Philippines is Chef’s Pencil’s choice for World’s Most Underrated Food Destination

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Philippines Most Underrated Food Destination
‘Laing,’ ‘kakanin,’ ‘adobo,’ ‘kinilaw,’ – these are among the must-try classic Pinoy dishes. Photos from Tourism Promotions Board Philippines’ FB.

The Philippines has been ranked first among the ‘Most Underrated’ Foodie Destinations in the World listed in New York’s food magazine, Chef’s Pencil.

The home of the well-praised ‘adobo’ and ‘lechon’ bested nine other countries in the list of incredible destinations that “don’t get the exposure they truly deserve” published by Chef Pencil on November 12, 2020.

The country made it to the top because of its unique fusion cuisines, according to 250 professional chefs and foodies around the globe who participated in the poll.

“Places where you’ll find exquisite food, delicacies to savor or avoid, depending on just how gastronomically adventurous you are, and mouthwatering delights,” wrote Chef’s Pencil on its website.

Among the best-tasting Filipino food mentioned in the article are rice-based dish ‘puto bumbong’, ‘kare-kare’, Spanish inspired ‘adobo’, and ‘atchara pickle’.

Hundreds of foreign food lovers who chose the Philippines did not forget to bring up the “most challenging Pinoy street food – ‘balut,’ and wrote:

“And for the daredevils among you, it’s where you can try probably the most challenging of delicacies, balut. It’s a boiled fertilized egg that crunches as you bite in.”

Here are the Top 10 Most Underrated Foodie Destinations in the World by Chef’s Pencil:

  1. Philippines
  2. Vietnam
  3. Mexico
  4. Croatia
  5. Thailand
  6. Peru
  7. Australia
  8. Jamaica
  9. Portugal
  10. Norway

Tourism website Big 7 Travel has also listed Filipino recipes that showcase the diversity and versatility of the Philippines’ cuisine.

A Washington DC restaurant, New Dupont Circle, brings Pinoy food abroad by serving unique delicious Chicken Adobo.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the Philippines for being named by New York’s Chef’s Pencil as the most underrated food destination in the world.

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Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo
Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo was a contributor in the News Letter of her former agency and is currently a content writer on her church's website and social media platform. She is now a full-time housewife who wants to re-ignite her passion for writing.