What to try in Boracay
By Russian standards, you can eat inexpensively and decently in Boracay. If you compare it with other islands and cities in the Philippines, then eating here is expensive. Even Starbucks in Boracay is more expensive than in Manila. For 10 pesos, but nonetheless. There is food for every taste and budget – from local canteens, where tourists rarely eat, to expensive and high-quality restaurants. When I first arrived in Boracay, a delicious cheesecake for only $ 4 seemed fantastic to me. After living here for a while, I realized that for these 4 dollars you can eat all day.
National cuisine of the Philippines
The Filipinos themselves practically do not eat seafood (except for fish), but eat chicken and pork. And, of course, rice. Traditional Filipino dishes – tapsilog (marinated beef with rice and egg), longsilog (same thing, but sausages instead of beef), bangus (fish), sisig (skin from the face of a pig, similar to our cracklings), pansit bihon (my favorite, rice noodles with vegetables and chicken breast), pansit canton (instead of rice noodles – egg), chopsue (boiled vegetables), various barbecues. Any of these dishes will cost about 100 pesos (barbecue is cheaper).
The most popular Filipino holiday dish is lechon. It’s a pig roasted on a spit. If you are relaxing with a large company, then you can order a lechon just for yourself. If there is no company, but you still want to try lechon, then this can be done at one of the buffets. I’ll explain what it is.
Many hotels and restaurants on White Beach during lunch and dinner organize so-called buffets or, in other words, a buffet. You pay a certain amount and eat whatever you want. In a couple of places they also cook lechon.
Just be careful: not always the cost that you are called for this or that buffet will be final. It works here system ++. And this applies to all food outlets, spas and similar establishments. What does this system mean? Each plus signifies a percentage to be added to the cost. Usually one plus means that you need to add 10% service charge (tips) to the cost, and the second – 12% (local tax). Sometimes there is only one plus, sometimes there is none at all. Not always these pluses are written in the menu, but these taxes can be included in the bill. That is, you always need to clarify this point, or not be surprised if the amount turned out to be more than the declared one.
Dairy products and bread in the Philippines
Dairy products are a real problem here. Milk is a powder diluted with water for a lot of money, cheese – if you manage to find a real one, you will have to pay a lot for it, a small jar of yogurt costs more than a plate of spaghetti in a local fast food, and you can forget about cottage cheese and sour cream altogether. It is clear that this is not a problem for vacationers on the island, but for the living it is a big problem.
All bakery products are made from rice flour, hence the sweet taste. The way out is bran bread. Although you can find wheat bread and French baguettes. But you will not find our usual bread here.
Pineapples, bananas, mangoes are of local origin, very tasty. Apples, tangerines and oranges are Chinese, but not bad either. You can find almost all fruits, except for passion fruit – it is not here. I highly recommend trying this soursop or, as it is also called, guiabano. Coconuts are sold in large quantities. After drinking coconut water, you can ask the coconut to cut open and eat the pulp. Very helpful. Calamansi is a popular local fruit that many mistake for a lime. It is added to drinks, food, sauces, it is very good for medicinal purposes. Its analogue is the dalandan fruit, which looks like an orange, only small and green.
By the way, about flowers. Bananas are green and yellow, tangerines are orange and green, watermelons are yellow and red. In addition to fresh, you can also try dried mangoes and banana chips. Personally, I really like it. In general, there will be no problems with fruits. Another note about fruit salads. If you order a fruit salad in Boracay, then most likely they will bring you just chopped fresh fruit. If you order such a salad in Manila, then most likely it will be canned fruit with cream. As you yourself understand, the usefulness of such a salad will not be the same at all.
In general, salads in our understanding of the word are not here. At least I couldn’t find it. And I haven’t heard anyone find it. Here, salad is coarsely chopped products, far from always seasoned with something.
If you love seafood, go to a local Talipapa fish market. Seafood does not have time to stale there, so the chance to run into something stale is very small.
From local attractions I advise you to try steak fish marlin and a fish with a very interesting name paw-paw. It is interesting because Lapu-Lapu is the name of the leader who killed Maggelan in the 17th century. Shrimps and lobsters of different sizes, live and not, squids, scallops, scallops, crabs – all this can be found here. What I do not recommend eating is oysters. They are brought from afar, that is, when they get to the counter, there can no longer be any talk of their freshness. Therefore, there are many cases of poisoning by them.
Bargaining on the market is not only possible, but necessary. And even better if you have a person with you who knows the real price tag of all these goodies. Around the counters there are simple cafes in which all this goodness can be cooked. My favorite dishes were scallops with cheese and garlic, shrimp (medium size) in sweet and sour sauce and lobster (also medium size) Thermidor, that is, in white sauce. And generally speaking I am convinced that there is seafood only in this market – fresher, tastier and more profitable.
If we talk about desserts, then, undoubtedly, the best dessert on the island is mango cheesecake. I won’t even describe it. Try it and you will understand everything. I can only say that I have not yet met such a person who would not like mango cheesecake.
Below is a list of my most frequented food outlets:
- Japanese restaurant “Nagisa” (not only Japanese cuisine, located not the 3rd station),
- Cafe at the hotel “357” (3rd station),
- Jasper’s (local cuisine, cheap and served in large portions),
- Smoke (simple cafes on D * Mall, where they feed decently and inexpensively),
- Lemon (also on D * Mall, not cheap, but tasty, they serve cool desserts),
- Ole (on D * Mall, a restaurant of Cuban, Mexican and Spanish cuisine. Expensive, but tasty),
- Cafe del Sole (mango cheesecakes!!!),
- Ti Braz (serves real pancakes, not pancakes)
- OJ’s (an institution with cool desserts, and generally good food),
- Kasbah (an expensive Moroccan restaurant at the 1st station with very tasty oriental cuisine and delicious cocktails).
These are the establishments that I prefer, but as we all know very well, the taste and color of the felt-tip pen is different, so what I like may not necessarily please you. In general, on the island you can find Filipino, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Indian cuisine. There is just no Russian. Go to different places, try different dishes and you can make your own list.
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