Ramen is losing track of its roots. Thai and Chinese foods are sooooo old news (no, seriously, you might want to throw those leftovers away). As the US looks for its new East Asian food obsession, signs are pointing to a boom in Filipino food, a melting pot cuisine that takes elements of Chinese and Malaysian, and mixes in a huge amount of Spanish influence left over from the colonial days.
It's one of the most unique flavor profiles out there, but where do you start? Probably not with the blood stew or chicken embryos (though those are pretty good, according to Andrew Zimmern). To help you enter this brave new world, we've assembled seven entry-level Filipino comfort foods that will have you completely hooked. Mainly because there's fried pork.