I have often been asked how the Philippine cuisine is and I always answer in the same way. Confused look, then an explanation that needs a few minutes of listening because it's not as simple as any Asian cuisine. There are a lot of seafood, being an archipelago comprised of more than 7,000 islands. Most of the time they are grilled as is or wrapped in banana leaves then dipped in differents sauces made with citrus fruits, soy sauce, fish sauce, vinegar, garlic, chiles and onions. Adobo is the unofficial national dish that everyone loves, even non-Filipinos. There are a lot of variant recipes of adobo from all over the country but the most basic ingredient is vinegar. Coconut is used a lot in Filipino cooking as well as souring agents like vinegar & citrus fruits, soy sauce, fish sauce and ginger. Rice is staple as it is eaten 3 times a day (including breakfast) along with the main course.