Filipino Food You Must Try!
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.
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:-
- How to eat Balut - YouTube
A balut is a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell.
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!
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.
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!
Pancit- Another filipino dish meaning noodles or sphagetti, pancit comes in all varitations like:-
- Pancit Alanganin
- Pancit Alahoy
- Pancit Bato is indigenuous to the Bicol Region; especially the town of Bato in Camarines Sur.
- Pancit Bihon Guisado
- Pancit Bihongundoy
- Pancit Cabagan
- Pancit Canton (Lo meinandchow mein)
- Pancit Canton Ilonggo
- Pancit Chami (Lucena City, Quezon)
- Pancit Estacion(Tanza,Cavite)
- Pancit Habhab (Lucban, Quezon)
- Pancit Kilawin (a varietypancitoriginated fromRosario,Cavite. In lieu of pancit noodles, shredded unripepapayafruit is used cooked with vinegar and fish. Usually partnered withDinuguandish)
- Pancit Lomi
- Pancit Lucban
- Pancit Luglog
- Pancit Malabon
- Pancit Mami (round egg noodles)
- Pancit Miki (round egg noodles)
- Pancit Míki-Bíhon Guisado (round egg noodles +bihon)
- 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)
- Pancit Molo (wonton soup with wonton wrappers added to the broth, serving as its "noodles")
- Pancit Moròng
- Pancit Palabok
- Pancit Pula (variation of Pancit Miki fromBatangas City)
- Pancit Sotanghon
- Pansit Sabaw (Pansit Miki with soup)
- PansitTuguegaraoor Batil Patong
- 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!