The Philippines may not be a South Asian or Middle Eastern country, but it’s a worthy guest on the blog! With diverse cultures and influences from across Asia and Europe (including Spain, India, Malaysia, and China), the Philippines is home to one of the most distinct cuisines in the world: the “Pinoy” or Filipino cuisine.

Popular dishes include the national dish adobo (chicken or pork fried in adobo spices), lechón (whole-roasted pig), kare-kare (oxtail cooked in peanut sauce), and the dessert halo-halo (shaved ice, evaporated milk and sweet beans).To learn more about the unique Pinoy foods and their preparation, check out this episode of BBC’s Food Safari with Maeve O’Meara.