Being a food lover, I am always on the look out for new dishes to try! Realistically, I can’t eat everything in plain sight (though I wish I could) honestly, I wouldn’t just eat anything – if I eat, I have to be satisfied with what I am eating. I am not at all a picky eater but there are some things that will make me think twice before eating it, either because it’s too rich and sinful or because it’s too exotic! Of course, my belief that everything is worth trying at least once is stronger than that and I hope to check everything off my bucket list in the future!
The great thing about the food and restaurant industry now is that you don’t have to travel very far any more to try some of the most popular dishes that the world has to offer! Being in Asia gives you access to some of the best cuisines and restaurants – plus every country is so close to the next, making travel easy and convenient! A lot of great restaurants from all over the world are being brought to Asia, especially to the Philippines.
Everything on my food bucket list can be found on the menus of restaurants right here in Metro Manila!
Click below to find out what is on my Bucket List!
My Bucket List
1. Poutine /poo-tsin/
Poutine is a Canadian dish that consists of french fries, gravy and cheese curds. I know of a restaurant that has this available on their menu but I have never gotten around to trying it! Pepper.ph also has a post on how you can make your own Poutine using ingredients from Jollibee! This actually sounds a lot more appealing to me than the regular Poutine because who doesn’t love Jollibee’s Chickenjoy SKIN?? I would probably use a different kind of cheese though (maybe Quickmelt).
2. Poke /poh-kay/
Having never actually tried Hawaiian cuisine, I figured a raw salad would be the best way to start! Poke consists of raw cubed tuna marinated in sea salt, soy sauce, sesame oil, green onions and a variety of other ingredients. It is supposed to be really easy to prepare and only takes about 15 minutes to make!
3. Uni /oo-nee/
Uni is the Japanese translation for the edible part of the Sea Urchin. It is served raw as sashimi or in sushi with wasabi and soy sauce. In some parts of the world, the sea urchin is served with lemon or even used in pasta sauces. I have heard many good things about this delicacy but I have yet to muster up the courage to try it! (Because it’s the gonads of the sea urchin!!)
4. Dinuguan /dee-noo-goo-an/
Having been born and brought up in the Philippines, it is kind of a shame that I haven’t gotten the chance to sample some of the most popular Filipino dishes. Dinuguan is a spicy meat stew made with pig’s blood – now you see why I haven’t tried this yet? As if cooking this purely in pig’s blood isn’t enough, the meat most popularly used in the Philippines for this dish is the lungs / kidneys / heart / ears / snout of the pig. There are other varieties like chicken dinuguan or beef dinuguan, which I’ll probably get around to trying before I try the real thing!
5. Ostrich Meat
I honestly didn’t even know people would eat Ostrich up until a couple of years ago when I was in college. A friend told me he had Ostrich Burger and that it tasted like Beef but was more lean and flavorful! I’ve also read up on it a little bit and found out that since it actually is more lean than beef, it’s less fattening as well. I’ve always been under the impression that Ostrich meat would be compared to Chicken (since they are both birds) but everything I’ve read so far points towards the fact that it is closer to Beef than any other meat, which honestly makes me even more curious!
Well, there you have it! This is my Food Bucket List and I only expect it to keep getting longer as I try to tick off one delicious dish at a time!
What’s on your Food Bucket List?