The Best Philippine Food Everyone Must Try!
Food is a part and parcel of our everyday life. It provides us with the necessary nutrients and minerals that are essential in our growth, development and in the boosting of our Immune System. In every country that we visit, in the different parts of the world, food is one of the most exciting aspects that we would love to discover and taste. Evidently, food creates a great impact in the country’s culture and identity to the whole world. It creates a brand and definition that curtails the uniqueness of the country, intrinsically. As a tourist, we would come up to an understanding as well, that food is both a joint effort of the person behind the created dish and the people who contributed to its finality. The Philippines as a diverse and multi-faceted country, offers their tourist, a wide array of food choices and dishes that would surely result to a mouthwatering experience that can never be forgotten by every tourist that tastes it. In this article, allow me to feature the Top 10 best Filipino foods and dishes that everyone must try upon visiting the Philippines.
Every Filipino loves to eat Lechon thus; every tourist will surely love the succulent taste of Lechon itself. Lechon or Roasted Pig in the lay man’s term is one of the best Philippine Food that every Filipino can offer to their guests. No party and occasion in the Philippines is complete without its most coveted guest, and that is the Lechon. The pig wherein the Lechon originates is cooked over a firing coal, and the pig is inserted and placed on a long bamboo stick, in which the cook or the so-called “Litsonero”, the person preparing, cooking and attending to the Lechon overall, will turn the pig from side to side, until it is completely cooked. For Filipinos, the favorite part that they love to eat the most is the skin of the Lechon, because of its crispiness and savory taste. Aside from that, Filipinos enjoy eating the inner parts of the Lechon since, before the Lechon is cooked, spices and ingredients are stuffed inside the Lechon which are; laurel leaves, lemon grass, star anise, pepper and spring onions. Surely, no sauce is required in eating the Lechon because the stuffed spices and ingredients inside the Lechon will bring out the distinct and exciting taste that every tourist, when tasted, will surely crave for and ask for more.
One of the Filipino dishes that will surely make an imprint in your gustatory memory is the Adobo. Adobo comes in variations, either the Chicken Adobo or Pork Adobo. Yet both creations and variations are highly appreciated by the Filipinos in terms of taste and its appeal to the senses. No menu in a Philippine restaurant or a Filipino organized party will be ever complete without the presence of Adobo. Adobo is Mexican in origin yet Filipino chefs and Filipino households have created a twist on the dish, in order for it to be given the Filipino touch. The twist that they have done is that, in order for the Filipino dish to be preserved and to be really sumptuous, a mixture of vinegar, salt, garlic, pepper, soy sauce and other Philippine spices is applied into the chicken or meat that will serve as the main ingredient of the Adobo. Evidently, when every tourist tastes the Filipino Adobo, it will surely leave a great mark in their Philippine Cuisine Experience for a lifetime, that they will never ever forget.
With the mixture of spicy and savory, every tourist will appreciate the unique taste that Sisig brings. Sisig is another Filipino Food that every tourist should taste when he or she visits the Philippines. In the aspect of the Philippine Culinary setting, surely nothing goes to waste when Filipino Chefs and Filipino households prepare their dishes and food; the origin of Sisig is from the pork’s cheeks, liver and head. This dazzling and sumptuous dish is a perfect appetizer and a perfect match for every Filipino would drink beer at the side or even with a group of friends, wherein in Filipino term is called the “barkada”, which will surely match these two as their “pulotan”. Chewy, crunchy and uniquely a dish to remember, the Philippine Sisig will surely be a Filipino dish that will make every tourist give a dual thumbs up to the Filipino Chef or Filipino Cook who prepared it with passion, creativity and with a beaming smile.
For a completely unique and different cuisine experience in the Philippines, tourists are encouraged to try out one of the Philippine’s best dishes, and that is the Crispy Pata. Crispy Pata or Pork knuckle, offers a variety of impressions to everyone who tastes and eats it. Filipinos prepare the dish by simmering it in hot boiling water and draining it after a few minutes of being simmered. The requirement to this dish to be successfully cooked is that, it should be deeply fried. With this technique, a crisp and crackling effect is possible and feasible as the end result of preparing this dish. Food lovers would love the meat inside the Crispy Pata since it is tender, juicy, and savory up to the last bite. The perfect partner when eating the Filipino renowned dish, which is the Crispy Pata, is to pair it with vinegar, soy sauce and chili at the side. Truly, with the context of the preparation for Crispy Pata, every first-time tourist who eats this will surely ask for more, for its highly ecstatic taste remains at the very tip of their tongue that will lead them to try it for the second time around.
For tourists who are noodle lovers, Pancit Palabok is a Filipino renowned dish that you will surely love and long for because definitely, it will be perfect for you to satisfy your noodle cravings. The Filipino dish is served mostly on birthday parties and special occasions since the dish is highly curtailed to oozed with rich distinct flavors and sumptuous textures. The savory mixture that this dish has, highly entices every Filipino to try and eat it since every ingredient placed in this Filipino dish, contributes to the unique taste that this dish has, since it is a mixture of sweetness and variation that every food lover will appreciate from the beginning up to the last piece of the dish. The noodle dish in origin is a complete mixture that comprises with rice noodles, sautéed with a rich orange sauce made from shrimp broth, pork, and hard boiled eggs, shrimps, pork rinds or the so-called “Chicharon” a Filipino delicacy, layered in totality with some oyster and squids as toppings that will make the presentation more appealing to the prospective tourist who will taste it. With the presence of these ingredients, the perfect Filipino touch is always present in the Filipino renowned dish. Pancit Palabok is a dish that surely anyone who craves for it, will be truly satisfied in every bite and in every serving consumed.
After an enticing array of main course Filipino dishes mentioned at the beginning of this article, allow your cravings for a sumptuous dessert to be quenched with the Filipino renowned dessert called “Halo-Halo”. This is a famous Filipino original dessert that would replenish every thirst that the Filipino feels, most especially if he or she perspires under the heat of the sun, during the Summer Season in the country. Basked with shaved ice and Philippine Ingredients such as gulaman, ube, banana, kaong, beans, garbanzos, leche flan, milk, and topped with ube ice cream, surely, the prospective tourist who will taste it, will feel a sense of heaven and relief, because of the tangy and creamy feels that this dessert brings. Indeed, it is hot and hotter in the Philippines. Yet with the presence of Halo-Halo, allow your hot days to turn into cold yet memorable days while eating your Halo- Halo.
Every tourist who would want to level up their Filipino Cuisine Experience should try and must definitely try the Filipino dessert called “Puto Bumbong”. The Puto Bumbong for tourists who tend to have a creative spirit, may look at this dessert as miniature electrical posts that stand sturdily at the side of the road, but thanks to that impression, since it paved the way for this colored purple snacks to be given birth with a perfect name for it that, can be remembered easily by anyone who would love to taste it. It is a Filipino Tradition, for those who are greatly familiar in the process of making Puto Bumbong that purple mountain rice is greatly used to make these, and afterwards, is steamed in bamboo tubes. To add up to the vigorous tasting experience, the Puto Bumbong is served with butter, grated coconut and the so-called “Panocha” or brown concentrated sugar, which will surely create a tasteful experience for every tourist, that will encourage them to take a round 2 in dining with Philippine Cuisine.
Create a brand new experience with Philippine snacks and desserts by trying the unique flavor and taste that the Philippine Taho can offer. Tourists would be enthused to try the Taho because of its unique appearance and creative imposition, in the eyes of the prospective taster. One glass of the Philippine Taho is made up with warm soybean, custard, and topped with sago pearls. Added up with brown sugar syrup and stirred thoroughly with the other ingredients in the glass, the Philippine Taho is surely one snack that you will remember because of its trademark to the Philippine setting. This is sold by practice and tradition, in the streets of the Philippines, wherein the Taho Vendor calls out to those in their homes, yet nowadays, this is offered as well as a favorite snack ordered and chosen upon in Philippine restaurants and supermarkets, respectively.
Every Filipino Breakfast Table is complete when the most renowned and favorite Pandesal is there. Pandesal is described as small oval buns that are perfect for every Filipino to eat during breakfast, alongside with the other famous dishes eating during breakfast such as the hotdog and eggs. The brownish crust that is evident in every Pandesal features a soft and fluffy inside once eaten. In Filipino tradition, the best Pandesal is baked in an oven using firewood, which will naturally infuse the wood flavor into the bread. Indeed, a piece of Pandesal eaten will surely complete the day of the one who eats it. Truly, the perfect breakfast partner for every Filipino household is the Pandesal.
During the rainy season in the Philippines, the highly requested breakfast by every Filipino Child is the “Champorado”. Champorado or Chocolate Rice Porridge in easy terms can be described in three words when tasted by the Filipino or by the tourist; hot, rich and filling. Hot since it is served hot, rich since its ingredients complement with one another and filling since it leaves a creamy and chocolaty impression to the one who eats it. Since the Champorado is very sweet, some Filipinos would partner a salted dried fish to offset its sweetness. Champorado is indeed a food to run too by every Filipino, during the rainy and cold days in the country.
Having read this article, I hope that you are excited to try out the Top 10 Most Delicious and Must Try Philippine Foods that the Philippines can offer to its beloved tourists. In totality, there are actually a lot of Filipino dishes and foods that are worth tasting and worth trying yet; I selected the best ten among the list. Indeed, every food that is enlisted in the Philippine Cuisine Menu has its own specific ingredients and preparation process. Yet what matters most is the impact that it leaves to every one of us.