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Most Requested Filipino Foods, in the "We Buy, You Cook" or Paluto Style Restaurants

Updated on July 3, 2018
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Dining in several paluto restaurants

Whether in MOA or just in Cubao, though with different set of friends, whenever we chose to dine-in in a "Paluto" restaurant, the following viands are always included in the groups' top menu choices. Fresh fish in Sour Broth, Grilled fish, Sauteed Shrimp etc. If you are a fellow filipino, will you order the same? for those not from Philippines, in case you visit our country, may this serves as guide for you.

Seafood in Tamarind Broth (Sinigang)

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Fish Sinigang
Fish Sinigang
Fish Sinigang

Sinigang or Sour broth

Fish or Shrimp in Sour broth is one of the most requested filipino dish in a "Paluto" restaurant ( Tamarind is commonly used to make the broth sour by first boiling it, then mash then to be added on the boiling Fish,Shrimp or even pork.  You can make life easier,by  using an instant Tamarind brothin powder instead, which is always available in all leading groceries ans supermarket.

This is good and very healthy because aside from the seafood as the main ingredients, this included delicious and nutritious vegetables like, Okra, gabe or Taro, Kangkong, Tomato, Onions and Labanos, Fresh fish, shrimp or even pork is best with this.

Grilled fish Mostly Yellow fin or Tuna

Grilled or Inihaw

 Grilled fish, can either be Yellow pin, Tuna or any other fish of your choice. The fish is first marinated  (soaked in soy sauce and Calamansi or Lemon mixture), then grilled.

Grilled Stuffed Squid

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Stuffed with mixed tomatoes, Onions, Salt and Pepper

 Also marinated then stuffed with vegetable mixture, then grilled shortly.

Grilled buttered Blue Marlin

Marinated and Grilled in butter

 Marinated then grilled and wiped with butter alternately using a small paint brush..


Deep fried

 Soaked in a batter of egg, flour, salt and pepper. then deep fried in a very hot oil

Halabos na Hipon (Pan Fried or Sauteed)

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Sauteed in garlic

 I don't know how they cook this in the "Paluto" restaurant, but I cook this Halabos na hipon this way:   I boiled it with less than a cup of clear soft drinks (7up or Sprite) set aside, then sauteed garlic in butter, then add the boiled shrimp...

Mango. Tomato Salad with Bagoong (Shrimp paste)

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The best side dish

The most popular side dish in a native restaurant, and best appetite boaster. This is best with Grilled Seafood and Halabos.

© 2011 Maria Cecilia


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    • Maria Cecilia profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cecilia 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      Kittythedreamer thanks for visiting, yes they are delicious specialloy if the seafoods are fresh

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      Kitty Fields 

      10 years ago from Summerland all looks so delicious...I think I want to visit just for the menu! Voted up and awesome from me. :)

    • Maria Cecilia profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cecilia 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      Jen, I like your profile picture, pang beauty queen talaga... I am bit slow lately, and until now wala pa akong topic both for hubpages and animal scene...will send you pm sa fb soon.. thanks for visiting ang my honor to have a fan like you mo rin ako..

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      10 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Hahaha! Yes miss Macel... I was so busy during the holidays and after that, busy pa rin. I call this hub "Pampabuhay..." hahaha! I will always be your number 1 fan!

    • Maria Cecilia profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cecilia 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      Jen Thanks, nabuhay ka hihihihi

    • DjBryle profile image


      10 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Voted up for a very tasteful hub! Happy and blessed new year, miss Macel! =)


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