More than seven thousand islands, with multiple cultures and scattered geographies, make up the Philippines. Simple, tropical cuisine is the backdrop for a series of native dishes, adapted to suit the country's varied geography. Seafood (mainly fish) comprises the basic food group for indigenous Filipino cuisine, as well as chicken, pork, citrus fruits, garlic, onion and tomatoes, with rice as a staple. Influenced by nearby Asian nations, along with the Spanish colonisation, Filipino cuisine is a melting pot of flavours. Recipes in this culturally diverse cuisine include the Spanish-inspired chicken afritada and a Chinese-style congee. For a special dessert with a Filipino-French twist, try this caramel meringue with Cointreau and custard sauce.
 
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To find out more about Filipino cuisine, check out our food guide here.