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Isaw, proben, dinuguan, bopis, papaitan among TasteAtlas's best lamanloob dishes worldwide

By NICK GARCIA Published Jun 08, 2023 3:47 pm

The Philippines' lamanloob favorites isaw, proben, dinuguan, bopis, and papaitan are among the best in the world, according to an aggregated food guide.

On TasteAtlas' 50 best-rated offal dishes list, isaw ranked 16th, proben 22nd, dinuguan 29th, bopis 36th, and papaitan 50th.

Isaw, which comes from chicken or pork, is marinated, boiled, skewered, and grilled. Thoroughly cleaning the intestines are a must to eliminate all food-born pathogens, TasteAtlas noted.

Proben, meanwhile, comes from a chicken organ called proventriculus, a component that is in many ways similar to chicken gizzard.

It's coated in flour or cornstarch, then deep-fried until it becomes golden brown and crispy.

Dinuguan contains an array of internal organs stewed with blood, vinegar, garlic, and pepper.

Pork is the traditional dinuguan meat though regional varieties have started using chicken and beef. It's usually served with steamed rice or puto.

Bopis uses beef or pork's heart and lungs, cooked with garlic, onion, carrots, bell peppers, and spices. It can be served as a pulutan or ulam.

Papaitan is a soup dish containing goat or cow innards like heart, tripe, and liver. The key ingredient is the bile or papait, which is extracted from the livers, giving the distinctive sour taste and yellow-green color.

Topping the list was Greece's kokoretsi, a lamb or goat dish that's grilled and chopped into tiny pieces and then seasoned with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

TasteAtlas has recognized Philippine cuisine several times.

Most recently, on June 1, it named dirty ice cream and halo-halo as among the best frozen desserts worldwide.

The Philippines also placed 19th in TasteAtlas's list of 50 best cuisines worldwide for June 2022.