Food is the way to a man’s heart. This is definitely true especially when what’s served on the table are Filipino food dishes. Here are just a few must-taste dishes when you are in the Philippines;
Pochero is one of the meaty dish that will satisfy your hunger. Anyone can cook this easy tomato-based dish, with pork, chicken or beef. This dish is a mixture of meat and vegetables, sauted with onion and garlic. Most restaurants offer this with beef as the main ingredient. However, since beef is very expensive that’s why pochero is correspondingly pricy. It costs Php 200-300 for one order good for 3-4 diners.
For Pochero; let the meat simmer until it’s tender. In another pot, saute garlic, onion and tomato. Then add the meat, tomato sauce and the reserved stock. Add the vegetables in the same broth. Add salt and pepper, to taste. The dish is perfect with rice and fish sauce with calamansi (lemon) juice dip.
2. Pancit Guisado
Pancit guisado is one of the popular Filipino food. This dish is always part of the menu on birthdays because of the common Filipino belief that the long noodle will make life longer.Pansit is convenient to cook and the ingredients are not expensive at all. This is usually a mixture of noodles, vegetables, and to make it tastier shrimp, pork or de-boned chicken can be added. This can be prepared and served to the whole family without worrying about how much it will cost.
3. Tinolang Manok/Chicken tinola
Tinolang manok is one dish that most Filipino families cook and serve for lunch or dinner. This is best served hot to enjoy the tasty chicken stew partnered with rice. Tinola is a ginger and onion based soup with chicken as its main ingredient. It is a healthy dish as well, thanks to the papaya and malunggay leaves it contains.
Here are the 3 easy simple steps:
Step 1: Sauté garlic & onion in a teaspoon of oil, add chicken and ginger.
Step 2: Add water and simmer for 10 minutes until the chicken is tender.
Step 3: Add in sayote or papaya and dahon ng silk or malunggay. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
4. Grilled Fish/Sinugbang Isda
Sinugbang isda is a traditional Filipino dish; very practical to serve because of the health benefits and its cost. This food is usually present during picnics or outings especially at the beach because of its availability. It is best served with spicy soy sauce and calamansi dip. This is much appreciated as a “pulutan” or a finger food when drinking liquor with moderation.
5. Lechon Baboy
Lechon (roasted pig) never fails to bring a spark to the guests’ eyes whenever it’s served on the table. It is quite a lot to consider to be added on the menu because of its cost but the crispy and juicy lechon is worth it. A typical lechon costs from Php 3500 to Php 7000, or Php 300-Php 500 on a per kilo basis. It is best served with lechon sarsa (liver sauce) made of liver and spices or a special spicy mixture of soy sauce and vinegar. Lechon is served during special occasions and is the centerpiece of the dining table.