While travelers often take interest in visiting the Philippines to explore some of its stunning idyllic islands and world-renowned beaches, the country's 7000+ islands also offer its visitors an incredibly varied gastronomic experience.
Detailed Guide to Local Cuisine of the Philippines
While the cuisine of the Philippines is one of the world’s most distinct, giving momentum to the numerous culinary and food tours in the country, it had, until lately, been quite mysterious that it’s prone to misunderstanding or misrepresentation. To understand why it’s important to understand its background and its multiple influences.
Serious food travelers know that a lot of the best food finds can be found, not in the fanciest establishments, but on the streets instead. Street food has become an important food category on its own, especially when it comes to Filipino food.
10 Best Destinations for Farm Tours in the Philippines
Travelers love visiting the Philippines for its tropical weather, virgin islands, and gorgeous beaches. But there’s another way to appreciate the county’s natural beauty and immerse in a more meaningful travel experience, and this is through agri-tourism.
Lechon in the Philippines: A Guide to Filipinos' Favorite Roasted Pig and More
Lechon - just mentioning its name brings an unparalleled cheer among Filipino guests, and its presence almost always guarantees a festive atmosphere.
If you drop in on big gatherings in the Philippines or among Filipinos, from birthdays to festivals or fiestas, weddings to Christmas get-togethers, it is almost certain that you will find it on display at the center of the table.
There is probably no other place in the world that celebrates Christmas as festive, bountiful, and early as the Philippines. As soon as the calendar hits the first “ber” month, Filipinos are already up and about decorating their homes, streets are beginning to light up, and favorite Christmas carols are being played on loop inside malls and establishments.
Bistro Lokal (307 Upper Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City)
Products: Ube Cheese Pandesal, Organic sourdough bread (plain, multigrain, ube, chocolate), Raisin Bread (14 inches long bread with special raisin fillings), Focaccia (Molina or Pilod), Organic garlic longganisa (Organic ground pork, local garlic, special spice mix), Red and black rice horchata (Organic Cordilleran rice drink blended with local spices), and Nappe (organic local spreads)
Products: Igadobas ((igado, daldalem,) an Ilocano stew made of strips of liver and bagnet braised in tangy and savory soy sauce-vinegar mixture along with spices and raisins) and Sinampalukang Buknok (Manok sa Buko” - a tamarind- based soup using native chicken,).
Product: Tinupig na Pianggang Bangus with Pinakbet Salsa (Dagupan bangus belly season with alamang powder and pepper topped with burnt coconut sauce and fresh coconut milk wrapped in banana leaves and grill for 15minutes then garnish with local pinakbet vegetables cut into salsa portions.)
Product: Draft beer (The restaurant offers locally brewed beers in different flavours and deliciously slow cooked smoked meats. Guests can see the brewery when they are not brewing. A nice food experience to look forward to) and Smoked meats
Products: Impling Latik (Suman sa Latik – made of glutinous rice topped with sugar caramel), Impling Pinangat (A combination of coconut meat and Igatan, a freshwater shrimp), and Tilmok (A concoction of freshwater shrimp, cooked in coconut milk and wrapped in hagikhik leaves)
MikeLiz Intergrated (Farm Zone 2, Bigaas 4405 Calabanga)
Products: Mushroom Chicharon Garlic Flavor, Chili Garlic Flavor, Salted Egg Flavor, Mulberry Jam, Dragon Fruit Jam, Dragon Fruit Chips, Cassava Chips, and Dried Dragon Fruit Flowers (to be cooked ala-Laing)
Products: Crispy Pilinut Candy w/ Honey, Sugar-Coated Pilinut Candy, Salted Pilinut Candy, Special Pilinut Butter, Coco Jam with Pilinut, and Pilinuts are sourced from Albay and manufactured in Tabaco City.
Breakthrough Restaurant (Santo Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City) and Ponsyon by Breakthrough - Plazuela De Iloilo, Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Ave., Mandurriao, Iloilo City)
Products: Native Lechon Manok (Chicken from the native Darag or Bisaya variety grilled over charcoal), Kadios Baboy Langka “KBL”, Linagpang, Binakol nga Manok, Pangat, Inubaran nga manok, Pancit Effuven and Laswa
Punot Restaurant (Riverside Boardwalk, San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City)
Products: Kadios Baboy Langka “KBL” (A stewed pork hocks (Baboy) dish with pigeon peas(Kadios) and jackfruit (Lanka). Batwan, an endemic fruit, is used as a souring ingredient) and Laswa (A vegetable stew made from vegetables in a typical Ilonggo garden)
Original Biscocho House (Lopez Jaena St., Jaro, Iloilo City)
Products: Biscocho (A double baked bread with sweetened milk and sugar coating) , Butterscotch (A confectionary primarily made of brown sugar and butter), and Pinasugbo (Caramelized banana (Saba variety) slice and served in papercones).
Products: Puto Lanson (Steamed cake made from grated cassava, young coconut strips, and brown sugar) and Bayebaye (A confectionary made from pounded pinipig (roasted freshly harvested rice grain) mixed with grated coconuts and coconut milk)
Bongbong’s (SM City Bacolod, Alijis Showroom, Lacson St., Bay Center, Lopue’s Araneta Bredco Port)
Products: Barquillos (Considered as one of Bacolod’s famous delicacies and pasalubong,) and Piaya (Piaya is a famous delicacy of Bacolod City. Traditionally, it is an unleavened flatbread filled with glucose syrup and muscovado, sprinkled with sesame seeds, and baked on a griddle.)
Merzci (Cuadra St., SM Bacolod, Lopez Jaena St., Singcang, Luzuiaga, Mayfair Plaza, Sum-ag, Gatuslao St., 888 Chinatown Square, Mandalagan, Burgos St., Gisano City, Bredco Port and Robinson’s Place)
Products: Barquillos (Considered as one of Bacolod’s famous delicacies and pasalubong) and Piaya ( a famous delicacy of Bacolod City. Traditionally, it is an unleavened flatbread filled with glucose syrup and muscovado, sprinkled with sesame seeds, and baked on a griddle.)
Products: The original ready-to-cook Chicharon tilapia, 500 ml Premium Menom Vinegar, and Bundle Promo (250g the original ready to Chicharon tilapia + 500 ml premium menon vinegar - 448/bundle or 170g the original ready to Chicharon tilapia + 500 ml premium menon vinegar - 348/bundle).
Product: Filipino Dishes (Viajera’s version of Filipino dishes and other special dishes such as Patotin,Bbq Beef Back Ribs,porterhouse/t-bone/rib eye steaks and others with delectable line of desserts)