Here are some famous Filipino dishes that you would mostly encounter during birthdays, Christmas celebrations or any other important events, or even served everyday as requested by the family. These are also only some of the most favorited Philippine dishes that are gaining popularity and demand for centuries.
Most historians say that because of the 333 years of colonization of Spain, there has been great influences when it comes to food, whether on how Filipinos would like it to be cooked, served, likewise. And until today, you wouldn’t want to visit Philippines without tasting some cream of the crop.
In my case, here are my top five favorites.
1. Sinigang. This one must be the finest because the fact that it has the soup is very important. In this picture, I cooked it with some shrimps and green vegetables. The tamarind is the key ingredient to achieve the desired taste.
2. Pichi-Pichi. I know every region in the country has a different name for this dessert. Well, the most important part when you taste this is the balanced sweetness between the jelly-like layer and the coconut shreds.
3. Pancit Palabok. I admit this is one of the favorites when it comes to noodle dishes. The best palabok has a home-made noodle with it together with the well-mixed and delicious sauce. The best part is when it’s filled with various toppings like fried pork, pork chicharon, shrimps, spring onions, boiled eggs and a lot more. Make sure you squirt some lime to balance the taste.
4. Fish Paksiw. For me, my mother knows the perfect ingredients to cook the perfect paksiw dish. In this case, bangus or milkfish is used and is mixed with some eggplants, ginger, onion, spices and vinegar and just let it simmer.
5. Adobo. This is the “most famous” Filipino dish served in the world! Because of its few and simple ingredients and ease to prepare and to cook, many cannot believe that the taste is very flavorful. For your information, it is just cooked with soy sauce, choice of meat, spices, onion, garlic and vinegar. Also, because of its popularity, regional versions of this adobo dish has spread out. Some cook it with coconut milk. Some cook it with fish sauce. Some cook it with bayleafs or even with pasta. It just depends on how you would like it to be cooked and served.