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7 Staple Filipino Foods for Special Occasions

Updated on September 23, 2012
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Most Popular Filipino Foods Requested and Prepared by Filipinos

Filipinos in the Philippines and all across the world love getting together for festivals, holidays and other special occasions.

This is because most Filipinos give premium on pakikisama or the concept of pleasantly dealing with family members, friends and acquaintances.

In most of their gatherings, of course, Filipinos feast on Filipino foods and drinks.

The list of popular Filipino foods and drinks for special events is long.

To know which foods are the most requested and prepared by Filipinos, below is a short list of staple Filipino foods for special occasions.

1. Lechon - Most Popular Filipino Food for Grand Events

Arguably the most well-liked of all Filipino foods for grand occasions, lechon is either a suckling or a medium-sized adult pig basted with seasonings, skewered in bamboo sticks, and then roasted over charcoal on all sides for several hours.

The finished dish is tasty crispy pork that is best dipped in gravy and consumed hot.

Lechon is a Spanish culinary influence and is popular in many other countries like Cuba, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, where lechon is the highlight of many receptions.

So popular is lechon among the many Filipino foods that the process used for cooking it – the rotisserie process of roasting with bamboo – has been used by Filipinos to make lechon manok (chicken) lechon baka (cow).

2. Filipino Spaghetti - Special Filipino Food for Kids

The most popular of Filipino foods for young kids and kids at heart is the Filipino (Pinoy) Spaghetti.

Filipino Spaghetti is adapted from the delicious Italian spaghetti and prepared to suit the sweet-loving Filipino palate.

It is full of flavors because its sauce is made of brown sugar, banana catsup, slices of hotdogs, tomato sauce and paste, and ground meat.

Cheddar cheese is used as toppings for the finished product.

3. Pancit Malabon - Filipino Food of Rice Noodles Flavored with Loads of Ingredients

Originating in the coastal town of Malabon, Philippines, Pancit Malabon is a popular Filipino food made of rice noodles flavored with patis or fish sauce and the fats of crabs.

Patis and the fats of crabs give Pancit Malabon a rich yellow-orange color.

Shrimps, squids, and eggs, which are all found in Malabon, are then used as toppings.

People in Malabon raise poultry. Thus, the kinds of eggs they use as toppings for this local dish is either duck eggs or hen eggs.

Pork and vegetables are also added in to give Pancit Malabon a complete taste.

4. Pancit Palabok and Pancit Luglug - Filipino Foods of Rice Noodles Made Special with Prawn or Crab Gravy

Scrumptious kinds of Filipino foods, Pancit Palabok and Pancit Luglug are easily recognizable for their dripping prawn gravy poured over their rice noodles.

Pancit Palabok and Pancit Luglug are pretty much the same.

The only difference is that Pancit Palabok uses thick rice noodles while Pancit Luglug uses thin rice noodles.

The toppings for these delectable Filipino foods are prawns, hard boiled eggs often cut into wedges, strips of vegetables, small-sized tofu, tidbits of salted fish, and small cubes of pork.

5. Lumpiang Shanghai - Filipino Finger Food for Small and Large Gatherings

Lumpiang Shanghai is one of the Filipino foods that have Chinese origin.

It is actually a deep-fried spring roll filled with ground pork and/or beef meat, onions, carrots, raisins, and sometimes parsley or coriander.

An excellent finger food for large parties, lumpia is dipped in sweet and sour sauce and best eaten while crunchy.

There are many other kinds of lumpia in the Philippines, including Lumpiang Hubad,Lumpiang, Sariwa , and Lumpiang Ubod.

6. Leche Flan - Sweet Filipino Caramel Custard

A Filipino version of the world-popular dessert caramel custard, Leche Flan is made of beaten egg yolks mixed with condensed and evaporated milk then flavored with caramelized brown sugar at the top.

The ingredients of leche flan are simply mixed together, steamed, and then cooled before serving.

This heavenly Filipino food is served in special occasions in the Philippines as a dessert.

7. Lambanog - High-Potent Filipino Coconut Drink

Lambanog is the Philippine version of vodka or wine.

In fact, many would call it coconut vodka or coconut wine.

This is because it is distilled from the unopened coconut flower.

Mostly manufactured in the Quezon province in the Philippines, lambanog has gained worldwide popularity because of its high potency.

To cater to its worldwide audience, lambanog has now been flavored with mango, bubblegum, cinnamon, and blueberry and packaged in different colors.

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    • precy anza profile image

      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      This is making me hungry :) I love spaghetti.

    • houseofjcjee profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines

      You provided a good list of Filipino foods but I think you missed out kare-kare, menudo, rellenong bangus, and more. I love leche fan and I always look for halayang ube whenever I attend parties hosted by Filipinos.

    • CZCZCZ profile image


      7 years ago from Oregon

      mmm So tasty, they all look yummy!

    • jblais1122@aol profile image


      8 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri, USA

      Great site, makes me miss the foods you have listed, I lived on Guam for a few years, quite a few Fillipino people and influences there. I believe the most interesting meal I ever had was on the island of Crete. I was invited to a grape pressing dinner at a village Head-Man's residence. This particular Greek Patriarch had married a woman from the Philippines as did his brother. Dinner was traditional Greek but had lumpia and pancit on the table as well. MMMMM I'm getting hungry

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


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

      @me Hey! You can easily prepare them, you know :)

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      8 years ago

      I want to eat all those food on top...hmmmm...yummy

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


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

      @Dana Hinders Thanks for dropping by. Really glad you found it interesting and useful :)

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      Dana Hinders 

      8 years ago

      This was very interesting and informative. Great hub!

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


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

      @Thelma Alberts Thanks so much for your message. You can cook one of these even if you're in Europe :)

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      It looks all yummy, kerlynb. I feel hungry now seeing our Filipino foods. I miss some of them. Thanks for sharing.

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


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

      @Nell Rose Thank you so much for your message :) Sure, give them a try. You won't regret it.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, all these sound wonderful! I do actually eat quite a lot of the spring rolls, and the dessert makes me want to go and try to make it now! thanks for all the lovely dishes, cheers nell


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