Cebu Lechon

Cebu Lechon
It’s found all over the country but the best ones are said to be in Cebu. It’s basically roasted pig.

Mangoes

Ripe mango
Philippines mangoes are sweet and the best ones are from Guimaras island in Iloilo.

Halayang Ube

Halayang ube
Made from mashed purple yam, ube is a Filipino dessert.

Kaldereta

Kaldereta
Another Spanish inspired dish, Kaldereta is a beef stewed in tomato paste with potatoes, carrots, and pepper.

Bibingka

Bibingka
A typical snack around the Christmas season, Bibingka is a type of rice cake.

Halo-halo

Halo-halo
Halo-halo literally means mix-mix because when it is served to you you will have to mix everything before starting to eat. It’s a cold dessert/snack with beans, jello, ice cream, leche flan, ube, and fruits like banana, coconut, jackfruit, sweet potato.

Chicharon

Chicharon
Fried skin of pork dipped in vinegar

Yema

Yema
A soft sweet treat made mostly with milk and sugar

Balut

Balut
Boiled fertilized egg

Taho

Taho
A typical morning snack made with soy, tapioca, and syrup.

Suha

Suha
A.k.a. Pomelo, best ones are found in Davao. Dip it in salt to add an interesting tang.

Lambanog

Lambanog
Coconut wine

Chicken Inasal

Chicken inasal
An Ilonggo dish made by grilling chicken in a barbecue-like sauce.

Sinigang

Sinigang
A sour-tasting soup that can be either pork-based or seafood-based.

Dinuguan and Puto

Dinuguan
Classic Filipino dish made of pig’s intestines stewed in vinegar and pork blood.

Pancit Malabon

Pancit Malabon
A noodle dish from Malabon made of fish sauce and crab fat, topped with seafoods and egg.

Kapeng Barako

Kapeng Barako
A local coffee from Batangas province.

The Philippines consists of many provinces which have their own delicacies. These are just some of them but I’m sure there are a lot more. Ask the locals and enjoy eating!

…continued on Must-try food in The Philippines II