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Filipino Food You Must Try!

Updated on September 9, 2012

PLANNING A TRIP TO THE PHILIPPINES?

OR DO YOU JUST LIKE A TASTE OF SOMETHING DIFFERENT?

What ever the reason...you must try Filipino food...it's amazing!

This is a list of the must try Filipino foods you shouldn't miss!

Chicken Adobo / Pork Adobo

Said to be the country's national dish so I'd put this on your list of must try foods. Adobo is a delicious and tasty Philippine stew pork or chicken or both (or even beef!) combined with soy sauce vinegar bay leaf, black peppercorns, and garlic served with rice.



Chicken Adobo with rice
Chicken Adobo with rice
Deliciously tasty pork adobo
Deliciously tasty pork adobo | Source
Balut
Balut | Source

Balut -

You can't leave the Philippines without trying this out! It's amazing! I know some people (in many countries like my own) might be put off by what it's made of, but it's not that scary! If the natives can survive eating it you can try it! I've tried it and I'm writing this hub (feeling a little peckish)

Made of a fertilized duck embryo that is boiled and eaten in the shell add a salt garlic and vinegar to give you that amazing taste.

If you want some balut eating lessons you can find many on YouTube like the one on the video link below:-

Taho - a sweet and healthy snack of tofu, tapioca brown sugar sago and syrup mostly available in the mornings by street vendors yelling taaaaahoooo! so if you hear or see one, go and ask for one!


Taho
Taho | Source
Pandesal
Pandesal
Ensaymada sprinkled with cheese
Ensaymada sprinkled with cheese
Ensaymada this one is a big one but you can get smaller ones of these :)
Ensaymada this one is a big one but you can get smaller ones of these :)
Champurado
Champurado
Maja Blanca
Maja Blanca | Source
Puto
Puto

Filipino bread is a must try!! ok I like bread here in the UK but the bread you buy in the Philippines (locally freshly made bread) is different it's sweet and and amazing! It's unlikely you'll taste any bread as delicious as it at home!

There are many bread stores up and down the country with a collection of bread you should taste! So check it out!

Pandesal is a traditional Filipino breakfast (Pan meaning bread) is a small bread roll, nice with a hot milo chocolate drink in the morning.

Ensaymada- a bread with cheese flavouring in the middle, there also other varieties of ensaymada; llisa which literally means plain with no additional ingredients., tallades covered with sobrasada and pumpkin, there are some with sweet cream, chocolate or turrón paste and others covered with apricot.


Champorado is a sweet chocolate rice porriage ideal for breakfast some eat it during the evening as desert aswell.

Maja Blanca- made from coconut milk it is heated to boiling over a low flame while stirring, ingredients that can be added are sweet corn or black currents, or just plain maja blanca

Puto a kind of steamedrice cake and as sweet and tasty as it looks, nice for desert, puto comes in variety of colours as seen on the picture.


Lumpiayng Sariwa with sauce, nicely served with rice
Lumpiayng Sariwa with sauce, nicely served with rice
tasty lumpiyang shanghai with some chili sauce to add to the great taste! nicely served with rice
tasty lumpiyang shanghai with some chili sauce to add to the great taste! nicely served with rice
juicy tasty and sweet and addictive this is what a turon looks like
juicy tasty and sweet and addictive this is what a turon looks like
Saba banana also bessed served hot, this fruit is healthy and tasty!
Saba banana also bessed served hot, this fruit is healthy and tasty!

Other food you should look out for is Lumpia, a food of Chinese origin come in a variety of dishes

for example: Lumpiyang sariwa meaningfresh spring rolls in English, consist of mincedubod flaked chicken, crushed peanuts, and jicamas as an extender in a double wrapping of lettuce leaf and a yellowish egg crepe. The accompanying sauce is made from chicken or pork stock, a starchmixture, and fresh garlic. This variety is not fried and is usually around 2 inches in diameter and 6 inches in length. It is derived from the original Chinese popiah.".

Lumpiang Shanghai a fried type of lumpia filled with ground pork or beef, minced onion, carrots, and spices with the mixture held together by beaten egg. It may sometimes contain green peas, cilantro (Chinese parsley or coriander) or raisins. Both lumpiyang shanghai and the sweet and sour sauce are served.

Turon - Comes from the spanish word "turrón de banana" which is a sweet, deep-fried spring roll made from saba bananas. Saba banas are cooking bananas but also can be eaten raw, saba bananas alone and cooked are on a stick are sweet and tasty!

Filipino Pancit (noodles) topped with hardboiled eggs, shrimp, and chorizo.
Filipino Pancit (noodles) topped with hardboiled eggs, shrimp, and chorizo.
Pancit Lomi
Pancit Lomi
Fresh Philippine mango
Fresh Philippine mango
Can you slice your mango like this?
Can you slice your mango like this?
Take a break and treat yourself with dried mangoes they come in all different packs this is made by 7D
Take a break and treat yourself with dried mangoes they come in all different packs this is made by 7D

Pancit- Another filipino dish meaning noodles or sphagetti, pancit comes in all varitations like:-

  1. Pancit Alanganin
  2. Pancit Alahoy
  3. PancitBatchoy
  4. Pancit Bato is indigenuous to the Bicol Region; especially the town of Bato in Camarines Sur.
  5. Pancit Bihon Guisado
  6. Pancit Bihongundoy
  7. Pancit Cabagan
  8. Pancit Canton (Lo meinandchow mein)
  9. Pancit Canton Ilonggo
  10. Pancit Chami (Lucena City, Quezon)
  11. Pancit Estacion(Tanza,Cavite)
  12. Pancit Habhab (Lucban, Quezon)
  13. Pancit Kilawin (a varietypancitoriginated fromRosario,Cavite. In lieu of pancit noodles, shredded unripepapayafruit is used cooked with vinegar and fish. Usually partnered withDinuguandish)
  14. Pancit Lomi
  15. Pancit Lucban
  16. Pancit Luglog
  17. Pancit Malabon
  18. Pancit Mami (round egg noodles)
  19. Pancit Miki (round egg noodles)
  20. Pancit Míki-Bíhon Guisado (round egg noodles +bihon)
  21. Pancit Olongapo (Pancit Miki with 'Sarsa' sauce. Miki cooked in tradition added with sarsa a thickened chicken and pork broth, darkened a little witn soy sauce of choice)
  22. Pancit Molo (wonton soup with wonton wrappers added to the broth, serving as its "noodles")
  23. Pancit Moròng
  24. Pancit Palabok
  25. Pancit Pula (variation of Pancit Miki fromBatangas City)
  26. Pancit Sotanghon
  27. Pansit Sabaw (Pansit Miki with soup)
  28. PansitTuguegaraoor Batil Patong
  29. Pansit Sinanta


Philippine Rice- Rice is eaten every day in the Philippines, it goes with the food and makes the food more attracted to the tongue, rice is eaten during breakfast lunch and supper!

And lastly.....Philippine Mangoes! you can't miss them they're everywhere there! and have a lovely taste!

When you go to the store don't forget to treat yourself with some sweet dried mangoes!

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    • blaiddgoch profile imageAUTHOR

      blaiddgoch 

      5 years ago from Wales

      heheh yah rice is eaten from breakfast till supper, my cousin when she came to UK was really home sick, she was looking everywhere for a restaurant that has rice..it was like a must have heheh....I eat more rice too, I prefer it with meat compared to potatoes which is more popular than rice here... salamat for commenting!

    • denden mangubat profile image

      denden mangubat 

      5 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

      we import rice from vietnam even the philippines is a rice producing country and has a research institute for rice.we are rice eaters.balut is not exotic here in philippines.please stop posting those mouthwatering pics they crave me.tahooooo.

    • blaiddgoch profile imageAUTHOR

      blaiddgoch 

      6 years ago from Wales

      heheh oh yeah! forgot to mention them I love lechon baboy!:) thanks for commenting

    • cebutouristspot profile image

      cebutouristspot 

      6 years ago from Cebu

      Hmmm where is my favorite tuyo :) and lechon heheh :) But taho is my favorite from your list

    • starbright profile image

      Lucy Jones 

      6 years ago from Scandinavia

      Wow what a hub and most of it look so delicious. Thanks for sharing. Definitely voted up.

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