Have you ever combined two different food in a meal and expect it to taste bad but it somehow gave your taste buds some satisfaction?
We, Pinoys, are known for our fantastic dishes and also creative minds but did you know that we have food combinations that other people find odd? Yes, it may seem normal and appetizing for us but others? They find it weird and unpleasant.
So, what are these weird Pinoy food combinations?
Champorado and Tuyo (Chocolate porridge and Salted dried fish)
The best breakfast combination on a rainy day. Others may find it weird because they both have different flavors. But the sweetness of the chocolate compliments the saltiness of the fish.
Pancit/Spaghetti and Kanin (Pancit/Spaghetti and Rice)
Pancit/Spaghetti as ulam? Why not! We Pinoys will always have rice in our meals. Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Rice is always present.
And the funny thing is, we love rice so much that we even combine it with Pancit or spaghetti. Yes, every Kapitbahay knows this especially if there’s a birthday party in your neighborhood.
It’s in our culture to share food with our neighbors whenever there’s a birthday party at our place. I remember running to our neighbor’s house with a plate full of food and saying, “Birthday po ni mama, paki balik na lang po ‘yong plato.”
Powdered Milo and Rice/Coffee and rice
I haven’t tried these combinations so I’m missing a lot in life. But according to what I’ve read, Pinoys especially Batangeunos loves coffee so much that they will pour it on their plain rice just like a soup. While powdered Milo and rice are the best meal on a very tight budget.
Ice cream with Bread
This food combination is the most mind-blown combination that I discovered when I was in high school. I misjudged this combination when I was a kid because, yeah, it looks weird!
But then I dared to try it, so I did. And honestly, that is the best thing that I did during my high school days. LOL. Seriously, I don’t know how but it tastes so good! Dirty ice cream and monay for the win!
Fries and Sundae
Strange as it seems but this is tasty! Fries and Sundae are a millennial thing but everyone can try this combination. It actually reminded me of the Tuyo and Champorado because of the salty and sweet taste combination.
Sarsi and Egg?
Yup, there’s a question mark because I can’t even imagine how? But according to some stories, during the 80s people believes that this combination is a healthy drink and is good for bodybuilders and athlete.
Puto and Dinuguan (Steamed rice cakes and Pork Blood Stew)
Most people dislike the idea of Dinuguan. What more if it’s combined with a rice cake? But who are we to judge, right? Pinoys find this food combination tasty and satisfying especially if they’re both freshly cooked.
Coffee and Pandesal
A typical Pinoy breakfast, pandesal dipped into a hot coffee. I tried this combo when I was still a child. When there are no palaman (bread spread) available, I will simply dip hot pandesal in my coffee, and enjoy every bite of it.
Skyflakes and Century Tuna
The ultimate pulutan in every Pinoy’s inuman. Drinking with friends but has no budget for any sisig, crispy pata, and peanuts? No worries, this combo will always have your back. It’s also hassle-free since cooking is not needed.
Suman and Manggang Hinog (Rice cake and Ripe Mango)
In other provinces, a perfect breakfast is composed of suman and ripe mango. Especially in Rizal province, suman is usually paired with Manggang hinog instead of sugar since it also gives sweetness to the suman. Odd as it seems but it’s a perfect combo for a healthy breakfast.
Are you guilty of these food combinations? Or are you willing to try? In this matter, the quote “don’t judge the book by its cover” is really applicable. These combinations may be weird or even gross to others but you’ll never know if you’ll never try, right?