The Perfect Filipino Feast: Food Ideas + Recipe

If there’s one thing the Philippines is known for, it’s the amazing variety of delicious food! What I absolutely love about Filipino food is that there are so many to choose from: so many flavors, so many ways to cook a dish, and so many types of food fit for your taste. Several of these dishes do not even originate from the country but has still gained popularity among the Filipinos.

Here are some food ideas and recipes for the perfect Filipino feast for the Chinese New Your, birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and several other occasions. These food recipes, dishes, and cuisine are divided into three main classifications, from what I observed in most Filipino occasions: appetizers, rice meals, and dessert. Bon appétit, everyone!


Appetizers

If you’re not in the mood for a main course meal, or if you want to hype it up before you eat up, here are some foods that can satisfy your cravings!

1. Chicharon

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Chicharrón is a dish generally consisting of fried pork belly or fried pork rinds. It may also be made from chicken, mutton or beef.

2. Spaghetti

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Filipino spaghetti, also known as sweet spaghetti, is a Filipino adaptation of the Italian spaghetti with Bolognese sauce. It has a distinctively sweet sauce, usually made from tomato sauce sweetened with brown sugar or banana ketchup, and usually has hotdogs and cheese.

3. Cheese Puto

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Puto are Filipino steamed rice cakes, traditionally made from slightly fermented rice dough. It is eaten as is or as an accompaniment to a number of savoury dishes. Puto is also an umbrella term for various kinds of indigenous steamed cakes, including those made without rice. It is a sub-type of kakanin.

4. Baked Mac n Cheese

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Macaroni and cheese—also called mac and cheese or mac n cheese in US and Canadian English, macaroni cheese in the United Kingdom—is a dish of English origin, consisting of cooked macaroni pasta and a cheese sauce, most commonly cheddar.

5. Lasagna

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Lasagne, or the singular lasagna, commonly refers to an Italian cuisine dish made with stacked layers of this flat pasta alternated with sauces and ingredients such as meats, tomato sauce and other vegetables, cheese (which may include ricotta and parmesan), and seasonings and spices such as garlic, oregano and basil.

6. Lumpiang Shanghai

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Lumpiang shanghai (also known as Filipino spring rolls, or simply lumpia or lumpiya), is a Filipino deep-fried appetizer consisting of a mixture of giniling (ground pork) wrapped in a thin egg crêpe. Lumpiang Shanghai is regarded as the most basic type of lumpia in Filipino cuisine, and it is usually smaller and thinner than other lumpia variants.

 



 

Rice Meals

No Filipino meal takes place without some rice and ulam (viand). Here are some delicious and popular rice meals that Filipinos cook. Of course, don’t forget about the rice!

1. Pork Sisig

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Sisig is a Filipino dish made from parts of pig head and chicken liver, usually seasoned with calamansi, onions and chili peppers.

2. Sinigang na Bangus

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Sinigang is a Filipino soup or stew characterized by its sour and savoury taste most often associated with tamarind (Filipino: sampalok). It is one of the more popular dishes in Filipino cuisine.

3. Chicken Inasal

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Chicken Inasal is a grilled chicken dish and a well known Ilonggo dish. This is done by marinating chicken pieces in a unique blend of spices and grilling them until done.

4. Lechon Baboy

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Lechón in Spanish is a pork dish in several regions of the world, most specifically in Spain and its former colonial possessions throughout the world. Lechón is a Spanish word referring to a roasted suckling pig.

5. Pinakbet

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Pinakbet Tagalog is a Filipino vegetable dish. It is composed of a variety of vegetables and it also has a protein component.

6. Shrimp Tempura

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Shrimp tempura is a Japanese dish consisting of shrimp, fish, vegetables, etc. dipped in an egg batter, deep-fried to produce a light, crisp crust, and served with a piquant dipping sauce.

7. Chicken Cordon Bleu

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A cordon bleu or schnitzel cordon bleu is a dish of meat wrapped around cheese, then breaded and pan-fried or deep-fried. Veal or pork cordon bleu is made of veal or pork pounded thin and wrapped around a slice of ham and a slice of cheese, breaded, and then pan fried or baked.


 

Desserts

The last leg of the meal is the dessert, a colorful array of sweet pastries, ice cream, and more.

1. Halo-halo

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Halo-halo (Tagalog for “mixed”), also spelled haluhalo, is a popular Filipino cold dessert which is a concoction of crushed ice, evaporated milk and various ingredients including, among others, ube, sweetened beans, coconut strips, sago, gulaman (seaweed gelatin), pinipig rice, boiled root crops in cubes, fruit slices, flan, and topped with a scoop of ice cream.

2. Leche Flan

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In the Philippines, flan is known as leche flan (the local term for the originally Spanish flan de leche, literally “milk flan“), which is a heavier version of the Spanish dish, made with condensed milk and more egg yolks.

3. Custard Cake

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Custard Cake resembles a chiffon cake with a topping of sweetened milk and egg mixture known as custard. At first glance, this could be mistaken as a giant Leche Flan because the topping resembles one.

4. Selecta Ice Cream

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Selecta is a Filipino dairy products brand owned by RFM Corporation (PSE: RFM). Its milk business is operated by RFM Corporation, while its ice cream business is operated under a joint-venture with Unilever Philippines, Inc.

5. Macaroni Salad

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Macaroni salad is a type of pasta salad, served cold made with cooked elbow macaroni and usually prepared with mayonnaise. Much like potato salad or coleslaw in its use.

6. Mango Graham Float

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Mango float could be the easiest, delicious no-bake dessert you could ever make. It only needs 4 ingredients too! It is a favorite Filipino ‘icebox cake’  that is a big hit during the holiday seasons or any other special occasion. 

7. Mais Con Yelo

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Maíz con hielo is a sweet and refreshing snack food in the Philippines made with corn.


That’s all for this slightly lengthy food blog post about dishes to cook for a Filipino feast. I hope you found something you like! Feel free to add these dishes and treats to your parties and celebrations, they’re really yummy!

 

Love,

Athena x



 

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17 thoughts on “The Perfect Filipino Feast: Food Ideas + Recipe

  1. Oh my god I think I was dribbling by the time I got half way down the post! I really love the sound of the baked macaroni and cheese and the sweet spaghetti, I’m a big fan of pasta dishes.

    The mango Graham float looks to die for as well! Thanks for sharing x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌟 http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

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  2. I’ve seen pictures of Filipino feasts and they are amazing!!! You can NEVER go wrong with chicharron. I only had puto once but it was very dry. I want to try out a proper one someday! OHHHH you can never go wrong with lumpia either. That is my fave! Thanks for sharing all of these food options! 🙂

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  3. Wow! So many delicious and interesting looking foods! I’m feeling pretty hungry right now and could definitely give most of these a try. The halo halo dessert looks really fun and eye-catching, it sounds so nice as well! Thanks for sharing, great post! ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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