top pinoy foods

1. Lumpia

What it is: Filipino–style spring rolls.

Why it’s awesome: The filling varies, but one thing remains the same: You can (and will) inhale them by the dozen. Recipes here and here.

2. Sinigang

Sinigang

What it is: Hot and sour soup.

Why it’s awesome: Tamarind paste and calamansi (or Philippine lime) juice infuse the broth with its signature sour flavor. This version calls for salty chunks of pork and a splash of creamy coconut milk to round out things out. Recipe here.

3. Chicken Afritada

Chicken Afritada

What it is: Chicken stew.

Why it’s awesome: Spanish influences can be found throughout Filipino cuisine, and this tomato-based stew with chicken, peppers, and onions is one of the heartiest examples. Recipe here.

4. Cassava Cake

Cassava Cake

What it is: A creamy, not-too-sweet dessert made from cassava root and coconut milk.

Why it’s awesome: It’s sweet, but not cloyingly so. For texture, the top is broiled until it’s almost crunchy. It can also be made gluten-free. Recipe here.

5. Pancit Palabok

Pancit Palabok

What it is: Noodles!

Why it’s awesome: It’s a super versatile, catch-all dish that centers around a simple, savory combination of meat, veggies, and noodles. Recipe here.

6. Ube Ice Cream

What it is: Exactly what it sounds like: ice cream made from the root crop ube, also known as purple yam.

Why it’s awesome: Purple ice cream. ‘Nuff said. Recipe here.

7. Pork Adobo

Pork Adobo

What it is: Tender pork belly braised in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, oil, and bay leaves.

Why it’s awesome: All of the flavors? Check. Recipe here.

8. Chicken Bistek

Chicken Bistek

What it is: Meat cooked in a sauce of soy and citrus.

Why it’s awesome: Soy sauce is cut with lemon juice or calamansi to make an addictive, tangy marinade. Recipe here.

9. Chicharon

Chicharon

What it is: Fried pork rinds.

Why it’s awesome: Fried. Pork. Rinds. Recipe here.

10. Calamansi Whiskey Sour

Calamansi Whiskey Sour

What it is: A cocktail highlighting one of the most frequently used fruits in Filipino cooking.

Why it’s awesome: The only thing better than calamansi? Calamansi spiked with whiskey. Recipe here.