Filipino cuisine will be the next big food trend, says Anthony BourdainJune 19, 2017, 9:47 am
One of the best things about globalisation is having food from across the world on your doorstep – in the bigger cities at least anyway.
We have access to pretty much every cuisine we could ask for, but there’s one in particular that is, according to top chef Anthony Bourdain, set to be the next big food trend: Filipino.
Bourdain believes Filipino food is “underrated,” “ascendant” and a “work in progress.”
And he thinks western palates are ready for it: “I think certain Filipino dishes are more likely to take root and take hold more quickly than others,” he told CNN.
One of the dishes he particularly likes is called sisig, which is made from the snout, jowl, ear and tongue of a pig.
“I think sisig is perfectly positioned to win the hearts and minds of the world as a whole,” he said, adding that he thinks the dish is “casual, accessible, [and] exactly what you need after a few beers.
“I think it’s the most likely to convince people abroad who have had no exposure to Filipino food to maybe look further and investigate further beyond sisig. I think that’s the one that’s gonna hook them.”
Bourdain will be relying on people being open to eating all the parts of a pig that we normally discard.
He said that Filipinos who moved to the US “were able to assimilate and Americanise very easily and very quickly.”
“I think Filipinos embraced America and were embraced by America in a way that other cultures might not have been,” Bourdain explained.
“I think Filipinos in America maybe underrated their own food. They used to be mocked for balut [hard-boiled duck embryo].
“A lot of traditional Filipino food has sour and bitter notes, which are very unfamiliar to American palates of a few years ago. American palates have changed drastically. I think there’s a really bright future.”
In the States in particular, there’s been an explosion of Korean cuisine over the last decade, and Bourdain believes the same will happen with Filipino cuisine.
While there are only a handful of Filipino restaurants in London at the moment – including the incredibly popular Romulo in Kensington – where America goes, the UK often follows (with food anyway).