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Most Common Filipino Appetizers

Pinoy Appetizers


The Most Common Filipino Appetizers that are on the tables of every Filipino Tables

Do you know the most commons Filipino appetizers that Filipinos serve on the table? I bet you have heard them before but just did not notice it. These appetizers is mostly abused by Pinoys. But without these appetizers also, Pinoys will not be Pinoys because we are already branded to eat with these kinds of appetizers and eat it together with the main dish most of the time. Get to know them all.

Filipino Appetizers

The common appetizers that Filipinos eat that will never be absent on tables.

Filipinos are fun of eating main dish with appetizers or sauces or the like. It makes the dish much more tastier. You can actually eat more because the simple dish you now becomes more appetizing. Filipino-style appetizers put a different meaning to appetizers.

For some, they cannot live without having these appetizers. I remember my great grandmother, ( who I think is the one who introduce my to one of the appetizers) she always have these in stock because whenever we visited her, she would serve this together with the main dish. I miss her even more because of this.

There are a lot of appetizers I can think of but I think I will list down the most commonly eaten appetizers by Pinoys.

1. Fish Sauce - otherwise known here as "Patis"


1. Fish Sauce "Patis"

This is the most common appetizers for Pinoy. Some would mix in vinegar and makes the taste of an ordinary fried fish much more.. fishy, kidding! Anyway, have you tried fish sauce with fish? This is my favorite of all, I think I am most of the Filipinos. For me, I mix in a little sugar and calamansi juice. Hmmm... I can feel the saliva drooling already!


2. Fermented Fish

also known here as "Ginamos" in Visaya; "Isdang Bagoong" in Tagalog

Most people would never taste this because of its appearance. This is fermented fish. Small fish that have been preserved using lots of salt. Over time, the fish becomes this paste-like food that is now known as the "isdang bagoong" or "ginamos" in Visayan term. The appearance really does not look appetizing but once you taste it when it is mixed with calamansi or a little vinegar, you can actually eat it. I love to eat this especially with lots of rice and boiled banana, YUM!

Banana is the best especially if you are in the beach...I miss the beach!

3. Shrimp Paste - "Hipon" in Visaya; "Bagoong Alamang" in Tagalog


3. Shrimp Paste

This has actually a pinkish color. The shrimp paste is also a popular appetizer with any main dish. It can sometimes be mixed "Pakbet" or a vegetable dish. Although you could buy the variant with no color in it which is more healthy that way.

This appetizer is also great (most especially great) with mangoes. I cook this with some onions, chili, vinegar and sugar and the taste is really enhanced. You will now taste a more delightful shrimp paste.

Green Seaweed


4. Green Seaweed

"Guso" in Visaya;

This is usually mixed with vinegar, a little salt, onions and tomatoes. I love this food. I could eat it right away after making it. The more it is soaked with the vinegar, the more it will taste better.

5. Dried Fish - "Buwad" in Visaya; "Tuyo" in Tagalog


5. Dried Fish

The famous dried fish that other wouldn't want to smell while it has been cooked because it really does smell awful. But didn't they say that the one that has the most awful smell is that most delicious? like the Durian? Imagine that in dried fish.

Dried fish is dipped in vinegar that has green tomatoes in it and that alone is so amazing, I can stop writing right now and go eat one. Come one try this one.

Curly Seeweed

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6. Curly Seaweed (locally known as Lukot)

This is very common when you go to the markets of evrery town in the country.

We love this very much. With just a little salt, sugar and vinegar and its taste is ready to go.

This is very much enjoyable also when people go to the beach and this fresh appetizer is at hand. Truly delicious for outings!

7. Papaya Pickle Relish - "Atchara" in Visaya


7. Papaya Pickle Relish

This is actually papaya that is shredded to piece and cooked with vinegar and sugar. This can be eaten with any main dish and can be eaten alone. This appetizer is healthy as it comes from the papaya fruit, unlike the other appetizers.

Here is a Video on How to Make Homemade Atsara


8. Green Tomatoes

"Kamatis" in Visaya

This has been the most common appetizer there is. For those who wants to be healthy and not taste the eeky feeling of the shrimp or the fish paste, opt for this instead. Easily done and healthy as well. Just mix this with a little sugar and vinegar and that's it.

Appetizers Filipino style

Filipino Appetizers on the table - Are they really appetizing?

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 26, 2018:

I love atchara and wish I know how to prepare it. it is hard to get really fresh papaya here in North America.

Barb Johnson from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula on September 28, 2015:

Nice hub. The papaya picked relish looks very appetizing. I'll probably try it. Already trying to think of dishes to serve it with. Thanks for sharing!

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on August 16, 2015:

Hi, kabayan! Thanks for featuring our cuisine! I love "tuyo'!

Hearty Cindy Penaranda (author) from Ormoc City on May 15, 2015:

I guess its in us..

Consolacion Miravite from Philippines on April 17, 2015:

I always like atchara and manggang hilaw with bagoong. I don't know if this is innate in the Filipino: but, we always have our "sawsawan" every time we eat. :)

cristyemily on June 26, 2014:


cristyemily on June 26, 2014:

These are just awesome.

cristyemily on June 26, 2014:

These are just awesome.

cristyemily on June 26, 2014:

These are just awesome.

cristyemily on June 26, 2014:

These are just awesome.

Wedding Mom on March 19, 2013:

nice lens. I think shrimp paste is best with green mangoes. It looks really delicious.

Rosyel Sawali from Manila Philippines on March 09, 2013:

Yummy! ^_^ I'm not familiar with some of them, but thanks for featuring them too. ^_^

ChroniclesofaWa on February 27, 2013:

I eat all of them. Not on a regular basis of course but every once in a while. :)

Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on February 18, 2013:

I think I'll pass on the fermented fish dish but I'd definitely try the others. :)

anonymous on February 15, 2013:

What an absolutely delicious lens you have here.

applejacking on December 26, 2012:

Your Green Seaweed looks tasty. Would love to try it.

Auriel on December 21, 2012:

yummy.. i love it.

aylsbillones1 on November 25, 2012:

I haven't tasted green seaweed and lukot. Looking forward to taste it. The rest are my favorite.

Hearty Cindy Penaranda (author) from Ormoc City on November 21, 2012:

@ForestBear LM: you are welcome.thanks too!

ForestBear LM on November 21, 2012:

Looks yummy, would love to try some. Thank you for sharing

Hearty Cindy Penaranda (author) from Ormoc City on November 16, 2012:

@Vortrek Grafix: thanks so much!

Vortrek Grafix on November 16, 2012:

Well, it helps to have Filipino blood in the family :-) We use a lot of shrimp paste bagoong. It's great on Panikbet, especially with a side of Fried Pompano dipped in vinegar, sambal, and soy sauce. We like you lens.

OrganicMom247 on November 11, 2012:

Looks appetizing enough. I'd love to try one of them.

Hearty Cindy Penaranda (author) from Ormoc City on November 05, 2012:

@PromptWriter: Thanks.

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on November 05, 2012:

Wow, it was very interesting to see the Filipino appetizers.

Hearty Cindy Penaranda (author) from Ormoc City on November 01, 2012:

@anonymous: I see, you could start with the seaweeds, if you like!

anonymous on November 01, 2012:

I can't decide which one looks better :P I have try to make one of these myself!

Hearty Cindy Penaranda (author) from Ormoc City on October 30, 2012:

@Jogalog: I think you should,they all look tasty.

Jogalog on October 30, 2012:

I'd love to try the green seaweed.

Hearty Cindy Penaranda (author) from Ormoc City on October 29, 2012:

@kopox: Indeed, they are.... I'm always drooling with this lens.

kopox on October 29, 2012:

looks tasty :)

Hearty Cindy Penaranda (author) from Ormoc City on October 25, 2012:

@achivevery: hmmmm, i can sense you drooling... :)

Hearty Cindy Penaranda (author) from Ormoc City on October 25, 2012:

@kiratalley: I see, good to hear you like those. Yes, I think you can, they tasty too..

Hearty Cindy Penaranda (author) from Ormoc City on October 25, 2012:

@julieannbrady: Oh, they are tasty, a good try is not that bad.

julieannbrady on October 25, 2012:

Hmmm ... I had no idea! I'd be brave enough to try the green tomatoes and maybe the papaya pickle relish.

kiratalley on October 23, 2012:

My friend is Filipino and they always make the best spring rolls for appetizers. They will have a HUGE platter of them (and huge platters of everything for that matter) and are always the first things to go. I should definitely ask about some of these ones!

achivevery on October 21, 2012:

makes me feel hungry,,makes me feel...

Hearty Cindy Penaranda (author) from Ormoc City on October 16, 2012:

@anonymous: yes, tasty too...

anonymous on September 30, 2012:

These are interesting food. First time I've heard of them.

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