Crossroads of Asia
Lingering Vinegar and Garlic
“There’s a trick if you want to know that it’s a Filipino an apartment belongs to; the garlic and vinegar can linger around a good long while.” — N.V.M. Golnzalez, The Bamboo Dancers 
Can there be any common factors in the cuisine of such a far-flung and diverse people? There may be some common elements, but we have to look for them in the past.
The ancestors of today’s Filipinos spoke languages of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. This far-flung language group stretches from Madagascar in the west to Easter Island in the east, with Hawaii in the middle.
These people were sea-farers, expert seamen and navigators. Fish were an essential part of their diet, and seafood remains a key element of Philippine cuisine today. Continue reading