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

Philippines Cuisine, Food & Recipes

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