Filipino cuisine is a rich mix of Spanish, American and Chinese, with some unique twists added in. While the food may vary depending on which region you are in, there are some local Filipino dishes that can be found all over the country, and absolutely must be tried. Here are some of OROGOLD‘s favorites.
Sinigang is a clear soup that is made from a variety of the sour fruits that are grown in the country, most often with tamarind and calamansi. From containing different meats to local vegetables to freshly caught seafood, sinigang is a mouthwatering mix of salty, sour and savory that will definitely have you returning for a second bowl.
Lechon is a dish that comes from Spain, but is now considered to be the national dish of the Philippines, and can be found at almost every party. Made from a whole suckling pig that has been roasted on a spit over a pit of hot coals for hours, the crispy brown skin paired with the succulent moist meat is something that can’t be missed. To top it all off, lechon is usually served with a hearty liver sauce, adding a completely new element to the dish. For those of you who can’t get enough of the dish, OROGOLD would also recommend trying Paksiw na Lechon, as this is the leftover meat that has been stewed with different spices and vinegar, and is a popular way to use up the meat all over the country.
One of the tastiest versions of grilled chicken that you will ever try, chicken inasal is created using every part of the chicken, meaning that nothing is wasted. From the liver to the gizzards, the meat is marinated in an intoxicating mix of calamansi, lemongrass, garlic and peppers, and then cooked on a hot charcoal grill to give it a deeper, smoky flavor. If you are in Manila, the dish is usually served on banana leaves, but in other parts of the country, this is a common street food dish, and is best enjoyed by the side of the road, hot off the grill.
This is another dish that has come from the Spanish, and is one of the most well-known of Filipino dishes. Simply put, adobo refers to meat, vegetables or seafood that has been marinated in a vinegar, garlic and soy sauce mixture. Other ingredients are also added, and this is a dish that can hugely vary, not only between regions but also between households, with every local having their own unique adobo recipe.
While Filipino cuisine may not be as internationally famous as food from other Asian countries, such as Thai or Vietnamese, this is due to no fault of its own. A widely underrated cuisine, the food that you will find in the Philippines is jam-packed with bold flavors, and while many dishes may seem unfamiliar to you, OROGOLD highly recommends trying as many local dishes as possible when you are next in the Philippines.