1. Chicken Adobo
This Philippine delicacy consists of chicken pieces marinated in vinegar, soy sauce,
Pancit is a popular dish I would highly recommend to most travelers, mostly because it is very similar to stir frying in many Asian countries. The difference between stir fry and pancit is the noodles and flavoring used in the Philippines. Pancit is normally cooked with hair thin, transparent rice noodles that are sautéed with water, soy sauce, and citrus called calamansi. Pancit also contains meat, which can vary from chicken, beef, and pork that is mixed with a variety of vegetables, such as lettuce, carrots, and onions. The word, pancit, is derived from the word “guisa” in Tagalog, meaning sauté. Researchers suggest that pancit was invented for Chinese merchants who often traveled to the Philippines for trade. The dish was once believed to cure homesickness and sea blues. Today, you can find this dish in take-out restaurants, potluck parties, and household dinners.
Growing up, I ate sinigang whenever I was sick, but it’s a dish commonly eaten everyday and in any occasion in the Philippines. The word sinigang directly translates to porridge in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines. Sinigang is a stew that has meat, vegetables, and tamarind seasoning. The broth has a tangy sour flavor that compliments the meats and vegetables in a unique way. However, don’t hesitate by the sour flavoring, the taste isn’t bitter. The meat can vary from beef, chicken, pork, or fish mixed in with vegetables like tomatoes, bok choy, carrots, potatoes, and string beans. Sinigang originated from the Philippines, and is considered the national dish of the country.
5. Beef Kaldereta
This yummy beef dish is a popular choice amongst many Filipinos. It is a dish that consists of beef and vegetables that is normally served with rice. Although it is similar to adobo, the difference is the flavoring and seasoning between dishes. Beef caldereta is a tomato based stew that has potatoes, carrots, peas, and assorted peppers. In some provinces, this dish is known to be spicy, but I classify it as a savory flavor. This dish was originated as goat meat stew when the Spaniards colonized the Philippines, and historians suggest the dish derived from the Spanish.