13 Filipino foods you must try

Take a look at our pick of the best foods to eat

Embark on a culinary journey that celebrates the rich history and diverse geography of the Philippines. Experience the bold and dynamic flavors of Filipino cuisine, which blend indigenous tastes with Latin and American influences. Each popular dish is a reflection of the country's unique colonial past and cultural spirit, ensuring that every bite is a truly authentic experience.
With such a wide array of mouth-watering flavors to choose from, get ready to embark on a gastronomic adventure like no other!

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a plate of Chicken Adobo


Indulge in the delectable Adobo, often hailed as the national dish of the Philippines. This cooking process features succulent chicken or pork marinated in a blend of vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic, slow-cooked to perfection. Adobo can be found on menus across the country and pairs perfectly with steamed rice for a satisfying lunch or dinner.

A classic Filipino roasted Pig


Get ready to indulge in a festive feast with this mouthwatering dish! A succulent whole roasted pig is slow-cooked over charcoal and served with a delectable liver sauce. Typically reserved for special occasions, from birthdays to weddings and public holidays, this dish is sure to bring joy and delight to any celebration.

Grilled pork Inihaw Liempo


Transport your taste buds to the Philippines with the beloved traditional dish of Inihaw! Marinated in a tantalizing blend of Sprite or 7UP, garlic, vinegar, salt, and pepper, this grilled delicacy is a crowd-pleaser. Indulge in the most popular varieties of Inihaw: the succulent Grilled Pork Belly, or the mouth-watering Chicken Barbecue. Get ready for a flavour explosion like no other!

A plate of Traditional Filipino Lumpia Spring Rolls


Discover the delightful taste of Lumpia, a crispy spring roll originally from China and now beloved in the Philippines. These delectable rolls are stuffed with a mouth-watering mixture of minced meat and vegetables, wrapped in a crispy Lumpia wrapper, and served fresh or deep-fried. Perfect for any occasion, Lumpia is the ultimate finger food, and an ideal merienda (afternoon snack) to satisfy those mid-day cravings.

A plate of Pansit noodle


Get ready to slurp up some deliciousness with the mouth-watering Filipino staple of Pancit or Pansit - a beloved noodle dish that traces its roots back to early Chinese settlers in the Philippines. Over the centuries, these noodles have been lovingly incorporated into local cuisine, resulting in an array of delightful variants and types. Indulge in the most popular varieties of Pancit - the fragrant Pansit Bihon and the flavourful Pansit Canton.

A plate of Pork Sisig


Get ready for a mouth-watering appetizer that's a favourite in the Philippines - Sisig! Made from chopped grilled pork's head and chicken liver, this dish is seasoned with a tantalizing blend of calamansi, onions, and chili peppers, resulting in a flavour explosion in every bite. Whether you're at a Filipino restaurant or grabbing a quick bite from a street hawker, Sisig is an absolute must-try.

a bowl of Kare Kare chichen

Kare Kare

Indulge in the rich and savory flavors of Kare-kare, a delectable beef and vegetable stew simmered to perfection in a luscious peanut sauce. Savor this mouth-watering dish with a side of fluffy steamed white rice, perfect for a hearty lunch or dinner.

A plate of crispy Pata

Crispy Pata

This irresistible dish features a whole pork leg, boiled to tender perfection and then deep-fried to a golden, crispy finish. Often reserved for special occasions, you can experience the mouthwatering flavors of Crispy Pata at authentic Filipino restaurants

A a bowl of Arroz Caldo

Arroz Caldo

This Spanish-style thick rice soup, loaded with juicy chicken, aromatic garlic, and onions, resembles a scrumptious risotto. As a popular Filipino snack, Arroz Caldo is the perfect go-to for a quick and satisfying meal. Experience the warm and cozy goodness of this dish, sure to leave you feeling full and content.

A bowl of pork menudo

Pork Menudo

A traditional Filipino comfort food. This stew is a true crowd-pleaser, made with tender pork meat and liver cubes, simmered to perfection in a rich tomato sauce alongside chunks of flavorful carrots and potatoes. With every spoonful, you'll be transported to a world of delectable flavors that are sure to warm your heart and soul.

A bowl of Sinigang Soup

Sinigang Soup

This delectable sour soup boasts a delightful blend of juicy pork or fish, fresh vegetables, and a tangy tamarind-flavored broth. With every spoonful, you'll experience a burst of flavors that are sure to tantalize your senses. Don't miss out on this Filipino favorite that is perfect for warming up on a chilly day or just for savoring a truly satisfying meal.

a bowl of Halo Halo dessert

Halo Halo

This mouth-watering dessert is a true Filipino favorite, featuring an array of colorful and delicious fruits mixed with shaved ice and drizzled with creamy evaporated milk. The beauty of Halo Halo lies in its versatility, as each bowl is uniquely crafted to the individual's preferences, with various toppings such as sweet beans, jellies, and even ice cream. As you mix and match the ingredients, you'll experience a wonderful symphony of textures and flavors that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.

A plate of Leche Flan dessert

Leche Flan

Indulge in the creamy and decadent goodness of Leche Flan, the Filipino take on the classic French crème caramel! Made with a luscious blend of egg yolks, creamy evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk, this dessert is a true crowd-pleaser. Whether steamed or baked to perfection in a bain-marie, each spoonful of Leche Flan melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more. With its silky smooth texture and sweet caramelized top, it's no wonder that Leche Flan is a beloved Filipino dessert.