In the Philippines, pica pica means “something that stimulates your appetite, and makes you want to come back for more“. Like our French apero, but a little more .. energy dense!
In the Philippines, there is no such thing as light or modernist cuisine.
In the Philippines, people take their food portions very seriously. Families love to gather in restaurants, so the portions are usually big. At least to French standards! If you order a rice, expect a plate, not our tiny little portions that are more for decorating than feeding purposes.
It didn’t take long for my son to turn into a real Pinoy 🙂