Filipino food recipes are best shown off during Sunday bondings, occasional reunions, and on random days when visitors are coming. Filipino hospitality means treating guests as family and sending them off with satisfied tummies. Anyone who steps into a Filipino home will be greeted by a wide spread of home cooked Filipino cuisine and a selection of local soft drinks. Sometimes a single dish can be cooked in a dozen of ways and may differ from each place because Filipinos like to add their own twist to well-known Filipino food recipes, but all of them just aim for one thing – to serve you the best. Start your own little salo-salo (Filipino term for feast) and get acquainted with the Filipino palate by learning how to cook 3 classic Filipino food recipes.
Pinakbet is a popular dish that originated from the Ilocos region. Its name was derived from the Ilocano word ‘pinakebbet,’ meaning “to shrivel,” just as how the ingredients shrivel when they are cooked. It’s one of the most easy Filipino food recipes, and does not require complicated methods or hard-to-find ingredients. This healthy dish is made with garlic, onion, tomato, eggplant, ampalaya (bitter melon), sitaw (string beans), okra (lady fingers), squash, and bagoong isda (anchovy sauce) all sautéed and simmered together. Some would also add pork when they cook Pinakbet for added flavor.
Adobo is the king of all the best Filipino food recipes. It’s a local favorite and sometimes even called the unofficial national dish. Different regions across the country would put a twist to this classic recipe and have their own version of the adobo. Some would add turmeric like in Cavite, or coconut milk and chili like in Bicol. The more known way of cooking adobo is boiling pork or chicken (or both) in a blend of soy sauce, vinegar, back peppercorn, garlic, and bay leaves. This dish is best paired with a steaming cup of rice.
Turon, or deep-fried banana rolls, is just one of the hundreds of desserts in the list of the best Filipino food recipes. It’s a simple and easy dish to make and can be modified according to your preference. This mouthwatering dessert is made with saba bananas coated in brown sugar and langka (jackfruit) strips all rolled in egg roll wrapper and deep-fried until it’s crispy and golden brown. Some people don’t like langka, so they would prefer their turon with just the banana inside. For a sweet twist on this dish, you can also sprinkle more brown sugar on your turon while it’s being fried, or top it off with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate syrup!
The list of Filipino food recipes virtually doesn’t end, but learning how to cook these 3 dishes is a great start in understanding the Filipino palate and exploring the Filipino cuisine.