Most Filipino food and dishes are a delectable blend of native and foreign cuisines that have evolved through the centuries. Historians narrate that a couple of hundred years ago, foreign traders and settlers, colonizers and missionaries brought with them their native recipes and unique style of cooking to the Philippines. Culinary artifacts and centuries-old pottery cooking was excavated from the central and southern part of the country proved that the Philippine cuisine was influenced by Austronesian origins mixed with cuisines from the Spaniards, Americans, Chinese along with the culinary impressions from other neighboring Asian countries. The dishes adopted from these foreign influences was adapted to domestic ingredients and to the delicate local palate.