When it comes to food, the Philippines is so rich with undeniably great cuisine just as it is rich with beautiful destinations. The Filipinos have a knack for combining flavors and making the most of any ingredients at their table, hence putting out a palatable and unpretentious Filipino food that everyone enjoys!

That’s why aside from being a beach destination, the Philippines is also becoming the “it” food destination.

In this blog, we’ve listed the top 10 Filipino food you must try!

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10 Filipino Food that Will Have You Drooling 

1. Adobo


filipino food adobo

No list of Filipino food would be complete without adobo. This ever-present dish in the Philippines is what balikbayans always miss and is a safe choice to introduce Philippines food to foreigners.

The meat (chicken, pork, or lamb) is marinated in vinegar, salt, garlic, pepper, soy sauce and other spices which is a practical way to preserve the food without refrigeration. 

2. Sinigang

filipino food sinigang

If we were to describe the taste of Filipino cuisine, it would have to be mostly sour rather than spicy. And sinigang serves you that.

This Pinoy classic consists of a delicious broth soured by tamarind, tomatoes, and sometimes, kamias. Aside from the meat, sinigang has different vegetables. Popular variants are pork sinigang, beef sinigang, prawns sinigang.

3. Sisig

filipino food sisig

The sisig meat is primarily chopped up parts of the pigs’ face— Filipinos don’t waste anything when it comes to food, that’s why no cut of the animal goes to waste. Some sisig recipes have mayonnaise and raw egg to be mixed in while hot and give it a creamier texture. While other sisig recipes don’t have raw egg and are crispier than the usual recipe. This is served sizzling on a hot stone plate and is a favorite pulutan (food that perfectly matches with beer) among Filipinos. 

The best Filipino restaurant that serves sisig is Manam. It has several branches in Metro Manila.

4. Kare-Kare

filipino food kare-kare

Kare-kare is one of the most favorite ulam of Pinoys. The stew is made with peanut butter and ground rice. It has oxtail and mixed vegetables. Kare-kare is best eaten with rice and bagoong (shrimp paste).

5. Lechon

filipino food lechon

This is a famous Filipino food not just to Pinoys but also to foreigners. Lechon is a whole roasted pig usually served on special occasions. It’s kind of expensive, that’s why when you see lechon on an occasion, it must be grand. 

What people love about lechon is its crispy skin and juicy meat which is best paired with liver sauce. Anthony Bourdain claimed that this is the best pig ever! He wouldn’t say this for nothing right?

The famous Filipino restaurant that serves one of the best lechons is Rico’s Lechon.

6. Crispy Pata

filipino food crispy pata

Just like lechon, crispy pata is a delicious and must-try Philippines food. Crispy Pata is the pig’s whole leg deep-fried into perfection to achieve the right crispiness. It is served with a soy-vinegar dipping sauce on the side with some chopped up garlic and chili.

7. Bulalo

filipino food bulalo

When the weather becomes cooler, Filipinos usually crave a hot stewed meal— bulalo. Bulalo is made by slow-cooking beef shanks and bone marrow. Like sinigang, it also has a mix of vegetables along with the beef. 

The most famous place to eat bulalo in the Philippines is Batangas and Tagaytay. Some Filipinos who live in the metro will drive up north just to have that bulalo fix. 

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8. Kansi

filipino food kansi

If you love sinigang and bulalo, you’ll definitely love Kansi, too! Kansi is an Ilonggo dish which is a combination of sinigang and bulalo. But the sour taste overpowers the soup. The meat is the same as bulalo using beef shank and bone marrow. Kansi is one of the must-try Pinoy ulam s in the Philippines!

9. Chicken Inasal

filipino food chicken inasal


This dish is basically a grilled chicken but this is not the ordinary grilled chicken you’ll see everywhere. If you want to taste the authentic chicken inasal, you should go to Bacolod as this is where the dish originated from. They marinate the chicken soy sauce, vinegar, and different spices that make Bacolod chicken inasal unique. They also use chicken oil to pair with rice. 

10. Kwek-Kwek

filipino street food kwek-kwek

Now let’s talk about street food in the Philippines! This Filipino street food is something you shouldn’t miss. The best street food in the Philippines is kwek-kwek. It is a quail egg covered in orange batter. Most of its goodness relies on its sauce and street food vendors have their own recipe. The best choice would be vinegar with chilis and garlic. 

If you want to be more adventurous, you should try isaw. It is a grilled chicken or pork intestine on a stick. 

Related article: 13 Irresistible Filipino Street Food You Should Try


Of course, a meal isn’t complete without a dessert! So here are two best Filipino desserts you should try!



filipino food halo halo

This dessert is becoming famous worldwide and we can’t see any reason why it should not. Halo-halo is like heaven in a glass filled with oh-so-good Filipino sweet treats like nata, kaong, gulaman, macapuno, banana, shaved ice with milk, and so much more! Filipinos usually love to eat this during the hot season but now, whether it’s hot or not, they always crave it because that’s just how good it is!


filipino food suman

Rice cake is one of the most distinct foods in Asia because of our rice-growing agriculture. And when in the Philippines, you’ll see different kinds of rice cakes everywhere and one famous kakanin is the suman

It is usually cooked in coconut milk and seasoned with a little sugar and salt for flavor, and are typically steamed in banana or palm leaves. It’s a common dessert or snack that can be found in different parts of the Philippines, with different versions using various ingredients. 

The Philippines may have been known to have the most beautiful beaches in the world but as famous as its amazing spots, the Filipino food is also something worth bragging about as it not just fills your tummy but also your heart.

Affordable and Easy to Cook Ulam Ideas 

If you’re the main cook in the house, there will come a time when you will run out of ulam ideas to cook for your family (or yourself!) So here are easy to cook ulam ideas if you can’t think of anything else to cook on a lazy day. 

1. Chicken Gising-Gising 


  • 2 lbs. chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 90 grams Knorr Ginataang Gulay Mix
  • ½ lb. winged bean sigarilyas, sliced
  • 2 long green chili pepper sliced
  • 5 Thai chili pepper optional
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste 
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 thumbs ginger chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil


  1. Heat oil in a pan. Sauté garlic, onion, and ginger.
  2. Add chicken pieces. Stir fry until the exterior turns light brown in color.
  3. Add 1 cup water. Let boil.
  4. Combine Knorr Ginataang Gulay Mix with 2 cups of water. Mix well and then pour into the pan. Cover and continue cooking between low to medium heat setting for 20 minutes.
  5. Add shrimp paste, long green pepper, and winged beans. Cover the pan and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  6. Add Thai chili peppers if desired. Cook for 2 minutes more.
  7. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve hot with rice.
  8. Serve and enjoy! 

2. Pineapple Chicken Afritada 


  • 2 lbs. chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 1 piece Knorr chicken cube
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces pineapple chunks in can
  • 1 piece potato diced
  • 1 piece carrot sliced
  • 1 piece red bell pepper cut into squares
  • 1 piece green bell pepper cut into squares
  • 1 piece onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Fish sauce and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic. Continue cooking while stirring until it starts to turn golden brown in color.
  2. Add onion. Saute until it softens.
  3. Add chicken. Cook each side for 1 minute or until the color turns light brown.
  4. Pour the tomato sauce, juice from pineapple chunks, and water into the pan. Stir. Cover the pan.
  5. Once the liquid starts to boil, add Knorr Chicken Cube and bay leaves. Cover the pan and then adjust the heat to a low setting. Continue cooking for 18 minutes.
  6. Use a kitchen tong to turn the chicken pieces over. Continue cooking the opposite side for 12 minutes.
  7. Add pineapple, potato, and carrot. Cook for 10 minutes.
  8. Season with fish sauce and ground black pepper.
  9. Add bell pepper. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  10. Serve and enjoy! 

3. Tortang Giniling 


  • 3/4 lb. ground pork or beef
  • 6 pieces raw eggs
  • 1 medium-sized onion diced
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes diced
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper minced
  • 1 small red bell pepper minced
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil


  1. Heat a frying pan or wok and pour-in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  2. When the oil is hot enough, sauté the onion, garlic, and tomato.
  3. Add the ground meat and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Put in the bell peppers and green peas. Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper then stir to distribute. Transfer to a large bowl. Let it cool down.
  6. When the cooked ground meat reaches room temperature, beat the eggs and pour into the same bowl. Stir to distribute all the ingredients.
  7. Heat a clean non-stick pan. Add the remaining cooking oil.
  8. Scoop 1/3 of the egg and pork mixture to the pan.
  9. Cook each side for 3 minutes or until you see that the eggs are fully cooked. Avoid overcooking the eggs. Do the same step until the mixture is consumed.
  10. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving plate.
  11. Serve and enjoy! 

4. Bistek Tagalog 


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup calamansi juice
  • 1/2 kilo beef, (use lean beef), sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (patis)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • oil, for frying
  • 1 large onion, cut into large rings


  1. Sprinkle meat with garlic powder. Combine calamansi juice and fish sauce. Pour over meat and marinate for 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a frying pan. Shake off excess marinade from meat and pan-fry in batches. Cook meat for a few minutes on both sides. 
  3. Return all of the meat into the pan. Add water to the leftover marinade and pour onto the meat. Cover. Simmer for half an hour or until the meat is tender.
  4. Stir in soy sauce. Add onions and cook for another couple of minutes. Squeeze the juice of one or two calamansi before removing from heat.
  1. Canned Tuna sisig


  • 1 12 oz. can tuna
  • 2 medium red onions minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup crushed chicharon
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 to 4 pieces Thai chili pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil


  1. Prepare the tuna by draining the liquid. You can place it in a cheese cloth and squeeze until the liquid comes-out.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan. Pan fry the tuna until it turns light to medium brown.
  3. Add onion. Continue to saute until the onion becomes soft.
  4. Add scallions and chili pepper. Saute for 2 more minutes.
  5. Season with garlic powder, ground black pepper, and soy sauce. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add half of the chicharon and put the mayonnaise into the pot. Mix well. Set aside.
  7. Melt butter in a sizzling plate (metal plate), put the cooked tuna sisig on the plate. Continue to cook for 30 seconds or until sizzling hot.
  8. Top with remaining chicharon. Serve. Share and enjoy!

Need more ulam ideas? Check out our easy-to-cook recipes here

Frequently Asked Questions About Filipino Food 

What is the best and most popular Filipino food? 

The most popular Filipino food is Adobo, but there are also other equally good ones, including: 

  • Sisig
  • Sinigang 
  • Lechon 
  • Bulalo
  • Crispy Pata
  • Chicken Inasal 

What are some cheap and easy-to-cook ulam ideas? 

Some easy-to-cook Pinoy ulam ideas are: 

  • Chicken Gising-Gising 
  • Pineapple Chicken Afritada 
  • Tortang Giniling 
  • Bistek Tagalog 
  • Canned Tuna Sisig 

What is the most famous Filipino restaurant in Manila?

There are several famous Filipino restaurants in Manila, including: 

  • Manam
  • Romulo’s Cafe 
  • Mesa 
  • Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico 
  • The Aristrocrat
  • Abe’s Restaurant
  • Via Mare 
  • Locavore  

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With the remarkable beauty and undeniably friendly locals, the Philippines isn’t difficult to love. Most tourists think that the Philippines is just about beaches but actually, it’s much more. And just as a trip here will certainly make you fall for everything you see, it will also make you fall for the values of everyone you meet and the palatable cuisines they serve.

10 Things That Will Make You Fall In-Love With the Philippines

The Philippine tourism slogan goes “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” and it’s not hard to see why. Here’s a list of what is Philippines known for, that will absolutely make you choose Philippines as your next travel destination.

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Here are the 10 reasons why it is more fun in the Philippines and why you’ll love the Philippines even more!

1. Breathtaking Views

banaue rice terraces tourist spot in the philippines

Unlike other places, an adventure in the Philippines takes you to a wonderland where it seems as though you’ve walked straight into a postcard. Cue in, Batanes and Banaue Rice Terraces. Its vast greenery, hills, stunning sunset views everywhere, and crashing waves from the ocean surely take one’s breath away. And just like that, you’ll be in a state of bliss. 

The Philippines is mysterious, grand, and inviting at the same time. Through the eyes of a first-timer, this country is unbelievable. So if you’re to describe Philippines in one word, it’s breathtaking. Enough to convince you that it’s more fun in the Philippines.

2. 7,641 Islands to Choose From

palawan christmas in the philippines

The Philippine beaches and islands are certainly among the most convincing reasons why you should visit the Philippines. If you’re asking what is Philippines famous for, it could take all day to list everything down. But its pristine beaches are among the main reasons why travelers across the world and the top 10 countries that love Philippines list the country among the world’s best islands.

Boracay is a sure-fire hit for travelers and beach-lovers. Many people all over the world drool to go on a trip to this island. Boracay is famous for its fine white sand and now, clear blue waters, party scene, and amazing water activities.

Must-read: 12 Most Spectacular White Sand Beaches in Philippines You Must Visit

Then there goes Palawan that will make you scream “I love Philippines” upon setting your foot on its ground. You can either go to Coron where great diving spots and lagoons are or El Nido where you can just enjoy the chill ambiance of the place.

Bantayan Island in Cebu also amazes tourists in so many ways. This Philippine island offers fresh air, calming sound of the waves, and cerulean waters.

3. Great Diving and Surfing Spots

surfing in la union

One thing that will make you realize its more fun in the Philippines is visiting its beaches with towering waves and rich marine life. Diving enthusiasts around the world just can’t get enough of the fantastic Philippine diving spots. Some tourists make their way to the Philippines to train or get their diving licenses because of its tropical nature and reputation as a great vacation destination. Some popular spots are found in Coron, Palawan; Apo Reef in Occidental Mindoro; and Monad Shoal in Cebu.

Another thing that will convince you its more fun in the Philippines is that it boasts amazing surfing spots! Some people from across the world travel here just to feel the adrenaline rush from surfing the Philippine waters. Surfing spots in the Philippines that are worth the visit include Siargao, the country’s surfing capital, Baler in Aurora Province, and La Union. If these aren’t enough to convince you it’s more fun in the Philippines, we don’t know what else will.

4. Exquisite Pinoy Cuisine

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With more than 7,000 islands and rich history, the Philippines has many delicious dishes of its own. And there’s more to Filipino food than the mind-boggling balut (duck embryo).

What Philippines is known for in terms of food is its popular adobo and sinigang. When in the Philippines, one should not miss its famous adobo. The pork or chicken meat is marinated in vinegar and soy sauce. It’s easy to prepare so it’s very common in the country.

Lechon is also something worth trying! The entire pig is roasted over coals, with the crisp, golden-brown skin served with liver sauce, the most coveted part. Everyone loves this, even the late world-famous chef Anthony Bourdain. He won’t say it’s the best pig ever for nothing!

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Another must-try dish in the Philippines is the sinigang. There are many varieties of it though: from pork to seafood. Everyone loves it because of its sour and slightly spicy taste.

Some may not like how balut tastes like, why people would line up for isaw (pork and chicken intestines) or why Filipinos eat with their hands. But perhaps the best way to understand Filipino food is by trying.

5. Ridiculously Good People

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May it be to locals or foreigners, Filipinos are warm-hearted people. They are caring, respectful, hard-working, and full of possibilities even in hard times.

Filipinos are naturally empathetic— a loved one’s problem becomes everyone’s problem. They hold each other’s hands, they hardly leave their loved ones alone and they constantly check in with each other, whether through texts, calls, Skype, or other social media platforms. 

Filipinos respect their relatives and they treat the elderly with great fondness. They grab their hand and put it against their forehead. This gesture of pagmamano is so deeply ingrained in their culture that it has become the greatest symbol of affection in the family. 

Filipinos don’t discriminate and that is why they are highly ranked for service, hospitality, and care-related jobs. So if you’re asking how to introduce Philippines to foreign travelers, just say it’s home to one of the nicest people in the world. If this doesn’t convince you that it’s more fun in the Philippines, we don’t know what else will.

6. Grand Festivals

street dancers at masskara festival

When it comes to parties and festivities, Filipinos take it seriously! In fact, each province has its own festival. They are vibrant, colorful, lively, and grand.

These Philippine festivals showcase the country’s culture and the locals’ creativity. Many feature colorful costumes, painted bodies, and crazy beautiful street dance performances.

Tourists from all over the world visit the Philippines not just to see its beautiful beaches and breathtaking sights, but also to experience the country’s grand festivals that, without a doubt, will make you say its more fun in the Philippines/

7. Dynamic Nightlife

Contrary to what others think when someone asks to describe Philippines, Filipinos are not dull and boring. They know how to party, too! In fact, there are many great bars in the country that take the party scene to the next level!

Enjoy a pub crawl at Poblacion in Makati or go to Bonifacio Global City or Ortigas to get the best city views, breezy outdoor escapes, and chic spots that are sure to have you sipping and toasting all night long.

8. Interesting Mix of Different Cultures

Because of the country’s history of colonialism and encounters with different cultures — Chinese, Malay, Spanish, American, and Japanese — what has resulted, is the most curious melting pot of varying traits and practices. 

Travelers familiar with any of these cultures will be surprised and amused at the parallels Filipinos carry in their ways of life.

9. Filipinos Welcome Everybody With Open Arms

Many tourists find Filipinos very hospitable and this impression is clearly an edge. That’s how hospitable they are! Filipinos don’t discriminate but welcome everyone with open arms even if they’re not related. They will offer anything they can to foreigners and even teach them Filipino words even without asking. This is definitely what Philippines is known for. So if you’d ask how can you describe the Pinoy being in a foreign country, we tell you, Filipinos respect other people and are kind to others.

10. It’s More Fun in the Philippines

With all these being said, the country’s tourism slogan is true. It’s more fun in the Philippines because you’ll never run out of things to do. You will fall in love with the people and every spot in the country. You can come to the Philippines for the beaches, but what you’ll get is so much more.

The Philippines may not be the richest country in the world or may not have the highest standard of living yet. Still, the Filipino people are very rich to have good qualities and breathtaking places that spell genuine happiness. And at the end of your trip, you will say “I love Philippines” because it’s not really difficult to fall in love with this country.

Frequently Asked Questions About Reasons to Love the Philippines

Q: Why foreigners love the Philippines?
A: Foreigners love the Philippines because of its climate. Since the Philippines is a tropical country, it’s a great destination for beach vacations. Aside from this, foreigners love the traits of the Filipinos and of course, the food!

Q: What do you think are the reasons why the Philippines is considered as a tropical country?
A: Tropical countries such as the Philippines are nations that are found in the tropics, a region that is located along or near the Earth’s Equator. Here’s the answer to your question: what do you think are the reasons why the Philippines is considered as a tropical country.

Q: Why should you travel to the Philippines?
A: The Philippines is more than just its pristine islands. Here are the reasons why you should travel the Philippines:

  1. Breathtaking Views
  2. 7,641 Islands to Choose From
  3. Great Diving and Surfing Spots
  4. Exquisite Pinoy Cuisine
  5. Ridiculously Good People
  6. Grand Festivals
  7. Dynamic Nightlife
  8. Interesting Mix of Different Cultures
  9. Filipinos Welcome Everybody With Open Arms
  10. It’s More Fun in the Philippines

Q: What are the best places to visit in the Philippines?
A: With over 7,000 islands to choose from, there are so many beautiful places to visit in the Philippines. These are:

  • Sugba Lagoon in Siargao
  • Intramuros in Manila
  • Vigan in Ilocos Sur
  • Boracay in Aklan
  • Chocolate Hills in Bohol
  • Hinatuan Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur
  • Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao
  • Big and Small Lagoons in El Nido, Palawan
  • Bantayan Island in Cebu
  • Racuh A Payaman in Batanes

Q: What are the best things to do in the Philippines?
A: Philippines is such a versatile country that caters to all types of traveler. here are some of the most fun things to do in the Philippines:

  1. Swimming
  2. Island-hopping
  3. Food tripping
  4. Shopping
  5. Partying
  6. Diving
  7. Hiking
  8. Attending festivals

Q: How will you show that you love your country Philippines?
A: There are many ways to show love for the country. From being patriotic and learning the history to promoting and supporting local products, showing love for the country is something everyone should learn and do.

Q: Where are the Philippines’ most beautiful islands?
A: The Philippines is home to more than 7,000 islands and among the most popular and beautiful ones are located across the country. You can find them in Boracay, Palawan, Batangas, Pangasinan, Zambales, Siargao, Bohol, and more. The islands here will make you describe Philippines as jaw-dropping, that’s why its more fun in the Philippines.

Q: What is Philippines known for?
A: Philippines is known for so many things: pristine beaches, breathtaking mountains, jaw-dropping lagoons, historic sites, and hospitable people.

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