Filipino Culinary Heritage: 10 Iconic Dishes Mastered by the Experts

Embark on a gastronomic adventure through the vibrant flavors of the Philippines as we unveil the top 10 iconic dishes that have captivated the taste buds of both locals and tourists alike, including the late American chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain who featured Filipino cuisine in his travel shows.

From the savory and tangy adobo to the comforting sinigang, and the crispy indulgence of lechon, these dishes are the must-try crowd favorites that showcase the best of Filipino cuisine.

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain was a staunch admirer of the culinary and cultural diversity of the Philippines. Through his shows like "No Reservations" and "Parts Unknown," Bourdain showcased his love for Filipino cuisine, exploring both urban Manila and the local food traditions in remote regions. 

Adobo

Adobo, a classic Filipino dish, features tender meat like chicken or pork marinated in a flavorful blend of vinegar and soy sauce. Enhanced with garlic and spices, it simmers slowly, allowing the flavors to meld together. The result is a mouthwatering stew with a perfect balance of tanginess and savory goodness.

seafood
Fresh seafood

Sinigang

Known for its sour and savory taste, sinigang is a comforting soup made with tamarind as its base, filled with a variety of meats, vegetables, and aromatic spices.

  1. Adobo: A classic Filipino dish, adobo combines tender meat (usually chicken or pork) marinated in vinegar and soy sauce, then simmered with garlic and spices for a flavorful and tangy stew.
  2. Sinigang: Known for its sour and savory taste, sinigang is a comforting soup made with tamarind as its base, filled with a variety of meats, vegetables, and aromatic spices.
  3. Lechon: A showstopper at festive gatherings, lechon is a whole roasted pig that boasts juicy meat and incredibly crispy skin, making it an irresistible centerpiece.
  4. Kare-Kare: This traditional Filipino stew features tender oxtail and/or tripe cooked in a rich peanut sauce, accompanied by an array of vegetables, resulting in a creamy and savory delight.
  5. Pancit: Pancit refers to a variety of Filipino noodle dishes, usually stir-fried with a medley of ingredients such as meat, vegetables, and soy sauce, delivering a satisfying and flavorful meal.
  6. Halo-Halo: A popular dessert to beat the tropical heat, halo-halo is a delightful mix of crushed ice, sweet beans, jellies, fruits, and creamy toppings, creating a refreshing and indulgent treat.
  7. Sisig: Served sizzling on a hot plate, sisig is a flavorful dish made from chopped pig’s face and ears, seasoned with calamansi juice, onions, and spices, providing a mouthwatering combination of textures and flavors.
  8. Chicken Inasal: Originating from Bacolod, chicken inasal features marinated chicken grilled to perfection, resulting in tender and smoky meat with a delightful blend of tangy and savory flavors.
  9. Bulalo: A comforting beef soup, bulalo is made by simmering bone marrow and shank with vegetables, creating a hearty and flavorful broth that warms the soul.
  10. Turon: A popular snack or dessert, turon consists of sliced bananas and jackfruit wrapped in spring roll wrappers, deep-fried until golden and crispy, offering a delightful contrast of sweet and crunchy flavors.

Filipino celebrity chef Erwan Heussaff won in the Social Media Account category of the James Beard Awards, considered as the Oscars of the culinary world. Heussaff runs media company FEATR and The Fat Kid Inside Studios to produce content highlighting Filipino cuisine, travel, and culture.

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Filipino Culinary Heritage: 10 Iconic Dishes Mastered by the Experts

Embark on a gastronomic adventure through the vibrant flavors of the Philippines as we unveil the top 10 iconic dishes that have captivated the taste buds of both locals and tourists alike, including the late American chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain who featured Filipino cuisine in his travel shows.

From the savory and tangy adobo to the comforting sinigang, and the crispy indulgence of lechon, these dishes are the must-try crowd favorites that showcase the best of Filipino cuisine.

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain was a staunch admirer of the culinary and cultural diversity of the Philippines. Through his shows like "No Reservations" and "Parts Unknown," Bourdain showcased his love for Filipino cuisine, exploring both urban Manila and the local food traditions in remote regions. 

Adobo

Adobo, a classic Filipino dish, features tender meat like chicken or pork marinated in a flavorful blend of vinegar and soy sauce. Enhanced with garlic and spices, it simmers slowly, allowing the flavors to meld together. The result is a mouthwatering stew with a perfect balance of tanginess and savory goodness.

seafood
Fresh seafood

Sinigang

Known for its sour and savory taste, sinigang is a comforting soup made with tamarind as its base, filled with a variety of meats, vegetables, and aromatic spices.

  1. Adobo: A classic Filipino dish, adobo combines tender meat (usually chicken or pork) marinated in vinegar and soy sauce, then simmered with garlic and spices for a flavorful and tangy stew.
  2. Sinigang: Known for its sour and savory taste, sinigang is a comforting soup made with tamarind as its base, filled with a variety of meats, vegetables, and aromatic spices.
  3. Lechon: A showstopper at festive gatherings, lechon is a whole roasted pig that boasts juicy meat and incredibly crispy skin, making it an irresistible centerpiece.
  4. Kare-Kare: This traditional Filipino stew features tender oxtail and/or tripe cooked in a rich peanut sauce, accompanied by an array of vegetables, resulting in a creamy and savory delight.
  5. Pancit: Pancit refers to a variety of Filipino noodle dishes, usually stir-fried with a medley of ingredients such as meat, vegetables, and soy sauce, delivering a satisfying and flavorful meal.
  6. Halo-Halo: A popular dessert to beat the tropical heat, halo-halo is a delightful mix of crushed ice, sweet beans, jellies, fruits, and creamy toppings, creating a refreshing and indulgent treat.
  7. Sisig: Served sizzling on a hot plate, sisig is a flavorful dish made from chopped pig’s face and ears, seasoned with calamansi juice, onions, and spices, providing a mouthwatering combination of textures and flavors.
  8. Chicken Inasal: Originating from Bacolod, chicken inasal features marinated chicken grilled to perfection, resulting in tender and smoky meat with a delightful blend of tangy and savory flavors.
  9. Bulalo: A comforting beef soup, bulalo is made by simmering bone marrow and shank with vegetables, creating a hearty and flavorful broth that warms the soul.
  10. Turon: A popular snack or dessert, turon consists of sliced bananas and jackfruit wrapped in spring roll wrappers, deep-fried until golden and crispy, offering a delightful contrast of sweet and crunchy flavors.

Filipino celebrity chef Erwan Heussaff won in the Social Media Account category of the James Beard Awards, considered as the Oscars of the culinary world. Heussaff runs media company FEATR and The Fat Kid Inside Studios to produce content highlighting Filipino cuisine, travel, and culture.

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