Spanish and Chinese – Their Influences on Philippine Cuisine

Filipino cooking style is a combination numerous indigenous foreign culture and influences. Before the time of Ferdinand Magellan’s discovery of the Philippine on March 17, 1521 early Filipinos was interacting with other country through exchanges of trades and culture. Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian traveler use to visit Philippines for Philippine food spices in exchange for their item. Because of the colonization of Spanish in Philippines for more than 300 years, the Spaniards has become the greatest contributory on Philippines cultural tradition and especially with its taste on food. The major contribution of the Spaniards on Filipino culture is Christianity, Philippines are known as the only Christian country in Asia as 99 percent of its population is a Catholic or member of any Christian denomination. Filipino language is also a mixture of Filipino native language along with some Spanish language, Chabakano is a group of local Filipinos in Mindanao part of Philippines, Chabakano people solely speak Spanish as their major language. Spanish influences also have a major impact with Filipino recipes, Spaniards formed the elite dishes, and it is a common food for upper class Filipino during special celebration and occasion. Arroz ala Valenciana is well known Spanish inspired rice recipe in Philippines, it is a combination of special meat ingredients such as bacon, sausage, and other by meat product. The food is a well known recipe from Valencia, a coastal city in Spain. Other Filipino food which are a result of Spanish influences is Morcon (A Christmas Beef roll recipe), a favorite traditional Filipino food during Noche Buena (Pre Christmas day evening meal). Other recipe that becomes so popular among us Filipino is Callos, Relleno, Embutido, Caldereta, Adobo, and a lot more.

Chinese is also known as one of the major influences on Filipinos culture and cuisines. Just like in any part of the world, you could find China town in the heart of Manila, capital…

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