Philippine Culture in Pictures: What We Eat & Cook

The Philippines is a country in South East Asia that was onceĀ a colony of Spain for more than 300 years (377 to be exact). This will explain how we are the only Christian nation in the Asian region as Spain brought Roman Catholicism with them. Spain’s influence among the people and our culture still stands to this day even to the food we eat. But not only has Spain influenced us when it comes to food, of course, our neighboring partners in trading before such as the Chinese people had also made their marks on the way we eat and cook our food.

The following are among the most popular foods anyone in the country eats:

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Locally called as tuyo literally means ‘dried’ is a dried fish that is very popular in the country. Warning: it is very smelly.


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Cooking bananas deepfried in oil and brown sugar


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Chicken adobo. A widely popular Filipino dish inspired by the Spanish people. This can be cooked with pork. We also would cook vegetables or sliced hotdogs in our adobo. It is cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaf, garlic, and peppercorns.


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‘Sinangag’ is a garlic rice commonly eaten during breakfast. This dish is a great way of eating leftover rice.


Small round scad locally known as Galunggong or GG. This is a very popular food which, as a way of life here, often eaten with rice. It is often cooked fried and stewed in vinegar and ginger.


A much loved Filipino dessert is Halo-Halo. Basically a ‘mixture’ of cooked cooking bananas, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, jellos, mongo beans, tapioca balls, sweet corn kernels or pretty much anything a Filipino desire in it. It is eaten with evaporated milk, shaved ice and sugar with toppings of either ice cream or a slice of sweet leche flan.


Pan de sal or Spanish for a bread with salt. Pandesal is very popular breakfast and snack bread in the entire country often eaten dipped in a hot coffee or with spreads such as peanut butter, margarine, butter, eggs, noodle, or even ice cream.


Pansit is inspired by the Chinese cuisine and is now a very much part of Filipino cuisine wherever we go. It is often cooked as a big snack or on occasions such as birthdays as it is believed to give long life as represented by the long noodles. It is commonly cooked stir-fried with strips of vegetables like carrots, cabbage and with or without some meat like pieces of chicken or liver.


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Sauteed Monggo beans with Moringa leaves and some meat such as pork is also another popular Filipino dish (of course eaten with rice).


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Very popular dip or salad sauce: Soy sauce with Calamansi. Often used for fried or grilled meats. It is also a base for tomato and onions salad.
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