Traditional Filipino cooking originally just involved boiling, grilling, roasting and steaming. It has since evolved to a cuisine predominantly Spanish-based but fused with Asian influences.
The Chinese brought us soy sauce, noodles, frying and stir frying; while, the Spaniards brought us cattle, grains, tomatoes, potatoes and other staples. Spain, which ruled the Philippines for over 300 years, is its strongest culinary influence.
Filipino cuisine is so diverse it is hard to describe with just one dish or with just one word. .