Anthony Bourdain calls Filipino food “the next big thing”

We know, we know: it’s been a long time coming. Filipino food, despite being underrated compared to neighboring cuisines like Thai and Vietnamese, has been hailed this year as “the next big thing” for foodie finds. As well as last year. And the year before that.

Anthony Bourdain Jollibee

Today, it’s famed food and travel host Anthony Bourdain who’s predicted that our local cuisine will indeed earn serious global acclaim. Speaking to CNN, the Parts Unknown presenter said:

“Americans and American palettes are just now starting to become seriously interested… I think certain Filipino dishes are more likely to take root and take hold more quickly than others.”

It makes sense, with restaurants like D.C.’s Bad Saint getting recognition. Of course, we don’t need to tell you that Bourdain knows what he’s talking about. An extensive scout for international food (without the exoticism, mind you), Tony flew in recently for the World Street Food Congress in Pasay City. Last year, he made a much-awaited return to Manila as well for an episode of Parts Unknown, where he explored the Filipino culture in-depth, alongside its cuisine.

If you’re wondering which dish Tony is pinning his hopes on, it’s our crispy pork sisig dish, calling it casual, accessible, and “exactly what you need after a few beers.”

Pulutan Sisig

“I think sisig is perfectly positioned to win the hearts and minds of the world as a whole.”

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