FILIPINO VS ITALIAN SPAGHETTI

History of spaghetti reaches back to the 800 years of our modern history, and ever since then, its popularity grew, and grew, until this fantastic meal managed to fascinate entire population of our planet. It is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine.

Like other pasta, spaghetti is made of milled wheat and water and sometimes enriched with vitamins and minerals. Most of its ingredients are ground beef, tomato sauce, eggs, olive oil, sausages, and cheese which cannot be out missing. It has no additives, no fancy spices and extra ingredients. Its use of natural, fresh elements and simplicity makes it so delicious. It has that mature, sweet and sour taste blending together in a bite that will definitely suit most people’s preferences.

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Italian Spaghetti

Meanwhile, Filipino spaghetti is a hybrid dish that shares the same ingredients from its Italian influence. It has the typical Italian recipe but it is known to be sweeter and containing uncommon protein. Some creative souls even put carrots as the main ingredient.

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Filipino Spaghetti

What makes spaghetti a Filipino style is its added ingredients not usually in other foreign recipes: Banana ketchup which from the name itself isn’t made from tomatoes, but bananas! Sugar which will add a much sweeter taste to the recipe, and hotdogs that replace the remarkable meatballs in Italian style spaghetti. Yes, Filipinos love sweet food too much, it may sound very unusual to others but it is a standard in the Philippines. It could just be the reason for the great amount of hate that this recipe receives. Pambata is the term they use to associate this dish with, too sweet, too meaty-because it is the kids who love this type of spaghetti most of the time.

As clearly seen in the images above, it is easy to distinguish these differences. From the tint of the sauce’s colors to the ingredients mixed and up to the varying taste, it is almost incomparably different.

Angela Clare Agpawa

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