Sinful Pinoy Putahes We Eat Anyway, Because YOLO
By Baxter Jacinto
There’s no such thing as too much oil or fat when it comes to Filipino dishes. In fact, our palates are on the extreme side, so much so that when cheesecakes aren’t that sweet, for example, it just won’t pass our standards.
Although we’re aware that too much oil, salt and sugar are bad for our health, who can say no to our classic Filipino dishes, especially during this merry month and holiday season? Here’s a list of those sinful Pinoy putahes that make us go YOLO:
Deep fried pork rinds have long graced our tables and have been iconic Filipino snacks. What’s even worse is that we usually pair it with beers. Chicharon pa more!
Melt the collagen and fat of beef shanks, stir in some bone marrow, and you have the broth of the Bulalo–a beef dish so delicious we’re willing to brave the Tagaytay traffic just to suck on that marrow.
6. Lechon Kawali
Crispy deep-fried pork belly–the sheer thought of it conjures images of food so nasty yet so delicious at the same time. Who said you can’t have too much oil?
These cute-looking street food babies are actually quailed eggs coated with a strange looking orange batter, then are deep fried until crispy. Street foods aren’t regulated in the country, and the vendors aren’t exactly sanitary-conscious. This makes eating these babies the surest way to get hepatitis and other diseases. Cheers!
Another classic street food favorite made from grilling pig or chicken intestines. You know what intestines hold, right?
Ah, even the usually grumpy Anthony Bourdain was smitten by this. It’s insanely expensive and looks ridiculous, with a whole pig in a giant skewer. Yet it is extremely delicious–especially that crispy skin. It’s to die for. Literally.
2. Crispy Pata
Made by simmering pork legs, then deep-frying until its skin gets very crunchy, the Crispy Pata is another pulutan we cannot live without, yet cannot live longer with.
Made from non-essential parts of a pig, like head, snout and liver(God knows, what else is in there)—this quintessential Pinoy dish is the perfect partner for a bottle of San Mig. It is high in cholesterol and sodium–recipes for hypertension and spike in blood-sugar levels. But hey, you only live once.
What other sinful Pinoy putahes are your guilty pleasures? Share them with us below!