Philippines Cuisine, Food & Recipes

Philippines Cuisine, Food & Recipes

Philippine cuisine and style of cooking the food associated with it have evolved over centuries from its Austronesian origins. Today its a mix of Malay, Indian, Arab, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, American and sundry other Asian and Latin influences that have adapted to local ingredients.

Dishes range from the simple, like a meal of fried salted fish and rice, to elegant paellas and cocidos prepared for fiestas. Popular dishes include:

  • lechón - whole roasted pig
  • longganisa - Philippine sausage
  • tapa - cured beef
  • torta - omelette
  • adobo - chicken and/or pork braised in garlic, vinegar, oil and soy sauce, or cooked until dry
  • kaldereta - meat in tomato sauce stew
  • mechado - larded beef in soy and tomato sauce
  • puchero - beef in bananas and tomato sauce
  • afritada - chicken and/or pork simmered in a tomato sauce with vegetables
  • kare-kare - oxtail and vegetables cooked in peanut sauce
  • crispy pata - deep-fried pig's leg
  • hamonado - pork sweetened in pineapple sauce
  • sinigang - meat or seafood in sour broth
  • pancit - noodles
  • lumpia - fresh or fried spring rolls

Pancit Palabok


Pancit palabok and pancit luglug are essentially the same recipe/ dish. The main difference being that luglug uses thicker noodles... 1 pkg. noodles (thick), soaked in cold water 1 hour1/4 c. shrimps, shelled & deveined2 sticks Chinese sausage (dry), sliced thin1 box tofu (soy bean cake), cut in sm. cubes1/2 c. pork or chicken meat, cut in sm. cubes1/2 c. annato seed … [Read more...]

Philippines Meat Dishes

Philippines - Meat dishes & recipes

Chicken and Pork Adobo Hot and Sour Shrimp with Watercress And Walnuts Pork Binagoongan Laing Menudo Crispy Pata Pancit Canton Lumpia with Sweet Potatoes Mechado (Filipino beef stew) Longganisa (filipino-style sausages) Sinigang na Sugpo Sinigang (Tamarind Soup) Lengua Embutido Siomai Inihaw Na Bangus (Grilled Milkfish)Chicken and … [Read more...]

Philippines Sauces


Liver Sauce Sari Sari Sauce Egg Gravy Sweet and Sour Sauce Fruit Salad Dressing Corn Relish (Acharang Mais) Plum Sauce Radish Relish (Acharang Labanos)Lumpia Sauce Tomato Sauce Mild Chili Sauce White Sauce Sour Dipping Sauce Vinaigrette Sauce Vinaigrette Dip (Sausawang Suka)  Liver Sauce Ingredientsone 4-ounce can liver pate or … [Read more...]

Philippine Desserts


 Bibingka Cassava Original Leche Flan Pumpkin Leche Flan Fruity Caramel Flan Coconut Rice Turon Ube Halaya Palitaw Pianono Cascaron - bitsu-bitsu Pich Pichi Mango Cream Cake Steamed Palm Sugar Custard Yema Balls Mango Chocolate Cream Cups_ Buko PieBrazo de Mercedes Ginataan Kutsinta Puto (Rice Muffins) Gulaman … [Read more...]

The Basics of Philippine Cooking

Philippines - cooking methods

Philippine cooking is surprisingly simple; no special utensils are needed. Even a wok, which is commonly used in the Philippines and is almost essential for Chinese cooking, can be done without for most Philippines dishes.No special skills are needed, either. If you can prepare American dishes, you can prepare the food of the Philippines. In fact, most of the dishes that … [Read more...]

Fruits of Philippines

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ATIS Known internationally as sweetsop, sugar apple or custard apple, the Atis is one fruit you can easily grow even if you have only a square meter of soil. The atis tree grow just about anywhere a seed falls. And it grows fast so that you can get to harvest fruits in a little over a year from seedling stage. A tree bears fruits about three times a year: in the summer, during … [Read more...]

Spanish Influence on Filipino Food

Thanks to Spanish Influence on Filipino Food Filipino Food Philippine cuisine has numerous indigenous and foreign influences. Throughout the centuries, the islands have incorporated the cuisine of the early Malay settlers, Arab and Chinese traders, and Spanish and American colonizers, along with other Oriental and Occidental … [Read more...]

French Influence on Filipino Cuisine

Filipino cuisine as we know it today is a multi-layered expression of culture and history. It has a very Malay matrix in the "native" or indigenous foods like sinigang, pinangat and pinais. It has very strong Chinese influences, as we see from everyday food like lumpia,pancit and mami. The very visible Spanish layer one sees in fiesta food like lechon, relleño and morcon; Arab … [Read more...]

Philippine Cuisine

Philippine Cuisine Philippine cuisine has evolved over several centuries from its Malayo-Polynesian origins to a mixed cuisine with many Hispanic cultural influences, due to the many Latin American and Spanish dishes brought to the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period. It has also received varying degrees of influence from Chinese, American, and other Asian … [Read more...]