Skip To Content
  • Viral badge
  • win badge

24 Delicious Filipino Foods You Need In Your Life

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

1. Lumpia

What it is: Filipino–style spring rolls.

Why it's awesome: The filling varies, but one thing remains the same: You can (and will) inhale them by the dozen. Recipes here and here.

2. Sinigang

3. Chicken Afritada

4. Cassava Cake

5. Pancit Palabok

6. Ube Ice Cream

Raymund Macaalay / angsarap.net

What it is: Exactly what it sounds like: ice cream made from the root crop ube, also known as purple yam.

Why it's awesome: Purple ice cream. 'Nuff said. Recipe here.

7. Pork Adobo

8. Chicken Bistek

9. Chicharon

10. Calamansi Whiskey Sour

11. Bibingka

What it is: Sweet coconut cake.

Why it's awesome: Rice flour + coconut cream = a Filipino Christmastime treat that's delicious enough to eat year-round. Recipe here.

12. Sizzling Pork Sisig

13. Kare-Kare

14. Halo-Halo

Jun Belen / blog.junbelen.com
Sharon Yamauchi / sweets.seriouseats.com

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.

15. Lechon

16. Biko

17. Kaldereta

18. Arroz Caldo

19. Dessert Lumpia

20. Longganisa

21. Ukoy

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.

23. Leche Flan

24. Filipino Spaghetti