Here's why to book cheap flights to Manila!!
Philippine cuisine delights foodies arriving on cheap flights to Manila from around the world. Experienced food-loving travelers will note ingredients, influences and methods from all over the globe in typical Philippine dishes. The indigenous Austronesians, Chinese, Spanish, Americans, and people of other Asian descents have all left their mark on the Philippine menu. Find cheap airfares for flights to Manila today to start your Philippine food tour.
Due to the location and climate of the islands, some main ingredients in Philippine cuisine are rice, seafood, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Rice comes in many forms, although you’ll most commonly see it steamed and served with main meals. There are also some tasty rice-based desserts. Fresh, tropical fruits you can sample when you buy plane tickets for cheap flights to Manila are guava, bananas, mangoes, pineapples and papaya. You’ll also notice coconut as an ingredient in desserts, sauces, main dishes and some drinks. Water spinach, Chinese cabbage and eggplant are common vegetables. Be sure to try some impressively fresh seafood while you’re in Manila. Just a few of the abundant fish species around here are swordfish, cod, blue marlin, catfish, milkfish and grouper. You can also try some ocean delicacies like cuttlefish, abalone, and eel. You’ll find yourself already dreaming of the catch of the day when you purchase your cheap airfare tickets.
It was traders from Hokkien China that brought some of the earliest outside cuisines to the Philippines. Some of the results were the incorporation of soy sauce, tofu and bean sprouts into everyday Philippine dishes like sweet and sour sauces and soup bases as well as spring rolls, known as lumpia in the Philippines. In Manila, however, it is normal to eat with the hands instead of with chopsticks, unlike in China and some other Asian countries. The Spanish legacy in Philippine cuisine is perhaps the most noticeable, with many of its ingredients and names still common today. People with some knowledge of Spanish will recognize many Spanish words for dishes like paella and cocido. When the Spanish first arrived on the islands, they brought many ingredients from the newly conquered Americas, like chilis, corn, potatoes, tomatoes and onions. Paella, a seafood and rice dish cooked in a large, flat pan, is still found in the Philippines, as are more Americanized dishes like arroz a la cubana. You won’t need plane tickets to Spain to try a sumptuous arroz a la valenciana! Adobo, a spice mix traditionally associated with Hispanic cuisines, is still used in various ways in Manila. More Spanish customs and terms you’ll see here are the merienda, or afternoon snack, pandesal, or salty bread eaten with breakfast, and repolyo from the Spanish word for cabbage. Check out great airfares for cheap tickets to Manila to experience some of the incredible variety and bold flavors of Philippine cuisine.