10 Top Filipino Dishes Locals Want You To Try
You can complete Pinoy’s favorite of the 10 top Filipino dishes in one sitting if you are ever invited to a fiesta in the Philippines or any home celebration.
If you have Filipino friends, a party at home is a mini banquet of sorts with the entire dinner table filled with several main course dishes.
Sometimes, if there is pot luck abroad with a Filipino family, you can get more than the 10 top Filipino dishes and desserts to try!
Filipinos enjoy their food and place importance on gastronomic delights – this is a sign of the best Filipino hospitality.
Most Filipino love a good party, and when entertaining guests, they pull out the stops.
Filipino dishes may not be as well-known as other Asian cuisines, but the country’s roots and colonial influences are evident in their food.
So, in case you are wondering if the 10 Top Filipino Dishes include a meal at Jollibee, my answer is YESSSSS – if you love fried chicken like me.
10 Top Filipino Dishes You Got To Try
Take a gastronomic look at ten delicious Filipino dishes that locals want you to try and eat your way to happiness.
My top picks, which I made a point to eat, are the pork dishes.
Lechon, Sisig and Bagnet.
I fancied a Beef Stew at Angus Pares as one of my favorite meals too.
My dear friends Liza Paipro and Myrna Espiritu-Sugay brought me to a great meal at Giligan’s Restaurant!
No special Filipino celebration or gathering is complete without the famous delicious Lechon or roasted pig.
An entire pig must make Lechon spit-roasted over coals until its skin is crispy with that beautiful golden brown glow.
The pig’s cavity is stuffed with various herbs, spices like lemongrass, star anise, spring onions, and laurel leave to enhance the Lechon’s flavor.
Lechon is best served and enjoyed with liver sauce or spicy vinegar.
Nothing quite tastes better than Sisig on a sizzling plate.
Sisig is made with a roasted pig’s head and organs, chopped and served on a sizzling plate with some chilis.
Most of the Time, Sisig is eaten as a side dish whenever there’s a beer-drinking session.
Homemade Adobo is a favorite staple in Filipino households.
You can use either pork or chicken (sometimes both) for cooking in soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, pepper, and other spices.
The dish’s name is derived from the Spanish word “adobo,” which means to cook in vinegar.
Other meats and vegetables can also make Adobo, including Beef, Squid, and Spinach.
Kare-Kare is a favorite Filipino dish at every gathering.
A mild Filipino curry, this is made with a creamy peanut sauce and ground toasted rice.
Kare-Kare is a complete meal best eaten with Bagoong (shrimp paste) – I fell in love with this, very delicious!
The meats can be either
Other ingredients include
- banana blossoms
- string beans
Sinigang is a Filipino Stew with a sour soup base made with tamarind or guava.
The stew uses Pork Fish, Beef, or Seafood mixed with vegetables like Kangkong (river spinach), String Beans, and Gabi (taro).
Laing is uses dried taro leaves as a wrapper for pork blended with Gata (coconut milk) and chilis.
If you love spicy food, Laing is a must-try.
7 Bicol Express
Bicol Express is a fitting tribute to Gata (coconut milk), which is the main ingredient for many dishes – that spicy flavor with chilis, creamy coconut milk, and shrimp paste makes it a perfect accompaniment to steamed rice.
8 Ginataang Kuhol
Ginataang Kuhol is a rare Filipino delicacy made from farm snails cooked with some vegetables and Gata (coconut milk).
Slurping the snail is the only way to eat Ginataang Kuhol.
However, if you have trouble slurping, you can always ask for a toothpick to pick the meat from its shell.
Bagnet is a deep-fried pork belly similar to the Filipino Lechon kawali (pan-fried Lechon).
The difference is Bagnet is boiled then air-dried before deep-frying.
Bagnet traces its roots from the province of Ilocos Sur in the Philippines.
You will enjoy biting into the pig’s skin’s crispy sound, which makes you want to eat more of this dish.
10 Lumpiang Ubod
Lumpiang Ubod is a Filipino crepe wrap filled with ubod (strips of palm heart), lettuce leaves, shrimp, and pork that’s doused with peanut sauce and garlic.
You eat this with peanut sauce and garlic.
Make Time to eat all the Top Filipino Dishes.
Is your mouth watering already?
Time to take your taste buds on a trip to the Philippines!
If you are greedy like me, you need to bring a spare dessert stomach and fill up all the delicious desserts and sweets.
My Filipino meal started with Philippine Airlines inflight meal service.
Two mains choices are offered: a Filipino and a Western choice.
Remember to choose the Filipino choice!
You will arrive and leave the country with a happy heart and tummy.