Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Thrilla in Manila

Filipino food tastes like Thai food did before restaurants started catering to white people -- exotic and unrefined. Tangy tamarind and the pungent punch of shrimp paste dominate many of the dishes.  Filipino cuisine is a curious mishmash of Spanish & Asian influences that reflect the diverse colonial history of the Philippines.  Chicken Adobo, lumpia (spring rolls), and BBQ pork belly are honest entry level expeditions for exploring Filipino fare; however, more adventurous eaters might enjoy the traditional offal stew, Kare Kare.

Manila! Manila! Resto Grill
47-16 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103
Neighborhood: Astoria
(718) 726-2415

Halo Halo (translates to "mix-mix") is a notable Filipino dessert that consists of a mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk.  The purple ice cream is made from taro and has an luxurious velvety texture.  Coconut gel, sweet beans, flan, and jackfruit are often added to the mix resulting in the most playful dessert you've ever had.  If there was ever one dish that justified trying a new cuisine, it's Halo Halo.

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