 islands housing a 100 million population that speaks hundreds of languages, hello – there’s much more to Filipino cuisine than chicken adobo, dried mangoes and halo-halo ok!

The following short list compiled from this Malaysian’s recent whirlwind trips to Manila and Bacolod City is by no means representative, but it’s a delicious start.

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