Filipino Food Guide

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

 

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Adobo – National dish which is either chicken or pork or sometimes both. It is marinated in vinegar and garlic and stewed till tender.

 

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Adobong Pusit – Squid or cuttlefish cooked adobo style.

 

Arróz caldo

Arróz caldo – Spanish style thick rice soup with chicken, garlic, ginger and onions.

 

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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

Batchoy – Broth containing onion, rice noodles, beef, pork and liver.

 

duck egg

Balút – Boiled duck egg containing a partially formed embryo.

 

Bibingka

Bibingka – Sweet coconut cake.

 

Biko

Biko– Sweet sticky rice.

 

Chicharon

Calamares/Chicharon – Crispy fried squid.

 

Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata – Deep fried pork hock or knuckles.

 

Dessert Lumpia

Dessert Lumpia- sweetened bananas baked in lumpia wrappers, then drizzled with caramel and chocolate.

Goto

Goto – Rice porridge made with pork or beef innards.

 

Halo Halo

Halo-Halo – Fruit Preserves served in shaved ice and milk.

 

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Kaldereta- Hearty meat stew with potatoes, peppers and liver sauce.

 

KARE KARE

Kare-Kare – Oxtail Stew.

 

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Leche Flan – Caramel Custard.

 

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Lechón – Spit roast whole pig served with liver sauce.

 

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Lechón Kawali – Crispy fried pork.

 

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Longganisa – Filipino sausage.

 

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Lomi- Noodle dish.

 

Spring Rolls

Lumpia – Spring rolls filled with either meat or vegetables.

 

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Mami- Noodle soup

 

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Menudo – Pork bits sautéed with garlic and onion and usually garnished with sliced hot dog.

 

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Pansit Bihon – Thick or thin noodle soup

 

Pinakbét

Pinakbét – Mixed veg stew

 

Rellenong Bangus

Pochero – Hotpot of beef. chicken, pork, Spanish sausage and vegetables, principally cabbage.

 

Rellenong Bangus

Rellenong Bangus – Fried stuffed milkfish.

 

Pork Sisig

Pork Sisig – Pork parts (often: head, liver, cheeks) mixed with onions, chiles, citrus, and egg.

 

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Tapsilog – A modern compound combining three words: Tapa (dried beef), Sinangag (Garlic fried rice), and itlog (Fried Egg) usually eaten for breakfast.

 

Tocino

Tocino – sweetened Cured pork 

 

Sinigang

Sinigang – Hot and sour soup.

 

Ukoy

Ukoy- Crispy shrimp fritters with tangy vinegar dipping sauce.

Fast Food

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.

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Street Food 

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.

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