Known as a country that loves to eat and cook, the Philippines made it once again on the list released by an international food guide for having tasty and popular offal dishes around the world.
On July 26, the international food magazine TasteAtlas released its list of the top 50 most popular offal dishes worldwide. Offal is the term used to describe the edible internal organs used for different dishes, giving it a tasty twist.
As observed across the world, TasteAtlas narrowed down the different offal dishes that are present in different countries and ranked them based on which dish is the best of them all.
Out of all the dishes, five Filipino foods were included in the list, namely Isaw, Proben, Dinuguan, Bopis, and Papaitan.
Getting the 16th spot on the list, Isaw was described as a “popular Filipino street food dish” that is made from chicken or pork intestines marinated in soy sauce oil, ketchup, garlic, and seasonings.
Even though the dish is made from internal organs, the intestines are cleansed thoroughly to eliminate food-borne pathogens that may affect a person.
On the other hand, Proben clenched the 22nd spot in the list, following Sopa de Mondongo from Venezuela. Proben is made out of chicken’s proventriculus, “a component that is in many ways similar to chicken gizzard.”
This street food is famous in the Philippines for its crispy texture, as it is coated in flour or cornstarch and then deep fried. “Cheap, fast, and nutritious, proben has come to represent one of the most common street food varieties in the Philippines, which is especially favored among the young students,” TasteAtlas described.
For the 29th spot, Filipino favorite Dinuguan got the ranking. This dish is composed of a “variety of animals’ internal organs stewed with blood, vinegar, garlic, and hot peppers.”
This is a popular Filipino dish paired with hot rice or puto that can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Claiming the 36th spot is Bopis. This Filipino dish is commonly composed of beef or pork heart and lungs mixed with garlic, onions, and other spices.
“Eaten throughout the country, the dish appears in numerous versions, which may differ in the choice of ingredients, textures, and levels of spiciness,” TasteAtlas described.
Last on the list, but definitely not the least, is Papaitan. This dish is known in Ilocanos and is composed of cow or goat innards. Literally translated, Papaitan is based on the Filipino word “pait,” which means “bitter,” which was based on its taste.
Even with its bitter taste, Papaitan is still a popular dish because it is best accompanied by rice or eaten alone to remove your alcohol hangover.
Getting five Filipino dishes on the list proves that Filipinos have a soft spot for making food and really have the talent to create dishes even with the remains of meat or its internal organs.