Savory, sweet, spicy, and everything in between: Filipino cuisine does it all deliciously. And did you know that you can make amazing Filipino dishes from home? Once you make one, you’re going to want to try all of them – they’re seriously that good. Let us know which is your favorite when you try these incredible Filipino recipes that you can find on our Food Monster App!
1. Vegetable Lumpiang
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Not to be mistaken for vegetable lumpia nor lumpiang Shanghai, these vegan Filipino fried spring rolls are great for snack, appetizer, or party food. They’re also great for picky kids and hungry grown ups, even the biggest meat eaters! Check out these Vegetable Lumpiang from RG Enriquez!
2. Ginataang Gulay (Vegetables in Coconut Milk)
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This one is a really easy recipe–it’s a mix of vegetables cooked in coconut milk that we call ‘ginataang gulay,’ You can have this dish with some cooked rice for a really hearty and satisfying meal. Check out the really simple recipe for Ginataang Gulay (Vegetables in Coconut Milk) from Jessica Uy! Enjoy!
3. Laing: Filipino Taro Leaves in Aromatic Coconut Milk
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Laing is a beloved Filipino dish made of dried taro leaves slowly cooked in coconut milk, aromatics, and spices. This is a vegan take on a classic dish that will have your friends and family begging you for the recipe – just tell them its Laing: Filipino Taro Leaves in Aromatic Coconut Milk from RG Enriquez!
4. Kutsinta: Filipino Steamed Rice Cakes
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Kutsinta or kuchinta is an orange-brownish, sticky, jelly-textured rice cake made from a mix of rice flour (sometimes mixed with all-purpose flour), sugar, and lye water served with freshly grated coconuts. This rice cake is one of the most popular rice cakes in the Philippines and it’s sold by street vendors on a daily basis. It’s also one of the easiest rice cakes to make. Simply mix, pour into moulds, then steam! Easy and delicious Kutsinta: Filipino Steamed Rice Cakes from Raymund Macaalay!
5. Tortang Alimasag: Filipino Crab Cake Omelet
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Neither just crab cakes nor just crab omelet, the Filipino crab cake omelet or Tortang Alimasag is the best of both worlds, plus more. By substituting the usual ingredients for ground soybeans or artichoke hearts and by using the right seasoning, you can enjoy this crispy Filipino dish. Serve this Tortang Alimasag: Filipino Crab Cake Omelet from RG Enriquez on a bun like you would a slider with a side of fries and ketchup.
6. Pancit: Filipino One-Pan Noodles
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Pancit, the Filipino word for “noodles,” is a stir-fry dish that can be made with any variety of noodle. In this recipe, rice noodles are stir-fried with vegetables and tofu. As they cook, they’re seasoned with tamari, fresh ginger, and vegetable broth until fragrant and flavorful. This simple recipe for Pancit: Filipino One-Pan Noodles from Christin McKamey makes a great weeknight dinner.
7. Pandesal: Filipino Breakfast Bread
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These fluffy golden rolls are a Filipino breakfast bread that goes wonderfully with a bit of jam and coffee. They are slightly sweet and incredibly addictive. Plus, this Pandesal: Filipino Breakfast Bread recipe from RG Enriquez makes a big batch so you can munch on them for a few days.
8. Sawsawan: Filipino Spicy Dipping Sauce
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Sawsawan is a part of life in the Philippines — you will find it on most dining tables. Filipino dishes enjoy extra love and flavor with sawsawan. This is one of the most popular dips made with vinegar, and it can be paired with any grilled and fried dishes, as it not only enhances the dish but also gives fried dishes a clean fresh taste. Find out for yourself with this Sawsawan: Filipino Spicy Dipping Sauce from Raymund Macaalay.
9. Biko: Filipino Sticky Rice
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Biko is like a soft, warm, sticky rice cake. It uses sweet rice or sticky rice. It is sometimes called glutinous rice because it gets gluey when cooked, but this sweet dessert is 100 percent gluten-free! Biko is perfect for potlucks because it requires only four ingredients and it can be made in a big pan. If you like crispy edges, this Biko: Filipino Sticky Rice from Erika Ghanny can also be baked in muffin tins or a brownie pan!
10. Halo-Halo Turon: Filipino Sweet Potato and Banana Spring Roll
Turon, for those who do not know what they are, is a type of banana wrapped in a spring roll pastry that is then deep-fried. It is a popular street food in the Philippines that is more or less the same wherever you go …except for these Halo-Halo Turon: Filipino Sweet Potato and Banana Spring Rolls from Raymund Macaalay! Prepared with the saba banana, purple sweet potato, sweetened red bean, and macapuno, this is a super turon! They are delicious. That is all.
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