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Philippine Cuisine – Filipino Dishes and Recipes for Everyday and Special Occasions

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After living in the city for 30 years, EC moved to the countryside. He writes about life in the mountains, dogs, plants, and cooking.

Chicken Adobo - Chicken Meat Cooked in Soy Sauce and Vinegar (Photo courtesy by dbgg1979 from Flickr.com)

Chicken Adobo - Chicken Meat Cooked in Soy Sauce and Vinegar (Photo courtesy by dbgg1979 from Flickr.com)

The Philippines is a country formed of many islands, big and small. It is no wonder varied influences from surrounding countries reached the islands and seeped into the tradition; then all combined to form the rich Filipino culture. The earlier Philippine cuisine has originated from Malayo-Polynesian and it gradually evolved when other Asian cultural influences mixed in. The western culture was injected strongly when the Spaniards discovered the Philippines in the 15th century.

Cooking styles and names for many Filipino dishes are mostly acquired from the Spanish and the Chinese, such as: lechon (whole roasted pig) and siomai (steamed dimsum). The Americans introduced the fastfood favorites in the country; like fried chicken, spaghetti, and hamburgers. The Japanese brought sushi and sashimi dishes; and the Koreans their kimchi. Other Asian cuisines like the Thai and the Vietnamese have also made an impact. Most Filipino restaurants serve Asian dishes cooked in Filipino style. Even the Middle East’s pita sandwich called Shawarma has been adapted by Filipino food lovers.

Seafood Lunch in Boracay, Philippines - Stir-Fried Shrimps, Grilled Blue Marlin, Tuna Head in Sour Broth, and Raw Oyster Meat in Spicy Vinegar (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Seafood Lunch in Boracay, Philippines - Stir-Fried Shrimps, Grilled Blue Marlin, Tuna Head in Sour Broth, and Raw Oyster Meat in Spicy Vinegar (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

The Philippine cuisine is very rich and so versatile. Filipinos love eating and, fortunately, most Filipinos love cooking, too. All dishes are served ‘on one go’. Every meal is like a buffet. The salad, soup, main dish, and dessert (oftentimes) are found on the Filipino dining table all at the same time. And even though pork is obviously the favorite meat choice, there are also lots of popular vegetable and fish dishes included in any Filipino menu.

Adobo

usually pork or chicken cooked in a marinade of vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaves, and peppercorn plus some sugar to sweeten

Sinigang

usually pork or shrimp cooked in a tamarind-based sour broth with vegetables like long string beans, radish, taro, onion, tomato, and slim green chili

Nilaga

usually beef boiled in onions and peppercorn until tender; then cabbage, string beans, carrots, and sweet corn are added

Pancit

rice noodles (or egg noodles used 'pancit canton') sauteed in pork or chicken, soy sauce, and vegetables like cabbage, carrot strips, sitsaro, and celery – or thick rice noodles smothered in thick shrimp sauce and garnished with sliced boiled eggs and spring onions, whole shrimps, and crushed chicharon

Tapsilog

a popular breakfast consists of beef jerky (‘tap’ short for ‘tapa’), fried rice (‘si’ for ‘sinangag’), and sunny egg (‘log’ short for ‘itlog’)

Tinola

chicken or fish sauteed in garlic, onion, ginger, and fish sauce with vegetables added – chayote or unripe papaya and chili leaves

Pinakbet

assorted vegetables sauteed in shrimp paste and pork or fish – long string beans, okra, squash, bitter melon, eggplant, and tomato

Bicol Express

usually lots of green chilies and pork or chicken or dried fish cooked in shrimp paste and coconut milk

Monggo Guisado

boiled mungbean sauteed in garlic, onion, tomatoes, pork or fish, bitter melon shoots or malunggay leaves, and chicharon (pork fat cracklings)

Chop Suey

literally mean: ‘to break into many pieces’; a Chinese dish sauteed in bits of pork or chicken meat, giblets, and liver – plus shrimps – and assorted vegetables like cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, snow peas, string beans, bell pepper, and leeks

Sisig

roasted pork head cut into tiny bits and mixed with chopped onions and chili peppers

Chicken Inasal

usually chicken leg and thigh parts marinated in herbs and spices; then skewered on sticks and basted with annatto sauce and grilled until tender

Pork Barbecue

pork chunks marinated in soy sauce, ground pepper, and calamansi or lemon; then grilled over hot coals

Lumpia Shanghai

ground pork or chicken mixed with vegetables bits – carrots, turnips and spring onions – firmly rolled in rice wrappers and deep-fried

Crispy Pata

pork legs marinated and boiled in soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaves, and peppercorn; then set aside to drip; and deep-fried until pork skin turns nicely brown and crispy

Lechon Kawali

usually pork belly or pork chop rubbed with salt and pepper before deep-frying; then serve whole or chopped with vinegar dip or ketchup

Kare-Kare

traditionally ox tail and ox tripe tenderized through boiling; then sauteed in anatto oil, garlic and onion, peanut paste, and vegetables like string beans, eggplant, pechay, and banana heart – sauce thickened with rice flour or cornstarch – served with bagoong or cooked shrimp paste

Caldereta

usually beef sauteed with liver sauce and simmered in tomato sauce until tender; then vegetables like siling labuyo, potato, carrot, and bell pepper are added

Kilawin

usually fish or shellfish marinated in vinegar or lemon, ground pepper, and salt for a few hours; then eaten raw

Lechon

whole pig stuffed with lemon grass, garlic, salt, whole peppercorn, thyme, soy sauce, and vinegar; then roasted over hot charcoal for many hours – perfectly cooked lechon has crispy skin and moist meat

How to Cook Pork and Chicken Adobo

Top 1 - Adobo

The Spanish term ‘adobo’ means ‘seasoning’ or ‘marinade’. Adobo is a consistent favorite dish among Filipinos because it has a distinctive delicious aroma and the cooking method is very simple. You just put all the ingredients inside a pot and let it boil over medium to low heat until tender. Adobo requires only vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaves, and whole peppercorns. The adobo recipe is so versatile, any kind of meat and fish can be used as alternative, such as: chicken, beef, goat, fish, and even exotic meats like snake.

How to Cook Adobo

Adobo Recipes

Pork Adobo - Pork Meat Cooked in Soy Sauce and Vinegar (Photo courtesy by arnold|inuyaki from flickr.com)

Pork Adobo - Pork Meat Cooked in Soy Sauce and Vinegar (Photo courtesy by arnold|inuyaki from flickr.com)

Top 2 - Sinigang

As one of the most popular everyday dishes in the Philippines, the Sinigang recipe is as easy as the adobo—almost. The cooking method is boiling, too; but there are various vegetables added. The sour taste is derived from tamarind or other unripe fruits like mango and kamias; however, guava and tomato are more sour when ripe. Common sinigang vegetables are sitaw (long string beans), kangkong (water spinach), okra, labanos (radish), gabi (taro root), onion, siling pansigang (Mexican green chili), and sampalok (tamarind). Alternatives for pork are fish, shrimp, and beef.

Pork Sinigang

Sinigang na Baboy - Pork in Sour Broth (Photo courtesy by Potsky2009 from Flickr.com)

Sinigang na Baboy - Pork in Sour Broth (Photo courtesy by Potsky2009 from Flickr.com)

Shrimp Sinigang

Sinigang na Hipon - Shrimp in Tamarind Broth (Photo courtesy by roland from Flickr.com)

Sinigang na Hipon - Shrimp in Tamarind Broth (Photo courtesy by roland from Flickr.com)

Fish Sinigang

Sinigang na Tanigue (Photo courtesy by bingbing from Flickr.com)

Sinigang na Tanigue (Photo courtesy by bingbing from Flickr.com)

Slow Cooker

Nilagang Buto ng Baka (Beef in Broth and Vegetables)

Beef Bulalo - Beef Shank and Bone Soup (Photo courtesy by Taga-Luto from Flickr.com)

Beef Bulalo - Beef Shank and Bone Soup (Photo courtesy by Taga-Luto from Flickr.com)

Top 3 - Beef Nilaga

Nilagang Baka or beef soup is also known as Bulalo, when beef shank with bone and marrow was used instead of beef chuck or bricket. Even though cooked with lots of clear broth and can be classified as soup, beef nilaga is considered as main dish and often served for lunch with fish sauce and calamansi as table condiment. The beef nilaga often has vegetables like cabbage, potato, and string beans. The beef bulalo is popularly served as hot soup in roadside eateries, accompanied with crush siling labuyo, calamansi, and fish sauce.

How to Cook Beef Nilaga

Beef Nilaga

Nilagang Baka - Beef and Vegetables in Clear Broth (Photo courtesy by VirtualErn from Flickr.com)

Nilagang Baka - Beef and Vegetables in Clear Broth (Photo courtesy by VirtualErn from Flickr.com)

Pancit Canton

Pancit Canton in Thick Sauce (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Pancit Canton in Thick Sauce (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Top 4 - Pancit

Pancit Bihon and Pancit Canton are cooked in almost similar way. Both include sauteing garlic, onion, pork cubes or chicken flakes, ground pepper, and soy sauce. Pancit bihon uses thin and transparent rice noodles; while pancit canton uses semi-thick egg noodles. These two pancit dishes are sometimes combined together, maybe just to mark a special occasion like birthdays. Garnishing may be stir-fried slivers of pork or chicken liver, boiled quail eggs, chicharon, and chopped kinchay stems and leaves.

How to Cook Pancit Bihon or Pancit Canton

Pancit Bihon

Pancit Bijon - Sauteed Rice Noodles (Photo courtesy by dbgg1979 from Flickr.com)

Pancit Bijon - Sauteed Rice Noodles (Photo courtesy by dbgg1979 from Flickr.com)

How to Cook Pancit Palabok / Pancit Malabon

Pancit Palabok

Pancit Palabok (also called Pancit Malabon) is made of softened thick rice noodles smothered in very thick shrimp sauce and garnished with sliced boiled eggs and spring onions, whole shrimps, flaked smoked fish (tinapa) and crushed chicharon. Thin rice noodles can also be used. This pancit dish is usually served with white rice muffin (puto). For a mouthwatering presentation, pancit palabok is placed on a large bilao (a shallow round tray made of native materials and lined with banana leaves) with an artful arrangement of egg and shrimp garnishing.

Pancit Malabon

Pancit Malabon - Thick Rice Noodles with Shrimp Sauce (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Pancit Malabon - Thick Rice Noodles with Shrimp Sauce (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

How to Make Tocino

Top 5 - Tapsilog

Filipinos have nicknamed their favorite breakfast dishes with appropriate codes. Tapsilog was spelled ‘tap-si-log’: tapa (beef jerky), sinangag or sinaing (fried rice or steamed rice), and itlog (egg). In ‘to-lo-si-log’, tocino (sweetened pork) and longganisa (chorizo). It is ‘ho-si-log’ with hotdogs and ‘bang-si-log’ with fried bangus belly. Since everything is fried, sliced ripe tomatoes or peeled cucumber are added.

Tapsilog

Tapsilog - Rice with Beef Jerky and Sunny Egg (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Tapsilog - Rice with Beef Jerky and Sunny Egg (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Tolosilog

Tolosilog - Fried Rice with Sweetened Pork Meat, Chorizo and Fried Egg (Photo courtesy by VirtualErn from Flickr.com)

Tolosilog - Fried Rice with Sweetened Pork Meat, Chorizo and Fried Egg (Photo courtesy by VirtualErn from Flickr.com)

How to Cook Tinola

Top 6 - Tinola

Chicken Tinola is considered as comfort food to most Filipinos. During rainy season, a bowl of piping-hot tinola is always welcome because it soothes soreness of the throat and protects the body from cough and cold. This belief is not surprising because the most important ingredient of the tinola recipe is the ginger. Ginger releases a mouthwatering aroma and gives spicy taste to the chicken broth.

Chicken Tinola

Chicken Tinola (Photo courtesy by melyjohnson from Flickr.com)

Chicken Tinola (Photo courtesy by melyjohnson from Flickr.com)

Fish Tinola

Fish Tinola (Photo courtesy by georgeparrilla from Flickr.com)

Fish Tinola (Photo courtesy by georgeparrilla from Flickr.com)

Soup Bowl

Fresh Vegetables for Pinakbet

Pinakbet Vegetables (Photo courtesy by Taga-Luto from Flickr.com)

Pinakbet Vegetables (Photo courtesy by Taga-Luto from Flickr.com)

Top 7 - Pinakbet

Pinakbet is one of the most popular vegetable dishes in Philippine cuisine. It is a versatile recipe because its ingredients can be changed. Pinakbet is usually sauteed with shrimp paste and pork cubes. When fish paste and grilled fish bits are used, it is called Dinengdeng. Some vegetables are replaced and some are added. The original pinakbet consists of squash, bitter melon, okra, eggplant, long string beans, and tomato. In some parts of the country, different leafy vegetables are added.

How to Cook Pinakbet

Pinakbet

Pinakbet - Sauteed Assorted Vegetables (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Pinakbet - Sauteed Assorted Vegetables (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Top 8 - Bicol Express

Bicol Express is well-known for its ‘hotness’. Made of lots of long green chilies – plus several pieces of the fiery siling labuyo – the bicol express can easily burn the tongue. The brave Filipinos who concocted this recipe live in the Bicol region, where acres of land are covered with chili plants. Pork or chicken are often used but the shrimp paste and the coconut milk are the important ingredients.

Bicol Express

Bicol Express with Pork (Photo courtesy by Likha sa Palad from Flickr.com)

Bicol Express with Pork (Photo courtesy by Likha sa Palad from Flickr.com)

Top 9 - Monggo Guisado

Monggo Guisado is the usual partner for any fried fish, and is almost often served for lunch. Monggo is also known as mungbean, which is boiled until tender before sauteing. Young shoots of bitter melon or malunggay leaves are usually included. Smoked fish and pork cracklings are also added. Sweetened monggo is also a favorite snack, especially when toasted first before cooking with glutinous rice in coconut milk.

Ginisang Monggo

Ginisang Munggo - Sauteed Boiled Mungbean (Photo courtesy by roland from Flickr.com)

Ginisang Munggo - Sauteed Boiled Mungbean (Photo courtesy by roland from Flickr.com)

How to Cook Chop Suey

Top 10 - Chop Suey

Chop Suey (or ‘to break into many pieces’) is originally a Chinese dish but became a well-liked vegetable dish in the Philippines. Most ingredients are available in both countries. As an everyday dish, the chicken giblet and liver, and shrimps are omitted. Oftentimes, only the cabbage, carrots, and chayote are included because the other vegetables are expensive. cornstarch is added when thick sauce is desired.

Chop Suey

Chop Suey (Photo courtesy by Julyan from Flicker.com)

Chop Suey (Photo courtesy by Julyan from Flicker.com)

How to Cook Chop Suey

Chop Suey Recipe

Chopping Boards

How to Cook Sisig

Top 11 - Sisig

Sisig is considered as the most famous ‘pulutan’ for beer-drinkers. The cooking method for this dish is quite long but the end result is always tasteful and satisfying. Made from chopped roasted or boiled pig ears and snout, sisig is mixed with chopped onion, chili, salt, and pepper. Aside from pork, beef, chicken, and fish are also used to make sisig. Get Recipes Here.

Pork Sisig

Sisig - Roasted Pork  Cut into Bits and Heavily Spiced (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Sisig - Roasted Pork Cut into Bits and Heavily Spiced (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

How to Cook Chicken Inasal

Top 12 - Chicken Inasal

Chicken Inasal is an authentic Filipino recipe. The Spaniards discovered the dish in Bacolod and called it ‘asar’, which means roasted. The term evolved to chicken ‘inasal’. The recipe preferred the chicken leg and thigh intact. There are several variations in the ingredients but the chicken is always marinated in herbs and spices and grilled over hot coals until tender. The red-orange color of cooked meat is acquired from annatto basting sauce.

Chicken Inasal

Chicken Inasal - Grilled Chicken with Steamed Rice Wrapped in Banana Leaf (Photo courtesy by whologwhy from Flickr.com)

Chicken Inasal - Grilled Chicken with Steamed Rice Wrapped in Banana Leaf (Photo courtesy by whologwhy from Flickr.com)

Outdoor Grill

Pork Barbecue

Pork Barbecue (Photo courtesy by mavi07 from Flickr.com)

Pork Barbecue (Photo courtesy by mavi07 from Flickr.com)

Top 13 - Pork Barbecue

Pork Barbecue is not an original recipe in the Philippine cuisine but because the Filipinos love to marinate anything they cook over hot coals, several marinade recipes for pork barbecue have been concocted. Pork barbecue are often sliced thinly and skewered on sticks. The meat is sometimes semi-boiled in its own marinade before grilling. The favorite dip is the spicy-sweet vinegar with chopped onion and chili. The preferred parts of pork for any barbecue recipes are the meat found in the belly, on the neck, and the shoulder. Marinade often include calamansi or lemon juice, soy sauce, salt, ground pepper, and crushed garlic cloves. Get recipe here.

Pork Barbecue

Barbecued Pork (Photo courtesy by scion_cho from Flickr.com)

Barbecued Pork (Photo courtesy by scion_cho from Flickr.com)

How to Cook Lumpiang Shanghai

Top 14 - Lumpia Shanghai

Lumpia Shanghai is also known as spring rolls or egg rolls. As part of an everyday fare, ground pork or chicken is used and mixed with chopped carrots, turnips and spring onions. For special occasion, chopped shrimp is used. Roll a small mound inside a rice wrapper and seal both ends. Deep-fry until crispy. This dish can be made in large batch and stored inside the freezer for future cooking.

Crispy Lumpia Shanghai

Lumpia Shanghai - Fried Spring Roll (Photo courtesy by VirtualErn from Flickr.com)

Lumpia Shanghai - Fried Spring Roll (Photo courtesy by VirtualErn from Flickr.com)

How to Cook Crispy Pata

Top 15 - Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata is also a favorite ‘pulutan’ in most beer-drinking occasions. Like the Sisig, the recipe is considered as a ‘labor of love’ because it requires long preparation and cooking time. The pork leg is marinated in soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaves, salt, and ground pepper for several hours. It is boiled until semi-tender; then placed in a strainer to drain. Oil must be very hot when frying the pork leg. To make the pork skin crispier, splash small amount of water in oil while cooking – but beware.

Deep-Fried Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata - Fried Pork Leg (Photo courtesy by roland from Flickr.com)

Crispy Pata - Fried Pork Leg (Photo courtesy by roland from Flickr.com)

How to Cook Lechon Kawali

Top 16 - Lechon Kawali

Lechon Kawali is not so meticulous in preparation. Just rub salt and ground pepper on both sides of pork belly or pork chop; then set aside to let the flavor seep into the meat. Oil must very hot, too. And, yes, water is also splattered while deep-frying. The dip can be the spicy-sweet vinegar and soy sauce or just the simple ketchup. On special occasions, achara (pickled unripe papaya flakes) is served as a side dish to the crispy pork. 'Kawali' is Filipino term for 'wok' or frying pan.

Lechon Kawali

Lechon Kawali - Fried Pork Belly (Photo courtesy by jasonlam from Flickr.com)

Lechon Kawali - Fried Pork Belly (Photo courtesy by jasonlam from Flickr.com)

How to Cook Kare-Kare

Top 17 - Kare-Kare

Kare-Kare is an old recipe that traditionally requires ox tail and ox tripe, along with an assortment of vegetables. Since beef requires long boiling time to be soft and tender, pork, chicken, and fish for also used for kare-kare dishes. When annatto is not available, food coloring is used to get the brownish color of stew. Peanut butter is a good alternative for peanut paste and sauce thickener can be ordinary flour or cornstarch, instead of the rice flour. Bagoong (shrimp paste) is always a partner for kare-kare but served separately.

Beef Kare-Kare

Kare-Kare - Ox Tail Stew (Photo courtesy by takaokun from Flickr.com)

Kare-Kare - Ox Tail Stew (Photo courtesy by takaokun from Flickr.com)

How to Cook Caldereta

Top 18 - Caldereta

Caldereta is obviously of Spanish origin but the Filipinos had made lots of changes in the way the dish is cooked. Caldereta also uses annatto but tomato sauce is the preferred alternative. Beef is the traditional meat for caldereta but goat meat is also a popular choice. Sauteed in liver spread and siling labuyo, the dish acquires a richness of taste that is unforgettable. Potato, carrot, and bell pepper may be added.

Beef Caldereta

Beef Caldereta (Photo courtesy by gracefuleye from Flickr.com)

Beef Caldereta (Photo courtesy by gracefuleye from Flickr.com)

Goat Meat or Chevon Caldereta

Calderetang Kambing - Spicy Goat Stew (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Calderetang Kambing - Spicy Goat Stew (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

How to Make Kinilaw

Top 19 - Kilawin

Kilawin is like ‘cooking with vinegar or citrus juice alone’ -- without using heat. Like the Japanese, the Filipinos have a penchant for raw fish or shellfish. Usually, the fish or shellfish are cleaned and washed very thoroughly and drained well before marinated in vinegar and seasonings. The kilawin recipe is also used on scorched skin of goat to make ‘kinilaw na kambing’. Some vegetables like eggplant, cucumber, and ampalaya are also used to make veggie kinilaw.

Seafood Kilawin

Seafood Kinilaw - Fresh Tuna, Sea Scallops, Shrimps, Red Onions, and Tomatoes Marinated in Calamansi, Vinegar and Coconut Milk (Photo courtesy by arnold|inuyaki from Flickr.com)

Seafood Kinilaw - Fresh Tuna, Sea Scallops, Shrimps, Red Onions, and Tomatoes Marinated in Calamansi, Vinegar and Coconut Milk (Photo courtesy by arnold|inuyaki from Flickr.com)

Clam Meat Kilawin

Kinilaw na Tacubo - Raw Giant Clams Marinated in Vinegar (Photo courtesy by georgeparrilla from Flickr.com)

Kinilaw na Tacubo - Raw Giant Clams Marinated in Vinegar (Photo courtesy by georgeparrilla from Flickr.com)

Goat Skin Kilawin

Kinilaw na Kambing - Scorched Goat Skin Marinated in Vinegar and Spices (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Kinilaw na Kambing - Scorched Goat Skin Marinated in Vinegar and Spices (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

How to Cook Lechon

Top 20 - Lechon

Lechon is the Spanish word for ‘suckling pig’ but in Philippine cuisine, ‘lechon’ is ‘any meat roasted whole’ like the pig, cow, and chicken. Filipinos love to serve lechon to celebrate big and special occasions like weddings and town feasts. Several restaurants are serving the special dish everyday so lechon lovers can have a taste of it whenever craving for crispy lechon skin -- which is loved by most Filipinos. Chicken Lechon is more affordable. The Lechon Baka is also available but a bit expensive.

Whole Pork Lechon

Lechon - Whole Roasted Pig (Photo courtesy by chazzvid from Flickr.com)

Lechon - Whole Roasted Pig (Photo courtesy by chazzvid from Flickr.com)

Whole Cattle Lechon

Lechon Baka - Roasted Whole Calf (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Lechon Baka - Roasted Whole Calf (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Whole Chicken Lechon

Lechon Manok - Roasted Whole Chicken (Photo courtesy by jekert gwapo from Flickr.com)

Lechon Manok - Roasted Whole Chicken (Photo courtesy by jekert gwapo from Flickr.com)

Whole Pork Roaster

Fried Hito (Fried Catfish)

Fried Catfish (Photo courtesy by Taga-Luto from Flickr.com)

Fried Catfish (Photo courtesy by Taga-Luto from Flickr.com)

Fried Lumpia (Fried Vegetable Roll)

Fried Egg Roll (Photo courtesy by Taga-Luto from Flickr.com)

Fried Egg Roll (Photo courtesy by Taga-Luto from Flickr.com)

Beef Mechado

Beef Mechado (Photo courtesy by roland from Flickr.com)

Beef Mechado (Photo courtesy by roland from Flickr.com)

Adobong Camaro (Ricefield Insects in Soy Sauce)

Adobong Camaro - Cricket Cooked in Soy Sauce (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Adobong Camaro - Cricket Cooked in Soy Sauce (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Binagoongang Talong (Eggplant with Shrimp Sauce)

Binagoongang Talong - Eggplant with Shrimp Sauce (Photo courtesy by manda_wong from Flickr.com)

Binagoongang Talong - Eggplant with Shrimp Sauce (Photo courtesy by manda_wong from Flickr.com)

Beef Steak

Bistek - Beef Steak (Photo courtesy by Taga-Luto from Flickr.com)

Bistek - Beef Steak (Photo courtesy by Taga-Luto from Flickr.com)

Chicharon Bulaklak (Crispy Fried Pork Giblets)

Chicharon Bulaklak - Fried Pork Innards (Photo courtesy by Puck777 from Flickr.com)

Chicharon Bulaklak - Fried Pork Innards (Photo courtesy by Puck777 from Flickr.com)

Fried Chicken Wrapped in Pandan Leaves

Chicken Cooked in Pandan Leaves (Photo courtesy by dbgg1979 from Flickr.com)

Chicken Cooked in Pandan Leaves (Photo courtesy by dbgg1979 from Flickr.com)

Pritong Daing na Bangus (Fried Milkfish)

Daing na Bangus - Fried Milkfish (Photo courtesy by mackarus from Flickr.com)

Daing na Bangus - Fried Milkfish (Photo courtesy by mackarus from Flickr.com)

Pork Dinuguan

Dinuguan - Pork Innards Stewed in Pork Blood (Photo courtesy by @joefoodie from Flickr.com)

Dinuguan - Pork Innards Stewed in Pork Blood (Photo courtesy by @joefoodie from Flickr.com)

Pork Embutido

Embutido - Filipino Meat Loaf (Photo courtesy by roland from Flickr.com)

Embutido - Filipino Meat Loaf (Photo courtesy by roland from Flickr.com)

Fried Milkfish

Fried Milkfish Belly with Rice and Broth (Photo courtesy by museinthecity from Flickr.com)

Fried Milkfish Belly with Rice and Broth (Photo courtesy by museinthecity from Flickr.com)

Fried Tilapia and Bangus Sinigang

Fried Tilapia, Sinigang na Bangus, and Rice (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Fried Tilapia, Sinigang na Bangus, and Rice (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Gambas

Gambas - Prawns with Veggies (Photo courtesy by arnold|inuyaki from Flickr.com)

Gambas - Prawns with Veggies (Photo courtesy by arnold|inuyaki from Flickr.com)

Grilled Squid

Inihaw na Pusit - Grilled Squid (Photo courtesy by highlimitzz from Flickr.com)

Inihaw na Pusit - Grilled Squid (Photo courtesy by highlimitzz from Flickr.com)

Paksiw na Bangus (Milkfish in Vinegar and Spices)

Paksiw na Bangus - Milkfish Cooked in Vinegar (Photo courtesy by AiLyn_nop from Flickr.com)

Paksiw na Bangus - Milkfish Cooked in Vinegar (Photo courtesy by AiLyn_nop from Flickr.com)

Ginataang Tilapia (Fried Tilapia with Coconut Milk)

Ginataang Tilapia - Tilapia Cooked in Coconut Milk (Photo courtesy by AiLyn_nop from Flickr.com)

Ginataang Tilapia - Tilapia Cooked in Coconut Milk (Photo courtesy by AiLyn_nop from Flickr.com)

Ginataang Gulay (Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Milk)

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa - String Beans and Squash Sauteed in Coconut Milk (Photo courtesy by arnold|inuyaki from Flickr.com)

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa - String Beans and Squash Sauteed in Coconut Milk (Photo courtesy by arnold|inuyaki from Flickr.com)

Laing

Laing - Taro Root and Leaves Cooked in Spicy Coconut Milk (Photo courtesy by @joefoodie from Flickr.com)

Laing - Taro Root and Leaves Cooked in Spicy Coconut Milk (Photo courtesy by @joefoodie from Flickr.com)

Fresh Lumpia (Lumpia Sariwa)

Lumpiang Sariwa - Fresh Spring Roll with Crush Peanut  on Top (Photo courtesy by roland from Flickr.com)

Lumpiang Sariwa - Fresh Spring Roll with Crush Peanut on Top (Photo courtesy by roland from Flickr.com)

Tortang Talong (Fried Mashed Eggplant in Scrambled Egg)

Tortang Talong - Fried Eggplant with Egg (Photo courtesy by dbgg1979 from Flickr.com)

Tortang Talong - Fried Eggplant with Egg (Photo courtesy by dbgg1979 from Flickr.com)

Comments

Joyfulcrown on October 26, 2015:

Thanks for all of the information. I am a Filipina but raised in the US. I want to learn to cook Filipino dishes for my elderly parents.

Jose Genorga on November 11, 2012:

Truly Filpino dishes are incomparable with other countries;

they are palatable, tasty and so delicious.

ref on April 07, 2012:

thanks....

CENTURION2501 on February 02, 2012:

Why, oh why cant we have Filipino Restaurants in the UK? I'm so hungry for your cooking right now my Queen. Asian food has been a staple food of Brit's for decades, but not South, or South Eastern Asian food, why, I have no idea. Maybe it's such a cold/wet miserable country that no one wants to leave your (beautiful) country for ours. I'm so sad! Dishes like these would sell really well here, my mouth was watering reading and watching the video's, I could even smell the food cooking...

Thanks for the amazing insight into Filipino cuisine, I really enjoyed it.

jie lopez on November 16, 2011:

Because of you, i can cook easy now even i forgot the steps or procedures on how to cook it...

earthbound1974 from Bicol, Philippines on March 29, 2011:

Great hub, kabayan! That's why you've won! Congrats!!!

Crizz on September 09, 2010:

Wow! Feel hungry looking at these filipino dishes. Amazing pics! 2 thumbs up;)

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on August 21, 2010:

Loved this hub and the recipes. Will bookmark and rate up

Carolyn Jung on August 12, 2010:

Love sisig and lechon, even if my waistline doesn't always! ;)

So glad that Filipino food is getting on the radar more. It's a cuisine that definitely deserves a lot more recognition.

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on July 03, 2010:

Thank you my dear friend shai77 :)

Chen on July 03, 2010:

Hey Queen Cleopatra :-)

Wonderful Hub.

Gave it a thumb up and a digg.

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on July 03, 2010:

Thanks, akirchner :) We're all winners here!

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on July 02, 2010:

Congrats, QC!

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on July 02, 2010:

Thank you for coming back, Money Glitch :)

Thank you, Maita :)

prettydarkhorse from US on July 02, 2010:

Congrats my dear, Maita

Money Glitch from Texas on July 01, 2010:

Just stopped by again to say congrats on winning the People's Choice award! Way to Go! :)

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on July 01, 2010:

Thank you minesgm :)

minesgm from Texas on July 01, 2010:

Galing naman.. katakamtakam!!!

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on July 01, 2010:

Thank you habee. I'm still reeling with shock :) Congrats to you, too!

Holle Abee from Georgia on July 01, 2010:

Congrats on another People's Choice win!!

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on July 01, 2010:

Thank you for a warm visit Money Glitch :)

Money Glitch from Texas on June 30, 2010:

Wow, I don't think anyone could leave this hub, without getting hungry. There's something for everyone here. Looks really, really good. Congrats on being a contender for this week's contest. :)

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 30, 2010:

Thank you so much for the lovely comments, Peggy W and Maita :D

prettydarkhorse from US on June 30, 2010:

Hi my dear, Congrats, (you deserve to be one of the top ten) hope you win showcasing Philippine cuisine, Gutom na ako day ulit, Kelangan manalo, Maita

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 30, 2010:

Congratulations on being nominated for this hubalicious contest. Those photos are making me hungry as it is getting close to dinner time and I'm sitting here at the computer instead of working in the kitchen. Wish I had one or two of those dishes pictured here ready to serve!

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 30, 2010:

Salamat sa pagbisita, kabayan! (Thank you for the visit, fellow countryman!) Yup, I know a lot of Filipino hubbers are in HubPages. :)

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on June 30, 2010:

Congrats, kabayan on your winning. There are many Filipino prolific hubbers in here, like you. Love the photos, too. It makes me hungry just by looking at it. LOL :D

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 30, 2010:

Salamat (thank you) marquin conde garcia :)

Hello Loren's Gem :) Thank you for the warm words! The hub about Tapuy Rice Wine is more than halfway to finish line. I hope to publish it this week. :D

marquin conde garcia on June 30, 2010:

pwede

Loren's Gem from Istanbul, Turkey on June 30, 2010:

Awesome! Really enjoyed reading as well as having a tour of the Filipino cuisine with the nice bright photos! You did a great job on this as with your other Filipino food hubs. Rating this up and keep up the good work! Congrats on the nomination, too! :-)

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 30, 2010:

Thank you for liking the hub, oceansnsunsets :D

Thanks so much, habee. Barbecues are a family favorite :D

Holle Abee from Georgia on June 30, 2010:

The barbecued pork looks awesome! Congrats on being in the top 10!

Paula from The Midwest, USA on June 29, 2010:

Hello Queen Cleopatra, I love a good marinade and seasonings, and you hub has left me wanting to try more and new things! Thanks for the pictures and information. Ocean

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 28, 2010:

Thank you so much, Maita :) I am glad to meet you here in HubPages! Mabuhay to both of us!

prettydarkhorse from US on June 28, 2010:

My dear, I think this is more than awesome, Rated it up, you always do a great job, Maita

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 28, 2010:

Hello, quicksand :) I blushed when you called me 'your Majesty'. I'm just a simple girl with a simple taste -- but a big appetite. lol. Thanks for the visit :)

quicksand on June 28, 2010:

Great pix, your Majesty! I've developed an appetite too!

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