Filipinos love food accompanied with dips and sauces, especially the ones that are fried. We call it locally as sawsawan.
Among other countries like Japan, South Korea, and China, Filipinos have that culture of eating their food with dips and sauces on the side. For some, it has become a habit, while for others, it adds additional flavor to their food.
Aside from the usual ketchup, mayonnaise, cheese sauce, and salsa, Filipino have their own way of spicing up their food. Here are some of the examples of various authentic dips and sauces that Filipinos love:
- ToyoMansi – is the shorter slang for toyo (soy sauce) and calamansi. This one is the most common among Filipino dips that are perfect for fried tilapia, liempo, and… inasal! This is just a simple mixture of soy sauce and calamansi juice. Some people include chili and fried garlic in it to add a kick of spiciness to its whole flavor.
- Spicy Vinegar – You can usually find this in most Filipino houses – a jar of vinegar with chilis and cloves of garlic. What’s the secret for its tangy yet satisfying taste? Time! It is believed that the longer you have the chilis and the garlic cloves in the vinegar, the more flavor these ingredients can add to its overall taste. This one is the perfect partner for chicharon and fried fish dishes.
- Shrimp Paste – Locally known as bagoong, this dip is suited for sour foods or fruits like mangoes. But, it can also go well with fried fish and vegetable dishes like Pinakbet. This sauce is made from cultured and processed little shrimps which were salted and flavored with other spices.
If this got you craving for authentic Filipino dishes, then you have got to visit APU Restaurant in the City of Dreams! We offer various Filipino dishes in a fine dining way! Come and be one of our satisfied customers! We are open from 10 am to 10 pm on Sundays to Wednesdays and 10 am to 11 pm on Thursdays to Saturdays!