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24 Delicious Filipino Foods You Need In Your Life

Break out the heavy duty rice cooker. It's time to feast.

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2. Sinigang

What it is: Hot and sour soup.

Why it's awesome: Tamarind paste and calamansi (or Philippine lime) juice infuse the broth with its signature sour flavor. This version calls for salty chunks of pork and a splash of creamy coconut milk to round out things out. Recipe here.


4. Cassava Cake

What it is: A creamy, not-too-sweet dessert made from cassava root and coconut milk.

Why it's awesome: It's sweet, but not cloyingly so. For texture, the top is broiled until it's almost crunchy. It can also be made gluten-free. Recipe here.


12. Sizzling Pork Sisig

What it is: Pork parts (often: head, liver, cheeks) mixed with onions, chiles, citrus, and egg.

Why it's awesome: The pork is prepped in multiple ways — in this case: boiled then grilled — then served on a sizzling hot plate. Recipe here.

14. Halo-Halo

What it is: Dessert made with a hodgepodge of ingredients, including shaved ice, sweet beans, fruit, tapioca, and ube ice cream.

Why it's awesome: Halo-halo means "mix mix" in Tagalog, and that's exactly what you're supposed to do with it. Recipe here.


16. Biko

What it is: Sweet sticky rice.

Why it's awesome: This creamy, easy-to-make dessert only requires a few ingredients. But it still packs a ton of flavor, and it's garnished with equally addictive latik, or cooked-down coconut milk or cream. Recipe here.

17. Kaldereta

What it is: Hearty meat stew with potatoes, peppers, and liver sauce.

Why it's awesome: The stew is traditionally made with goat, but you can also sub in beef or chicken for those who haven't yet seen the light. Recipe here.

18. Arroz Caldo

What it is: A thick and creamy rice soup or porridge.

Why it's awesome: Comfort food at its finest. Rice is simmered with spices and aromatics (and in this case, chicken), then topped with spring onions and fried garlic for extra crunch. Recipe here.


22. Tocino

What it is: Sweetened cured pork.

Why it's awesome: Thin strips of pork sit for several hours (or days) in a mixture of sugar, salt, garlic, and oil, then are fried up in a hot pan until the coating caramelizes. Recipe here.

24. Filipino Spaghetti

What it is: Noodles sweetened with your choice of sugary sauce — like banana ketchup or condensed milk. Bonus points for adding chopped up hot dogs.

Why it's awesome: Sweet spaghetti. Don't knock it till you try it. Recipe here.