Delicious Filipino Dishes To Suit 5 Types Of Foodies


One of the national pastimes of us Filipinos is eating or paglamon. When we are in the middle of a group hangout, our often dilemma is finding a place to eat. There are just so many choices and so many different flavors that we cannot decide right away! So the next time you ask your Filipino friends where they want to eat, chances are they will answer you with: “kahit saan o kahit ano” (anywhere or anything).


The variety of dishes in the Filipino cuisine stems from its colonial roots (i.e., from Spain, China, and America) and its neighboring Asian countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. With this fusion of flavors and cultures, there are surely some dishes to suit every type of foodie.


1. For The Health-conscious Foodie


If your idea of Filipino cuisine is in lined with the famous “fiesta” dishes such as Lechon (whole roasted pig) and Crispy Pata (deep-fried pig’s leg) then you will realize that there is not much room for nutrition. But that is not always the case!

Filipino cuisine extends to healthy dishes such as Pancit Bihon and Chop Suey. With a little bit of creativity, you can turn an affordable dish to yummy and nutritious meal. Take the healthy “Tofu and Mushroom” recipe from Delishably as an example.



  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 1 medium onion (chopped)

  • 1/4 cup mushrooms (sliced)

  • 365 grams-can of spaghetti meat sauce

  • 1 block firm tofu (cubed & fried)

  • 1 medium red bell pepper (seeded & cubed)

  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper

  • sugar (to taste)




Start by sautéing onion, garlic, and mushroom together in a small amount of vegetable oil. Pour the can of spaghetti meat sauce and simmer for 3 minutes. Then add 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt and sugar to taste. Simmer this mixture for 5 minutes before stirring in the tofu and bell pepper cubes. Simmer everything for another 3 minutes. Now, serve it!

Tofu and Mushroom

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Notes: This meal, serving 5 people, is rich in vitamin C. To make this dish tastier, you can incorporate a variety of mushrooms instead of just one kind.


2. For The Sweet Tooth Foodie

One of the most common and beloved Filipino desserts is yema. It is a custard candy made from egg yolks and condensed milk. My fondness for yema may stretch for a lifetime. I can even finish 4 “yema pyramids” in one seating!


Aside from tasting so good, yema is relatively easy to make as it doesn’t require loads of preparation time and its ingredients are readily available. Give this simple “Yema Ball” recipe from a try and see for yourself.



  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter

  • 10 oz can of condensed milk

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 3 tablespoons of peanuts (chopped)




Begin by melting the butter in a heated saucepan. Stir the condensed milk inside then cook for 3 minutes. Add the egg yolks and stir for 2 minutes. Then set the heat to medium and put the peanuts. Stir this mixture until it become thick (15-20 minutes). Turn the heat to low when the desired texture is about to be accomplished.


Afterwards, turn the heat off and allow the mixture to cool. Once it is cool, put a spoonful of yema and roll it with your hands to form a ball. Transfer all these spheres into a plate and serve it.


Notes: This meal, serving 6 people, contains about 272 calories per serving but…it is all worth it!


3. For The Insta Foodie


Long before the bubble milk tea became a trending drink, us Filipinos had been topping our drinks with chewy and round sagos! We combine this sago or tapioca pearls with gulaman (gelatin), brown sugar, and other special ingredients. The mixture of colors in the chilly “Sago’t Gulaman” drink will liven up your black and white Instagram feed.



  • 3 cups of medium-sized tapioca pearls

  • 1 sachet of gelatin powder

  • 3 cups of brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

  • 2-3 cups water




The first step is to cook the tapioca and gelatin according to the instructions on the packaging. Then set this two aside. Place the cups of brown sugar in a pot and caramelize it in low heat. Put the water and vanilla extract when the sugar begins to melt. Stir the “sugar mixture” and let it boil until the sugar fully dissolves. That is when you must turn off the heat and let it cool.


Fix a glass of sliced gelatin, tapioca pearls, 3 tablespoons of the sugar mixture and a cup of cold water. Stir this further and serve.

Sago Gulaman Drink

Image Credit: LutuingBahay

Notes: As a tip, take a picture of your tropical Sago’t Gulaman cup from the top and the sides to get the perfect shot for your Instagram. Let the colors standout by taking it in a white background.


4. For The Quickie Foodie


For the stay-at-home moms or the newbie chefs who want to cook a Pinoy dish that is quick and easy, you can try the “Hotdog Casserole”. A staple at most breakfast tables, the flavorful Hotdog Casserole was one of the first dishes that I learned by myself.


This recipe by Delishably is rich in Vitamin A and serves 6 people.



  • 1/4 kilogram of hotdogs (diagonal slices)

  • 1 large onion (chopped)

  • 1 200 grams-can tomato sauce

  • 1/2 cup of whole corn kernels

  • 100 grams green beans (sliced)

  • salt, sugar & pepper (to taste)




You must sauté the onion and hotdogs in a small amount of vegetable oil. Pour the tomato sauce and stir it in. Sprinkle some salt, sugar, and pepper to your liking. Simmer this mixture for 10 minutes. Then add the 1/4 cup of water, corn, and green beans. Stir everything and simmer until the vegetables become tender. Serve this nicely and enjoy!

Hotdog with Ketchup Recipe

Image Credit: JeansRecipes

Notes: To retain the crunchiness and sweetness of the green beans, do not overcook it. Like me, you can sauté the ingredients in butter instead of vegetable oil.


5. For The Merienda-loving Foodie


Merienda is a Filipino term for a late morning or mid-afternoon snack. It has become a longstanding tradition in the Filipino plate. When we are expecting guests or we feel hungry ourselves, we serve some classic merienda delight such as turon and bibingka.

  Speaking of bibingka, you can make your very own holiday favorite merienda by following this recipe by  


  • 2 cups of pancake mix

  • 6 eggs

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 2 cups milk

  • 8 tablespoons of butter

  • banana leaves (optional)



Start by preheating the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease the pans and line them with banana leaves (optional). Then combine the pancake mix, beaten eggs, milk, sugar, and butter together. Mix this all well. Afterwards, you must pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake this for at least 10-12 minutes. Serve this with a sprinkle of sugar and a spoonful of butter on top.

Bibingka with Salted Egg

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Notes: Garnish the bibingka with grated coconut to complete its look. Also, please watch your oven as you bake.


Have fun preparing these Pinoy dishes and share it with the ones you love! 🙂

Anna Agoncillo

Anna is a Registered Psychometrician and a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Earning a bachelor's degree with honors in Psychological Studies, lead her to a career of writing and teaching. She is also the author of the new book entitled Psychology of Love, Money, & Life.


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