Anthony Bourdain visited Philippines for No Reservations


No Reservations is a television show by Travel Channel hosted by chef and writer Anthony Bourdain mostly about food and culture.

Recently, my friend Lyzius told me that this show made a Philippine episode. I got excited to see the videos because I’ve been watching this show before and I also love to eat.

But it seems like my post about this is quite late because I haven’t watched cable television for quite a while but anyways many thanks to her for informing me.

This episode started from their contest No Reservations, Fan-atic Special last year. Anyone can submit a video that must convince the No Reservations team especially Anthony Bourdain to come over their submitted country and do the show.

One of the videos that caught their attentions was submitted by Filipino-American Augusto Elefano, who proposes Philippines as their next destination. Although the video was great, Augusto failed to impress Anthony Bourdain on his interview. But because of a great push from Filipino fans all over the world, No Reservations Philippines took place.

They taped the episode last 4th quarter of 2008 and officially aired the episode last February of 2009.

The foods that I really like on this episode are;

  • Ginataang Alimango (Crab in Coconut Milk) – My mother is from Bicol and most their dishes has coconut milk. I like this because it’s very tasty and best when mixed with local vegetables.
  • Papaitan (Soup made out of guts and bile) – I first ate this when I was a kid when our family went on a vacation trip to Batangas. We stopped over at a roadside eatery and had this. This soup is bitter but really tastes good.
  • Sinigang (Pork, Fish or Shrimp with vegetables in a Sour broth) – This is my favorite Filipino food. For the sour broth, either tamarind, guava or kamias can be used. Kamias for me is the best.
  • Sisig (Mixed Pork parts served in sizzling plate with fresh egg, not hard-boiled egg and seasoning) – This sizzling hot food really is a great combination with ice cold beer.
  • Lechon (Whole pork cooked slowly in an open charcoal steam) – We eat this mostly on special occasions. Newly cooked pork skin is really good. It’s crunchy and tasty.

Anthony Bourdain really loves the Sisig and Lechon, even making it #1 in his Hierarchy of Pork!

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  1. Mom of three says:

    Thoughtful and interesting, thank you. I was brought up in manilla but moved to england at such a young age I can hardly remember anything apart from the delicious food. I finally found some authentic Filipino recipes if you want to have a look, I thought I’d share it with you!

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