Zimmern was welcomed by Erwin Santos and his family, who continue to run the grocery store that was originally started by Erwin’s parents back in the 70’s. What started out as a small Filipino grocery store has grown into the largest Filipino grocery store in the entire East Coast. The Filipino store is the lifeblood for much of New Jersey’s blossoming Filipino community, who regularly frequent the Phil-Am store for Filipino products ranging from tart calamansi juice to placenta soap. The Phil-Am Food store takes pride in its ability to offer all the comforts of the Philippines right from its New Jersey storefront.
In the episode, Zimmern tried a variety of Filipino delicacies from turon (a sweet snack filled with banana and jackfruit) to sizzling sisig (a flavorful savory dish built upon pork cheeks and belly). Not called a culinary adventurer for nothing, Zimmern also partook in the infamous Filipino dish balut—a fertilized duck egg in which the developed embryo is eaten whole. On Twitter, Zimmern raved about Phil-Am Food’s balut and thanked the Santos family for being gracious hosts.
To find out more about the Bizarre Foods America website and Phil-Am Food, visit: http://www.philamfood.com.
About Phil-Am Food
Phil-Am Food is proud to offer the best Filipino food, video, music, books, gifts, and health products with impeccable service. Besides their Jersey City store, their online Filipino store is stocked with thousands of items that are shipped everyday. The friendly staff of Phil-Am knows that shopping can be a hassle, so they are always making improvements to keep your Phil-Am experience easy and enjoyable.
Phil-Am Food is a cultural experience that shows the true spirit of the Philippines. No matter where you are, the taste of the Philippines is just a click away.
To learn more about Phil-Am Food, visit their website at http://www.philamfood.com, or visit their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/