The Best Unknown Filipino Foods

Filipino cuisine isn't as well-known as Thai, Vietnamese, or Japanese food, but it's just as rich and diverse.

Kinilaw is cubed fish or meat, also called Filipino ceviche. Unlike ceviche, kinilaw is "cooked" in coconut or cane vinegar.

Kinilaw

Lumpia arrived in the Philippines with Chinese traders in the ninth century. As a side or snack, it's served at most gatherings.

Lumpia


Arroz caldo is a thick, flavorful, and easy-to-make rice porridge. Arroz caldo combines Spanish and Chinese cuisines.

Caldo

Lechon or suckling pig is a staple at Filipino celebrations. Some say lechon is the national dish. Traditional bamboo spit-roasted pig is stuffed with tamarind.

Lechon

Balut is a dish that piques curiosity but not hunger. Despite being a boiled duck egg, the dish has a rich history. Balut is a fertilized, incubated egg served warm.

Balut

Chicken inasal (grilled chicken) is a Bacolod, Western Visayas, specialty (via Foxy Folksy). Chicken is marinated in pepper, garlic, lemongrass, calamansi, and achuete oil. 

Chicken Inalas

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