If you ever travel to Philippines make sure to try the Lechon as it is called national dish of philippines.
I lived in the Philippines for almost three years. I would argue that adobo is the national dish, but I can make that at home no problem, the lechon, OMG, the best pork I’ve ever had, and I cannot do that myself. I miss it very much. There was a house in a neighborhood on my way to and from work every day that twice a week would be roasting a pig and selling it, a favorite stop for me. There was also lechon manok (rotisserie chicken) at another place (a sari-sari store) that they inject with a garlic/vinegar marinade before roasting. My mouth is watering. There’s so much good (and weird) food there. What I miss the most though, believe it or not, is dinuguan, a pork blood stew. Parents tell their children it’s “chocolate meat” so they’ll eat it not knowing what it really is. It’s delicious! Disclaimer: I grew up German with blood sausages for breakfast and loved that as a kid as well. I seek out black pudding, morcilla, etc. Maybe I’m part vampire…
In 1978 I while I was working for Saudi Arabian airlines I traveled to Manila to recruit tradesmen for our Facilities Maintenance Department. On of the things I ate was called a balut. It was strange but not as bad as it sounded.It was a boiled egg with the chicken embryo inside.
J. G. Knott Author of Beyond the Gates of Ani
Adobo is also one of my favourite dish but not as much as Lechon
I have not tried lechon or adobo yet but have liked lumpia. It’s pretty popular among my friends, too.