It’s a cliche statement, but Filipino food might be some of the tastiest out there. If you’ve ever chowed down on a hearty plate of pork in adobo sauce or bitten into a perfectly crispy lumpia, you’ll probably agree. Drawing on flavors and ingredients of Mexico, Spain, and its fellow Southeast Asian countries, Filipino cuisine knows how to do fusion right, while also being its own deliciously unique culinary tradition. As your local travel guide in the Philippines here are top 10 Filipino Food you should definitely try!
Lumpia is a delicious deep-fried spring roll, stuffed with a mixture of minced meat and chopped vegetables.
2. Chicken Adobo
One of the most well-known dishes on our list, chicken adobo’s distinctive flavor comes from a slow cooking process – plus plenty of vinegar, crushed garlic, soy sauce, and black pepper.
Pancit, or pansit, are noodles that can be mixed with whatever meat or vegetable your stomach desires. The name originated from the Hookien word ‘pian e sit,’ meaning ‘something conveniently cooked.’
Kare-Kare is a Filipino stew with vegetables, oxtail, and a thick savory peanut sauce. Originating before the Spanish arrived to the Philippines, kare-kare is a Filipino comfort food.
Sinigang is a meat based sour stew or soup with lots of vegetables. The most popular souring agent is tamarind (sampalok). Pork (baboy) is the most common meat used but chicken, beef and fish are also popular.Alternative souring agents include guava, tomatoes or kalamansi (Filipino lime)
This is THE famous Filipino desert. Halo Halo (meaning ‘mixed together’ in Filipino) is served in a tall glass containing ice shavings, evaporated milk and various small chunks of yummy goodies all mixed in together.Yummy goodies include boiled kidney beans, chickpeas (“garbanzo”), sugar palm fruit (“kaong”), jackfruit, tapioca, sweet potato, sweet beans, coconut gel, ice cream, guava paste, purple yam and many more!
Sisig is a spicy, fatty meat dish with pig head and liver marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, calamansi juice, and chili peppers. Also known as the ‘golden lime,’ calamansi is a citrus fruit that’s commonly used in Filipino lemonade.
Balut is a developing duck embryo boiled and eaten as a snack in the shell and with a splash of vinegar. This is definitely one of the most famous foods to try in the Philippines (and probably the strangest).