Filipino chefs like Timothy Flores, Margarita Lorenzana-Manzke, and Marilou Ranta won the James Beard Foundation Awards in 2023, boosting Filipino cuisine’s recognition. While I initially had limited exposure to Filipino food, my friends Rina and Rosie opened my eyes to its bold, complex flavors. For those new to Filipino cuisine, we’ve curated a selection of recipes, including stews, soups, grilled specialties, street food, snacks, and desserts. Dive in and join the Filipino food fan club!
Pancit Bihon (Filipino Rice Noodles)
The uncomplicated combination of ingredients in this classic Filipino noodle dish, prepared with rice vermicelli, is the key to its widespread popularity. It’s highly likely that if you’ve ever attended a party or family gathering, this version of pancit was on the menu. Its simplicity and deliciousness make it a go-to choice for many gatherings.
Kare-Kare (Filipino Curry)
In this exquisite Filipino dish, tender oxtail and roasted vegetables meld in a decadent peanut butter-based curry, showcasing the heritage and adaptability of Filipino cuisine. Its name is fitting, as this curry offers a delightful and comforting culinary experience. It’s a testament to the rich tapestry of Filipino flavors.
Pinakbet (Filipino Vegetable Stew)
This robustly flavorful seafood stew combines a medley of robust vegetables, including sweet potato, long beans, eggplant, and okra. Whether served as a hearty side dish or a fulfilling main course alongside steamed rice, it promises a delightful dining experience. Its aromatic seafood infusion adds more depth to its taste profile.
Bulalo (Bone Marrow Soup)
Indulging in the marrow-rich bones is a highlight of this sumptuous meaty soup. Enhanced with a simple fish sauce seasoning, it features tender chunks of beef shank, complemented by hearty additions like cabbage, potatoes, and corn. This dish offers a genuinely satisfying culinary experience.