What are the best Filipino dishes

Top Filipino Food Everyone Should Try

Filipino food has traditionally got a pretty bad rap in the global culinary scene, but with many trend forecasters predicting Filipino cuisine, perceptions are slowly changing.

The food on this 7,000-island archipelago is a mix of Spanish, Chinese, Malaysian and local cuisine and is unparalleled on earth. Here are 11 classic food and drink experiences - at least once.

A bowl of Adobo © Ria de Jong / Lonely Planet


Whether it's chicken, beef, pork, seafood or vegetables when it's cooked adobo You'd have a hard time finding a Filipino who doesn't love them. Adobo Meat and vegetables are soaked in garlic, vinegar, and soy sauce before boiling in oil and simmering in the remaining marinade. Served with mountains of white rice, it's a typical Filipino dish. You can find it on any local restaurant menu, as well as on food courts and market stalls across the country. Sentro 1771 in Manila has a flavorful garlic and pork version.


The Philippines is home to one of the tastiest pork dishes in the world: a whole pig, stuffed with herbs and vegetables (each region has its own secret filling), which is spat by hand over smoking coals until the skin shatters the glass and the meat drips with taste. A favorite for Filipino celebrations, Lechon Can be bought at food counters in the islands or local markets (try Manila's Saturday markets in Salcedo). You don't have to buy the whole pig - you can usually order a few hundred grams. Many Filipinos say the best Lechon comes from Cebu, an hour's flight from Manila. Don't be surprised if packaged pigs are picked up on the airport baggage carousel. Restaurants fly Lechon across the country to ensure customers enjoy their favorite pork dish.

Lechon, whole pork roasted on a spit © Frolova Elena / Shutterstock


Perhaps the most popular meal for Filipinos (after their favorite firm rice; tip: "unli rice" stands for "unlimited rice") is rice noodles! Fried with a mixture of meat and vegetables, soy and oyster sauce, this dish is a staple for any Filipino celebration and is eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The noodles come in different strengths Pansit Bihon (thin) are the best.


Served on a hot platter, this pork is traditionally made by boiling, broiling, or grilling a pork's head for a smoky taste, cutting the meat into small pieces and finally frying it with onions, garlic, and spices. Sisig became famous in the province of Pampanga through the late restaurateur Lucia Cunanan, who is credited with creating the modern Filipino version. If you're in the area, head to Aling Lucing restaurant (facebook.com/lucingcunanan) to try the original. Sisig is available across the country; Many restaurants serve variations with chicken, tuna, squid, or even tofu instead of pork, or add items like raw egg or mayonnaise. No matter how you order it, prepare yourself for a delicious feast.

Sizzling sisig with raw egg © audioscience / Shutterstock


Sinigang is a sour-tasting soup made from tamarind, tomato, garlic and onion broth. Local vegetables like okra, eggplant, and green finger chilies are cooked and meat (usually bone-in pork) is added. Sinigang is the epitome of Filipino comfort food; Most pinoys can't get enough of their typical sour taste. The dish is usually served with a side dish Patis (Fish sauce) and chili, and of course some white rice.

Sinigang with a side of rice © Ria de Jong / Lonely Planet


Fresh or fried, this delicious spring roll is the perfect start to any meal or can be enjoyed as a tasty solo snack. Lumpia is made from minced meat (usually pork) that is cooked with onions, garlic and finely chopped vegetables and bundled in a wafer-thin casing. It's often served with banana ketchup, a sweet and sour sauce made from mashed bananas, sugar, vinegar, and spices that is colored red and resembles tomato ketchup. It sounds crazy, but it works.

Fried lumpia, the perfect starter © Ria de Jong / Lonely Planet


Balut is a popular traditional afternoon snack in the Philippines. You will see street vendors hand it out to the crowds, but curious visitors will need a stomach of steel to join in. Why? Balut may look like a regular boiled egg, but if you crack an egg you will find an 18 day old duck embryo. Yes: a tiny half-educated duck. Locals eat it by cracking open the clam on one end and peeling the lid off, drinking the soup and salting the leftovers well before finishing them. Fans say it tastes like chicken, but you have to try it for yourself to find out.


A heart attack in a bowl Chicharon is fried pork skin, and it's good, oh so good. Chicharon usually seasoned with salt and garlic, but you can often buy a few varieties, such as chili, which gives the crunch a nice kick. It is the perfect accompaniment to an ice cold San Miguel; The only downside is that you don't have to indulge yourself excessively. This tasty snack is easy to find at 7-Elevens, market stalls, and anywhere drinks are sold in the Philippines.

Wash off some chicharon with a cold one. © Ria de Jong / Lonely Planet

Halo halo

The name of this multi-colored dessert means "mixed together" in Tagalog and that is exactly it: a bunch of sweet things mixed together to create one of the most surprising taste sensations in the world. Halo halo consists of a plethora of ingredients - from sago to corn to boiled beans - layered in a tall glass on a base of shaved ice and condensed milk. Covered with purple ube (purple yam) ice cream, leche Pie, sugar sprinkles and fruit - a dessert that leaves nothing to be desired. The Milky Way Café (cafe.milkywayrestaurant.com) in Manila has served Halo halo since the 1960s and is still one of the best places to try.

Multi-colored dessert halo © Ria de Jong / Lonely Planet


It's not actually a type of food, but this Filipino fast food restaurant is more popular than McDonald's so it deserves a mention. Jollibee has a compilation of the world's most popular fast foods in one place - pasta, burgers, fried chicken, pancakes, rice - you name it, and you probably have it. Whether the food is good is a matter of taste (the sweet spaghetti will give you high sugar content for days) but it's a Filipino favorite. Look out for the giant red crazy smiling bee and you are in the right place.