Filipino cuisine

Dishes range from the very simple, like a meal of fried salted fish and rice, to the elaborate paellas and cocidos created 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), and lumpia (fresh or fried spring rolls).

Atchara – Pickled Green Papaya

Atchara is a Filipino recipe of pickled green papaya – Achara is the Philippine contribution to the world of Asian pickles. There are many versions, and virtually any vegetable can be used for making achara. Any mention of achara, though, will most likely evoke thoughts of this type of achara, which uses green papaya.

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Banana Ketchup

Banana ketchup is sweeter than tomato sauce and is similar in taste to the Indonesian Kecap manis and the Thai sweet chilli sauce. In Filipino households, this ubiquitous condiment is used on just about any dish – omelettes (torta), hot dogs, burgers, fries, fish and other meats.

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Binignit – Visayan Dessert Soup

A Visayan dessert soup from the central Philippines. The dish is traditionally made by Visayans with slices of sabá bananas, taro, and sweet potato.

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Camaron Rebosado – Battered Shrimp

Camaron rebosado (battered shrimp) is a deep-fried battered shrimp dish in Philippine cuisine typically served with sweet and sour sauce. It is similar to Japanese tempura, although tempura uses a lighter batter.

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Camote Cue – Caramelised Sweet Potatoes

Slices of sweet potato are coated with brown sugar and then fried to cook the potatoes and to caramelise the sugar. It is one of the most common street foods in the Philippines, along with banana cue and turon.

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Champorado – Filipino Chocolate Rice Porridge

Champorado is a sweet chocolate rice porridge in Philippine cuisine. It is traditionally made by boiling sticky rice with cocoa powder, giving it a distinctly brown colour and usually with milk and sugar to make it taste sweeter.

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Chicken Afritada

This Chicken Afritada is unmistakably a Filipino dish. It has a savoury tomato base sauce and cooked with vegetables such as capsicum (bell pepper), potatoes and green peas.

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Chicken Tinola – Tinolang Manok

Tinola is a ginger based soup dish with chicken served as an appetizer or main entrée in the Philippines.

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Dulce de Membrillo – Quince Paste

Dulce de membrillo is made of quince fruit, sugar and water, cooked over a slow fire. It is sweet and mildly tart, and similar in consistency, flavour and use to guava cheese or guava paste

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Filipino Cuisine

More than seven thousand islands, with multiple cultures and scattered geographies, make up the Philippines. Simple, tropical cuisine is the backdrop for a series of native dishes, adapted to suit the country’s varied geography. Seafood (mainly fish) comprises the basic food group for indigenous Filipino cuisine, as well as chicken, pork, citrus fruits, garlic, onion and tomatoes, with rice as a staple.

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Filipino Torta – Filipino Omelette

Generally served for breakfast, countless fillings such as onions, garlic, tomatoes, corned beef, potatoes, capsicums, raisins and possibly leftovers from previous day’s meal like grilled eggplant, ground, chopped or shredded pork and beef are used. It is eaten by itself or served with garlic fried rice and banana ketchup on the side.

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Fish Sarciado – Sarciadong Isda

Sarsiado is a fish dish from the Philippines which features tomatoes and eggs.

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Ginanggang – Filipino Barbecued Bananas

Ginanggang is a snack food of grilled skewered bananas brushed with margarine and sprinkled with sugar.

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Ginataang Hipon – Prawns in Coconut Milk

Ginataang Hipon is a popular Filipino meal with coconut milk and prawns as the main ingredients.

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Ginataang Labong – Bamboo Shoots in Coconut Milk

The coconut milk and coconut cream add a bit of sweetness to this dish, while the bamboo shoots gives it a textural crunch.

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