If people would visit your city or country, what one food will you offer?

@inkyuboz (1365)
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
March 19, 2011 10:28pm CST
I'm from the Philippines and I will always let them try our dish called Sisig. It's basically the innards of the pig, mixed with a little mayonnaise, some citron, and a few red hot chili peppers to spice things up. Believe me, it's so much better tasting than it looks on paper. I had a Greek friend once and she offered me his country's "national food". I forgot the name but it was some kind of eggplant dish. It was really nice and pleasant. I gobbled everything up in one sitting. (That's what she said.) How about you? What food would you offer a foreign visitor when he visits your country or city for the first time?
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23 responses
• Philippines
23 Mar 11
If someone would visit my hometown since I am also from the Philippines. I would probably offer the well known "Piaya" of Negros Occidental. A lot of tourist who visits our place really love to eat this delicacies which are made from flour and molasses sugar. And also there are lots of delicacies here in Negros that are mouth watering like the napoleones of Roli's, Puto of Manapla and also the Barquillos of Silay. For sure they would probably love the foods here in Negros.
@inkyuboz (1365)
• Mandaluyong City, Philippines
27 Mar 11
I'm from Negros too! I miss napoleones!
@laken02 (3066)
• United States
20 Mar 11
i have never heard of sisig.. sounds interesting.. for my food to offer i would have to do some kinda chicken dish.. we cook alot of chicken here in my home from fried chicken with mash potaotes gravy , broccoli and cheese to bbq chicken ... my family loves chicken.. so i would probably fix a chicken dish..
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• Philippines
26 Mar 11
There are a lot of variants in a sisig dish. Aside from pork, we also have chicken sisig and fish sisig.
@celticeagle (124708)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Mar 11
If I knew them very well I would know what type food they liked. I could fix them steak and potatoes, goulash, stirfry or a nice salad. There are so many dishes that americans like I could fix alot of different dishes. Several things I enjoy fixing such as roast, salmon or beans and cornbread. Depends on the likes of the person I would be serving.
@alottodo (3061)
• Australia
20 Mar 11
I never heard of Sisig...but I don't like the innards of any thing...but I like adobe I would eat that! your greek friend probably offered you Moussaka which is a typical greek food...it is made of layers of egg plant and mince beef! now if a visitor comes to my place hummm...I come from South America but live in Australia so as a typical food here and my country I would make a barbeque [ or grilled meat] with lots of salads, baked potatoes,and baked corn!
@whengcat (1457)
• Philippines
20 Mar 11
I love sisig too! We Filipinos have so many delicious foods or dishes to offer...But as you mentioned only one food so maybe I'll offer Kare-kare. If made with ox tail or beef tripe and creamy peanut sauce, superb!....oh, and don't forget to include the baby shimp paste or what we locally call "BAGOONG ALAMANG" :) Oh my, I'm already getting hungry here, lol!
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• United States
27 Mar 11
Chicken and rice would be a good meal option for a guest, assuming it's spiced well with red pepper and made with homemade chicken stock.
@Kirinx (1691)
• United States
19 Apr 11
mmmm your answer reminds me chicken and rice soup.
@eileenleyva (24120)
• Philippines
26 Mar 11
I can prepare so many dishes for my visitors - kare kare, kaldereta, menudo, mechado, adobo, binagoongan, pancit (all kinds), tinola, bulalo, sinigang, inihaw, pesa, sinampalukan, pecadillo, pakbet, and a whole lot more. The guests could really understand the Filipinos more by tasting all our food. Sisig is a pulutan that gradually made it to the dinner feast. I'd serve the atchara, too, and the buro, the ensaladang talong with itlog na maalat. And I'd finish off with some sweet buko pandan, leche flan and halayang ube. Ha ha, bundat na!
@eileenleyva (24120)
• Philippines
26 Mar 11
Hay, nakalimutan ko ang Bicol Express. Silly of me to forget the one that would really spice up our guests!
@Kirinx (1691)
• United States
19 Apr 11
well it depends on the person I live in ny so..thats tough one traditional thing I could offer as a dessert is a cheesecake I mean who doesnt like that..I mean unless you cant have milk or cheese.
@sweet_pea (3323)
• Philippines
24 Mar 11
I'm from the Philippines too, I think I can never go wrong with adobo (marinated pork or chicken or a combination of both). My husband cooks adobo well and our week will never pass without an adobo on the table.
• China
23 Mar 11
It's really difficult to choose one for for visitors.As so many good foods which are very testy in my country. But i will feed them yellow rice and hilsha fish. Which is very delicious and i do believe when one time people will eat it they will never forget the test of the foods. Have a good time!
• United States
22 Mar 11
Neat discussion topic. I have no idea what I would offer. Our country is made up of so many cultures it would be hard to pick just one. I guess it would depend on what they would try from what nationality. Otherwise they could have something that is your standard "American" fare like a burger and some fries and a milk shake.
@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
22 Mar 11
Well, for someone that has never been to the United States, I would definitely tell them that they would have to enjoy a cheeseburger. However, to be more specific, I've lived in Kentucky for the majority of my life. Therefore, I would want to serve a guest a signature food of our region. Therefore, the thing that I would serve would be a Kentucky Hot Brown. This is an open-faced sandwich which is turkey, ham, bacon, tomato and hollendaise sauce over a piece of thick cut bread. They are absolutely delicious.
• Philippines
21 Mar 11
since we are both Filipinos, I would rather showcase our native culinary artistry by serving our guests traditional Filipino food like Kare-kare (oxtail with vegetables in peanut sauce), or our Spanish-inspired Lengua Sevillana (ox tongue in a creamy mushroom sauce with olives). you can also splurge and be inspired with serving the guests with Lechon de Leche (spit roasted whole suckling pig. the skin is very crispy I'm sure the guests will be asking for more) with liver sauce.
@jazel_juan (15750)
• Philippines
21 Mar 11
That would be..bicol express, i am not from Bicol area but my husband is from. and he makes the best bicol express. i believe you already tasted that too.. and i would also offer satti, it is like a dish from Zamboanga, it is super spicy, color red and it has rice in it and with bbq in it. it is delish.
@veganbliss (3897)
• Adelaide, Australia
21 Mar 11
I'd make sure it's the best vegan organic food I could get hold of first off & then would try to Australianize it as much as possible! There would be no limit of what's on offer, all the better if they're hungry! My cooking's not too crash-hot at the moment, so I'd probably end up taking them here; my shout of course: www.blissorganiccafe.com I reckon I'd be better off ringing ahead & booking a table, inside or outside, depending on the weather, because they have a really nice garden out the back. It's best to say who's coming & the owners, a young & energetic couple, will go "all out" to make the visit really memorable. They have some experience with international guests, so I'd also make a point of asking "what's the done thing" regarding that. I reckon they'd know better what to do than I would.
@Matpunk85 (1066)
• Italy
20 Mar 11
This is a question for me. I'm Italian and I love food! I think I would cook the real "spaghetti alla carbonara". While spaghetti are cooking "al dente" (remember: to put only water in the pot, when boiling add salt and put the pasta on) I'll prepare the bacon. When the pasta is ready I add bacon, egg and peper. The real "pasta alla carbonara" doesn't have cream! This is only one of the hundreds of dishes of Italy. If you like good food you like Italian dishes. For sure you know pizza and maybe focaccia and piadina. I know the many ways to make pasta too: "alla bolognese", "al pomodoro", "al pesto"...
@bunnybon7 (47130)
• Holiday, Florida
20 Mar 11
id fix them my american favorite, potatoes fried, with cheese added and bacon. with sliced tomatoes on the side and some bisquits home made of course. and a few other dishes on the side. maybe some cherry or apple pie.
• India
20 Mar 11
I never or ever heared that type of food sisig the name is different. Will i come to philipiness definately taste the food of sisg. Hi i am from India if a visitor come from other foregin countyr i definately tastes him a food called and is also named as dosa its a great food its a morining tiffin of total India where ever in total India you see the people was eating dosa. I like to introduce the another food called the idli its a very taste food a idli with chatni and a smabar. This is the combination for idli.
@ElicBxn (61189)
• United States
20 Mar 11
I'm in the U.S. and I really don't think we have a "national" food... Now, there are "regional" foods, and I might take them to a BBQ place in town that I think is good, but I don't bar-be-que myself. I know places in the states that I think make the best submarine sandwiches, so if I were up in Atlantic City NJ, I know where I would take them to get a sub, tho for some reason they are considered "Italian" up there... Now, we have an "Austin Style Mexican Food" that if I could eat there, I would take people, but I can't so I don't...
• Philippines
20 Mar 11
Hello. I'm from the Philippines too. I like sisig also. WEll, I like all kinds of food. Ha ha ha... But if I would offer only one dish, then I think I would let them have bicol express. I'm not a Bicolano but I don't know what's the reason behind this craving for spicy foods. oh yum yum..