On my recent visit to the Philippines, I decided to go against the flow and not go for the tried-and-tested Dried Mango omiyage.
Top 3. Pastillas de Leche. It is very popular among the Indians. It seems they have something very similar, also made from milk and sugar. It’s also popular among the Chinese but not the Japanese — they think it’s too sweet. One French office mate commented it looks very suspicious.
Top 2. Polvoron. It is popular among the French and the Americans. One French office mate kept asking for more though unfortunately, I didn’t buy that many. A British office mate commented that it is exotic seeing the casuy and pinipig variants.
The Winner. Drumrolls.
Top 1. Banana Chips! This is suprisingly popular. The packaging did not even say “Export Quality” like the Polvoron and the usual Dried Mangoes. The Japanese love it. I should have bought more of this.
I can start a business exporting Banana Chips to Japan.
Not a bad idea.