TasteAtlas, an online food database, recently released their Top 100 Best Traditional Dishes In The World list for 2019. They are essentially a ‘map of good food’ around the world, cataloging must-try dishes and eateries in various locales. Their Top 100 list is a record of the best of the best, though their criteria for choosing is not actually known.
Amongst those 100 dishes are 3 from the Philippines: Lechon, Kare-Kare, and Crispy Pata. TasteAtlas initially announced that what many consider to be our “national dish”, adobo, was part of the list. They later corrected themselves and explained it was these 3 dishes that instead earned a spot.
Aside from being traditional Filipino staples, these dishes have now earned their place as global staples at the dinner table. They join the ranks of other dishes such as Japan’s ramen and sushi, Italy’s Pizza Napoletana, Thailand’s Pad Thai, and China’s Peking Duck.
Of course, because no official criteria for the list have been announced or verified, it can still very much be considered a ‘popularity’ list. It does, however, affect the way tourists and travelers decide which Filipino food they ought to try first. It also means that these dishes may be what Filipino food culture becomes known for — at least for this year.
What Filipino dish do you think should have been added to the list?