In the Philippines, you will also learn to appreciate rice. No meal will ever be called a meal without it. As an agricultural country, the Philippines is the largest producer (and importer) of rice in the world. Almost all Filipino dishes are intended to be eaten with rice. Sauce is another staple to meal time, whether the dish is cooked in its own sauce, or a separate sauce is provided for dipping.
Utensils at meal time are hardly ceremonial. In fact, the Filipino way of eating is with bare hands – even in public places! This is a sign of comfort and camaraderie with the people one is eating with, or simply that food is literally finger-licking good. Note that, as a stark contrast within the Filipino food and culture, homes have huge wooden spoons and forks as a common display in the dining room.
Aside from the typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Filipinos also enjoy their midmorning and midafternoon merienda. These meals are supposed to be snacks in between meals, but sometimes they serve so much that they count as full meals as well. Filipinos also have a practice of not letting any food go to waste, so they make it a point to always serve leftovers in the next meal. Leftovers can either be served the same as the original dish, or mixed into a new dish entirely.
Lastly, you’ll want to take note of the favorites in the Filipino food and culture. You will always find lechon at every special occasion. Filipinos also love their ube and halo-halo for dessert or snacks. There’s so much more, but don’t worry. Chances are, the Filipinos you’ll be going with will make sure you don’t miss any of it.