The dish is referred to as Filipino Spaghetti to differentiate it from the traditional Italian Spaghetti. Filipino Spaghetti recipe has ground meat sauce instead of meatballs, sometimes come with slices of hotdogs or beef franks, and a little on the sweet side and not as tart as the Italian Spaghetti.
One of the most popular dishes found in these eateries is balbacua. This dish is well-loved by Visayan locals and foodies looking for something different. Balbacua is basically stewed oxtail and cow skin mixed with beans, peanut butter, and other spices. More exotic animal parts are sometimes thrown in to make the dish even tastier.
Siopao means “steamed buns”. It has also been incorporated into Thai cuisine where it is called salapao. A popular food item in the Philippines and Thailand, siopao and salapao do not require utensils to eat and can be consumed on-the-go. There are different varieties based on stuffing: Asado or bola-bola (which may use pork, chicken, beef, shrimp or salted duck eggs).
Callos had originated from Spain and it is one of the loved dishes in the Philippines, it a slow cooked stew that is made out of beef tripe cooked with chick peas, tomatoes, paprika and Chorizo. It contains beef tripe (tuwalya) and/or chickpeas (garbanzos), chorizo and bell peppers. Another simple recipe of Callos is boiling the tripe until tender, slicing it into strips and cooking it in pork and beans with bell peppers. The dish is common across Spain, and is considered traditional to Madrid.
Papaitan, also called Pinapaitan, is an exotic soup dish with a bitter taste. Papaitan was derived from the Ilocano word “pait” or “napait” which means “bitter” or “bitter taste”, respectively. There are many ways to produce the bitter taste in this dish, but in our particular recipe, we use the bitterness coming from the bile.
For those who don’t speak Filipino, tapsilog is a contraction of tapa (quick-fried beef strips), sinangag (fried rice) and itlog (egg). It is a very popular breakfast combination in the Philippines. An anytime of the day breakfast dish, actually.