One can argue that the heart of the Filipino home is the dinner table. Here, the whole family gathers 'round to talk and bond. Following that logic, a familiar Filipino dish is one of the many things that glues the family to the table. If you're a mom who is trying her hand at the kitchen, here are some of the recipes you should learn as soon as you get past the "frying" stage. Get every family member to the table with these 6 classic Filipino-favorite dishes.
Probably one of the easiest classic Pinoy recipes out there. Basically, all you need to make Adobo is meat, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and pepper. This one’s a crowd pleaser too. Even foreigners seem to love it!
Serves 3 to 4 Prep & Cooking Time 45 minutes
1/2 kilo chicken, cut into serving pieces 1/2 kilo pork rounds, cut into serving pieces salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 cup pineapple juice 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup white vinegar 2 tablespoons crushed garlic 3 bay leaves 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorn
This sour soup is familiar to every Filipino palette. Practically every Filipino family has their own version of it. So, if you still don't know how to make it, the best course of action is to ask lola or nanay. In the meantime, make some pre-cooking research preparations with Yummy's How to Make a Bowl of Really Delicious Sinigang.
Fried Chicken may not be an original Pinoy recipe but it may as well have, seeing how much we've embraced it into our culture. Almost every fastfood chain in the country has this crispy breaded dish on its menu with a side of rice and gravy. For a healthier alternative, make it yourself and elevate this kid-pleaser with buttermilk.
Serves 4 to 6 Prep Time 15 minutes, plus marinating time Cooking Time 30 to 45 minutes
For the breading 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal 2 tablespoons salt 1 teaspoon white pepper 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika 2 cups milk 2 tablespoons vinegar 2 teaspoons salt 1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces vegetable or corn oil for deep-frying chopped parsley for garnish
For the gravy 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup chicken stock (or 1/4 chicken bouillon cube dissolved in 1 cup water) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Filipinos have put a spin on this Italian pasta dish: we've turned the tomato sauce sweet. We've also added hotdogs, and sometimes Vienna sausage, to it, too. A Filipino kid's birthday party is never complete without this dish, especially if the celebration is done at home. You don't want to break tradition, do you? Whip up Filipino Spaghetti at your kid's next party with a slightly healthier twist with this recipe.
Serves 4 to 6 Prep Time 30 minutes Cooking Time 30 minutes
1/2 tablespoon corn or vegetable oil 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 cup ï¬nely chopped onions 1/2 cup ï¬nely chopped carrots 1/2 cup ï¬nely chopped celery 1 tablespoon minced garlic 250 grams ground round 250 grams ground pork 2 bay leaves 7 pieces Vienna sausage, diced 2 cups sweet-style tomato sauce 1/2 cup water, chicken stock, or vegetable stock 1/2 teaspoon liquid seasoning or to taste salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 350 grams spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions 1/2 cup grated quick melting cheese
Everyone loves a good Lumpia. Crunchy, savory with a choice of sweet and sour sauce for dipping, it's difficult to stop yourself from grabbing roll after roll. This one's another get-together favorite and it's relatively quick and easy to make.
Serves 12 to 15 rolls Prep Time 15 minutes Cooking Time 20 minutes
250 grams ground lean pork 100 grams minced shrimp 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic 1 medium onion, minced 1 small carrot, diced 1 small jicama (singkamas), diced 1 stalk celery, diced 4 stalks kinchay, minced 1 egg salt and pepper to taste lumpia wrapper oil for frying
For the sweet and sour sauce 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup water 1/2 tablespoon flour 2 to 3 tablespoons water
In the same league as Sinigang, Nilagang Baka is another staple Filipino soup dish. Simple but comforting, this dish is best served steaming on a rainy night with the whole family huddled close to their soup bowls.
Serves 4 Prep Time 15 minutes Cooking Time 90 minutes
1 kilo beef shank or beef chuck or beef “batok” 4 potatoes, cut the same size as the beef 1 bundle pechay (Bok choy), cut into 2 pieces 1 small cabbage, quartered 2 medium sized onions, diced 4 tablespoons patis (fish sauce) 1 teaspoonblack peppercorns 1 liter of water Salt, to taste