Philippine cuisine (or Filipino cuisine) refers to the food, preparation methods and eating customs of the Philippines, an island archipelago nation in south east Asia. Filipino cuisine has evolved from its origins at the time of indigenous Austronesian peoples to the cooking styles and methods after centuries of influence from Spanish and Chinese cuisine, and later American cuisine. Dishes range from the very simple, like a meal of fried salted fish and rice, to the elaborate paellas and "cocidos" (stews) created for fiestas. The many influences on Filipino cuisine include Malay, Indian, Arab, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, American and South American cuisines. These influences have been adapted to ingredients that are locally available and suit the local palate. The history of Filipino cuisine begins many centuries before the arrival of the Spanish.
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