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Asian Food Primer: Filipino Food

by David Johnson

Asian Foods Guide

Common ingredients and popular dishes of various cultures.

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South Asia

Southeast Asia

As a crossroads, the Philippines has been influenced by many cultures. Chinese, Malay, Spanish, American, Indian, Arab, and even Mexican influences can be detected in Filipino cooking.

Common ingredients:


fish, beef, pork, chicken, rice, soybeans, corn, coconuts, pineapples, melons, spices

Popular dishes:

lechon (roast pork); sinegang (fish stew); pancit (noodles with meat and vegetables); fresh or fried lumpia (egg rolls); halo halo (milkshake with beans, gelatin, milk, shaved ice, fresh fruit, and ice cream); lecheflan (custard); dinaguan (soup); adobo (chicken and pork stew); misua (angel hair noodle soup); coconut cake; Philippine fruit salad, mechado (Philippine beef stew)

More Information:

Map of Philippines

Did you know?
Prior to 1979, only female names were used to name hurricanes. That year, the United States began alternating between male and female names for Atlantic hurricanes.