“There’s no taste like home.”
It may be cliché nowadays, seeing as how international restaurants are popping up left and right all over the Philippines, showcasing foreign cuisines like Korean, Japanese, South American, or even Hawaiian, but there’s something very comforting about tucking into a dish that you know was cooked with love, the way your mother or grandmother used to when you were a child.
This description can’t be any truer for the people of Marikina. Most Marikeños grew up in an environment populated with cuisines gathered from all over the world, owing to the city’s expansive population of immigrants, expats, and Filipinos from all over the country. This in turn has given them the legendary reputation of being the culinary melting pot of everything delicious, second only to the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, Pampanga.
There’s actually a saying in Marikina: “‘Pag sinabihan ka ng Marikeño na masarap ang pagkain mo, talagang masarap ‘yan.” It’s a line repeated by both visitors and locals alike, and holds an inkling of truth, especially once you’ve tried some of the restaurants they’re so proud to showcase. Here are but some of the delicious dishes Choose Philippines was able to partake of during Zomato’s latest Hunger Games, held (where else) in Marikina:
How many of these proudly-Marikeño restaurants have you eaten in? Be sure to tell us all about it over at choosephilippines.com!
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