Try these hand-picked Filipino food recipes. All of these were part of our day to day diet while living in the Philippines. The tradition in all of SE Asia is not to have a center item with side dishes as in the west but more like a Tapas Bar in Spain. 10 or more Filipino dishes to pick and taste from during every meal.
History of Filipino Recipes
Filipino cuisine is composed of the cuisines of more than a hundred distinct groups found throughout the Philippine group of islands. However, a majority of mainstream Filipino dishes that compose Filipino food are from the cuisines of the various groups and tribes of their chain of islands.
The style of food making and the food associated with it have evolved over many centuries from their shared Malaysian and Indonesian cuisines to a mixed cuisine of Indian, Chinese, Spanish and American influences.
Popular Filipino Food Recipes
Popular Filipino dishes include whole roasted pig (lechón ), Philippine sausage (longganisa), cured beef (tapa), omelet (torta), and pork blood stew (dinuguan).
Others include meat stewed in tomato sauce and liver paste (kaldereta), larded beef in soy and tomato sauce (mechado), beef and bananas in tomato sauce (pochero), and oxtail and vegetables cooked in peanut sauce (kare-kare).
Then again, others include eggplant, beans, okra, and tomato stew flavored with shrimp paste, deep-fried pig’s leg (crispy pata), pork sweetened in pineapple sauce (hamonado), meat or seafood in sour broth (sinigang), noodles (pancit), and fresh or fried spring rolls (lumpia).
Many Filipino Chicken Recipes
Chicken cannot be absent from the dinner table and Filipino chicken recipes are in-demand and are handed down from generation to generation because of its authenticity and uniqueness.
Why you should try out Filipino Chicken Recipes. Besides the flavorful aroma, it brings out the best flavor in your chicken. Filipino herbs and spices such as paminta, bay leaf, siling labuyo and anise are allowed to soak deep down in your chicken so that its flavor supersedes that of any chicken recipe.
For instance chicken braised in garlic, vinegar, oil and soy sauce, or cooked until dry (adobo), and simmered chicken and vegetables in tomato sauce (afritada).
Traditional Filipino snacks range from the very simple, like ice cream or pork rinds to empanadas and arroz caldo.
No-Churn Buko Pandan Ice Cream: Rich and creamy, it’s a frozen treat you’d want year-round!
Arroz Caldo: A rice porridge filled with chicken, scallions, toasted garlic, and a hard-boiled egg.
Pork Chicharon: A classic Filipino snack made by deep-frying pork rinds.
Maruya – Filipino Banana Fritters: Sweet and crunchy, it’s the perfect afternoon treat!
Cheese Puto – Steamed Cake With Cheese: It can be enjoyed as-is for merienda (afternoon snack).
Filipino Empanadas: Full of flavor with flaky light pastry using a secret ingredient.
Breads and pastries from the Philippines are well-liked by the Filipinos. In fact, any one of them can recall a morning of eating hot pandesal with their family, or passing an afternoon of eating siopao with friends. The children get the thrill of opening their lunch box at school and seeing a large, puffy, creamy ensaymada.
The breads and pastries in the Philippines, are not just for eating. They are a treasured tradition. The Filipinos share these breads and pastries with their families. They bring them home as gifts, and consume them together with loved ones during holidays and special occasions.
Selected Filipino Food Recipes & Filipino Dishes
1. Filipino-Style Chicken Adobo – Filipino Food
Browning the chicken and deglazing the pot with water add an extra layer of savory flavor to both the meat and the sauce. Blooming the garlic, peppercorns, and bay leaves in the rendered chicken fat releases their aromatic oils into the sauce.
2. Kare-Kare – Filipino Dishes
There are three things that make kare-kare extra special: the tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat, the vegetables, and the ultra-rich sauce.
Oxtail is very tender and fatty, which makes the dish even more flavorful. String beans, eggplant, bok choy, and banana blossoms add texture and color to the dish.
3. Sinangag – Filipino Food
It’s simple to make and the garlic elevates the flavor of the rice making this easy dish so much more than a plain rice side dish.
4. Arroz Caldo – Filipino Dishes
Known as the ultimate comfort food, it’s the Filipinos’ go-to dish on a cold, rainy day. The broth is flavored with ginger, among other spices and seasonings, making it so cozy and comforting.
Perfect for a midday snack or light meal.
5. Pork Sisig – Filipino Food
As mentioned, Sisig can also be enjoyed as a main dish and is best eaten a cup of warm white rice on the side. Sisig is synonymous to “pulutan”. It is a term used to describe food pairings with beer or any alcohlic beverage. I like to pair it with either beer or wine.
6. Leche Flan – Filipino Dishes
It has been a regular item in the menu of most restaurants because of its taste, ease in preparation and long shelf life. It can also be added as a component to build other great tasting dessert creations.
7. Pan De Sal – Filipino Food
Filled with jam, butter, or meat, it’s the ultimate hearty and satisfying breakfast meal. Next to fried rice, it’s the Filipino’s favorite breakfast side dish.
8. Pininyahang Manok – Filipino Dishes
Pininyahang manok is best served with rice. The rice soaks up that rich milk-based broth oh so beautifully, you’ll surely ask for seconds.
9. Pork Chicharon – Filipino Food
These cracklings are already irresistible on their own, but they taste even better when dipped in vinegar. It’s one of the tastiest snacks in the world, and that’s no exaggeration.
10. Halo Halo – Filipino Dishes
The preparation of Halo-halo varies depending on personal preference, but the key ingredients are shaved ice, milk, and an assortment of toppings from sweetened beans to seasoned fruits.
11. Filipino Picadillo – Filipino Food
You can eat this picadillo with a little hot sauce on top, but it’s equally delicious served on its own.
12. Halang Halang Chicken – Filipino Dishes
Like most dishes, there are different ways to make halang halang. Some use coconut milk, but we stick with the basic version. Filipino "Spicy Spicy" Chicken Soup similar to Tinola but with a kick.
13. Pineapple Coleslaw – Filipino Food
The dressing has some vinegar in it, though, so don’t worry – the flavors in this coleslaw are perfectly balanced. Pineapple Coleslaw is a delicious medley of sweet, creamy and tangy. Juicy pineapples dish bring a tropical twist on a classic side dish!
Give it a try, and you might just switch to Filipino coleslaw for good!
14. Pochero – Filipino Dishes
While conceptually the same thing, the Filipino version of pochero has evolved into something far more exquisite than that.
15. Lumpiang Shanghai – Filipino Food
A word of caution: these rolls are insanely addictive! Limiting yourself to three pieces is a real challenge. Dipped in either ketchup or a sweet and sour sauce, Lumpiang Shanghai is the ultimate party finger food.
16. Filipino Pork Nilaga Soup – Filipino Dishes
Typically, the spicy fish sauce dip is simply fish sauce with chopped spicy chili. Siling labuyo is the hottest chili that originated from the Philippines. This is around 50,000 to 100,000 Scoville units.
17. Maruya – Filipino Food
18. Filipino Salad Crêpes – Filipino Dishes
Using a mandoline to slice the vegetables and mango makes this very simple to assemble.
19. Filipino Carioca – Filipino Food
It was a treat I had never had before but it sounded right up my alley with loads of coconut and caramel sauce. The recipe called for just seven simple ingredients that I was able to find right at my local grocery store.
20. Bistek Tagalog – Filipino Dishes
21. Buko Pie – Filipino Food
Buko or coconut is abundant in the Philippines. As such, they are widely used in their recipes, and buko pie is one of the best ways to highlight its sweet flavor.
22. Cheese Puto – Filipino Dishes
Puto is most often topped with a few slices of cheddar cheese to add a salty contrast to the sweet treat.
It can be enjoyed as-is for merienda (afternoon snack) or eaten as a side dish with dinuguan.
23. Biko – Filipino Food
Biko (pronounced bee-koh), a rice cake, is a native Filipino delicacy or 'kakanin' where glutinous rice is cooked with coconut milk and brown sugar then topped Latik. The latik can be either in curd form or syrup.
Traditionally, biko is served on a bilao, a round wooden bamboo tray, lined with coconut-oiled banana leaves, and is a popular dessert for every special occasion like birthdays, reunions and fiestas.
24. Filipino Beef Omelet (Torta) – Filipino Dishes
The idea is simple. Make an omelet out of ground beef. Yet the flavor is truly phenomenal. It tastes amazing on its own, but is 10 times better with ketchup!
25. Turon – Filipino Food
26. No-Churn Buko Pandan Ice Cream – Filipino Dishes
Buko Pandan Ice Cream with tender young coconut strips and intense pandan flavor is so easy to make at home and there’s no need for an ice cream maker! Rich and creamy, it’s a frozen treat you’d want year-round!
27. Beef Mechado – Filipino Food
The availability of some fruit and vegetables may be marked by seasons but most Filipino cooks will include adobo, afritada and sinigang–braised, stewed and soupy, respectively–as part of their cache of recipes and serve them year round.
28. Filipino Empanadas – Filipino Dishes
These empanadas have a slight sweetness as Filipinos do love that a little added sweetness in their food, including savoury. The filling of these Filipino empanadas is fantastic, but I am extremely impressed with the pastry.
29. Grilled Filipino Chicken Kebabs – Filipino Food
That’s where Filipino chicken kebabs (or chicken skewers) come in. You still get your delicious grilled chicken but now with a totally new and very very delicious flavor.
30. Mechadong Baka – Filipino Dishes
To help add flavor, an incision was made into each piece of meat and a strip of pork fat was inserted. This technique is what gave the stew its name- Mecha meaning wick for the strip of pork fat sticking out of the beef like a candle.
31. Taisan – Filipino Chiffon Cake – Filipino Food
Unlike other cakes, taisan doesn’t need an overly sweet frosting to make it delightful. The combination of butter, sugar, and cheese is enough to make the cake absolutely amazing.
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