There’s so much that Philippines has to offer – its tourist spots, warming welcome, and of course, its delicate dishes. To appreciate Philippines better, here are the top 10 must try Filipino food:
● Chicken and Pork Adobo
One must never ever miss out on trying the Chicken and Pork Adobo Filipino Style. Vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic as its main ingredients, and you’re good to go. Marinate your chicken and pork ahead of time so it will be the tastiest adobo that you’ll ever have.
Now, if you are craving for something sour, then Sinigang is the answer to your cravings! Its sour taste would be reflected on your taste buds and even on your face! (Yes, that’s how sour it is.) Also, this one is perfect for cold weathers and soup days. If you are wondering, what makes the sour taste of Sinigang is the tamarind fruit.
In any special occasion here in the Philippines, a party will be grand if lechon is served. The price of Lechon is quite expensive so you must feel lucky to be eating Lechon in a party that you just crashed. The crispy golden brown skin is full of cholesterol, yet, is what makes it delicious and one-of-a-kind.
Peanut butter, yum! But have you tried kare-kare already? Kare-kare is a dish that uses peanut butter as its sauce. Don’t worry, for it is not sweet. It is usually thickened and tastes savory. Pair it with bagoong or shrimp paste and it will be your all-time-favorite!
A lot of people think that balut is disgusting but trust us, it isn’t. It actually tastes like fried chicken, as most people say. Balut is a fertilized egg that contains partially developed duck embryos which is high in protein and calcium. In an eggshell, it is a must try!
A meal would not be complete without a dessert to top it up, is it? Philippines’ halo-halo is the most famous dessert that includes shaved ice and evaporated milk. What makes it “halo-halo” is its various ingredients – coconut, sago and gulaman, sweet banana, boiled sweet beans, leche flan, ube ice cream, and many many more. Perfect for your sweet tooth!
● Pork Dinuguan at Puto
Who thought that pig blood is a nasty thing to put on a dish? Turns out, it actually becomes an exquisite dish! With black as its final color, you will be surprised that its color is nothing but a great recipe. And one last thing.. Pair it with puto, a Filipino steamed rice cake, and it will be an exceptional combo.
● Pancit Bihon Guisado
Pancit Bihon Guisado is a daily dish and can be found in all special gatherings. The conveniency to cook it, makes it the go-to dish of all Filipinos. Shrimp, pork, chicken, and some vegetables like carrots and cabbage, completes the Filipino family favorite meal.
● Chicken Inasal
You can find Chicken Inasal almost everywhere in the Philippines but the taste will be the same. With lots of herbs and spices that sums up its palatable taste, Chicken Inasal is usually served in unlimited rice – a feast.
● Pork Sisig
Remember our old pal, Anthony Bourdain? He then said that Pork Sisig will be the next food trend and that “Sisig is perfectly positioned to win the hearts and minds of the (people of the) world”. Now, what makes up this said Pork Sisig? That’s easy to tell but you might not believe it. Pork Sisig is diced pork face, ears, cheek and snout. Give it a try with egg on top and get sizzled.
The Gilarmi Lounge’s “Sisig Riles” and “Mini “Pinoy” Chicken BBQ,” has the best take on Pork Sisig and Chicken Inasal. The Gilarmi Lounge serves Filipino-inspired bar fare, high tea, light snack and draught beers from around the world and is an ideal venue for small groups and cozy rendezvous.