Philippine cuisine consists of the foods, preparation methods and eating customs found in the Philippines. The style of cooking and the foods associated with it have evolved over several centuries from its Austronesian origins to a mixed cuisine with many Hispanic, Chinese, American, and other Asian influences adapted to indigenous ingredients and the local palate.
Dishes range from the very simple, like a meal of fried salted fish and rice, to the elaborate paellas and cocidos created for fiestas. Popular dishes include lechón (whole roasted pig), longganisa (Philippine sausage), tapa (cured beef), torta (omelette), adobo (chicken and/or pork braised in garlic, vinegar, oil and soy sauce, or cooked until dry), kaldereta (meat in tomato sauce stew), mechado (larded beef in soy and tomato sauce), puchero (beef in bananas and tomato sauce), afritada (chicken and/or pork simmered in a tomato sauce with vegetables), kare-kare (oxtail and vegetables cooked in peanut sauce), crispy pata (deep-fried pig’s leg), hamonado (pork sweetened in pineapple sauce), sinigang (meat or seafood in sour broth), pancit (noodles), and lumpia (fresh or fried spring rolls).
Several Delicious Filipino Foods:
Pork Afritada is simply “Stewed pork in tomato sauce“. This dish is similar to Menudo and Kaldereta (or Caldereta) and is usually cooked with wedges of carrots and potatoes. Bay leaves are also added for extra flavor and aroma.
Tinolang Manok is also known as tinola, tinolang manok chicken soup is light and refreshing. A simple broth with chicken, spinach and green papaya, it is a favorite home-style dish in the Philippines.
Chatote Guisado or Sayote Guisado (Sautéed Chayote) is one of the Filipino recipes found in the recipe database that my family and me loves to eat.
Pinakbet or Pakbet is one of the Filipino recipes that I love to cook and a dish that my hubby likes to eat. He’s very fond of eating any kind of food recipes that contain vegetables. No matter how it was prepared and cooked. It is very easy for him when it comes with vegetables.
Chopsuey is a Chinese dish primarily made up of mixed vegetable with meat like chicken, fish, beef, shrimp or pork, added for extra flavor. Chopsuey is widely believe to be an American-Chinese immigrants creation, and not an authentic Chinese dish. They said, Chinese farmers was inspired to cook a stir-fried vegetables known now as chopsuey and ate them after a long day working in the fields.
Lechon Kawali (Pan-Roasted Pork) is my mom’s favorite Filipino food dish. When I have a time to cook back then, she’ll request me to make some. She even asked the recipe so that whenever she craves for it, she can cook lechon kawali (pan-roasted pork) by herself.
Adobong Baboy Adobo (a famous filipino dish cooked in vinegar and soy sauce) is a filipino food favorite. May the recipe be done with pork, chicken or a combination of both. It could be also good with beef. There are lots of variations in cooking adobo recipe, which I have listed below after the adobong baboy recipe.
Chicken Curry is one of my favorite Filipino chicken recipes in the database. In my family, chicken curry is a dish that we usually make during birthdays and parties back in the Philippines. But here in Canada, I continue cooking this chicken dish during special occasions because this is one of my famous Filipino recipe that my family and friends loves. They said that when they start eating this chicken curry, they feel a little burning sensation in their mouth and wow really spicy delicious.
Nilagang Baboy Nilaga in filipino means ‘boiled’. Nilagang Baboy is another filipino food recipe that is easy to make that you just throw everything in the pot and let it cook until tender. It can be with pork or beef of any kind you like and just add any vegetables of your choice.
Corns and ripe saba (banana plantain) is also good in this dish. You may or may not add pork and beans — it’s up to you if you’ll like it thickened or just a clear soupy dish. You can even add a thumb-size ginger for a pungent flavor. Nilaga is good in any kind of weather.
Munggo Guisado Munggo (mung beans) can be found in any Asian Store. It’s one of the staples in most Asian country. Guisado (sautéed) as what we Filipino are calling mostly of our food because of the way we cook it.
Humba (Braised Pork Belly) is one of the comfort foods of every Filipino household. It’s a popular filipino food dish somewhere in the Visayas and Mindanao regions (I knew it because I used to lived from this two areas). I don’t know how they called it in the Luzon region, but I knew they have a version of humba too.
Embutido is a Filipino style of meatloaf. This filipino food dish is one of the favorite filipino dish that my hubby loves to eat. He even consumes the whole wrap of embutido in a single setting. My kids love also the embutido especially with the portion of hard-cooked eggs and sausages.
They said that “embutido” means that it is wrapped with the skin of the pig’s intestines. But this embutido is just wrapped with an aluminum foil because my family especially my hubby doesn’t like to eat food that contains internal organs of the animals.
Tortang Talong (eggplant fritters or/ eggplant-omelette) is a very simple dish that does take a little bit of patience to prepare, but the result is very rewarding. You will find it at just about any restaurant in the Philippines and it is very popular at Turo-Turo eateries.
Pancit Bihon Guisado “Pansit” or Pancit bihon is one of the variety of Pancit Guisado is somewhat a Chinese-Filipino food dish that I love to cook always. I like to cook this pancit bihon guisado during my husband and sons birthday celebration but the rice noodle stick that I’m looking for is not available in the Asian Store. There are other rice noodle stick brands in the store but based on my experience, I don’t like those other brands.
Pancit Canton A dish of Chinese origin that has become very much a part of Filipino cuisine, pancit canton may refer to lo mein or chow mein, depending on who you’re talking to. Basically, it is a stir-fried dish composed of egg noodles, meat, poultry or seafood and a medley of vegetables.
Pancit Molo is an adaptation of wonton soup, is a specialty of the town of Molo in Iloilo a well-know district in the province. Unlike other pancit, pancit molo is not dry but soupy and it does not make use of long, thin noodles but instead wonton wrappers made from rice flour. Leftover wonton wrappers can also be cut into strips and drop into the hot broth.
Pancit Palabok or Pansit Luglog is another popular Pinoy noodle dish. It made up of rice noodles blanch in boiling water and topped with shrimp sauce called palabok, made up of shrimp sauce that is flavoured with annatto which also give a bright orange tint. It is then topped with the paalat, a sautéed mixture of garlic, ground pork and diced firm tofu. For added flavour and visual appeal it is garnished with smoked fish flakes, crushed pork cracklings, shrimps, boiled egg wedges, fried garlic and chopped spring onions. And served with kalamansi.
Lumpia Shanghai A recipe I know all Filipinos are proud of! Lumpia Shanghai type is a type of egg roll, except it’s mainly filled with meat. You could use pork or beef or both! It’s a yummy recipe and great to serve as finger food.
Turon Saba named in Tagalog, is a typical Filipino snack. Turon has many varieties that consists of plantain and jackfruit wrapped in a lumpia (spring roll) wrapper, dipped in brown sugar and then fried. This is somewhat resembles banana spring roll.
Maruya Banana Fritters Maruya (“Banana Fritters”) is one of my favourite merienda when I was in the Philippines. They sometimes place it in a bamboo stick and sometimes they shape it like a hand fans. I miss that moment especially after siesta that when we woke up, my mom cooks us merienda delicacies like this maruya during hot summer day.
Ginataang Halo-halo is a Filipino dessert dish. This is composed of different tubers such as sweet potato, purple yam, and taro root. Aside from the tubers, other ingredients include plantains, tapioca pearls, and glutinous rice balls (bilo-bilo).Dishes that are cooked in coconut milk are locally called “Ginataan”. This word was derived from the root word “gata”, which means coconut milk. On the other hand, the word “Halo-halo” refers to the combination of different components or ingredients that were used to complete the dish; this also refers to a popular Filipino summer dessert wherein several sweet ingredients are combined with crushed iced, evaporated milk, leche flan, and ube halaya.
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