The Philippines is known for its culinary diversity, which is reflected in the foods that have been served there since time immemorial. The country has many different cultures and traditions, all of which can be found in Filipino cuisine. Here are some examples:
Sinigang is a soup made from meat or fish boiled in a sour broth of tamarind, or other sour fruits or vegetables. The dish is usually served with rice on the side.
Tamarind can be found at most grocery stores and in many Asian markets. It’s also available online for purchase (see Resources).
Adobo is a Filipino dish made with meat or poultry braised in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaf and peppercorn. It’s a popular dish in the Philippines and can be found on most menus there.
Adobo is actually known as adobo in Spanish but it’s pronounced exactly like its English translation: adobé means “soaked”. In other words, this means that you want to soak your ingredients before cooking them so they will release their flavors more readily during cooking time!
Lechon (also spelled lechon) is a traditional Filipino dish that’s made with pork. It’s traditionally served during Christmas and other holidays, but can be enjoyed year-round. The word “lechon” comes from the Spanish word for roasting pig: león.
The meat of the pig used in making this dish is usually from a suckling pig, although you can use any type of fresh ham or bacon if you want to get creative!
Kare-kare is a stew made with meat and vegetables. It’s usually served with rice, but you can also eat it as a side dish or snack.
Kare-kare is popular in the Philippines because it’s easy to make, inexpensive, and delicious—and if you make it just right, everyone will love your food!
Bulalo is a Philippine dish made with beef shanks and vegetables. Bulalo is a traditional Filipino dish that was created by combining the Spanish term “bola” (or “ball”) with the Tagalog language word for “meat.”
Bulalo is commonly served during special occasions like birthdays or Christmas because it’s considered to be a festive food. The origin of bulalohan comes from Mindanao Island in the Philippines where they eat it on holidays like Eid al-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha which are Islamic holidays that commemorate Abraham’s journey to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God.
Sinantolan, also known as ginataang santol or gulay na santol, is a Filipino dish made with grated santol fruit rinds, siling haba, shrimp paste (bagoong alamang), onion, garlic, and coconut cream. Meat or seafood are also commonly added, and a spicy version adds labuyo chilis. It originates from Southern Luzon, particularly from the Quezon, Laguna, and Bicol regions. It is a type of ginataan.
Tinola is a chicken soup that is popular in the Philippines. It’s made with chicken, ginger and garlic, served with rice noodles and often topped with boiled egg or fish sauce.
La Paz Batchoy
La Paz Batchoy is a noodle soup dish from La Paz, Iloilo. It is a popular dish in the Philippines, especially in the Visayas region.
It can be served either with or without meat and vegetable toppings such as eggplant slices or hearts of palm strips.
Kinilaw is a type of ceviche. It’s usually made from raw seafood, and it can be served as an appetizer or main dish.
It’s called kinilaw because it was originally prepared in the Philippines by fishermen who would cook their catch on board the boat while they were still at sea. They’d take their catch home to eat after returning from fishing trips, so there was no need for traditional refrigeration technology back then!
Filipino food is a combination of native dishes, Chinese and American influences. Filipino cuisine is known for its simplicity and flavor.
Filipino foods are very healthy because they are made from natural ingredients like rice, coconut oil, eggplant and tofu which have been used for generations to make delicious meals that fit into your daily routine. It’s easy to prepare these dishes at home too!
Filipinos enjoy eating together with family members or friends who live nearby so cooking together makes it more fun than just ordering takeout from restaurants where everyone knows everyone else’s name but not yours (which can happen if you don’t speak Tagalog).
I hope that you have enjoyed reading this article as much as I did writing it. These dishes are not only delicious, but they can also be made with ingredients found right in your own kitchen! There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal to remind me how much I love Filipino culture and the amazing people who live there.