“Predicting food trends like these has become as much an American holiday tradition as ordering an eggnog latte,” Kim Averson wrote on The New York Times about what goes on behind each trend list. Some might be a PR stunt, but others that show consensus means that yes, it might actually be a big trend this coming year.
Eater released their Official Megalisticle of All 2017 Food Trend Listicles, which rounds up the trends from all food industry publications and even brands—and guess who’s number 28? Filipino food, backed up by Bloombergandthe Food Network.
From restaurants like Bad Saint that have people lining up starting 3 p.m. for dinner and cafés like Mountain Province, we will now be seeing more Filipino dishes in other Asian restaurants. Manhattan’s Mission Chinese Food will be serving lumpia egg rolls (lumpiang sariwa, y’all) and pork belly served with pork liver sauce (that’s Mang Tomas for the rest of us). Talde Miami Beach will be serving Filipino adobo tamales soon, and another Manhattan restaurant Rice & Gold will serve heart-warming arroz caldo.
So if the rest of the world is not familiar with dishes like longganisa, kinilaw, sinigang, pinapaitan, and more then I guess this is the year you’ll start learning.