The Philippines is not just famous for its hospitality and awesome islands. Filipinos are actually very skilled in the kitchen as well. Here are the top 10 must try Filipino dishes.
Adobo can either be made with chicken or pork as its main ingredients. Sometimes, even sea food like squid is being turned into adobo as well. Adobo is Spanish word means marinated and the main ingredients in this dish are soy sauce, vinegar, pepper and laurel leaves. Sometimes, some cooks add vegetables to it such as stringed beans and potato.
This is one of the favorite soup dishes of the Philippines. It is very sour and made sour by natural ingredients such as tamarind. There are many variations of sinigang such as seafood or pork. Crisp vegetables make the dishes even yummier when served with rice.
Every drinking session in the Philippines would be incomplete without sisig. This dish is a mishmash of pig’s face, liver, ears, belly and other parts. It is fried with onions, pepper and topped with raw egg. A perfect plate of sisig should be crunchy and chewy at the same time.
(7) Chicken Inasal
Chicken inasal is marinated and grilled chicken which hails from the province of Bacolod. It has a sweet and salty flavor and is best served with chicken oil and soy sauce. The crunchy skin and juicy meat is the best!
Have you ever tried oxtail before? Here is your chance. Karekare is a dish with a peanut base sauce with “alamang” on the side. Aside from oxtail, some cooks also add in beef and tripe to make the dish even juicier.
This is a dish that is very hard to resist. Lechon is basically a whole roasted pig with very crisp skin. There are many great lechon hubs in the Philippines out there but the best are in Cebu. Also, what makes this dish even more special is the lechon sauce.
(4) Halo Halo
Since the Philippines is a tropical country, you will need something to freshen you up in the afternoons. This is what the Filipino food halo halo is for. This local dessert is made of mixed fruit, sweets, corn, ube, pinipig and the like. In fact, there are many variations of this dish. It is topped with ice, milk, ice cream, cheese, leche flan or syrup. You mix them all together and you get to enjoy a healthy and sweet cool snack.
(3) Grilled Isaw
Isaw is grilled pig’s intestines. The intestines are cleaned and boiled and then marinated. They are placed into a stick and then grilled like so. You can either dip it in sweet sauce, spicy sauce or vinegar. There is also a grilled chicken’s intestine.
This is a Northern Province dish that is a mixture of all the delicious and healthy vegetables in their area such as eggplant, okra, string beans, bitter melon and the like. It is cooked in a salty soup sometimes topped with a crunchy meat called Bagnet.
(1) Crispy Pata
This is a pig’s leg fried so crisp and paired up with an awesome sauce. The leg is being steamed or boiled for a long time, salted, kept in storage and then fried. This makes a really great viand!