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3 Filipino Foods Recipes You Should Try

Updated on March 23, 2018
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Asian food is famous everywhere: sushi is maybe one of the most popular dishes in the world, along with Chinese food. Anyway there are also many other countries in which you can find really delicious food, which is maybe not as popular as Chinese or Japanese dishes, but which really tastes good. I am talking, for example, about Filipino foods recipes. In the Philippines you can find a huge variety of dishes, both based on meat (for example, adobo, which is chicken meat cooked with vinegar, soy sauce and other spices) and also vegetarian dishes (vegetarians still have to eat alternative versions of the main Filipino dishes, as meat is often used in the Philippines, and the fact American chains like KFC got a great success in this country is the demonstration of the popularity of meat in these places).

Everyone can enjoy eating Filipino food, especially those who like tropical fruits and, in general, tastes from around the world. There are some dishes I would like to analyze deeper, especially because of the great taste I think they have.

Halo Halo is actually one of the most popular Filipino desserts.
Halo Halo is actually one of the most popular Filipino desserts.

Atchara

This is maybe my favourite Filipino dish ever (even considering the fact I tend to prefer vegetarian dishes, while many Filipino recipes are made with meat). Atchara is basically a pickle salad made with papaya, a tropical fruit which is popular in the Philippines and which you can find almost in any big supermarket of any country (you can also find papaya juice in many Asian food stores, along with tamarind juice, coconut water and other great beverages you don't usually find in ordinary supermarkets). Atchara is mainly considered as a side dish for other Filipino recipes (just like rice is often used for this purpose), even if it is not uncommon to eat it also as a unique dish. Other vegetables like onion and carrots are used to make atchara, even if papaya remains the main ingredient. If you like tropical food, you will definitely love atchara and its taste!

Pancit Palabok

This is a dish commonly served by Filipinos whenever they have guests, or also in birthdays and, in general, whenever there is to have a party for a special day (and the simple fact of having guests is enough to consider special an ordinary day). Richness of ingredients is maybe the thing a stranger would notice about this dish. Rice, pork slices and eggs are only some of the ingredients used to lay this dish.

Fish Tinola

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This is a fish soup suitable for everyone, as it is a really light and low-calorie dish. It is typical of Cebu, even if almost all Filipinos know this dish. The soup is flavored with tomatoes, onions and tamarind, then is cooked at a low temperature for hours. This dish is just an example of how Filipino cuisine, which is mainly made of recipes based on meat (especially chicken meat), is also rich of fish-based dishes (vegetarians may still enjoy variants or other food like Atchara).


And you, have you ever heard about Filipino food? Would you like to try it? Filipino cuisine surely deserves to be considered, especially by those who like different tastes only a tropical place like the Philippines is able to represent.

© 2017 Alessio Ganci

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