Andrew Zimmern’s spinoff from Bizarre Foods, Delicious Destinations, is a simple show: pick a city, they’ll tell you what’s the unique, tastiest and national foods of the place and suggest restaurants where to get them. Here’s Mr Zimmern’s picks for Manila, Philippines.

DISH – Lechon
Andrew Zimmern Delicious Destinations Manila

WHAT IS IT? – Whole, slow-roasted young pork. The marinade includes lemongrass, garlic, salt, pepper, soy sauce. It’s served chopped up in cubes and sold by weight.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR – The crispy skin is the most prized part. The meat should be tender and juicy. It’s usually eaten with plain rice.

WHERE TO GET IT

Elar Z Pambansang Lechon
146, Timog Avenue, corner Scout Tuazon Street, Diliman, Quezon City, 1100 Metro Manila

https://goo.gl/maps/KfyRJuGSuniThLee9

NOTES – ElarZ Pambansang Lechon has a few addresses around Manila. The address suggested above isn’t the one mentioned in the TV show since it’s a catering business more than a restaurant, however it’s the same company.

DISH –  Crispy Pata

WHAT IS IT? – It’s partially deboned pig foot that’s been roasted, then deep fried. It’s crunchy-soft and fatty. It’s served with a mixture of vinegar and soy sauce dip.

WHERE TO GET IT –

Livestock Restaurant
El Jardin Del Presidente 1, 41 Sgt. Esguerra Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila

https://goo.gl/maps/rzPJMrqpsWZj5Dky8

DISH – Adobo

WHAT IS IT? – It’s made of marinated chicken meat or pork, then simmered in a mixture of vinegar and soy sauce adding garlic, black pepper and bay leaf to surface the taste of the appetizing dish.

NOTES – Unfortunately the restaurant mentioned on the TV show is already permanently closed.

WHERE TO GET IT

Commissary Kitchen
27 Doña Soledad Ave, Parañaque, 1709 Metro Manila

https://goo.gl/maps/D6uooYvhuxxwPmMCA

DISH – Chicken Inasal

WHAT IS IT? – The chicken leg or thigh part is marinated in a mixture of lime, calamansi, achiote, pepper and preferably coconut vinegar and then grilled over live charcoals. The same marinade is brushed all over the chicken to keep the taste intact.

NOTES – JT’s Manukan has a few branches around Quezon City, Pasig, Taguig and Makati City, Manila

WHERE TO GET IT

JT’s Manukan Grille (Bacolod Inasal Gid Ya)
4 Granada, Quezon City, 1112 Metro Manila

https://goo.gl/maps/uYKqTKXDEKhYG1c58

DISH – Halo Halo

WHAT IS IT? – Halo Halo which literally means “Mixed Together”. The dessert is composed of stacked up sweetened boiled banana, sweetened ube, sweetened beans, tapioca pearls, gelato, pinipig rice, then covered with crushed ice and poured with evaporated milk. Finally a topping of a slice of leche flan or a scoop of ice cream

WHERE TO GET IT

Little Quiapo
90 Malakas St, Diliman, Quezon City, 1100 Metro Manila

https://goo.gl/maps/ACxPkTtfV6uAcDzb8

DISH – Bibingka

WHAT IS IT? – Bibingka is made of a mixture of glutinous rice and coconut milk. The mixture is poured onto it a container with banana leaf and cooked over a pre-heated charcoals. This results to a spongy flat cake that is coated with butter and topped with slices of red egg, cheese or grated coconut meat.

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NOTES – It is sold in a lot of stalls in the busy Sunday Market near Quezon Memorial Circle area. Look for it around street corners

WHERE TO GET IT –

Sunday Market operating near Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City
Elliptical Rd, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila

https://goo.gl/maps/QDQpWCTtzJjf9JSGA

DISH – Turon

WHAT IS IT? – It is made of thin slice of “saba” banana with a a slice of jackfruit or sometimes sweet potato rolled in brown sugar and wrapped with spring roll wrapper. The wrapped product is deep fried in hot cooking oil until sugar gets caramelized all over the Turon.

NOTES – You may look for it around the corners as it is sold in a lot of stalls outside the church.

WHERE TO GET IT

Stalls and carts stationed fronting the Minor Basilica of Black Nazarine or commonly known as the Quiapo Church.

363 Quezon Blvd, Quiapo, Manila, 1001 Metro Manila

https://goo.gl/maps/qRgdYYAZckUMuy8h6

DISH – Lumpiang Shanghai

WHAT IS IT? – Its a mixture of chopped carrots, onions, garlic, salt, pepper and ground pork and egg wrapped with a flour wrapper and then deep fried until golden brown. It is best partnered with sweet and sour dip or simply vinegar with salt.

NOTES – You may look for it around the corners as it is sold in a lot of stalls outside the church.

WHERE TO GET IT –

Stalls and carts stationed fronting the Minor Basilica of Black Nazarine or commonly known as the Quiapo Church.

363 Quezon Blvd, Quiapo, Manila, 1001 Metro Manila

https://goo.gl/maps/qRgdYYAZckUMuy8h6

DISH – Kwek Kwek –
Andrew Zimmern Delicious Destinations Manila

WHAT IS IT? – It is boiled quail eggs coated with an orange batter made from a mixture of flour, baking soda annatto and water, then deep fried. Kwek Kwek is complemented with a sweet sauce dip made of simmered vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar and soy sauce.

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NOTES – You may look for it around the corners as it is sold in a lot of stalls outside the church.

WHERE TO GET IT –

Stalls and carts stationed fronting the Minor Basilica of Black Nazarine or commonly known as the Quiapo Church.

363 Quezon Blvd, Quiapo, Manila, 1001 Metro Manila

https://goo.gl/maps/qRgdYYAZckUMuy8h6

DISH – Dinuguan

WHAT IS IT? – This dish is made of fried sliced meat until crispy mixed with internal organs of a pig such as intestines, liver and kidneys then simmered into pig’s blood with a bit of vinegar. Garlic, salt, pepper, ginger, onion, bay leaf and green pepper give final touches.

WHERE TO GET IT –

Kanin Club
G/F, F7 Building, 49 Sct. Rallos St, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, 1103 Kalakhang Maynila

https://goo.gl/maps/PSGZsBkDen3bAKCp9

DISH – Sisig –
Andrew Zimmern Delicious Destinations Manila

WHAT IS IT? – Sisig is made from mixed pork, pig ears, pig’s face commonly known as “mask” and pig liver chopped into smaller pieces and adding the spices of chilli, salt, pepper and sugar to intensify the taste. This is best served sizzling hot with raw egg on top.

WHERE TO GET IT –

Ken Afford
155 B Gonzales Street, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101 Metro Manila

https://goo.gl/maps/nbUu2ee1yP5pn98t9

DISH – Balut –
Andrew Zimmern Delicious Destinations Manila

WHAT IS IT? – Balut is a boiled or steamed 14-21 days old fertilized duck egg. The content of the balut is added with salt or spicy vinegar and eaten directly from the shell. Balut is rich in protein.

READ MORE: The Exotic Street Food of the Philippines

NOTES – Can be spotted in different small stalls or most of the time vendors walk around places carrying baskets of balut

WHERE TO GET IT

Sold everywhere in the Philippines

DISH – Sinigang na Bangus –
Andrew Zimmern Delicious Destinations Manila

WHAT IS IT? – The chunks of bangus is simmered into a broth with ginger, onions, tomatoes and smashed taro. Tamarind or guava slices add to the sourness of the Sinigang. And finally adding vegetables like slices of eggplant, radish, string beans and sweet potato sprouts.

WHERE TO GET IT –

Provinciano
110 Maginhawa, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, 1101 Kalakhang Maynila

https://goo.gl/maps/iXDT25rDousrE9VE8

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