Filipino food was developed out of making the most of locally available ingredients along with influences from nearby Asian countries.
This is not your typical Italian spaghetti.
Though this dish also uses spaghetti noodles, the sauce is much sweeter and banana ketchup is used instead of tomato sauce. The sauce is then filled with ground pork, hotdogs and luncheon meat. It has onion, garlic, salt and pepper to enhance its taste.
The sauce is then filled with ground pork, hotdogs and luncheon meat.
The spaghetti is then topped with generous portions of cheddar cheese.
If you want to taste Filipino spaghetti without the effort, you can just visit your local Jollibee as they have stores all over the globe.
La Paz Bachoy
La Paz Batchoy is a soup dish that originated from La Paz, Iloilo.
It uses miki noodles which are made out of flour and egg.
The clear broth is enhanced with the taste of sliced pork, pork intestines, pork liver, sugar, salt , pepper, onion, garlic and shrimp paste.
La Paz Batchoy is topped by generous portions of toasted garlic, spring onions and pork cracklings.
Some people want an egg to be topped on their batchoy.
Beef Tapa (Philippine Beef Jerky)
Beef tapa is a popular Filipino breakfast food.
It is usually paired with a fried egg sunny side up and garlic fried rice.
This is called tapsilog.
The beef is marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, salt, pepper and garlic. The flavors are absorbed by the meat and makes the meat tasty.
Sago at Gulaman (Tapioca Pearls with Agar Jelly)
This is one of the most popular coolers found in the street.
Being a tropical country, the Philippines can get very hot and this beverage can help you cool down.
The drink is flavored by brown sugar and vanilla extract.
The drink is further enhanced with tapioca pearls, agar jelly and ice floating around.
Fish Balls are a very popular street food in the Philippines as every street corner has ambulant vendors selling it.
It is a cheap and filling snack that anyone can afford.
Fishballs are made of ground fish, flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and monosodium glutamate.
The sauce is made of soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, salt, pepper and chili peppers.
Lumpiang Ubod is a fresh spring roll that uses ubod ng niyog (hearts of palm) as a filling.
It also uses other vegetables such as carrots, lettuce leaves, onions and garlic in its filling.
You can also add pork and shrimps as well.
The sauce is made from soy sauce, brown sugar, salt, peanuts, corn starch and garlic
Relyenong Alimasag (Stuffed Crabs)
While eating cooked crabs usually takes effort as you have to break up crab legs and claws in order to get to the succulent meat, eating relyenong alimasag is as easy as it gets in terms of eating crab.
The top shells of a crabs are cleaned and emptied to hold the crab meat mixture later on.
The crab meat is then mixed with vegetables, spices, and seasonings in order to provide a tasty and fulfilling dish.
The vegetables act not only as fillers but also provide additional nutrition as well.
Vegetables such as celery, bell peppers, potatoes, carrots and onions are used.
Salt and pepper are added to enhance the flavor of the dish.
Buko Pie (Coconut Pie)
Buko pie is young coconut meat in a soft pie crust.
The best buko pies can be found in Laguna, Batangas and Tagaytay
One of the popular brands of buko pie is called Collette’s and its branches are scattered throughout Luzon.
The pie crust is made from flour, salt, lard and shortening.
The pie filling is made from young coconut meat, sugar, coconut water and milk or cream.
Turon (Fried Banana Rolls)
Turon is a popular snack as it is filling as well as inexpensive.
It makes use of saba bananas / plantains which are split into two halves, rolled in brown sugar and are stuffed in lumpia wrappers (egg roll wrappers).
These banana rolls are then fried in oil.
This creates a crispy snack with caramelized sugar on the outside.
The inside is soft and tender.
There is a version of this snack that has jackfruit in it. The jackfruit makes the turon more fragrant as well as adds additional flavor dimensions to your turon.
Taho (Silken Tofu with Tapioca Pearls in Brown Sugar Syrup)
Taho is sold everywhere from stalls in the mall to restaurants to ambulant vendors.
Many people treat this as breakfast food as it is quick and easy to consume as you only need to gulp this concoction.
The silken tofu provides a lot of protein while the sugary syrup and tapioca pearls provide a lot of carbohydrates.
Taho is the prefect food to help power the start of your day.
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