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13 Filipino foods you must try

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Filipino cuisine is a melting pot of Latin and American influences and punchy indigenous flavours. It reflects the country’s colonial history and varied geography.

Here’s a list of popular dishes that represent the true cultural spirit of the Philippines.

Adobo

Chicken Adobo

Frequently referred to as the national dish of the Philippines, Adobo is a cooking process that involves chicken or pork marinated in vinegar, soy sauce and garlic and stewed until tender. Adobo is found on restaurant menus all over the Philippines and it served with steamed rice. It can be consumed at lunch or dinner.

Lechon

Lechon
This dish features a whole roasted pig cooked slowly over charcoal and served with liver sauce. It usually served during fiesta or celebrations – from birthday to weddings and public holidays.

Inihaw

Inihaw Liempo Philippines
Inihaw is the Filipino traditional grilled food that is marinated in a mixture of Sprite or 7UP, crushed garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper.
The most popular Inihaw dishes are Inihaw na Baboy (Grillded pork belly) and Inihaw na Manok (Chicken Barbecue).

Lumpia

Lumpia Philippines
Lumpia is a spring roll originating from China which is commonly found in the Philippines. Lumpia wrapper are filled with minced meat or/and vegetables. Lumpia is served fresh or deep fried. Lumpia is a finger food for any occasion and it’s perfect for merienda (afternoon snack).

Pancit

Pansit Philippines

In Filipino cuisine, pancit or pansit are noodles. Noodles were introduced into the Philippines by the early Chinese settlers, and over the century have been adopted into local cuisine.
There are numerous variants and types. The most popular are Pansit Bihon and Pansit Canton.

Sisig

Pork Sisig Philippines
Sisig is a popular appetizer made from chopped grilled pork’s head and chicken liver, usually seasoned with calamansi, onions and chili peppers. Sisig is served in most Filipino restaurants and street hawkers.

Kare-Kare

Kare Kare Philippines
Kare-kare is a slow-cook beef and vegetable stew enhanced with a thick peanut sauce. It’s typically served with steamed white rice at lunch or dinner.

Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata Philippines
Crispy Pata consists in the whole pork leg boiled until tender and then deep-fried until golden and crisp.
It usually served in special occasions and it can be found in authentic Filipino restaurants.

Arroz Caldo

Arroz Caldo Philippines
Arroz Caldo literally means warm rice. This dish that resembles risotto is a Spanish-style thick rice soup with chicken, garlic and onions. It’s one of favorite Filipino snack.

Pork Menudo

Pork Menudo Philippines
Menudo is Filipino comfort food at its best. It’s an hearty abd tasty stew made with pork meat and liver cubes in tomato sauce with carrots and potatoes.

Sinigang Soup

Sinigang Soup Philippines
Sinigang is a delicious sour soup made with pork or fish, vegetables and tamarind-flavored broth.

Halo Halo

Halo Halo Philippines
Halo Halo literally means “mix-mix. It’s a colorful dessert which consists various fruit served in shaved ice and evaporated milk.

Leche Flan

Leche Flan Philippines
Leche Flan is the Filipino version of French crème caramel made up of eggs yolks, evaporated milk and condensed milk. This dessert is typically steamed or baked in bain-marie.