Philippines For Foodies: Must Try Foods When Travelling The Philippines

If there is one thing unforgettable about travelling to the Philippines, it’s the incredible amount of delicious food you can expect to enjoy. The country boasts so many great dishes, that few travellers often know where to begin. To help alleviate any anxiety you might have about FOMO food-wise, we’ve taken the time to list some of the most iconic dishes you must try when visiting the country.

The country classic – Adobo
This dish is a staple in the Philippines, and you can expect to find lots of variations on it. In essence, it is a meat-based dish (often chicken or pork) that has been marinated in soy sauce and vinegar, but there are a lot of varieties to the recipe. If you consider yourself a foody, you simply have to take the time to get a taste of this classic dish.


Filipino Ceviche – Kinilaw
Kinilaw is very similar to ceviche, and is a raw fish and/or prawn salad that is marinated in lime, that helps to essentially cook the meat, and any variation of onions, chilli and various other spices. You will find a few adaptations on the dish as you travel through the country, but know that each serving will be as delicious as the last!

Suckling pig – Lechon
There are few countries as crazy about their pork than the Philippines, and
throughout your travels, you will see various pork-inspired dishes come your way.One of the most iconic ones is undoubtedly lechon – which means whole roasted pig. The meat is normally prepared to be beautifully crisp on the outside, and still moist on the inside. This has been called one of the must-try meals for visitors to the island, so be sure you don’t miss out if the opportunity presents itself!

Street food – Balut and more
If you consider yourself to be an adventurous foody, you can always head out and experience some of the Philippines’ legendary street food. Dishes include Balut, which is a boiled fertilised duck embryo which is eaten from the shell and Sisig, a delicious mixture of pork meat and chicken livers, seasoned with red chili and golden lime. These are just two of the many street dishes available, so be sure to go out and explore!
For dessert – Halo Halo

When you have finished with your exciting main course, it’s only natural that you’ll want to have a look at what’s on the sweet side of the menu. In the Philippines, one of their most iconic dishes is called halo halo, which is a glorious mix of shaved ice, evaporated milk mixed with anything from sweet potato, ice cream, jackfruit, sweet beans and many more.

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