Best Food to Eat in the Philippines

The food culture of the Philippines is deeply influenced by the traditional Chinese food culture and the Spanish food culture. When it comes to must-eat food in the Philippines, what dishes come to mind? What are the delicious specialties in the Philippines? Here are the 10 best food to eat in the Philippines.


1. Lechon - Roast Suckling Pig

Lechon also called roast suckling pig in English. Lechon is the most famous delicacy in the Philippines, which is considered the national dish of the Philippines. It is grilled with pork as the main raw material. Lechon is an indispensable and typical dish during the Filipino festivals.




The roast suckling pig in the Philippines is made from a whole pig. After the entrails are removed, the pigs are stuffed with banana leaves and other spices and roasted slowly over a charcoal fire. When roasting, the pig skin is brushed with oil. A seasoning called atsuwete in the oil, which gives the pig skin a dark red color.


2. Sisig - Stir-fried Minced Pork

Sisig is a teppanyaki dish made by stir-frying minced pork, garlic and chili. Pork generally uses pork cheeks, which is rich in fat and tasty. The sizzling sound of Sisig on the iron plate is appetising. Before eating, crack an egg and stir evenly with meat on the hot iron plate.




Its crunchy and soft taste is very suitable for enjoying with cold beer. It is a good choice whether it is served as a beer accompaniment or set meal. Sisig is an absolutely popular dish in Filipino cuisine. If you come to the Philippines, you must try it.


3. Adobo – Braised Chicken and Pork 

Adobo originated in Mexico, but Filipinos have discovered that cooking meat (usually chicken and pork) with vinegar, salt, garlic, pepper, soy sauce and other spices is a good way to preserve meat without the need for a refrigerator. Adobo is regarded as one of the most traditional dishes in the Philippines.




The marinated chicken or pork braised until cooked, and the taste is fat but not greasy. Since the main seasoning for pickling is vinegar, it is not perishable and very tasty. Some Adobo are cooked with squid and oysters. It is usually served on white rice. Adobo can be found in almost every Filipino restaurant and canteen.


4. Kare Kare - Stewed Oxtail  

The commonly used ingredients of Kare Kare are ox hoof and oxtail. The delicious sauce used in the Kare Kare is made from chopped fried rice and chopped flowers. Banana blossoms, eggplants, green beans, onions and garlic, plus other interesting ingredients, can complete this uniquely flavored dish. It tastes better when served with white rice and shrimp paste.




5. Sinigang - Philippine Sour Soup

Sinigang is a popular homemade dish in the Philippines. Shrimp, grouper, salmon and pork are usually added to the soup, and the ingredients are varied. A variety of vegetables are added in the soup to enrich the dish.




This rich and light soup is made with many different types of vegetables, and tamarind is the most commonly used. Sinigang is a dish that everyone loves in the Philippines. If you feel bad appetite during your trip in the Philippines, you can try this appetizing sour soup delicacy.


6. Lumpia - Fried Rolls

Lumpia has now become a famous local snack in the Philippines, which is common snack in street stalls in the Philippines and Indonesia. The local people stuffed minced meat or mixed vegetables into flour rolls, and deep-fried them until golden and crispy. It is easy to eat and can be eaten with sauce. The local special seasoning is made with onion, chili, vinegar, sugar, cornstarch, and garlic sauce. It has a unique flavor.




7. Balut - Duck Embryo Egg

Balut is a popular street food that originated in the Philippines and is also frequently found in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. It is a developing duck embryo, cooked in its shell and eaten as a snack, with a puff of vinegar. This is definitely one of the most famous foods in the Philippines, and possibly the strangest one.




Balut is a developing duck embryo, cooked in its shell and eaten as a snack. The ideal age for duck embryos is 17 days, when the ducklings are not old enough to show their beaks, feathers, claws and bones are underdeveloped. You can find it in corner shops of the Philippines.


8. Haro Haro - Ice Cream

Halo-Halo is a common local dessert. Halo-Halo means "hodgepodge" in Filipino, which consists of shaved ice, ice cream, sweet soy beans, sweet potatoes, pudding, durian, plantain, milk, etc. It is mainly based on coconut-flavored taro ice cream. Haro Haro can be eaten in restaurants or beverage shops. For tourists traveling in the hot Philippines, this delicious ice cream dessert must be perfect for you.


Haro Haro


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