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Filipino food

Jeff heller | Feb 14, 2003 01:38 PM

Curious why no one ever discusses Filipino food. As with Korean food, it's not just about BBQ. I just came back from Renee's Luncheonette (Roosevelt nr. 69th St), all-around probably the best of the lot along that two-block Phillipine district. There I enjoyed a delicious tamarind soup with whole shrimps, rice, and greens (Sinigang na Hippon). Other special specialties include: fried tilapia, a fish that also figures prominantly in Vietnamese cuisine, and the national dish, pork adobo, featuring the salty seasoning that came to Manilla via the Spanish (specifically, Puerto Rico, I believe). Indeed the Spanish influence is present throughout, owing to their long term occupation of the Phillipines. I realize there's not a whole lot of eating opportunities for Filipino food. Other than the above-mentioned, there a small presence on Parsons Blvd, north of the GCP, and, of course around 17th and 1st in Manhattan (where the plethora of Filipino nurses is legendary). So, anyone care to weigh in (scuse the pun). Besides, IMHO these are among the nicest of all ethnic peoples in NYC. . . . Happy Valentine's Day!

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