Filipinos are food lovers. Gifted with nature’s bountiful harvest, talent for cooking and a tradition that often integrates food into the table, Filipinos and food is an unmistakable tandem.
Whether it’s a small meeting or large gathering, food is an integral element that unites Filipinos together, enjoying each other’s company while savoring the delicious offerings.
But what do you think are the most delectable, mouth watering and diet-killing Filipino food available? We offer a list for your convenience. Be warned, these photos may cause drooling.
Deep-fried bananas with caramelized sugar is a cheap treat available at your nearest neighborhood vendor. A slight variation is turon, in which ripe bananas, with optional slivers of jackfruit, are wrapped in lumpia wrapper and deep fried until it’s golden brown and crispy.
This roasted pig dish is the centerpiece of many Filipino gatherings: fiestas, beach parties and weddings, among others.
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Filipinos are fond of crispy stuff and among the most notable of them is crispy pata, made of pork knuckles and served with soy-vinegar dip.
Inihaw na Isda
Served best in the beach, when it’s served during swimming breaks or just about anywhere especially when cooked dish is fresh from the grill. Add calamansi, vinegar and soy dips for enhanced dining pleasure.
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You can do the honor and describe this as we guess half of you out there are drooling by the sight of this delicacy.
Long considered a national dish and among the most popular Filipino dish outside the Philippine shores, it may be the safest bet to serve our non-Filipino friends. And that means it’s on our hall of fame list that deserves a special place on the table.
Tuyo and Champorado
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There is that magic in blending contrasting tastes of salty (tuyo, or salted dried fish) and champorado (sweet chocolate rice porridge) that we find irresistible.
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Biko is commonly served during fiestas, Lent and Christmas season, or just about any occasion. Some variations include topping of latik — coconut milk curds — or condensed milk. But we still ask why it tastes so much better when it’s left to the last few bites?