21 Reasons Filipino Food Is The Absolute Greatest

Let’s feast.

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1. Because our breakfasts look like this:

We all know that a perfect plate of meat, rice, and a fried egg is the true breakfast of champions.

Recipe here: Tapsilog

2. Or like this:

Sweet, doughy mountains of bread topped with butter and cheese are approximately a thousand times tastier than cereal.

Recipe here: Homemade ensaymadas

3. Because we won’t judge when you inhale a dozen lumpia in one sitting:


Since that is, in fact, the proper serving size.

Recipes here: Lumpia with shrimp | Lumpia with ground chicken

4. Because we know there’s no problem that a little garlic and vinegar can’t solve:

Recipe here: Chicken adobo

5. Because we know a thing or two about noodles:


Recipe here: Pancit bihon

6. Because we like our fish extra crispy:

Recipe here: Fried milkfish in vinegar

7. The same goes for pork belly:

Whether it’s in bite-sized pieces or part of a scene-stealing whole roasted lechon.

Recipe here: Crispy pork belly bites

8. Because we’ve mastered the art of sweet rice:

Recipe here: Biko

9. And savory rice, for that matter:

Recipe here: Arroz caldo

10. Because we know that there’s nothing like a hot bowl of stew or soup on a cold day:

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Recipes here: Beef Mechado | Sinigang

11. And that kare kare cures all:


12. Because when life gives us calamansi, we make lemonade (or whiskey cocktails):


Lemons are so 2012 anyway.

Recipes here: Calamansi juice | Calamansi whiskey sour

13. Because we take snacking seriously:

Shrimp fritters rule everything around me.

Recipe here: Ukoy

14. And we take ~stacking~ seriously:

As in: Stacks on stacks of steamed buns.

Recipe here: Siopao

15. Because we’re not afraid of color:

Recipe here: Arroz valenciana

16. Or of texture:

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Sticky rice rounds in coconut milk? I’ll take three bowls, thanks.

Recipe here: Ginataang bilo-bilo

17. Or of using every part of the animal:

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Pig’s head? Pig’s liver? BRING IT ON.

Recipe here: Sizzling sisig

18. Because rice is the ultimate culinary canvas:

Repeat after me: There’s no such thing as too much rice.

Recipe here: Bicol express

19. Because we always save room for dessert:


Banana-jackfruit lumpia and coconut-rice cake? Check and check.

Recipes here: Turon | Bibingka

20. Because we know that nothing compares to halo halo:

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More on halo halo here.

21. And that when your meals are filled with Filipino food? Life is pretty sweet.


Ube for president.

Recipes here: Ube macapuno empanadas | Ube macapuno cupakes

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