Blessed with an abundance of seafood, tropical fruits and creative cooks. The Philippines cuisine is very rich and versatile. With more than 7000 Islands split into 17 regions and 80 provinces, multiple cultures and scattered geographies, make up the Philippines. Simple, tropical cuisine is the backdrop for a series of native dishes, adapted to suit the country’s varied geography,
With Rice as the staple food and eaten three times a day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fried rice is a popular meal for breakfast, but it is also served at restaurants with different toppings. Steamed rice with a simple viand could make up for a meal
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.
Over time, foreign influences have shaped Filipino food, with a blend of Chinese, Spanish, Mexican, American and Malay cuisines. Signature ingredients of South-East Asian neighbours are also present, including coconuts and a pungent fish sauce called patis; however Filipinos aren’t as liberal with their use of chillies.
Dishes range from the very simple, like a meal of fried salted fish and rice, to the elaboratepaellas and cocidos created for fiestas, also spaghetti and lasagna of Italian origin. 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 peanut sauce with vegetables), kare-kare (oxtail and vegetables cooked in peanut sauce), pinakbet (kabocha squash, eggplant, beans, okra, and tomato stew flavored with shrimp paste) 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).
Filipino food is all about discovery and comforting soul food, just like the Philippines itself. With so many other dishes and flavours yet to take the limelight, go out and discover it for yourself.