After a four years as a vegetarian, I started eating meat a few months ago, and I've been exploring all the meat dishes that I had been missing.
Filipino food was never that interesting to me, but now I realize this is because I had been sticking only to the vegetarian dishes...yesterday I had a meal at Krystal's Cafe on Roosevelt Ave., and we ordered pancit palabok (noodles with shrimp, pork, hard boiled egg, and a yellow shrimp sauce), crispy pata (deep fried pork knuckle), and dinuguan. Dinuguan, also called "chocolate pork" by parents to their Filipino children because of its dark brown color, is a rich stew of pork in a sauce thickened by pork blood, and brightened by peppers and vinegar. It was DELICIOUS. It went beautifully with rice, and along with the crunchy bits of pork skin off of the crispy pata...I was in heaven. Perhaps there are better versions out there that I simply haven't tried yet (point the way!) but I thought Krystal's version was really great. If the idea of pork blood isn't scary to you, I would give it a try.