Filipino cuisine

Dishes range from the very simple, like a meal of fried salted fish and rice, to the elaborate paellas and cocidos created for fiestas. Popular dishes include: lechón (whole roasted pig), longganisa (Philippine sausage), tapa (cured beef), torta (omelette), adobo (chicken and/or pork braised in garlic, vinegar, oil and soy sauce, or cooked until dry), kaldereta (meat in tomato sauce stew), mechado (larded beef in soy and tomato sauce), puchero (beef in bananas and tomato sauce), afritada (chicken and/or pork simmered in a tomato sauce with vegetables), kare-kare (oxtail and vegetables cooked in peanut sauce), crispy pata (deep-fried pig's leg), hamonado (pork sweetened in pineapple sauce), sinigang (meat or seafood in sour broth), pancit (noodles), and lumpia (fresh or fried spring rolls).


Atchara – Pickled Green Papaya

Atchara is a Filipino recipe of pickled green papaya – Achara is the Philippine contribution to the world of Asian pickles. There are many versions, and virtually any vegetable can be used for making achara. Any mention of achara, though, will most likely evoke thoughts of this type of achara, which uses green papaya.

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Banana Ketchup

Banana ketchup is sweeter than tomato sauce and is similar in taste to the Indonesian Kecap manis and the Thai sweet chilli sauce. In Filipino households, this ubiquitous condiment is used on just about any dish – omelettes (torta), hot dogs, burgers, fries, fish and other meats.

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Camote Que – Caramelised Sweet Potatoes

Slices of sweet potato are coated with brown sugar and then fried to cook the potatoes and to caramelise the sugar. It is one of the most common street foods in the Philippines, along with banana cue and turon.

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Chicken Afritada

This Chicken Afritada is unmistakably a Filipino dish. It has a savoury tomato base sauce and cooked with vegetables such as capsicum (bell pepper), potatoes and green peas.

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Dulce de Membrillo – Quince Paste

Dulce de membrillo is made of quince fruit, sugar and water, cooked over a slow fire. It is sweet and mildly tart, and similar in consistency, flavour and use to guava cheese or guava paste

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Filipino Torta – Filipino Omelette

Generally served for breakfast, countless fillings such as onions, garlic, tomatoes, corned beef, potatoes, capsicums, raisins and possibly leftovers from previous day’s meal like grilled eggplant, ground, chopped or shredded pork and beef are used. It is eaten by itself or served with garlic fried rice and banana ketchup on the side.

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Ginanggang – Filipino Barbecued Bananas

Ginanggang is a snack food of grilled skewered bananas brushed with margarine and sprinkled with sugar.

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Ginataang Labong – Bamboo Shoots in Coconut Milk

The coconut milk and coconut cream add a bit of sweetness to this dish, while the bamboo shoots gives it a textural crunch.

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Pandesal – Pan-de-sal – Filipino Bread Rolls

Pandesal are popular yeast-raised bread rolls in the Philippines. Individual loaves are shaped by rolling the dough into long logs (bastón) which are rolled in fine breadcrumbs. These are then portioned, allowed to rise, and baked.

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Peanut Sauce

Peanut sauce, satay sauce, bumbu kacang, sambal kacang, or pecel is a sauce made from ground roasted or fried peanuts, widely used in the cuisines of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Suriname and Africa.

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Sans Rival Layered Meringue Cake

The finished cake tastes of honey and toasted nuts with a little kick of cheese and wine. The meringue is wonderfully crispy and the buttercream is as rich as can be.

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Sinangag – Filipino Garlic Fried Rice

In Sinangag, a Filipino version of garlic fried rice, rice is added to stir-fried garlic and then seasoned with salt and pepper. It is a common, everyday breakfast dish. Vegetables, meats, and other ingredients may be added but it is generally left bare, with just the garlic, pepper, and salt to flavour it, because any other additional ingredients’ flavours may interfere with the flavour of the dish eaten with the fried rice.

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Sinigang na Isda – Filipino Fish Sour Soup

Few cuisines value sourness quite as much as Filipino. Whether from vinegar, citrus, or unripe fruits, sourness adds sparkle, helping balance intensely fishy flavours and rich, fatty meats. The Philippines’ quintessential sour dish is sinigang, a seafood soup that usually relies on tamarind pulp for tartness.

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Tokneneng – Battered Hard-boiled Eggs

Tokneneng is a tempura-like Filipino street food made by deep-frying orange batter covered hard-boiled eggs.

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