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Lechon Pork in Manila, Philippines.

Food in the Philippines: What I ate in The Philippines.

I ate so much food in the Philippines in my month traveling around the country it’s a wonder I still fit in my pants when I got to back to Thailand. With Chinese, Mexican, Spanish, and American influences, Filipino cuisine is richer and meatier than much of the food I ate around the rest of Asia and a far cry from Thai food and Vietnamese fare. The Filipino dishes I ate were were so rich, in fact, that one of my final meals in the country was a much-desired salad.

I was lucky enough to spend my first and last few days in Manila with my friend Jackie, who I had met on a trip to Amsterdam years ago. She introduced me to some of the most popular Filipino dishes that we ate both out and homemade in her apartment.

Popular Food in The Philippines

I was introduced to many typical Filipino dishes while traveling around the country. Here are ten of the best Filipino meals I tried.

    Food in the Philippines: What I ate in The Philippines. Chicken Adobo in Manila, Philippines.
  1. Adobo
    Adobo is probably one of the most famous Filipino recipes. It is a meat dish (usually made with chicken or pork) stewed in a thick, tangy sauce made from garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar.
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    Food in the Philippines: What I ate in The Philippines. Pork sinigang in Manila, Philippines.

  3. Sinigang
    Sinigang is a tangy, sour soup made from tamarind, vegetables, and meat
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    Food in the Philippines: What I ate in The Philippines. Lechon Pork in Manila, Philippines.

  5. Lechon Pork
    Lechon is an entire pig, fully spit roasted, to produce tender, juicy, meat and a crisp, rackling skin.
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    Food in the Philippines: What I ate in The Philippines. Tapa in Boracay, Philippines.

  7. Tapa
    Tapa is a typical Filipino breakfast food. Tapsilog is made of thin slices of dried marinated beef served with garlic rice and topped with a fried egg.
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    Food in the Philippines: What I ate in The Philippines. Kare-Kare Peanut stew in Manila, Philippines

  9. Kare-Kare
    Kare-kare is a rich stew made from peanut sauce and meaty cuts of oxtail or beef.
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    Food in the Philippines: What I ate in The Philippines.  Sisig in Manila, Philippines.

  11. Sisig
    Sisig is a seasoned Filipino dish made from parts of pig most cooks would throw away, like the head and liver.
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    Food in the Philippines: What I ate in The Philippines. Pancit - Noodles in Manila, Philippines.

  13. Pancit
    Pancit is a popular sautéed noodles dish mixed with sliced vegetables and meat and cooked in broth, soy sauce, and fish sauce.
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    Food in the Philippines: What I ate in The Philippines. Halo-halo in Manila, Philippines.

  15. Halo-Halo
    Halo-halo (Haluhalo) is a popular Filipino dessert made from crushed ice, evaporated milk and various toppings like sweetened beans, seaweed gelatin, and fruit slices.
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    Food in the Philippines: What I ate in The Philippines. Jollibee fried chicken in Cebu, Philippines.

  17. Jollibee Fried Chicken
    Jollibee is a popular fast food chain in the Philippines. Their fried chicken is one of the reasons to go, though I admit I was a bit too scared to try their other popular dish: Pinoy-style spaghetti topped with sweet tomato sauce and hot dogs.
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    Lunch on a Palawan island hopping tour in the Philippines.

  19. Fresh Fish on the Beach
    Though not a “traditional Filipino food,” fresh fish is triditional anywhere in the world there is a beach. There were many delicious prepared means on our tours around Palawan.

Of course, you can’t ignore some of the more…unique…Filipino food. (And unique Filipino restaurants…like Hobbit House in Boracay, a Lord of the Rings themed restaurant complete with “Hobbit” waiters…) I also ate a tamilok worm (which is actually a type of clam) in Puerto Princesa and the ever popular balut (fertilized duck egg) in Manila, because, well, when in the Philippines…


Everything I Ate in The Philippines

Here are photos of everything I ate in The Philippines. Yes, it does include a lot of Western food, like pizza and fish and chips, because, as amazing as authentic food in The Philippines is, when you’re traveling long term, you often need a taste of home and some variety. And, obviously, some ice cream. Because, well, ice cream.

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