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5 Filipino Foods Your Life Needs In 2019 - According to Filipinos

Indulge yourself in Filipino's most delectable cuisines!

Posted on 14 January 2019

5 Filipino Foods Your Life Needs In 2019 - According to Filipinos

Filipino Food is AWESOME! Filipinos are famous for their optimistic values, unforgettable hospitality, being hard-working, and their ability to face whatever challenges that life throws at them – with a smile in their face. On top of that, Filipinos are also known to have a great passion and taste for food – to the point of considering themselves as a food enthusiast.


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Traveling to the Philippines sounds more fun! Especially when it comes to thinking about the places, people and especially the FOOD! Excited? You should get those passports and tickets ready for 2019! Here are the 5 Filipino dishes that are waiting for you to feast them:


1.Chicken Adobo - the famous Filipino dish

The unofficial national dish of the Philippines, Adobo is made by marinating and then braising meat in vinegar and soy sauce, seasoned with spices such as garlic, bay leaves and black pepper. The chicken falls-off-the-bone by the time its done and is coated with an immensely flavorful sauce that's rich and savory - Perfect for your getaway!

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 Food restaurants to try adobo in Manila include Cafe Adriatico, Adobo Connection, Gerry’s Grill, and Aristocrat. Curious of how its taste like? No worries! Learn to make your own chicken adobo here!


2. Tapsilog

A favorite comfort dish, the way the Filipinos feel about tapsilog can probably be compared to how Malaysians feel about nasi lemak.  Tapsilog is an acronym for tapa (cured beef) + sinangag (garlic fried rice) + itlog. It’s the most popular type of Filipino “silog” breakfast made up of garlic fried rice, egg, and a protein.


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You can find tapsilog  anywhere that serves breakfast. Restaurants in Manila known for serving good tapsilog include Max’s Restaurant, Rodic’s Diner, Rufo’s Famous Tapa, Sinangag Express, and Tapa King. This is definitely the number one breakfast dish in the Philippines! Keen to make it your own? You can find the recipe here.


3. Sinigang

Sinigang is a soup or stew characterized by its sour and savory flavors. It’s traditionally tamarind-based and can be cook with fish, pork, beef, shrimp, or chicken. Most Filipinos grew up eating sinigang so it’s a comforting dish for most - especially when they’re sick. It’s similar to Thai tom yum. Those tom yum lovers out there - this is your call!

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Some of the best examples of sinigang in Manila can be found at Abe, Sentro 1771, Wooden Spoon, and Romulo Cafe. Wondering how this dish is made? Check out the recipe here.


4. Bibingka

Bibingka is a type of rice cake traditionally made from galapong (milled glutinous rice), coconut milk, margarine, and sugar. Bibingka may be a time-consuming dish to make, the mixture is poured into a clay pot lined with pre-cut banana leaves.

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The clay pot is then placed between the layers of a special clay oven that’s lit with charcoals placed below and above the pot for even cooking. Bibingka is especially popular during the Christmas season.Ferino’s and Cafe Via Mare are two of the best places to get bibingka in Manila. Check out this recipe here to make your own Bibingka.


5. Sans Rival

Sans rival is the famous Filipino dessert cake made with layers of buttercream, meringue, and chopped cashews. It is rich, a supremely decadent dessert and its name comes from the French phrase meaning “without rival”.

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This will be the perfect dessert to sweeten up your holiday! Estrel’s and Cafe Mary Grace are known to serve some of the best sans rival in Manila. If you’re a baker, check this recipe out on how to make your own Sans Rival cake!



Here you go! These are the list of the amazing Filipino foods you should try during your trip in the Philippines.



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