thanks folks, glad to be here. mezzaluna where in wisconsin are you from? i lived in Delavan, wi for 14 years.
well the type of food that most are doing here is native cuisine with one kind of twist or another. was doing mediterranean which worked for a little while.
the food here is basically a mix of Malay, Chinese, indigenous, Spanish and American influences. my favorite would be from the Bicol region. they love coconut and chilies. Gabi (taro) leaves wrapped around pork fat and simmered in coconut is my favorite.
the "national dish" is Chicken Adobo, chicken that is simmered in soy sauce, cane vinegar and garlic. It is a variation of the Mexican Adobo because the Spanish ruled the Philippines through Mexico.
they just adapted it to their taste here. yummy, is it lunchtime yet?