Food in the Philippines is in our opinion, not great compared to other asian countries we have visited.. They say the reason for this is the Spanish colonisation of the Philippines which was then taken over by the Americans. You would also think there would be great options for vegetarians and vegan but again there isn’t unless you want to spend more money and head to the western style restaurants. Having said that, there is tones of Spanish and American influence within their food.
Foodie Words worth knowing
Ginataan means cooked in coconut milk.
Kilawimn means raw or vinegared seafood.
Inihaw means grilled meat or fish.
Maanghang means spicy.
Types of food
Adobo – National dish which is either chicken or pork or sometimes both. It is marinated in vinegar and garlic and stewed till tender.
Adobong Pusit – Squid or cuttlefish cooked adobo style.
Arróz caldo – Spanish style thick rice soup with chicken, garlic, ginger and onions.
Aso – Dog….Normally eaten by the North Luzon hill tribes. I hope this photo makes you feel sad for all the stray puppies in the Philippines.
Batchoy – Broth containing onion, rice noodles, beef, pork and liver.
Balút – Boiled duck egg containing a partially formed embryo.
Bibingka – Sweet coconut cake.
Biko– Sweet sticky rice.
Calamares/Chicharon – Crispy fried squid.
Crispy Pata – Deep fried pork hock or knuckles.
Dessert Lumpia- sweetened bananas baked in lumpia wrappers, then drizzled with caramel and chocolate.
Goto – Rice porridge made with pork or beef innards.
Halo-Halo – Fruit Preserves served in shaved ice and milk.
Kaldereta- Hearty meat stew with potatoes, peppers and liver sauce.
Kare-Kare – Oxtail Stew.
Leche Flan – Caramel Custard.
Lechón – Spit roast whole pig served with liver sauce.
Lechón Kawali – Crispy fried pork.
Longganisa – Filipino sausage.
Lomi- Noodle dish.
Lumpia – Spring rolls filled with either meat or vegetables.
Mami- Noodle soup
Menudo – Pork bits sautéed with garlic and onion and usually garnished with sliced hot dog.
Pansit Bihon – Thick or thin noodle soup
Pinakbét – Mixed veg stew
Pochero – Hotpot of beef. chicken, pork, Spanish sausage and vegetables, principally cabbage.
Rellenong Bangus – Fried stuffed milkfish.
Pork Sisig – Pork parts (often: head, liver, cheeks) mixed with onions, chiles, citrus, and egg.
Tapsilog – A modern compound combining three words: Tapa (dried beef), Sinangag (Garlic fried rice), and itlog (Fried Egg) usually eaten for breakfast.
Tocino – sweetened Cured pork
Sinigang – Hot and sour soup.
Ukoy- Crispy shrimp fritters with tangy vinegar dipping sauce.
Filipinos love fast food and sometimes that is the only air-conditioned place around. Jollibee is their version of McDonald’s and the locals favourite. Many tourists opt for the traditional Mcdonalds/Subway or Greenwich Pizza.
The cheapest option to eat in the Philippines is to try out street food. Many cities have BBQ stands down little streets with hundreds of meat on skewers for you to choose from. These can be as cheap as £0.040 a stick. We tried out many different types of chicken which were all delicious.