(CNN) — Interest in Filipino cuisine has risen tremendously over the past couple of years.
While previously reduced to the infamous balut (duck embryo) -- no thanks to shows such as "Fear Factor" -- conversations have shifted and now patrons are rattling off their fond memories of mainstay plates such as adobo, sisig, pancit, lumpia and lechon.
But with over 7,000 islands divided into 82 provinces and 22 regions, there's plenty more to discover.
Here are seven dishes from across the Philippines that you may not have heard of -- and where you can find elevated versions of them during your next visit to Manila.
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