One popular recipe is chicken kelaguen: Chicken, grilled the night before, is chopped up and mixed with lemon, onion, and local Thai bird chiles. “It’s almost like a spicy grilled chicken ceviche,” says rumgum. Other common dishes include shrimp fritters, lumpia (Filipino fried egg rolls), and pancit (fried noodles).
The ultimate condiment found in any local household for daily use is finadene, says rumgum: “It’s usually soy, lemon, onion, and chile peppers. I like tomatoes in my finadene. But I’ve also eaten one with small salted fish, lime, and peppers. Each family has their special blend.”
For dessert, have some latiya, a dish of sponge cake with custard on top, sprinkled with cinnamon.