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Gastronomic Wonders of the Philippines | 7 Must-Try Filipino Dishes

A collage of the seven best dishes of the Filipino culture. Try these amazing traditional Filipino food and have a unique gastronomic experience as you travel to the Philippines.

When talking about the top tier Asian destinations, the Philippines should be at the highest rung of the ladder in terms of the most visited and sought-after vacation spots. Much like the 7100 plus islands that make up the Philippine archipelago, there are also 7100 plus reasons and more to visit the Pearl of the Orient Seas.

Explore what this country has to offer when it comes to history, tourist destinations and, of course, food! Bask in the glory of Pinoy tourism and everything that the Philippines has to offer. You will certainly be drawn to the country that would not make you want to leave its haven, especially when you taste its local dishes.

The rich history of the Philippines tells so much about how it has developed the unique culture it has in the present. With several colonizers wanting to take hold of the Philippine islands and tons of traders docking and leaving the shores of the country, they have left behind a diverse array of cultures and influences. This has resulted in the uniqueness of the Filipino culture we are practicing at present. This uniqueness is carried over to the cooking pots, hence giving the Filipino food a taste that is unlike anything you could experience in any part of the world.

To let you experience a gastronomic wonder while you travel the islands of the Philippines, here are the seven best dishes you definitely must try:

  • Adobo

    This is a Filipino food that everyone definitely knows ---- the mighty adobo! This popular Pinoy dish is made by stewing meat (pork, chicken, or a combination of both) in soy sauce and vinegar with added peppercorns and bay leaves for that extra special flavoring. The great thing about this tasty food is that the leftover meat can still be fried to make crunchy adobo flakes.

  • Lechon

    Another famous Filipino dish is lechon. Any Filipino fiesta and grand celebrations are almost never complete without the lechon. Who wouldn’t be enticed by a fully-roasted pig with that perfectly crispy and juicy meat? It is hard to say no to this delicious treat, especially if it is from Cebu. You’ll surely miss out a lot if you skip this dish from your trip.

  • Bulalo

    What is the best pair for cold weather in Pinas? It is a hot bowl of bulalo. The main ingredients for this dish consist of slow cooked beef shanks and bone marrow. Although this is highly famous in Batangas, other provinces also have their own versions of bulalo with local flavors being added in the dish, thus making it an interesting one to try in every place you visit.

  • Sisig

    A sizzling dish in Pampanga has also made its way to the list of the most delicious Pinoy dishes. This dish is served in a sizzling hot stone plate. It is actually a chopped-up pig’s face cooked with pig’s brain and seasoned with calamansi, onions, and chili pepper. It may seem unusual for you, but for Filipinos, it is best paired with a cold beer and some pals to hang out with. Why don’t you try it?

  • Palabok

    Pancit has always been a well-known part of the Filipino tradition in every event. One of the best versions of it is the palabok. This vibrantly orange-colored dish is mixed with shrimp sauce and is topped with slices of boiled eggs, crushed chicharon (pork rinds), spring onions, and tinapa (smoked fish) flakes. The flavors will surely make you want more of it.

  • Bagnet

    Bagnet is a scrumptious dish originally from the region of Ilocos. It is basically a deep-fried pork belly with that powerful crunch in every bite. This crispy pork belly is seasoned with garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns, and salt is most famously known as chicharon. This may be better partnered with rice, but most Filipinos eat it as snacks and even as savories during drinking sessions.

  • Kare-Kare

    One of the Filipino favorites is kare-kare which is also mostly served during festivities and events in the Philippines. It was originally a stewed oxtail complemented with thick savory peanut sauce. However, variations of the base have been made from pork hocks, pig feet, beef stew meat, calves feet, offal or tripe.

The taste of Pinoy food in the mouth is an experience owing to its culture. This is a kind of experience you should never miss during your trip.The Philippines has gained international recognition due in part to its culture and the kind of beauty it has. So, what are you waiting for? Visit the Philippines now!

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