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5 Most Popular Filipino Dishes (Recipe Guide) Tips And Calories

Our full guide on the Most Popular Filipino Dishes for you to travel on your next trip and to cook at home.

Filipino cuisine is a delightful mix of sweet, sour, and savory flavors, often featuring rice, tropical fruits, and a variety of meats.

Here are some of the most popular Filipino dishes, along with recipe guides, tips, and approximate calorie counts.

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Most Popular Filipino Dishes

1. Adobo

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs or pork shoulder
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
1 cup water
1 onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon oil

Instructions:

Combine soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, and black peppercorns. Marinate the meat for at least 1 hour.
In a pot, heat oil and sauté onions until soft. Add the marinated meat (reserve the marinade) and brown on all sides.

Add the marinade and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the meat is tender, about 30-40 minutes. Serve with steamed rice.

For a richer flavor, marinate the meat overnight. Add hard-boiled eggs or potatoes for variety.

Calories: Approximately 300-350 per serving.

Read here how to make Adobo

2. Sinigang (Tamarind Soup)

5 Most Popular Filipino Dishes (Recipe Guide) Tips And Calories

Ingredients:

1 pound pork belly or ribs
1 onion, quartered
2 tomatoes, quartered
1 radish, sliced
1 eggplant, sliced
1 cup long green beans
1 bunch water spinach (kangkong)
1 packet tamarind soup base
6 cups water
Fish sauce to taste

Instructions:

In a pot, bring water to a boil. Add pork, onion, and tomatoes. Simmer until the pork is tender. Add radish, eggplant, and green beans. Cook until vegetables are tender.

Add tamarind soup base and fish sauce to taste. Add water spinach and cook for another 2 minutes. Serve hot.

For a more authentic taste, use fresh tamarind pulp instead of soup base. Adjust the sourness by adding more or less tamarind.

Calories: Approximately 250-300 per serving.

3. Lechon (Roast Pig)

5 Most Popular Filipino Dishes (Recipe Guide) Tips And Calories, How To Make Lechon (Roast Pig) Tips And Calories

Ingredients:

10-15 pound whole pig, cleaned
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup pepper
10 cloves garlic, crushed
5 stalks lemongrass
5 bay leaves
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Instructions:

Rub the pig inside and out with salt, pepper, and garlic. Stuff the cavity with lemongrass and bay leaves.
Brush the skin with soy sauce and let it marinate for several hours.

Roast the pig over a charcoal spit or in an oven preheated to 350°F (175°C) until the skin is crispy and the meat is tender, about 4-5 hours. Serve with liver sauce or vinegar dipping sauce.

Baste the pig with oil frequently during roasting to achieve crispy skin. Ensure the heat is evenly distributed to cook the pig thoroughly.

Calories: Approximately 500-600 per serving.

Read here how to make Lechon

4. Kare-Kare (Oxtail Stew)

5 Most Popular Filipino Dishes (Recipe Guide) Tips And Calories

Ingredients:

2 pounds oxtail, cut into pieces
1 banana heart, sliced
1 eggplant, sliced
1 bunch long green beans
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup ground rice
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups water
1/4 cup annatto oil
Shrimp paste (bagoong) for serving

Instructions:

In a pot, boil oxtail until tender. Set aside. In another pot, heat annatto oil and sauté onion and garlic.
Add the oxtail and its broth, peanut butter, and ground rice. Simmer until the sauce thickens.

Add banana heart, eggplant, and green beans. Cook until vegetables are tender. Serve with shrimp paste on the side.

Use a pressure cooker to tenderize the oxtail faster. Adjust the thickness of the sauce by adding more or less ground rice.

Calories: Approximately 400-450 per serving.

5. Halo-Halo (Mixed Dessert)

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup shaved ice
1/4 cup sweetened red beans
1/4 cup sweetened mung beans
1/4 cup macapuno (coconut sport)
1/4 cup jackfruit, sliced
1/4 cup sweetened banana
1/4 cup sweetened palm fruit
1 scoop ube ice cream
1/4 cup evaporated milk

Instructions:

In a tall glass, layer the sweetened beans, macapuno, jackfruit, banana, and palm fruit. Top with shaved ice.
Finish: Add a scoop of ube ice cream and pour evaporated milk over the top. Mix before eating.

Use finely shaved ice for the best texture. Customize with other toppings like leche flan or tapioca pearls.
Calories: Approximately 300-350 per serving.

Read here how to make Halo Halo

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