10 Common Filipino Food

1. Adobo

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{Filipinos love adobo!}

This is very common Filipino meal made of chicken or pork…stewed in soy sauce, bay leaf and peppercorns. Some recipes include both chicken and pork. Some even add hard boiled eggs and pineapple. This is very common in Filipino homes and you just can`t miss this when you visit the Philippines!


2. Kare-Kare


{Kare-Kare is a peanut-based stew made with vegetables, beef and beef tripe.}

  Vegetarians usually omit the tripe and the beef, and it would taste just as good. The unique thing about Kare-kare is that it is not salted and it is served with fermented shrimp paste called bagoong (available in Philippine grocery stores) to season it.


3. Pancit Malabon

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{This dish is usually served during special occasions.}

People usually don`t cook this at home (because of the specials skills required Winking smile ) and is usually bought on restaurants and specials stores.

It`s made of thick rice noodles, shrimp sauce, shrimps, hardboiled eggs, chicharon, tinapa (smoked fish),  and green onions. Lime juice is squeezed on top before serving.


*Pancit is stir-fried noodles and has many different  types.  Malabon is the city in Metro Manila where this type of pancit originated.


4. Bulalo

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{Bulalo is similar to Nilaga (Philippine Beef Stew) only that it uses beef knee cap instead of just beef. }


It is also boiled on onions, garlic and peppercorns. People usually add corn and a lot of greens to this soup.


An all-time Filipino favorite.





5. Pritong Tilapia

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{ fried tilapia, usually served with sliced tomatoes and  dipped in onion soy sauce}

It goes well with mango salad during summer!


6. Inasal

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{grilled chicken brushed with soy sauce and vinegar, served with Java Rice}



7. Chopseuy


{pronounced chop-sooy

is a stir-fried vegetable dish that originated from Chinese cuisine}

made with mushrooms, broccoli, young corn, beans, carrots and bell pepper.





8. Sisig


{Dish with hot and crunchy pork, tuna or tofu topped with egg and served with soy sauce, lime, and chili!}

There are many variations of Sisig and the most common is the one with pork or beef liver heart and tongue. It can get really adventurous with pig’s brain and lots of pork fat.


9. Sinigang

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{Sinigang is prawns, pork or fish in a sour soup base. }

Commonly, people use a tamarind base for meat and prawns and a miso base for fish. This is an all-time Filipino favorite. The radish and greens really tastes great with the sour soup.

10. Baked or Sautéed Tahong

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{Filipino love seafood!}

Tahong is one of the best loved seafood of Filipino. It is baked and topped with cheese and bacon on special days and sautéed on regular days along with ginger, onion, garlic and tomatoes.

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