Saturday, June 13, 2009

Explore Philippines For A Day With These Great Food

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Today is World Blog Surf Day!

Discover the Philippines and the Filipinos heart in these mouthwatering dishes. I would love to blog about a hundred dishes, but I am limiting this post to 10 specialties that is distinctly Filipino. Timing is just perfect because yesterday, the country celebrated Independence Day!


This popular specialty means roasting a suckling pig. It is where the whole pig is placed on a large stick, coked in flamed charcoal and roasted for several hours. The meat's own fat is used which makes the skin crunchy. It is usually served with liver-based sauce.This cuisine is usually cooked and popular during fiestas, holidays and special occassions.


A typical and well-loved Filipino food which is a staple in every household. This is a dish made from pork or chicken or combination of both; cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves and black pepper. A perfect and juicy Adobo is a balance of all these ingredients. "Adobo" is a word for seasoning and marinade.


"Pork blood stew" is a Filipino savory stew of pork, pig innards; where it is simmered and thickened with fresh pig's blood, with garlic and vinegar. Dinuguan come from the word dugo which means “blood”.


Pinakbet (Meat Vegetable Stew with Shrimp Paste) is an authentic filipino dish. This vegetable stew is composed of tomatoes, bittermelon, eggplant and okra; and is seasoned with Bagoong (fermented fish paste).

Kare Kare

This dish is one of our country’s top native food. Kare-kare is a rich peanut-accented stew made with ox tails wherein vegetables are frequently added. This dish is consists of ox tails, tripe and small intestines of beef, eggplants, pechay leaves, and string beans. This is usually served in a native bowl, called "palayok". Shrimp paste or bagoong comes with this native main dish.

Tapsilog - Sinangag

Sinangag is Garlic Fried Rice filipino version. This is usually leftover steamed rice fried in garlic which is served during breakfast. It is cooked by stir-frying rice with a small amount of oil, garlic, and salt. This is best if eaten with tapa (dried or cured beef) and fried egg. When combined in one meal, the term would be "tapsilog".

Halo Halo

A popular Filipino dessert that which is a mixture of ingredients usually served in a tall glass or bowl. It's a combination of boiled saba (banana), red munggo, sweetened jackfruit, cooked sago (tapioca pearls), ube (purple yam jam) and pinipig (toasted young rice), all over crushed ice and milk. It is best when served with leche flan or an ice cream on top. This is a favorite summer refreshement.


Finally, if you love desserts at the end of the meal, we recommend sapin-sapin. A colorful combination that is made up of what we call locally as “malagkit” or sweet rice grinded in to flour like powder and prepared specially with a sweet taste for that unforgettable dessert.


Suman is a Philippine Rice cake. This dish of sticky rice is cooked in coconut milk wrapped in banana or coconut leaves. There are varieties of suman and almost every province has their speciality.

Kapeng Barako

"Barako" is a tagalog word which means strong man. Barako coffee or Batangas brew is usually grown in the country's provinces of Batangas and Cavite. Its brew is full-bodied, strong and sturdy-flavored. It is best prepared dip-brewed or using a coffee maker machine. Coffee is served black; but others prefer to drink this with brown sugar or cream.

World Blog Surf Day Credits:

Thank you Sher, for running this years' WBSD and making all these possible.

Thank you Anastasia Ashman, "Thandelike," for your work on Twittering about World Blog Surf Day.
Anastasia Ashman (Thandelike) is an American cultural producer based in Instanbul, and is a creator of Expat Harem, the anthology by foreign women about modern Turkey. Her Tweetstream focuses on women, travel and history, and she shares resources for writers/travelers, expats, Turkophiles and culturati of all stripes.

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Anonymous said...

This makes me hungry. And anything with peanuts is delicious for me. We had a friend who made his special rolls for us every now and then. Oh so good, I miss it.

Jade aka MommaWannabe said...

Oh boy oh boy! These are all making me very very hungry! I am drooling right now:) I gotta eat all of these when I visit PH again.

Filipina blogger

Ivanhoe said...

Thank you for introducing the filipino kitchen to me. I don't think I ever had any of these dishes. Halo Halo cought my attention. I have to look for it here in States :o)

Camille Lemmens said...

This looks really good and it makes me curious to try some Philipino food, especially Dinuguan
peaks my interest.

Sher said...

Hi Czaroma,
All of this sounds soooo good!!!! I've been getting hungrier and hungrier as I've been reading and surfing!!!

The suman really hit me...I will have to try some one of these days, but not sure if we have it here in Prague...maybe when I'm home next I can find some!!!

Have a great day,
Sher :0)

Emm said...

It's amazing how people's eating styles are so different around the world - we would never eat rice for breakfast! I like the sound of the lechon and the halo halo but I don't like the sound of tripe or innards!

Emmanuelle Archer said...

Thank you for this great overview of Filipino food! A friend introduced me to good Filipino cooking a few years ago (prior to that I had only had fast-food, steam-table type food) and I have loved it ever since.

I grew up eating offal and boudin noir (blood sausage), so I always look forward to having pork blood stew or kare-kare. It's next to impossible to find ingredients like those in Vancouver shops or restaurants, so I indulge whenever I can!

iceah said...

Wow! this is a good post and a yummy one :9 puro favorite ko ito e :p

Anonymous said...

These all sound amazing! I think I could definitely go for a halo halo about now. It's funny, I was at the farmer's market in Atlanta today and saw a jackfruit, but they weren't offering tastings.

What is it like?

Happy WBSD!

czaroma said...

Thanks for your comments! I was really hungry when I'm writing this posts.

@ italianluvaffair, I've just tasted peanut rolls from Bohol (a Philippine province) just a while ago :)

@ Jade aka MommaWannabe, yes you really should!

@ Ivanhoe, you are welcome. There are a lot of great Filipino dishes. You can even try making your own halo-halo at home :)

@ Camille Lemmens, wow great choice! Dinuguan is really a must-try especially if you're not a Filipino!

@ Sher, there's many Suman varieties in the Philippines and I also like them all :)

@ Emm, "sinangag" eaten during breakfast is the best, but some even eat this anytime! We all love to eat lechon!

@ Emmanuelle Archer, that's really great to hear. Kare-kare and dinuguan are specialties and even I always look forward to eating these dishes.

@ iceah, naku masarap talaga kumain if favorite mo lahat ng dishes... and you totally forgot about dieting :)

@ thefutureisred, yes these foods are really yummy! They should have given you a slice of jackfruit, so you'll know how delicious it is!

Anonymous said...

Nakakagutom naman ang post na eto. Hhehehe! Makes me crave for the food I rarely eat now.
Thanks nga pala for your encouragement. Ur such a sweetie and I appreciate it. God bless.

Mik said...

The dishes certainly look interesting, I'd like to try them, always up for new food experiences.

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Yazar said...

It's hot here today and that Halo Halo sounds like just what I need. What mouthwatering post!

czaroma said...

@ ilovehateamerica, oo nakakagutom talaga... so you're in a diet pala? God bless you also :)

@ Mik, yes all these dishes doesn't only look interesting but tastes great as well :) thank you for dropping by!

@ Yazar, you should really try halo-halo!

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