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Sinful Filipino Dishes

Updated on June 22, 2016

Filipinos love to gather around the table and eat courses of different meals as they celebrate family, friends, and life. Cholesterol and unsaturated fat plays a big role in these celebrations. Once you take a step in the homes of Filipinos and have a taste of their cuisines, I am sure that you wouldn’t want to take a step back.

WARNING: This is not a list of food for the health conscious. We are counting down calories and fat to measure yummy-ness.


Whenever there’s an occasion, the lechon will always grace the table of most Filipino families. It’s a sort of status symbol that the presence of it defines extravagance in a gathering.

The lechon is a pig skewered on a bamboo stick and cooked over a pit of charcoal for hours. Just the scrumptious crispy skin of the lechon makes it the highlight of every buffet.


Crispy Pata

Another dish that is always present among occasions and gatherings is the Crispy Pata.

The pata is a leg of a pig. Usually the hind leg with knuckles is used because it has more meat on it. The meat is boiled with garlic, pepper, onion, ginger and tomatoes, and then it is deep fried. The sauce/dip is made out of soy sauce mixed with vinegar, garlic, onion and red chili.

This cuisine is worthy of being one of the must-try dishes here in the Philippines.

Crispy Pata
Crispy Pata


Considered here in the Philippines as the best beer-mate cuisine, it is really popular among bars and even in restaurants. Made from parts of pig’s head (Yes, pig head!), it is chopped finely and mixed with liver, onions, chili and pig brain (yes, brain. Sometimes they use mayonnaise with spices instead). It is served on a hot plate then topped off with raw egg.

You may find the ingredients a little off but we can assure you that this is one of the best Filipino cuisines that you must try.

Binagoongang Baboy
Binagoongang Baboy

Binagoongang Baboy

Bagoong is fermented shrimp and salt. It is a popular condiment in the Philippines. When we say baboy, it means pig or pork.

Basically, pork is sautéed in garlic, onions, tomatoes and bagoong. Others add eggplant. It depends on preference if they want vegetable in their dish.

The combination of the salty bagoong and the tender meat makes it one of the most popular dish among Filipinos.



You might have heard about this one, most of the tourist who visits the country are usually challenged to eat balut. It is a very popular street food here in the Philippines. This wonderful dish is made up of boiled, unhatched embryo of a duck, eaten in the shell. The broth inside is consumed first before peeling off the shell to reveal the duck’s embryo.

You really haven’t eaten Filipino food if you didn’t try the balut.


Isaw and Kwek-kwek

The Philippines has a lot of different street foods, 2 of the most popular are the Isaw and the kwek-kwek.

An isaw is a barbecued chicken or pig’s intestines. They are boiled then grilled or directly placed on top of the grill. It is usually dipped in vinegar with onion, pepper and garlic.

The kwek-kwek is a boiled quail egg covered in orange batter then deep fried. They also have bigger versions of kwek-kwek called tokneneng, instead of quail egg, it’s chicken egg. It can be dipped on different sauces like sweet and sour or vinegar with cucumber and pepper.


Remember, the foods in this list are excessively and exceptionally delicious. We all know that everything in excess is a sin so do try to be careful especially if your taste buds are new to this gastronomic extravagance.

These are all delectable dishes but please take caution in eating them as well. We all want to live another day to taste another delicious meal.

© 2011 MangBerto08


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      Rosemarie :) 

      6 years ago

      Nakkss! Sarap =))

    • MangBerto08 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Philippines

      @Thelma Thanks! You should try sisig. it's really good.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I was hungry looking at the lechon but when I saw the more. But sorry not the balut and sisig for me. Thanks for sharing and welcome to hubpages. Voted Up.

    • kensengnim profile image


      7 years ago from Choco Rainbows

      i get hungry staring at the pictures. yum! I hope next time we can vote up and click YUMMY. :)

    • MangBerto08 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Philippines

      @Violet Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • Violet profile image


      7 years ago from United Kingdom, I'm British

      Thank you, I knew nothing about Filipino food, I do now. Very informative.

    • MangBerto08 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Philippines

      @Mj Tama!! :)

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      7 years ago


    • MangBerto08 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Philippines

      @Danette - It's pancit. :)

      now I'm craving for lumpia...

      I'm glad many appreciate Filipino dishes.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • Danette Watt profile image

      Danette Watt 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      When my husband and I were in the navy and our respective units had a get together, the Filipino sailors wives would make lumpia and pancit (pancet?) Yum! Loved those. Pretty tame compared to some of the food here, none of which I have tried.

    • MangBerto08 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Philippines

      wow thanks. It's nice to see Filipinos using hubpages. I'm new here so Im not really familiar. Thanks for the vote I hope we can share ideas next time.

    • kerlynb profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Voted up and interesting! You have a very nice presentation here. Hmmm, these dishes are indeed sinful, yet heavenly for some. I guess we just have to eat these foods in moderation.


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