12 Jun2006



Happy Independence Day!!! This holiday is generally a non-event here in the Philippines… Why that is, I am not really certain. Is it because the date is contentious, being one of at least 4 or 5 dates that we could have legitimately used as our “Independence Day?!” Or is it because the local school year is just starting up and everyone is bummed that the summer has reached an end? Is it because the weather is often in between the hot summer and the wet monsoon season? We don’t seem to have a tradition of a large family get together, a special meal, or even a special food that is associated with Independence Day. On our street, we are the only home proudly flying a Philippine Flag! Perhaps the President will lay a wreath at the Rizal monument and some canons will let loose but that’s about it… I read once somewhere that the meal served at the Malolos constitution or one of the dates when we declared Independence was made up of a long list of European dishes, fancy shmancy things with difficult to pronounce French names. Outrageous! Shouldn’t we have been munching on something more Filipino, perhaps??? Having said that, the photo above is of an Independence cake that my daughter made herself. She thought we should do SOMETHING for Independence day and even dragged me out to the grocery to get the toppings… Unfortunately, there were no local red and blue fruits so it’s about as Western a cake as you can get with raspberries and blueberries…but it’s the thought that counts, right?…

So this made me think. If we were to put out a food spread on Philippine Independence Day…what would/should it include? What Top 10 Pinoy dishes would make it onto the table? Let’s not include desserts or kakanins for the moment and let’s focus on soups, salads, meats, fish, starches, etc. I know it’s a difficult task to find the Top 10 but I want to hear what you all have to say. But more than what should be on the table, what would you personally want on the table? What are your 10 most favorite Pinoy or Pinoy-ized dishes? I thought this would be easy to answer and I asked my wife and daughter to help me with our list but it kept getting longer and longer! Picking out the Top 10 was REALLY hard to do… I seek your answers to this question for another reason as well – if a dish makes it onto our list, but I have not yet featured it on this blog, I will try to hunt down or test a recipe and make sure I keep a running list of Pinoy favorites! My archives have a lot of stuff that I like to eat and here are some of the dishes that would make it onto my Top 10 (or 20) list. I’d probably have some kinilaw (tanguigue, malasugi or even dilis) to start with a nice cold San Miguel Beer. Others might pick sisig, some chicharon or kuhol sa gata. Sinigang na sugpo using sampalok is a house favorite, but other soups that we like include sinigang na bayabas, nilagang baka, pesang manok, sinampalukang manok, chicken binakol or Marketman’s stylized version of pinikpikan. There are lots of local salads that would make it but if I had to choose just one, it would probably be an eggplant and tomato salad (best with sinugba), though tomato and red egg, green mango with bagoong or even an ampalaya salad would be close behind. Arrgh, I forgot to include a fresh lumpia ubod up top with the appetizers… I love bistek tagalog made with a LOT of kalamansi, pork adobo, fried bangus, sinugbang spareribs, crispy pata and paksiw na lechon (more than lechon itself). Grilled fish or other seafood are up there as well. For vegetables, a fiery laing would be nice, but what about pinakbet, munggo or sitaw and kalabasa in gata? And I haven’t even started with the noodles…a pancit or sotanghon of some kind, dried fish or lamayo, tapa, tocino or longganisa… Yikes, is it impossible to pick just 10? What would be on your list? Help!!!



  1. maeli'i says:

    Here are the top ten for me:
    Lengua de Estofado; Menudo; Pancit Luglug/Palabok; Dinuguan; Lechon; Embotido; Morcon; Rellenong Bangus; Lumpiang Sariwa and last but not the least, Mechado…Yummy,yummy!!!!!

    Jun 12, 2006 | 5:19 pm


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  3. cathy says:

    hi random lurker!!! but i saw the challenge and had to unlurk…

    in no order, here are my top ten

    kare kare, lechon kawali, rellenong pusit, imbuitdo, morcon [gotta have these two, oh so good], palabok, pata-tim, callos, lumpia [any kind really] and the ‘pinoy spaghetti’

    for sweets, buko pandan, leche flan, sapin-sapin, puto, AND SO MUCH MORE :) :) :)

    im hungry now…

    Jun 12, 2006 | 5:40 pm

  4. Lei says:

    Mine would be:
    1. Beef Caldereta
    2. Chicken Sotanghon
    3. Dinuguan(MM, is this the dish that you cannot stand to eat? heehee)
    4. Sinigang na baka
    5. Morcon
    6. Beef Bulalo
    7. Daing na bangus
    8. Sinigang na isda(any nice fish) sa miso
    9. Lechon Kawali
    10. Sisig(my 6 yr old kid’s favorite)

    Jun 12, 2006 | 5:57 pm

  5. joy says:

    1) sinigang na baboy
    2) beef steak
    3) halohalo
    4) beef bulalo
    5) chicken & pork adobo
    6) lumpia
    7) tapa
    8) biko
    9) inihaw na liempo
    10) pancit molo

    Jun 12, 2006 | 6:33 pm

  6. Lou says:

    I’m sure you’ll be easily swamped with over a 100 replies; but here are 10 Filipino dishes I’d really love to eat one day or anyday.
    Sinigang na sugpo or chicken or oink oink
    Pork adobo
    Spareribs Filipino (recipe, please)
    Crispy pata
    Nilagalng baka
    Fried bangus
    Lumpia ubod
    Bon appetite!

    Jun 12, 2006 | 7:06 pm

  7. edee says:

    1. Pritong GG (or any fish na masarap i-prito) na may sawsawan na bagoong at kamatis ( pede rin burong hipon), at steamed okra at talbos ng kamote on the side.
    2. lechon kawali
    3. lumpia, either fresh or fried
    4. Sinigang na isda sa miso
    5. Tinola
    6. Monggo
    8. Steamed talangka, alimasag or alimanggo
    9. Inihaw na fresh pusit
    10. tokwa’t baboy

    Jun 12, 2006 | 7:11 pm

  8. Apicio says:

    Could’nt narrow it down to ten either so I imagined a list of food I would not like to keep on living without and here’s the list in a wild mixture of orthographies (not in any particular order and in no way exclusive):

    bringe, lumpiang sariwa, queta, pochero with grilled eggplant vinaigrette and steamed squash vinaigrette, humba, pancit malabon, poto and boboto, sapin sapin (not the malagkit kind), lupok, asado de carjay, fried ripe banana with sugar and rum, ensaladang bataw
    albondegas with either miswa or sotanghon, suam na alimango, tortilla’ng alimasag
    manga’t suman, suman at jalea, tuyo and sinañgag, balaw-balaw and fried or grilled talong
    binagooñgan and kare-kare, tinapang banag

    Jun 12, 2006 | 7:11 pm

  9. Hchie says:

    You have me thinking here,MM.This would be it for me.
    – Nilagang Bi-as with Ensaladang Talong
    – Any Adobo
    – Authentic Bacolod Chicken Inasal
    – Pork Sinugba with Sinamak
    – Pancit Palabok
    – Monggo Guisado
    – Daing na Bangus from Pangasinan with Atcharang papaya
    – Green Mangoes with Red Eggs and Onions
    – Pinoy Spaghetti with Cheese Pimiento sandwiches
    – Beefsteak Tagalog

    Jun 12, 2006 | 7:39 pm

  10. Raquel says:

    Hi, another lurker here. Nice Phil. flag cake (kudos to your daughter). About that challenge, hmmm… here are my favorites,
    1. Sinigang na baboy
    2. Lumpiang sariwa
    3. Monggo guisado
    4. Rellenong bangus
    5. Bihon guisado
    6. Adobong kangkong
    7. Tinola
    8. Embotido
    9. Tortang talong/alimasag
    10. Adobong manok

    Ah, nakakagutom naman!

    Jun 12, 2006 | 7:41 pm

  11. Ciela says:

    Here’s my top ten.

    1. Pritson – Lechon de leche deep fried to a crisp, chopped and served in soft tortillas with different kinds of sauces to everyone’s taste. I like the one with Hoisin sauce. It’s the new way of eating lechon. You could order from the Esguerra’s at 09185318851. Yum! We usually have this during family celebrations.

    2. Inasal Chicken- The petso please! But if they could come us with the whole chicken cooked the inasal way, that could replace my turkey anytime. I’m crazy over JT’s and J-jay’s chicken Inasal. It so juicy. Don’t even try the Kenny Roger’s version, what the heck were they thinking, it doesn’t even come close!

    3. Chicken or Pork Adobo – I think if there’s a National dish… this should be the one. I even like it flaked.

    4. Steamed Crabs – No fancy flavoring but plainly steamed keeping the juices in and eaten the Filipino way, with vinegar, garlic and sili.

    5. Green Mangoes, Tomatoes and Bagoong. – A classic sidings to any Filipino dish.

    6. Kare-kare. -Yum! You should try the new Seafood version too.

    7. Rellenong Bangus. – But just be sure to remove all the fishbone.

    8. Sinigang na sugpo. – Maasim enough to make you smile. And with lots of kangkong.

    9. Bistek Tagalog – With lots of sauce and cooked til tender.

    10. Pancit Malabon = A Filipino celebration wouldn’t be complete without pancit. However you want it, it just has to be on that buffet table.

    Jun 12, 2006 | 8:07 pm

  12. myra manalang says:

    mine are:

    1. dininding
    2. adobo
    3. pansit bihon
    4. sinigang na sugpo sa sampalok na maraming gabi
    5. ginataang sitaw at kalabasa
    6. Relyenong Bangus
    7. kare-kare
    8. lumpiang sariwa
    9. Pritong galunggong na may sawsawang kamatis, sibuyas na pinigaan ng kalamansi
    10. Syempre ang ultimate panghimagas – manggang hinog

    Jun 12, 2006 | 8:44 pm

  13. Eugene says:

    1.Nilagang Baka
    2.Sinigang na Baboy
    3.Ampalaya Guisado
    5.Inihaw na Tilapia / Bangus
    7.Tortang Dulong
    10.Salted Egg w/ Kamatis

    Jun 12, 2006 | 9:03 pm

  14. eustressor says:

    hi marketman! here’s my top 10 favs:
    1. sinigang na hipon
    2. nilagang manok (with mashed chicken liver, calamansi’t patis as sawsawan)
    3. chicken inasal
    4. bistek tagalog
    5. daing na bangus
    6. inahaw na tamban (with ginger and sampaloc as sawsawan)
    7. sinigang na baboy
    8. sinigang na isda sa miso
    9. adobo
    10.ginataang alimasag with sitaw and kalabasa

    Jun 12, 2006 | 9:27 pm

  15. perkycinderella says:

    My 10 faves:

    1. Any kind of sinigang
    2. Laswa
    3. Inihaw na isda esp. bisugo
    4. Pritong daing
    5. Laing
    6. Kutsinta
    7. Pancit Bihon
    8. Pochero
    9. Arroz Valenciana
    10.Smoked bangus

    Jun 12, 2006 | 9:31 pm

  16. joanne says:

    My top 10:

    1. litson
    2. kare-kare
    3. chicken and pork adobo
    4. pritong tilapia
    5. daing na bangus
    6. pinakbet
    7. pork humba
    8. chicken inasal (pa-a)
    9. dinuguan
    10. baked tahong

    Jun 12, 2006 | 10:01 pm

  17. Chevee says:

    In no particular order:

    1. Longganiza and sinangag
    2. Beef kaldereta
    3. Lumpiang sariwa
    4. Beef lumpia
    5. Sinigang na baboy
    6. Kilawin na puso ng saging
    7. Adobo with saba bananas
    8. Ginisang munggo
    9. Sinigang sa miso (fish or shrimp)
    10. Beef nilaga

    Mmmm, just putting this list together made me hungry… =D

    Jun 12, 2006 | 10:44 pm

  18. Kristine says:

    1. Sinigang na Baboy –> I could eat this everyday. Seriously. :)
    2. Itlog na Maalat with tomatoes
    3. Chicken Pork Adobo with pork liver sauce
    4. Grilled Eggplant with Bagoong Balayan and Tomatoes
    5. Guinumis
    6. Tinapang Salinas
    7. Fried Tawilis
    8. Pangat na Maliputo
    9. Tapa
    10. Lechon Kawali with Squash sauce

    Jun 12, 2006 | 11:01 pm

  19. millet says:

    mine would be (in no particular order):
    1. karekare
    2. chicken-pork adobo
    3. kulawo (roasted eggplant salad with coconut milk)
    4. fresh lumpia, negros style
    5. chicken relleno
    6. sinigang na bangus sa bayabas
    7. paksiw na bangus na me gata
    8. sisig
    9. pancit molo
    10.halabos na suahe
    11.pancit malabon
    12.pako salad with iltog na maalat at kamatis
    13. tinapang bangus with radish salad or mixed vegetable achara
    14. ginisang munggo (with shirmps and ampalaya leaves)
    ay, 14 na pala! for dessert, it would be:
    1. macapuno balls in syrup
    2. the candied calamansi halves stuffed with yema or nata
    3. sans rival
    4. halohalo
    ay, kasali ba ang desserts?

    Jun 12, 2006 | 11:17 pm

  20. millet says:

    pahabol: sinuglaw (kinilaw na malasugue mixed with slices of sinugbang liempo), and sinugbang panga or tiyan ng tuna, preferably tombo. dessert: native (meaning pure davao, not hybrid) durian. kain na!

    Jun 12, 2006 | 11:21 pm

  21. Carlo says:

    Well, here’s mine: pork adobo, beef calderetta, daing na bangus, beef tapa, lechon kawali, bistek tagalog, pinakbet, lumpiang sariwa, rellenong bangus, inihaw na liempo.

    Jun 12, 2006 | 11:22 pm

  22. sharonel says:

    hello!..i’m a lurker, love your entries, wanted to live up to my mom’s standards (who’s a chef) and try some of your recipes…anywayz here’s my top ten filipino fave dishes..

    1. sinigang na baka
    2. kare-kare
    3. pakbet
    4. tortang talong
    5. chicken adobo
    6. bottled tuyo in olive oil accompanied with ensaladang manggo, tomatoes, onions, inihaw na talong and alamang
    7. sisig
    8. menudo
    9. laing
    10. pancit bihon

    Jun 12, 2006 | 11:30 pm

  23. renee says:

    Here are my top 10 – although i’d probably wanna change half of it and say “ay oo nga!!” after i read the entries of the other readers….
    1. Meat Sinigang (Pork ribs or beef)
    2. Kare-kare
    3. Paksiw na Pata
    4. Tinapang Bangus (Salinas is really great i don’t know if its a style of smoking or a brand though)
    5. Green Mango, Tomatoes, Onion and Bagoong salad
    6. Longganisa/Tocino with Itlog na maalat and tomatoes (i know im cheating, there are 3 dishes here hehehehe)
    7. Lumpiang Ubod
    8. Tortang Talong
    9. Bopis
    10. Adobong spareribs (I think i’m the only one who does this though – its really tasty with all the bones in as opposed to other pork parts that tend to get dry and tough)

    Jun 12, 2006 | 11:42 pm

  24. Jacob's Mom says:

    1. Sinigang
    2. Karekare ng nanay ko
    3. Munggo
    4. Daing na bangus
    5. Palabok
    6. Lechon
    7. Lumpiang shanghai
    8. Sinaing na tulingan with gata
    9. Caldereta
    10. Sisig

    Mmmmmm…. :D

    Jun 13, 2006 | 12:55 am

  25. ems says:

    1. karekare
    2. sariwang lumpia
    3. lechon paksiw
    4. pansit
    5. rellenong bangus
    5. sinigang na sugpo
    6. inihaw na isda
    7. pork adobo
    8. lechon kawali
    9. leche flan
    10. buko pandan salad

    Jun 13, 2006 | 12:59 am

  26. JD says:

    1. Adobo
    2. Bulalo
    3. Beef Steak
    4. Kare Kare
    5. Fried Bangus
    6. Chicken Tinola
    7. Durian
    8. Ube
    9. Turon
    10. Pancit

    MM, the filipino community here in Carson, Ca. celebrate Philippines Independence Day. There were lots of food and entertainment.

    Jun 13, 2006 | 1:03 am

  27. mayumi says:

    i know it’s not a dish but…


    cannot live without them.

    Jun 13, 2006 | 1:12 am

  28. juls says:

    1. chicken inasal
    2. pancit molo
    3. canonigo (floating island)
    4. flaked adobo
    5. grilled bacolod chorizo
    6. grilled foil-wrapped bangus with onions & tomatoes in the middle
    7. sans rival
    8. green mangoes w/ guinamos
    9. guinomis
    10. palad/uga/pinakas/tuyo

    **anything from bacolod is good enough for my taste buds.

    Jun 13, 2006 | 1:53 am

  29. SS says:

    Happy Independence Day Market Man! I can always go for Pinoy food and love what places like Cafe Bola and Uva do with mixing it up. But traditionally here are my favorites; (of course I could easily go beyond 10)

    1. Adobo (and adobo flakes)
    2. Lumpia (both fried and fresh. Hopefully that’s not cheating)
    3. Lengua Estofada
    4. Bibingka
    5.Pan de sal and quesong puti (also good when quesong puti is marinated in oilve oil and some fresh herbs)
    6. Pinakbet ( especially when it’s served as they do in Vigan. Each ingredient grouped seprately with the bagoong sauce on the side and a hefty piece of bagnet on top)
    7. Kare-kare
    8. Tie between Bulalo and Sinigang
    9. Guisadong Monggo
    10. Sinangag na kanin ( overlooked as a dish but always welcome)

    Jun 13, 2006 | 2:09 am

  30. SS says:

    Eeks I forgot no desserts or kakanins. Ok that gives me one extra entry. I vote for a well grilled liempo. All this talk of food is making me hungry.

    Jun 13, 2006 | 2:12 am

  31. fried-neurons says:

    My top 10 (pero hindi in order of preference):

    pork adobo

    sinigang na baboy

    crispy pata

    tinolang manok

    kalderetang baka


    pancit palabok

    lumpiang sariwa

    fried galunggong

    fried boneless bangus

    Jun 13, 2006 | 2:13 am

  32. MGR says:

    1. kare-kare
    2. paksiw na lechon
    3. pancit malabon
    4. talangka from La Union!!!Yummy!
    5. sinampalukang manok
    6. champurado
    7. Plaridel goto
    8. banana turon
    9. any fresh inihaw fish
    10. baked tahong

    I’m, out….

    Jun 13, 2006 | 2:18 am

  33. Susan says:

    1. Pinakbet
    2. Sinigang na Hipon
    3. Diningding
    4. Bistek
    5. Lechon Manok
    6. Pansit Palabok
    7. Kare-Kare
    8. Barbekyung Manok/Baboy
    9. Menudo
    10. Atsara

    Jun 13, 2006 | 2:22 am

  34. Phil Fadul says:

    Marketman Manila:
    I love the dish Paete, Laguna locals called “Minanok” This dish is made of grilled eggplant mixed with juice squeezed from partly burned coconut meat seasoned with salt,garlic and vinegar or dayap juice. This is eaten as the condiment salsa. It’s good with grilled (in coconut husk) kanduli (catfish). I’ve lived with my family in California for the past 27 years. Thank you for maintaining your very interesting and enjoyable website.

    Jun 13, 2006 | 2:42 am

  35. alilay says:

    mine is crispy pata, lechon kawali, lechon, chicharon, inihaw na liempo (teka parang puro baboy to ah), lobster, crabs and hipon – halabos lang, prime rib, marca pina queso de bola, ham – from new city grocery in quiapo – mas masarap ito kesa excelente, try it sometimes, leche faln, ube halaya, bagoong balayan, talbos ng kahit anong gulay – pako, kamote, sayote, haaay kakagutom po. at saka peking duck pala

    Jun 13, 2006 | 3:05 am

  36. tulip says:

    Its been awhile since I left a comment. I cant help but give my top 10 dishes.

    1. Kare-Kare
    2. Sinampalukang Manok -lots of sampaloc leaves..yum!
    3. Sinigang sa Bayabas -either bangus or beef
    4. Adobong Batangas -adobo version without soy sauce
    5. Lechon from Cebu
    6. Munggo Guisado with Sardines -this is yum, I tell you!
    7. REAL Pancit Malabon -Im thankful Im near where the real delicious pancit malabon can be found.Truly malabon pride!
    8. Kamote Tops Salad,Ampalaya Salad or Pajo – I cant pick one
    9. Ginataang Tilapia
    10. Ginataang Langka
    hmmm, I need to add some more please…
    Batangas Bulalo,Pares and Caldereta

    ok enough now, I might start to crave for one of these.

    Jun 13, 2006 | 4:50 am

  37. Larees says:

    here are some of my fav pinoy food….
    1. isaw
    2. sisig
    3. pinakbet with grilled catfish
    4. ginataan munggo
    5. afritada
    6. sinampalukang manok (my lola’s specialty)
    7. leche flan and ube
    8. inihaw na bangus
    9. kinilaw
    10. kamatis and salted egg

    Jun 13, 2006 | 5:22 am

  38. Anson says:

    1) Longganisa
    2) Lumpia
    3) Sinigang na Corned beef
    4) Pako salad from Kusina Salud
    5) Sans Rival
    6) Sisig
    7) Rellenong Bangus
    8) Pinakbet
    9) Laing
    10) Paella from Ambos Mundos

    Jun 13, 2006 | 6:15 am

  39. gonzo says:

    My thinking as to why Independence Day is no big deal here is that we never really were independent after 1946. we were ‘given’ it by the americans. we didn’t earn our independence through any sort of military victory as is the norm.

    (Indeed in 1898-1901, the US aborted our real revolution against 400 years of Spanish rule by conniving with the waning Spanish empire and becoming our new rulers, in the process killing off 10% of our then population of 7M– that’s 700,000 men, women and children– in the horrendous [but conveniently underreported] Phil-American War, the first major war of the 20th century. Many of the atrocities committed and torture techniques used by the Americans in Vietnam were first tried out in the Philippines more than half a century earlier in America’s quest for empire.)

    Also, after we were ‘allowed’ independence after WW2 the americans made sure that the old colonial unbalanced relationship was still in place by enacting extremely one-sided trade pacts, such as the Laurel-Langley agreement, which basically allowed the Yanks to exploit our resources without allowing Filipinos access to theirs.

    As late as 1991 the Americans were still interfering in our affairs, mainly to protect their precious military bases. Thank God for the Pinatubo eruption. That, plus our Senate’s wholesale rejection of the Bases Agreement, did the trick.

    To this day the American legacy remains strong, what with so many Filipinos still dying to reach American shores for better economic opportunities, and not a few pinoys actually still believing that the Yanks are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Thankfully, the rest of the world is more objective, and disagrees.

    On that cheery note , my 10 favourites!:

    1. adobo & mongo (our cook’s version only)
    2. my lola’s pre-War no-toyo chicken pork adobo recipe
    3. kare kare
    3. sinigang na baboy
    4. lechon (but must have crispy skin and not too fatty)
    5. our cook’s paksiw na lechon
    6. chicken dinuguan
    7. inihaw na baboy (the black pepper/vinegary as opposed to the sweetish type)
    8. palabok (real version, not the jollibee type)
    9. bistek pilipino
    10.green mango-bagoong salad w tomatoes etc, also salted egg.

    honourable mention: balut

    Jun 13, 2006 | 6:35 am

  40. Sylvia says:

    My favorites:

    1. paksiw na lechon
    2. dinuguan
    3. lumpiang ubod
    4. ensaladang mangga w/ tomatoes, red egg & onions
    5. kare-kare
    6. sisig
    7. inihaw na liempo
    8. inihaw na panga ng tuna
    9. ginataang sitaw with kalabasa
    10. lechon!

    Naglalaway na ako.

    Jun 13, 2006 | 6:50 am

  41. Lani says:

    This is my list:

    1. lechon
    2. adobong manok
    3. inihaw na isda (hito, dalag or bangus)
    4. bulalo
    5. sinigang na baboy
    6. pinakbet
    7. mais soup
    8. ginataang kuhol
    9. pancit malabon
    10. ensaladang gulay (sitaw, okra, talong)

    Jun 13, 2006 | 7:17 am

  42. Rey says:

    Inihaw na pusit
    Pritong galungong
    Guinisang baboy na may upo
    Diningding na ampalaya na may tinunong galunggung
    Pritong bulong unas na isda
    Kinilaw na baby octupos
    Bistek na may maraming onion at calamansi
    tinuno na baboy na may balat
    Kinilaw na galunggong

    Jun 13, 2006 | 8:27 am

  43. Dina says:

    This is my list: In no particular order….

    1. Crispy Pata
    2. Pancit Palabok
    3. Sinigang in tamarind or guava – pork & fish
    4. Adobo anything-pork or chicken
    5. Inihaw pork or fish
    6. Bachoy
    7. Kare-kare
    8. Dinuguan
    9. Pancit Bihon
    10. Lugaw with tokwa/baboy

    Jun 13, 2006 | 8:30 am

  44. Rampau says:

    This is my list:

    Pastel- Mom’s recipe
    Mechado or sinarsahang baka.
    Inihaw na bangus
    Oysters-out of it’s shell and steamed on top of rice
    Sinigang na eel or kasolang boneless bangus in kamias.
    Bola bola- ground pork and shrimp in shrimp soup and misua
    Tapang kabayo (from the bisita market in Malabon).
    Pesang Lapu lapu na gray ang color(not red) with taure sauce
    Home made boneless tinapang bangus made to order in Malabon 2 to 3 bangus to a kilo not those super large bangus with fried talong.
    Kare kare with real peanuts not Peanut butter with salty bagoong not the sweet kind.
    Adobong talaba.

    There, that’s it.

    Jun 13, 2006 | 8:36 am

  45. peterb says:


    1. Adobo – chicken or pork
    2. Sinigang – beef or pork
    3. Nilagang baka
    4. Spicy stir fried shrimps
    5. Kaldereta – beef
    6. Pochero
    7. Dinuguan
    8. Paksiw na lechon
    9. Sisig
    10. Kare-Kare

    Jun 13, 2006 | 8:43 am

  46. Luwee says:

    Some of our easy to cook and well loved Filipino dishes:

    Sinampalukang manok (and all kinds of sinigang), paksiw na bangus (with ampalaya, talong and green sili), fish sarciado, chicken pork adobo, chicken tinola, fish escabeche, pesang isda, torta (with ground pork and shrimps combined), pinangat, nilasing na hipon.

    There are actually so much more. We are so blessed to be in a country with abundant food sources, we can even have some home grown food supply. Thanks MM for constantly bringing up the goodness of lutong pinoy. -louie b. torres

    Jun 13, 2006 | 8:49 am

  47. marian says:

    My top ten:
    1. Inihaw na leimpo with sinigang ng bangus
    2. Chicken-pork adobo with ginisang munggo
    3. Crispy pata with kare-kare
    4. Halabos na hipon at alimasag with green mangoes, onions, tomatoes and bagoong
    5. batangas kaldereta
    6. Lumpiang hubad (beans,potatoes,carrots etc)
    7. Lumpiang ubod
    8. Lechon de leche
    9. Daing ng bangus with ensalada
    10. Chicken Tinola

    Jun 13, 2006 | 8:55 am

  48. Mila says:

    A few more to go to reach 100, so here’s my input to the list in no particular order

    * roasted eggplant salad
    * green mango salad with chicharon, red onions, tomatoes and bagoong
    * garlic fried rice (or garlic fried rice using the oil from chicken/pork adobo)
    * kare kare
    * laing
    * mongo
    * crispy pata
    * sinigang (I prefer fish head with miso and mustasa or hipon)
    * binagoongan (spelling?)
    * pinakbet

    And an assortment of desserts to go with it (sapin sapin, leche flan, halo halo, bibingka, etc).

    Jun 13, 2006 | 9:25 am

  49. Tiffany says:

    1. pinakbet
    2. guinisang munggo with malunggay
    3. crispy pata
    4. laing
    5. sinampalukang manok
    6. chicken & pork adobo
    7. sansrival
    8. sisig
    9. igado
    10. papaitan

    Jun 13, 2006 | 9:45 am

  50. Meg says:

    I just want to contribute my list so that this reaches 100:
    1. inihaw na liempo/bangus
    2. ginataang kalabasa, sitaw, talong, okra atbp.
    3. paksiw na lechon
    4. kalderetang baka/kambing
    5. chicken pork adobo
    6. sinampalukang manok
    7. sinigang baboy/fish
    8. pancit malabon
    9. palitaw
    10. bibingka/puto bumbong

    Jun 13, 2006 | 9:58 am

  51. ichabod1973 says:

    my list at no particular order:
    grilled pusit
    sinigang ng whatever( baka, salmon head, hipon etc.etc.)
    crispy tadyang ng baka
    authenthic pork sisig
    tortang talong
    gatang langka
    hilaw mangga, kamatis, onion, and bagoong salad.
    cebu lechon with vinegar
    Man… i think i’m going to have a heart attack after all these.

    Jun 13, 2006 | 9:59 am

  52. Jean says:

    Hi MM,

    Mine would be:

    Goto (with tripe and beef blood (IMAGINE THAT! ;))
    Pansit Luglog
    Lechon Rice (despite the fact that I’ve only had this once)
    Arroz Caldo
    Lumpiang Shanghai
    Tapsilog, longsilog, and whatever “log” we can come up with
    Kare-kare with bagoong and rice

    Not in that order.

    Jun 13, 2006 | 10:14 am

  53. Marketman says:

    OMIGOSH!!! That’s 50 responses and still going… I promise to collate the answers and post a summary for everyone to see…Hope to get at least 50 more answers to get a nice statistically sound sample…Thank you, thank you!!!

    Jun 13, 2006 | 10:24 am

  54. Marilou says:

    1. lechon
    2. crispy pata
    3. igado
    4. pinapaitan
    5. pinakbet
    6. bangus – adobo, relyeno, inihaw, marinated and fried etc.
    7. daing
    8. inihaw – baboy, manok, dalag, hito, bangus, come to think of it any fish and there was also some kind of eel that was available only when there was a flood
    9. dinuguan
    10. pindang
    anything my Mamang cooked was my favorite, except for the frog that she bought live from the market that I saw being skinned by our cook!

    Jun 13, 2006 | 10:30 am

  55. che says:

    1. chicaron na may laman
    2. really sour sinigang na baka
    3. bulalo
    4. dinuguan
    5. kinilaw na talaba
    6. Inihaw na bangus with onions and tomatoes
    7. Lechon de Leche
    8. Tuyo with Garlic Rice (preferably Lapad)
    9. Bistek Filipino
    10. Talangka (fried that you dip in vinegar)

    Jun 13, 2006 | 10:32 am

  56. lee says:

    1. fried galunggong
    2. kbl (kadyos, baboy, langka.. preferably pork pata)
    3. medium to giant sized shrimp (linusgusan in star margarine and royal tru-orange)
    4. fat river eels na paksiw sa gata
    5. bicol express
    6. pinakbet
    7. chicken inasal, paa…
    8. kinilaw nga isda
    9. bangus belly!!!
    10. kare-kare

    Jun 13, 2006 | 10:37 am

  57. Jaja says:

    1. Lechon
    2. Kare-Kare
    3. Chicken Tinola
    4. Monggo Guisado
    5. Inihaw (fish, liempo, chicken, pork)
    6. Guinataan (kalabasa, talong, bamboo shoots, etc…)
    7. Adobo
    8. Dinuguan with puto
    9. Sinigang
    10. Lugaw with Tokwa’t Baboy

    ang dami pang pwedeng ilagay! ang hirap mag-isip ng 10 lang… =)

    Jun 13, 2006 | 10:53 am

  58. kiko says:

    1. Pork bbq nasa stick w/ fat
    2. Lumpiang Shanghai
    3. Krispy Kangkong
    4. Chicharon bulaklak
    5. Sinigang na Baboy
    6. Bulalo
    7. Sinaing na Tulingan
    8. Pritong Galunggong
    9. Pancit Malabon

    Jun 13, 2006 | 12:50 pm

  59. negrosdude says:

    here goes my all time top 10 favorites:
    1. cochinillo (the way binggoy remedios of dos mestizos in boracay does it)
    2. (again, binggoy remedios’) duck estofado
    3. the negrenses’ laswa
    4. deco’s (not ted’s old timer’s) batchoy
    5. grilled liempo (sinugba nga baboy – the way steve tajanglangit of boracay does it)
    6. lechon (the way lechoneros from bacolod city does it – NONPAREIL!!)
    7. ginataang nangka
    8. the incomparable bangus a la pobre of kaye arambulo’s piggy wiggy (perea, makati)
    9. lumpia shanghai (fried lumpia togue also)
    10. the negrenses’ kadyos.

    Jun 13, 2006 | 1:10 pm

  60. tetchie says:

    1. kinilaw na tanigue
    2. chili crab a la marketman
    3. callos
    4. beef sinigang sa kamias
    5. laing
    6. sisig
    7. chicken inasal
    8. dinuguan
    9. lechon
    10. lengua

    Jun 13, 2006 | 1:13 pm

  61. Wilson Cariaga says:

    not in order
    >kare kare
    >ilocos empanada
    >pansit palabok
    >pork isaw
    >pinakbet (trad. ilocano style)
    >bagnet ilocos

    Jun 13, 2006 | 1:25 pm

  62. negrosdude says:

    couldn’t fit these in the top ten but likewise delectable favorites are (still, not in any particular order)

    -myrna segismundo’s boneless lechon
    -ana and inaki ugarte’s cook’s tinolang manok
    -the lounge at byke’s chef rudolph ranada’s seafood paella soup
    -ilocos empanada
    -drs. mercy and ed alday’s bagnet
    -sapsap fried to a crisp with bacolod sinamak and sinangag
    -bacolod’s chorizo recado na dinurog and fried, with moist scrambled eggs (ilonggo style) and fried garlic rice
    -chicken pork adobo and or fried snipes w/ (again) moist scrambled eggs and garlic rice
    -stephen matti and carlo cajili’s GENUINE bacolod chicken inasal (across shopwise in pasong tamo, near the phil daily inquirer office – over and above all other bacolod chicken inasal versions in manila) – nina bustamante’s island chicken in boracay’s d’mall is somewhat a close 2nd
    -pancit molo (the way it is done in the kitchen of old ilonggo families)

    Jun 13, 2006 | 1:31 pm

  63. negrosdude says:

    one last (but not the least) please: the (absolutely masarap!!) gourmet tapsilog served in the Lounge at Bykes (beside mazda showroom, in the stretch between mantrade, edsa and don bosco in pasong tamo)

    Jun 13, 2006 | 1:35 pm

  64. mita says:

    no particular order:

    inihaw na Bonoan bangus
    any fried fish with burong dalag or mustasa
    fresh lumpiang ubod
    dinuguan with puto (small white ones)
    chicharon with laman from Pampanga
    inihaw na liempo
    Ilocano pinakbet
    yellow fin tuna kinilaw
    Pancit Malabon

    Jun 13, 2006 | 1:41 pm

  65. Berry says:

    Marketman, my top ten include:
    – sinigang na anything
    – kare kare
    – chicken inasal
    – grilled liempo
    – ginataang kuhol
    – halo halo
    – chicken tinola
    – monggo guisado
    – eggplant ensalada and
    – pinakbet!

    Jun 13, 2006 | 1:46 pm

  66. uyster says:

    Am new to this website but was fascinated by all the comments posted and i couldn’t resist posting my favorite Filipino dishes, and here they are!

    1. Laing
    2. Ginataang Kuhol
    3. fried crispy tawilis
    4. kare-kare
    5. lechon kawali
    6. inihaw na tuna belly
    7. crispy pata
    8. crispy kangkong leaves
    9. chicken inasal
    10. tahong cooked with toyo

    Jun 13, 2006 | 2:07 pm

  67. carina says:

    ang hirap! :)
    -sinigang (kahit anong sinigang :)
    -tortang talong
    -itlog na maalat at kamatis at manggang hilaw

    Jun 13, 2006 | 2:09 pm

  68. erleen says:

    Can I list it according to main ingredient?

    For Pork:

    Sinigang, Adobo, BBQ/Inihaw, Fried, Tocino

    For Beef:

    Nilaga, Bistek, Tapa, Mechado, Morcon

    For Chicken:

    Adobo, Tinola, Pininyahan, Fried, Sopas(may hotdog please!)

    For Fish:

    Inihaw, Paksiw(bangus lang),Tinapa, crispy fried Galunggong and Tilapia, rellenong bangus


    Lumpiang Sariwa, ubod or toge, Ginisang sayote, upo, cabbage or labanos


    Pansit Bihon, Sotanghon guisado, Pansit palabok/luglog, Sotanghon Soup


    Leche Flan, Bibingkang latik, Fruit salad, Suman sa gata, kutchinta, putong puti, putong calasiao


    manggang hilaw at bagoong, singkamas, fresh pinya, Dalandan, Fishballs, Banana Cue at turon


    ang hirap mag-isip…for sure madadagdagan pa ito mamaya konti pag naalala ko.

    Happy Independence Day to All!

    Jun 13, 2006 | 2:17 pm

  69. Ivan the Streetwalker says:


    Thanks for that historical tidbit. ;o)


    I think independence day is too… uhhmm political as a term. And besides, there will always be the contention on whether its actually June 12, 1898 or July 4, 1946. In any case, I’d like to think Independence day’ more beyond its historic-political significance but as a celebration of our country and being Filipino. I think the term National Day applies better. But I digress. Here is my answer to your post.

    1. Orangge Sotanghon Soup
    2. Chicken curry with Gata
    3. Sinigang sa Sugpo
    4. Pinakebet with Bagoong
    5. Binagoonang Baboy
    6. Bicol Express
    7. Ensaladang Talong
    8. Sinangag at Tuyo (with suka)
    9. Kapampangan longanisa with chili suka
    10. Mami

    Jun 13, 2006 | 2:21 pm

  70. erleen says:

    ayan kakapost ko pa lang may naalala na ako agad. eto pa:

    kare-kare, dinuguan, sisig, menudo, picadillo, tokwa’t baboy, ginisang mais, munggo

    eto na nga lang. haba na eh. gutom na ako!

    Jun 13, 2006 | 2:24 pm

  71. Kate says:

    If there is one thing that unites us Pinoys, it’s food! We are passionate about it but also inclusive and tolerant of everyone else’s preferences. (Not like some folks out there who insist that their ways of cooking and eating are the only ones that matter). Congratulations on thinking up this awesome way for all of us to celebrate Independence Day. (Someday, we truly will be. Thanks for the background, Gonzo!).

    Top Ten ni Kate: my Dad’s Gulay na Natong (aka Laing), my Lola’s Bangus En Tocho and Bistek-flavored meatballs, my Mom’s Pesang Bacoco and , my cousin’s Bicol Express and shatteringly crisp-skinned but moist and tender lechon, my Aunt’s kare-kare and sotanghon guisado with tengang daga, my Uncle’s fried Abo (ask anyone from Naga what fish that is) eaten with blanched pili (the outer balok) seasoned with patis and calamansi, my mother-in-law’s tokwa’t baboy and ampalaya shrimp salad…

    There’s so much but I’ll stop at 12 for June 12th. :-) Have fun creating a spreadsheet or database for all this, MM!

    Jun 13, 2006 | 2:39 pm

  72. Maddie says:

    Here my contribution in no particular order:

    1. lechon
    2. sinigang
    3. lapulapu escabeche
    4. liempo
    5. pancit bihon
    6. chicken inasal
    7. pork torta
    8. dinuguan
    9. sisig
    10. munggo with gata

    Jun 13, 2006 | 2:49 pm

  73. arlene says:

    HI MM,

    these is my first time write on your post but I’ve been reading Market Manila since the day I read it at Inquirer news paper. I am an avid reader of your website and this is the first thing I read every morning before even doing my work…
    Anyway here is my top ten list;
    1. Kare-kare cooked by my nanay
    2. chicken caldereta cooked by my nanay
    3. Murcon cooked by my mother in law
    4. chicken pork adobo
    5. chicken afritada
    6. grilled tuna belly
    7. pinangat na isda
    8. ginisang monggo
    9. papaitan

    your website is heaven sent… keep up the good site …

    Jun 13, 2006 | 2:50 pm

  74. spanx says:


    Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan!

    ang aking idaragdag ay mga matamis, pulutan at inumin na likas na Pilipino:


    1. San Miguel Pale Pilsen
    2. Tanduay Rhum 5 Years Old
    3. Sarsi


    4. Chicharon Bulaklak, Bituka, at Balat ng Manok
    5. Sisig
    6. Inihaw na Liempo
    7. Pinaputok na Tilapia


    8. Skyflakes na may CocoJam
    9. Ice Scramble
    10. Chocnut

    Jun 13, 2006 | 3:05 pm

  75. Maricel says:

    Coming from Bulacan, one of the provinces represented by the rays in the flag, here are my favorites in no particular order:

    1. Gatas ng Kalabaw on steaming hot rice partnered with tuyo
    2. Burong Talangka with a dip of dayap juice and patis
    3. Plaridel Goto, coming from this Bulacan town, this is my all time comfort food
    4. Inihaw na mais – pugera style – This is skewered freshly harvested corn on the cob, stuck upright into the ground and then fully covered with hay from the rice fields. the hay is then set on fire. when the fire dies down you have a perfectly cooked golden inihaw na mais
    5. Pinangat na Ayungin sa kalamansi
    6. Halabos na suaje and alimango with green mangoes, chopped tomatoes, onions and patis
    7. Tochong Balay – balay is a kind of shellfish with a soft green shell with a white, chewy tail encased in a plastic like
    8. Piniritong Bulig with burong isda
    9. Adobong Hito
    10. Sinampalukang Native Chicken

    For Dessert:

    Buko Sherbet
    Binagkat na Kamote
    Minatamis na Saging

    Jun 13, 2006 | 3:15 pm

  76. chrissy says:

    my favorites…
    > lechon (baboy, manok o baka!)
    > kare-kare
    > bottled tuyo in olive oil
    > crispy pata
    > sinugba (baboy, manok, isda esp. panga)
    > tinapang bangus
    > baked tahong
    > sisig
    > kuhol or seashells sa gata
    > longanisa (sweet) or chorizo (tostado) with vinegar and sinangag!

    i cheat, but oh well… more…
    leche flan, palitaw, yema, ubeng halaya, champorado, taba ng talangka, tortang talong (with ketchup!), eggplant salad (steamed/grilled with tomato, onions and bagoong), pinangat, chicaron with laman, kinilaw

    can you say heart attack!

    Jun 13, 2006 | 3:20 pm

  77. goodtimer says:

    I thought I wouldn’t make it to the 100 regular readers list (didn’t have internet for a while). Here goes my Top 10 Pinoy yummies:

    1. Lechon (Aling Conching’s of Malabon)
    2. Kare-Kare with Lola’s homemade bagoong
    3. Sinigang na Baka sa Bayabas (with patola and sitaw)
    4. Sinarsahang Baka with Atay and Baga (another mechado version, cholesterol and uric acid-laden)
    5. Crisp fried Hito with buro and young mustasa leaves (my 12-yr old son’s all-time favorite!)
    6. Halabos na Hipon Suahe (live shrimps)with Sampalok Sauce
    7. Adobong Alimango (another deadly dish as it’s cooked in lots of aligue and garlic)
    8. Crispy Pata (but has to be Judy Ann’s, another Malabon original)
    9. Steamed Oysters
    10. …to balance all the fat: Ampalaya Salad with Itlog na Maalat

    Jun 13, 2006 | 3:22 pm

  78. goodtimer says:

    May I add another 5 to my list:
    11. Rellenong Pusit with Black Ink Sauce
    12. Rellenong Alimasag (must be from live alimasag)
    13. Pancit Palabok with crisp chicharon, shrimps and kamias
    14. Sarsiadong Sugpo
    15. Kuhol sa Gata

    Jun 13, 2006 | 3:37 pm

  79. mackenzie says:

    being a vegetarian, my top 10 pinoy delights …

    1) Monggo with Malunggay
    2) Ensaladang Talong
    3) Adobong Kangkong
    4) Halo-halo
    5) Turon
    6) Lumpia (ubod/togue)
    7) Ensaladang mangga
    8) Biko
    9) Tokwa’t tokwa
    10) Taho

    Jun 13, 2006 | 3:50 pm

  80. shirley says:

    My list will include:

    1. Sinigang (spareribs with lots of gabi)
    2. Lumpiang ubod
    3. pork and tokwa (cooked with tomato and celery or parsley)
    4. pancit malabon or palabok
    5. rellenong bangus
    6. daing na gg
    7. mango and bagoong (any kind of mango)
    8. barbeque, roasted or any inihaw (pork, chicken, fish)
    9. adobo ( any type)
    10. sisig

    actually there’s a lot in my list but i guess this would do for now….nice cake Mr. MM

    Jun 13, 2006 | 4:06 pm

  81. anabanana says:

    MM, let us know when you’re ready for our entries for Pinoy snacks and desserts! Here are my faves:

    .Violet de Borja’s The Kitchen’s crispy adobo flakes [from Salcedo Market]
    .Tinapang bangus with tomato and paho salad
    .Fried hito with balawbalaw and roasted eggplant in garlic and vinegar
    .Steamed shrimp with sinamak
    .Lato Seaweed salad with ginger, vinegar, red onions and sili
    .my grandmother’s karekare with Barrio Fiesta bagoong
    .Fried tilapia with monggo
    .ginataang gulay from Café Juanita
    .Chicken inasal with garlic rice
    .my mom’s spicy tuyo

    Jun 13, 2006 | 4:21 pm

  82. Christine says:

    1. Monggo
    2. Leckon Paksiw
    3. Kare-kare
    4. Green Mango salad
    5. All the kakanins-palitaw, bibingka, sapin-sapin, Bubbud kabog
    6. Laing
    7. Chicken Inasal
    8. Adobong Kangkong
    9. Champurado
    10. halo-halo

    Jun 13, 2006 | 4:34 pm

  83. Dodi says:

    Mine would be:
    1. Lechon (Cagayan de Oro/Cebu versions)
    2. Menudo
    3. Adobo(pork or chicken)
    4. Sinugbang pusit/lumot
    5. Tortang alimasag
    6. Mechado
    7. Lengua estofado
    8. Pinakbet/dinengdeng
    9. Daing(any fish!)
    10.Lumpiang sariwa ubod

    Pako salad, manggang ensalada with kamatis, and so many more but those are my top ten!

    Jun 13, 2006 | 4:49 pm

  84. Digs says:

    Here’s my top ten
    1. Pork/chicken Adobo
    2. Lechon Kawali
    3. Inihaw na bangus/tilapia with sawsawan na kamatis,sibuyas,mangga at bagoong.
    4. Pancit bihon guisado at Lumpia
    5. Dinuguan
    6. Pinakbet at pritong isda
    7. Nilagang baka
    8. Sinigang(baboy/sugpo or fish)
    9. Caldereta
    10. Bistek Tagalog

    Jun 13, 2006 | 5:05 pm

  85. VMA says:

    1. Pesang Dalag
    2. Sinigang na Hipon sa Kamias
    3. Kandule in Turmeric w/ Gata
    4. Chicken Adobo Flakes
    5. Sinigang na Bangus sa Bayabas
    6. Sinampalukang Manok (using young tamarind leaves)
    7. Fresh Vegetables Lumpia
    8. Inihaw na Tamban w/ toyo-mansi sauce
    9. Rice flour Ukoy
    10. Baby Bangus Sardines

    Jun 13, 2006 | 5:19 pm

  86. asunta says:

    here are my top 10 favorite pinoy food:
    1. chicken and pork adobo
    2. kare kare
    3. fried crispy tilapia
    4. monggo guisado
    5. tortang talong
    6. liempo
    7. pinakbet
    8. laswa
    9. inihaw na pusit

    Jun 13, 2006 | 6:01 pm

  87. sasha says:

    MM I think everyone’s covered all the most yummy Pinoy foods ever!!
    Being a seafood lover here are my top 10 seafood faves:

    Tortang alimango
    Rellenong bangus
    Adobong pusit
    Sinigang na hipon
    Escabeche lapulapu
    Suwam na tahong
    Hilabos na hipon
    Pinangat na galunggong sa kamias
    Sarciadong bangus
    Camaron Rebosado

    (If it were a top 12 I’d add ginataang hipon and tinapang bangus but I must restrain myself).

    Happy Independence Day!!!

    Jun 13, 2006 | 6:08 pm

  88. masc says:

    Hi Mr. Market Man. Its my first time to leave a comment, ang hirap pa ng topic, he he. Here’s my top ten (not in order):

    1) sinampalukang manok
    2) sinigang na hipon or ulang
    3) nilagang baka or pochero
    4) Inihaw na isda, esp tilapia, and pusit (with tomatoes, onion and garlic)
    5) mechado
    6) halabos na sugpo and alimango
    7) inihaw na baboy
    8) chicken and pork adobo
    9) hilaw na manggang ensalada and talong ensalada
    10) burong kamias

    mga pahabol:

    halaan or tahong soup
    steamed oysters
    pancit malabon
    chicken inasal
    adobong kangkong
    monggo guisado

    Jun 13, 2006 | 6:40 pm

  89. relly says:

    Sali ako…
    my first love pinoy food as follows;

    1. Pritong Galunggong
    2. Lumpiyang ubod
    3. Fried spicy sweetend dilis
    4. Dinuguan
    5. Tochong bangus
    6. Tocino
    7. Dolor’s kakanin
    8. Pancit palabok
    9. Halo-halo
    10.Ginataang biya

    MM, kulang pa ang listahan!
    Though my message is late…happy independence to all!

    Jun 13, 2006 | 6:45 pm

  90. tinsywinsy says:

    Hi Marketman!

    My top 10 in no order:

    1. Taho
    2. Rellenong Bangus
    3.Alimango with Gata
    4. Laing-the spicy version!
    5. Mango with soy sauce and salt ;)
    5. Suha with bagoong
    6. Chicken Adobo
    7. Bistek Pilipno (when i used to eat meat)
    8. Atsara
    9. Sinigang na Bangus
    10. Tuyo or daing fried in vinegar and sugar.

    Jun 13, 2006 | 6:56 pm

  91. Geejay says:

    Hi, my favorites are,
    1. Picadillo
    2. Lumpiang shanghai
    3. Torta
    4. Menudo
    5. Bistek tagalog
    6. Tocino
    7. Tapsilog
    8. Pinoy spaghetti
    9. Adobong manok
    10.Litsong manok

    1. Leche Flan
    2. Curly tops
    3. Big Bang
    4. Flat tops
    5. Ube
    6. Queso ice cream
    7. Turon
    8. Yema
    9. Taho
    10. Bananacue

    Jun 13, 2006 | 8:28 pm

  92. daphne says:

    1. pork adobo
    2. laing
    3. kinilaw
    4. tortang talong
    5. beef caldereta
    6. kare kare
    7. sinigang na baboy
    8. leche flan
    9. sitaw guisado
    10. paksiw

    Jun 13, 2006 | 8:31 pm

  93. Zita says:

    1. Sinigang
    2. Tinola
    3. Menudo
    4. Adobo
    5. Pancit Bihon.
    6. Palabok
    7. Lechon
    8. Kare- Kare
    9. Dinuguan
    10. Kinilaw na dilis

    I just went to a Filipino Fair here Brisbane last sunday, suffice to say naubusan sila ng dinuguan before 12, and rice. But there was an abundnce of bbq pinoy style. I was disappointed that they didn’t feature food coming from our 13 regions. It was VERY limited. And the halo halo was ordinary, not worth queueing for. But inspite of that, it was still a nice outing. A perfect excuse to have a barbie with your kababayans. Daming Pinoy pala sa Brisbane. =)

    Jun 13, 2006 | 8:38 pm

  94. Catalina says:

    My family’s all-time favorites (done through secret ballot, hence no copying :-)

    My top 12 all-time favorites:
    1. Burong talangka
    2. Burong dalag at pritong hito o inihaw na dalag
    3. Plaridel goto (dapat maraming isaw)
    4. Adobong baboy na may atay, lapay, at isaw
    5. Lechon
    6. Lumpiang sariwa
    7. Kare-kareng buntot ng baka
    8. Tinolang manok
    9. Sinigang na baka (sa sampalok, bayabas, o pakwan)
    10. Halabos na hipon suaje (sawsawan: sukang Paombong at sibuyas Tagalog)
    11. Chicharong bulaklak
    12. Pesang dalag (sawsawan: miso, ginisa sa maraming kamatis at patis)

    My husband’s top 10 favorites:
    1. Morcon
    2. Asadong baka
    3. Kalderetang baka
    4. Pinasaingawang lapu-lapu (sawsawan: mayonesa o tartar)
    5. Monghe
    6. Sinigang na baka sa pakwan
    7. Adobong pusit
    8. Rellenong manok
    9. Callos
    10. Baboy sa tahure

    Our son’s top 10 favorites:
    1. Morcon
    2. Asadong baka
    3. Mechado
    4. Manok sa Gisantes
    5. Kalderetang baka
    6. Sinigang na baka sa pakwan
    7. Rellenong manok
    8. Nilagang pata ng baboy
    9. Tapa
    10. Chicharon bulaklak

    That was fun. More power to you and your family.

    Jun 13, 2006 | 8:49 pm

  95. Sunny says:

    Lurker for a long time, love the site!

    Here are my top ten:

    1. Daing na bangus.
    2. Sinigang na bangus sa bayabas.
    3. Kare-kare.
    4. Batutay (beef longaniza from Nueva Ecija).
    5. Pinakbet.
    6. Laing.
    7. Pritong galunggong.
    8. Lechon!
    9. Chicharon bulaklak.
    10. Nilagang gulay with buro.

    Much harder than I thought to keep it to ten!

    Jun 13, 2006 | 8:57 pm

  96. Katrina says:

    First of all, THANK YOU, MM, for making me realize just how many Pinoy dishes I love. I’ve always said Filipino food is not on my Top 5 list, yet despite that, and even after excluding desserts, snacks and food that I could get in another country (e.g., Lengua), I still had great difficulty trimming my list down to 10! So, if for no other reason, I believe you’ve made this year’s Independence Day special by reminding me that we have a cuisine we can truly be proud of. :-)

    10 Pinoy dishes I absolutely cannot resist:
    1. Sinangag!!! Whether fried in regular oil, or the oil from Longganisang Lucban. (I’m not a big fan of rice, but put garlic rice in front of me and suddenly, it’s “kain karpintero” time!)
    2. Adobo flakes
    3. Beef tapa flakes (like the one served in Windows)
    4. Ginataang puso ng saging na may kalabasa at hipon
    5. Ensaladang manggang hilaw, kamatis, itlog na maalat at bagoong
    6. My brother-in-law’s Crispy Pork Binagoongan with a sauce made from chopped tomatoes and manggang hilaw
    7. Lumpiang Shanghai – but only if very crisp! No soggy lumpia for me.
    8. Longganisang Lucban, pierced and fried till crumbled and crunchy
    9. Sugpo sa aligue
    10. Chicken skin chicharon

    And…I’m gonna cheat and include one more that’s not really a dish but I just can’t leave it out: Pan de sal topped with my Lola’s Quezo Reina (quezo de bola grated and mixed with butter to make a spread), toasted till the cheese melts & browns

    Happy Independence Day, MarketMan!

    Jun 13, 2006 | 9:32 pm

  97. Anneski says:

    My Favorite Ten (okay, so technically, more than 10):
    1) Ginataang Bilo-bilo
    2) Sapin-sapin
    3) Banana-cue/Turon/Saba con hielo
    4) Puto Binan
    5) Pancit Bam-I
    6) Pinangat na Salay-salay
    7) Laing
    8) Ubeng Halaya
    9) Okoy and Pancit Molo
    10) Malutong na Pritong Biya and Maanghang na Maanghang na Ginataang Langka!

    Jun 13, 2006 | 9:33 pm

  98. stethacp says:

    My top 10 Filipino food list
    1. Pritong Galunggong with sawsawan na patismansi
    2. Ripe Mango eaten as is
    3. Chicken Binakol
    4. Lechon or Pritchon
    5. Alimango na may aligue
    6. Steamed Hipon with sawsawan na spiced vinegar topped with rocksalt
    7. Salted fish (barol, besugo, gisaw)
    8. Taba ng talangka fried rice
    9. pastillas de leche
    10. talaba & sisi
    (my first post since reading this site for the past year) Hi marketman :-) love your site and i cooked some of the recipes u featured. it was a hit :-)

    Jun 13, 2006 | 9:39 pm

  99. Catalina says:

    Husband (ayaw magpa-lamang)wants to add:
    11. Sinigang na kanduli sa miso
    12. Ginataang biya sa dilaw

    Jun 13, 2006 | 9:49 pm

  100. Sinigang Monster says:

    My top 10 Pinoy dishes:

    1. Sinigang (Pork/Beef/Shrimp)
    2. Bistek Tagalog
    3. Kare-Kare
    4. Sinampalukang Manok
    5. Adobo (Pork/Chicken/Atay Balumbalunan)
    6. Inihaw/Stuffed Pusit
    7. Mechado
    8. Burong Mangga
    9. Lechong Manok
    10. Inihaw na Liempo

    Jun 13, 2006 | 10:12 pm

  101. noemi says:

    inihaw na isda
    sinigang na isda
    tortang talong
    chicken tocino
    fried chicken

    Jun 13, 2006 | 11:04 pm

  102. frayed says:

    Cute cake your daughter made. Was hoping to be the 100th post.

    My top 10:
    1. kare-kare (my guess is this will top the list as most popular)
    2. my (& Gonzo’s) lola’s pre-war toyo-less adobo
    3. boneless bangus belly
    4. mongo (with tinapa)
    5. sinigang na baboy
    6. chicken afritada (orangy and oily) – with vinegar and tabasco
    7. pansit molo soup
    8. fresh lumpia which my tita gets from somewhere – Bacolod I think, wrapped with sauce inside
    9. sapin-sapin with that toasted coconut
    10. pansit luglog with the works (tinapa, chicharon…)
    11. saw last entry before me – I’ll add tortang talong (with no meat) eaten with ketchup and lee and perrins

    Jun 13, 2006 | 11:18 pm

  103. shane says:

    -mom makes spanish style paella
    -in Iloilo they make valenciana
    -pancit molo
    -chili crab
    -kare kare
    -buko pie

    Jun 13, 2006 | 11:23 pm

  104. acmr says:

    Exciting naman, I am sure you are just 2 or 3 posts away from your 100 goal!

    Sige, here are mine:

    sinigang na bangus
    sinigang na pork spareribs
    daing na bangus
    tinapang bangus with kalamansi
    tosilog (tocino is not too fatty)
    nilagang baka – with fat-marbled meat and bone marrow
    bulalo – relative of nilagang baka???
    grilled liempo
    lechong kawali (boiled, baked, then deep fried!!!)
    halabos na hipon
    Fried hipon with oyster sauce, ginger and green onions.

    Its funny. There are all these dishes that we like to prepare, all these recipes that we want to learn, but in the end, most of top 10 are your basic adobo, sinigang and tinola. Sarap isipin that when you get down to the core, your love for things (food that is) Filipino still shines through.

    Looking forward to the tally of these top 10’s!

    Jun 14, 2006 | 12:37 am

  105. Jacob's Mom says:

    acmr, that’s exactly what i was thinking — the bottom line is that the food that we grew up eating still rule! :)

    Jun 14, 2006 | 1:23 am

  106. MEL WOOD says:

    Very nationalistic cake, MM! The Independence day celebration here in New Zealand was not really that exciting too. There were round about 400 Filipinos in attendance. Nothing spectacular. Funny, that while everybody else was trying to have a semblance of Filipino-ism in their clothings, one Philippine embassy personnel was wearing a cheongsam!!!

    Anyway, here is my wish list for a Phillipine Independence day meal:


    Pork spare ribs sinigang sa bayabas
    Sinampalukang Manok
    Guisang Sale Manok

    Main dishes:

    Asadong Sta. Rita
    Rellenong bangus
    Rellenong ampalaya
    Lumpiang ubod
    Lumpiang sariwa
    Tapang Kalabaw (with ripe fresh tomatoes)
    Tocino (with ripe fresh tomatoes)
    Grilled Stuffed Bangus (with calamansi and soy sauce)


    Leche flan
    Macapuno with ripe mangoes
    Buco sorbet

    Jun 14, 2006 | 5:54 am

  107. eric says:

    Here’s my independence menu in no particular order… (drumroll please) =)

    1. Lechon baboy
    2. La Paz Batchoy
    3. Kare kare
    4. Lumpiang Sariwa
    5. Tinolang Manok
    6. Inihaw na Panga ng tuna
    7. Rellenong Bangus
    8. Kinilaw na Blue marlin
    9. Longganisang Kapampangan
    10. Pancit Chami


    1. Leche Flan
    2. Halo Halo
    3. Yema

    Jun 14, 2006 | 6:32 am

  108. gonzo says:

    Looking at the lists above i reckon limiting pinoy favourites to just ten dishes might be an exercise in futility.

    Why don’t you just sub-divide into categories na lang: top 5 starters/pulutan, top 3 noodles, top 5 merienda, top 5 seafood, top 5 main dishes, top 3 soups, top 3 gulay, top 3 breakfasts, top 5 desserts, and so on and so forth?

    Jun 14, 2006 | 7:15 am

  109. Marketman says:

    Greetings All, thanks for all of those responses…keep them coming if you like, I will try and compile the list in a few days…gonzo, I think what will naturally emerge are about 20 top dishes, then lots of interesting, hmmm, I forgot about that dish… On desserts, I specifically left that out this time around, despite many responses, as that is another effort all together…I think we have a fabulous selection of desserts/snacks/etc. At any rate, it’s nice to see people putting some effort into this…as I said up top, it wasn’t so easy to come up with a Top 10! Thanks again and keep posting comments if you want to have your top 10 included in the analysis… :)

    Jun 14, 2006 | 7:50 am

  110. stef says:

    what a beautiful cake! kudos to your daughter. kami nagkasya na mag-fly ng flag sa porch.

    as for my top 10 — naku, depende sa mood…. but off the top of my head — binagoongang baboy, pansit malabon, pansit palabok, bachoy ilongga, chicken inasal, pinakbet, bicol express, those spicy squid, hilaw na mangga at bagoong, leche flan, macapuno balls (not the ones in syrup, but the ones made with milk and wrapped in cellophane), tuyo at sinangag with kape, pandesal at kesong puti, bibingka, biko… i could go on… hindi ko na binasa ang list ng iba, baka madagdagan pa ‘to….

    Jun 14, 2006 | 7:57 am

  111. tei says:

    my top 10 foods:
    1. bulalo w/ the “utak”
    2. sinigang bangus belly / ulo maya-maya
    3. pancit luglug
    4. goto
    5. chicharon (bulaklak, pork/chix skin, bituka)
    6. monggo
    7. lechon!
    8. binagoongan w/ bagnet & okra
    9. breakfast items (tapa, vigan longganisa, tuyo, danggit)
    10. alimango & aligue

    Jun 14, 2006 | 8:16 am

  112. grace says:

    my top ten:
    1. adobo
    2. lumpia – doesn’t matter what type
    3. kare kare
    4. crispy pata/lechon kawali
    5. chicken barbeque – pecho
    6. inihaw na panga ng tuna
    7. tuna kinilaw with grilled pork belly
    8. sinigang
    9. lato salad
    10. bam-i (pancit+bihon dish)

    Jun 14, 2006 | 8:54 am

  113. Mandy says:

    i think my list should be top 20… heeheehee…
    1. lechon/lechon kawali/crispy pata (they’re in the same class naman diba?)
    2. pork adobo with munggo guisado
    3. halo-halo
    4. pork barbecue/liempo
    5. beef steak
    6. batchoy/mami
    7. bicol express
    8. brazo de mercedes
    9. lumpia togue/guisadong togue
    10. purefoods corned beef

    Jun 14, 2006 | 10:22 am

  114. linda says:

    mine are:

    1.pork and beef sinigang
    2.pancit palabok/malabon
    3.pork and chicken bbq on skewers
    4.kare-kare (my aussie hunk loves this with lots of bagoong)
    5.fresh lumpia served with sauce and sprinkled with peanuts
    6.laing (with pork and lots of chillies)
    7.tortang talong
    8.chicken tinola with lots of chilli leaves
    9. pampanga longganisa and tocino
    10.bangus (fried,tinapa,daing,paksiw,relleno)with patis and calamansi for sawsawan

    This is a hard task kasi and dami kong favourites.

    Jun 14, 2006 | 10:35 am

  115. Melody says:

    oohhhh… first time poster, long time lurker here :)

    My top 10

    1. Kare-kare (my mom’s version. the one with tripe and mansanilla and lots of gulay)
    2. Sinigang na maya-maya sa miso (also my mom’s version)
    3. Sinigang na tilapia sa bayabas
    4. Any dish with alimango
    5. Chicken-pork adobo
    6. Litson
    7. Bulalo (i love the marrow!)
    8. inihaw na baboy dipped in toyo with kalamansi
    9. chicken inasal
    10. ilocos empanada

    Jun 14, 2006 | 10:52 am

  116. MasPinaSarap says:

    1. Pinoy BBQ
    2. Tuyo
    3. Tortang Talong
    4. Halo-Halo w/ Langka/Ube Ice Cream
    5. Daing(Nanang’s/Apong’s in La Union)
    6. Buko Juice
    7. Sapin-Sapin
    8. Tocino
    9. Tapa (Apong’s)
    10. Philippine (Carabao) Mango
    mmmmm, and Mamon should be in there too, sorry!! I love the fluffy kind. :)

    Jun 14, 2006 | 11:16 am

  117. goodtimer says:

    MM, I bet you were majorly overwhelmed with this list! I shudder at the thought of having to compile and choose the Top 10. There are just so many entries! Anyway, just reading the entries made my mouth water imagining the special delicacies with matching sawsawan listed here. Happy Independence Day!

    Jun 14, 2006 | 1:40 pm

  118. kaladkarin says:

    wow, i can’t believe i haven’t seen binagoongang baboy in any of the lists yet!

    but Marketman, this is a great Independence Day post. i wish pinoy food would break into global cuisine consciousness in the same way chinese, japanese, mexican and indian food are practically staples everywhere now.
    and though i was hard-put to come up with it, here’s my list in no particular order:

    – kahit ano na inadobo sa gata, haha
    – sinigang na baboy
    – laing (the old-fashioned quezon way)
    – longsilog (with any pinoy sausage- lucban, vigan, pampangueno, etc..)
    – as previously mentioned, binagoongan
    – kare-kare
    – mechado
    – humba
    – binudbod
    – kesong puti! :)

    Jun 14, 2006 | 1:48 pm

  119. relly says:

    Congrats MM, you have beaten your own record more that 100 responded.

    Jun 14, 2006 | 2:49 pm

  120. anonymous paul says:

    in no particular order:

    1. crispy binagoongan

    2. sinigang pork ribs simmered for HOURS so that the gabi melts into the broth and thickens it

    3. homemade buro (the pink stuff) with crispy fried catfish wrapped in dahong mustasa

    4. ginataang ANYTHING. but preferably shrimp with lots of kangkong

    5. the longanisa you get in Alaminos, Pangasinan. so savory! and not sweet at all. just vinegar, loads of pepper and garlic.

    6. lumpiang ubod, or togue

    7. okoy

    8. really great LUGAW eaten with #’s 6 and 7

    9. Kare kare made with lily’s peanut butter. thick and rich! that’s the only kare kare i eat.

    10. BAGNET!!!!! or to purge the guilt a bit, bagnet SALAD

    i’m afraid my list changes everyday, though. such a tough topic to answer


    Jun 14, 2006 | 5:44 pm

  121. Bay_leaf says:

    better late than never:

    -Fried ampalaya with eggs
    -Pritong isda (preferably a slice of bariles)
    -Pansit bihon
    -Bulalo (with cooking bananas)
    -Crabs guinataan (maanghang)
    -Fried taoge with sliced carrots
    -Paksiw na lechon
    -Adobong pusit
    -Adobong kangkong

    for dessert:
    -chilled slices of fresh mangoes
    -buko salad or ice candy buko


    Jun 14, 2006 | 6:48 pm

  122. alena says:

    oh food. here’s my list!
    1. chicken or pork adobo with chicken liver
    2. daing or paksiw na bangus
    3. inihaw na liempo
    4. kinilaw
    5. pochero
    6. nilagang baka
    7. halo halo
    8. longganisa at tocino
    9. binagoongan
    10. laing

    i wanted to add more hehe kaso 10 lang supposedly
    nagutom tuloy ako

    Jun 14, 2006 | 6:51 pm

  123. iska says:

    bulalo, inihaw na pusit, pinakbet, sinaing na isda, longganisa, sinigang na baboy, bistek, inihaw na talong w/ alamang, dinuguan, pancit bihon

    Jun 14, 2006 | 10:45 pm

  124. acmr says:

    Marketman, if only I had the time, gagawan kita ng pivot table sa Excel to compile these entries. He he he!

    Jun 14, 2006 | 11:19 pm

  125. maddie says:

    kaya pa ba isingit ‘to:

    1. Pinakas or lamayo with fried egg, sunnysideup with sinamak
    2. kansi (ilonggo version of bulalo but with a twist, it includes n/langka) and some sili
    3. inihaw na liempo with sinamak
    4. KBL: kadyos, baboy, langka in a sour soup (using batwan as paasim)
    5. tapsilog
    6. Bacolod chorizo hubad with calo calo (friednrice) and fried egg
    7. lechon from Bacolod
    8. halabos na SUAJE (Preferrably alive before cooking)
    9. crispy adobo flakes
    10 crspiy.fried paksiw na tawilis or sapsap

    Jun 15, 2006 | 1:28 am

  126. gemma says:

    gatas ng kalabaw with tuyo
    sinigang na baboy
    pork and chicken adobo
    arroz caldo
    lumpiang prito
    daing na bangus
    paksiw na lechon
    ginataang alimasag
    pancit canton

    Jun 15, 2006 | 7:10 am

  127. Alicia says:

    1.Inihaw na baboy (liempo)
    2.Inihaw na tilapia
    3.Inihaw na bangus (Pixie’s is a favorite because of the lemongrass and the fact that its boneless)
    4.Sinigang na Baka
    5.Ginataang anything! Shrimp, Kuhol, gulay..
    6.Chicken Tinola also with lemongrass
    7.Ensalada Pilipino…Grilled Eggplant,chopped tomatoes and Onions, green mangoes,pako,okra..all served with bagoong on the side
    8. Kare Kare
    9. Lechon (Elars or cochinillo from cirkulo..yum!)
    10. Pancit Malabon with kakanin on the side

    Jun 15, 2006 | 8:05 am

  128. mochamudpie says:

    1. Dinuguan at Puto
    2. Tomato with Salty Egg
    3. Rellenong Bangus
    4. Sinigang na Baboy
    5. Sisig
    6. Pinakbet
    7. Liempo
    8. Paksiw na Bangus
    9. Pansit Luglog
    10. Ginatang Kalabasa

    Jun 15, 2006 | 11:53 am

  129. pj says:

    hi! have been lurking here for quite a while as well.
    i share the sentiments of an earlier poster–sorry I can’t remember the name–that hopefully someday pinoy food gets the recognition it deserves. :) that said, hahabol ako sa list!

    1. pocherong (or for a more Tagalog spelling, “putserong”) manok–the kind with the rich sauce, chorizo, beans and all the gulay. I’m pretty surprised I haven’t seen this on the lists…
    2. lechon de leche, with the stuffing a la Cebuano lechon
    3. pesang dalag, with ginisang miso-sauce on the side.
    4. no-toyo adobo
    5. guinataang alimango
    6. kare-kareng bangus
    7. morcon with the tomato-based sauce on the side
    8. kinunot (shark in gata)
    9. mangga ensalada (green mangoes, kamatis, sibuyas, bagoong)
    10. last but not the least, steaming rice cooked with fresh pandan leaves

    Jun 15, 2006 | 4:47 pm

  130. honey says:

    1. adobadong baluko (an oyster relative)
    2. pako salad
    3. adobo
    4. sinigang na baboy/ bangus
    5. paksiw na isda
    6. pakbet
    7. laing
    8. bicol express
    9. kinunot na pagi
    10. balut

    Jun 15, 2006 | 7:27 pm

  131. dja says:

    Here are my favorites in no particular order:

    1. Chorizo – bacolod recado/lucban/vigan
    2. Chicken inasal from manukan country in Bacolod
    3. Ilocos empanada from the Batac market, Ilocos Norte
    4. Casava cake from The Kitchen 812-4354
    5. Kare-kare
    6. Tuyo flakes in olive oil
    7. Callos
    8. Pastillas de leche
    9. Puto bumbong
    10. Jessie Sincioco’s mini espasol

    Jun 15, 2006 | 11:26 pm

  132. edel says:

    1. pork sisig
    2. kinilaw na tanigue
    3. kare-kare
    4. steamed pako with kalamansi
    5. sinigang na tahong
    6. daing na bangus
    7. lechon kawali
    8. adobong kangkong
    9. ginataang suso/kuhol with pako or saluyot
    10. igado

    Jun 16, 2006 | 12:02 am

  133. marta says:

    1. pork barbeque (yung nasa stick)
    2. rellenong alimasag
    3. sugpo
    4. alimango
    5. inihaw na pusit
    6. inihaw na purefoods hotdogs (yung jumbo)
    7. inihaw na bangus (yung mataba ang tiyan)
    8 inihaw na tilapya (yung malalaki)
    9. max’s spring chicken (deep fried)
    10.paksiw na litchon

    Jun 16, 2006 | 2:34 pm

  134. eva says:

    nakakagutom naman!…ako rin! ako rin!…here’s my top 10!
    1. halo-halo
    2.tinolang manok na tagalog!…
    3. bagoong
    4. sinaing na tulingan at tambakol
    5. sinigang na baboy
    6. hot pandesal, bonete, ensaymada
    7. nilagang baka
    8. puto
    9. manggang hinog
    10. kare-kare

    Jun 16, 2006 | 10:28 pm

  135. suzette says:

    here’s also my top ten:
    1. adobong baboy
    2. sinigang na baboy/ tiyan ng bangus
    3. tinolang manok
    4. kare-kare buntot
    5. lechon baboy/ baka
    6. paksiw na bangus/ pata
    7. lumpiang ubod
    8. pinakbet
    9. ginataang kuhol
    10.chicken inasal
    1. turon
    2. sapin-sapin
    3. buko pandan

    Jun 17, 2006 | 1:19 pm

  136. judy says:

    1. chicken adobo
    2. batangas bulalo
    3. bistek with lots of onions
    4. chicken inasal
    5. pancit molo
    6. crisp-fried lumpiang shanghai
    7. crispy pata
    8. pork bbq
    9. sisig
    10. our cook’s caldereta (with lots of cheese!)

    Jun 22, 2006 | 12:19 am

  137. jen says:

    top 10:
    1. embotido
    2. lechon kawali
    3. pinoy style spaghetti
    4. pork siomai
    5. lechon paksiw
    6. lechon manok
    7. buko pandan
    8. sweet & sour (any)
    9. tinolang manok
    10. steamed boneless bangus/pork belly

    Jun 22, 2006 | 11:49 am

  138. Tina says:

    My faves:
    1. Kare-kare
    2. Adobo (my very own ;))
    3. Si-logs (Longsilog, Tocilog, Tapsilog…)
    4. Bistek
    5. Dinuguan
    6. Bulalo
    7. Mango Salad
    8. Leche Flan (yummmm!!)
    9. Sinigang (pork&chicken)
    10. Inihaw na Baboy (liempo, bbq, porkchop)


    Jun 24, 2006 | 7:28 pm

  139. Mimi says:

    1.tinolang daing na kanduli
    2.dalag with miso
    3.ginisang monggo
    4.karekare with bagoong
    5.inihaw na talong with bagoong
    6.alimasag sa bayabas
    7.tochong bangus
    8.singang na isda sa miso
    9.guinomis drink
    10.pritong lumpia with sawsawan suka-toyo-asin-bawang

    Jun 26, 2006 | 12:45 pm

  140. mardie says:

    this may be a little late but what the heck, makasali na rin :-)
    > lechon baboy from talisay (coz thats where im from hehehe)
    > tinolang native na manok
    > tinolang ulo ng isda
    > utan (gulay) bisaya
    > inun-onan or isdang paksiw
    > dinuguan na gawang bisaya
    > kinilaw (isda, talong, langka or puso ng saging)
    > fresh and fried lumpia
    > bam-e
    > sinigang (shrimp, baboy, or fish)

    Jun 28, 2006 | 7:28 pm

  141. SimplePleasure says:

    1. BBQ
    2. lumpiang ubod
    3. sisig
    4. bopis
    5. sinigang
    6. grilled squid
    7. chopped tomatoes with red eggs with salt
    8. balut
    9. leche flan
    10. brazo de mercedez

    Jun 28, 2006 | 9:10 pm

  142. Cristina says:

    Eto ang mga favorites ko.. Kare-kare, barbeque, gambas, sinigang na hipon, buttered prawns(yung luto sa Dampa sa Parañaque), pancit palabok, kangkong with bagoong, pares, adobong manok.

    Jul 1, 2006 | 11:13 am

  143. dio says:

    My top 10 fave dishes would be:
    1> inihaw na liempo
    2> inihaw na bangus
    3> green mango, tomatoes, onions with bagoong
    4> dinuguan with puto
    5> pancit molo
    6> chicken ala kiev
    7> kare-kare
    8> sapin-sapin or pichi-pichi
    9> salad(fruit and chicken macaroni)
    10> sans rival!

    Jul 3, 2006 | 11:12 am

  144. jeff bagtas says:

    hi, i would just to request if you have a great recipe to cook crispy pata. i would really appreciate it. thank you…

    Jul 13, 2006 | 10:46 am

  145. Marketman says:

    jeff, I have not personally cooked crispy pata as it is too messy and scary…but from what I can tell, the whole pata is boiled until tender (or in a pressure cooker) in water with peppercorns, bay leaves, onions, garlic and other aromatics then just before deep frying in lots of fat, pull it out of the broth and fry it until a crispy skin forms. Be prepared for fat firecrackers is all I can say…good luck!

    Jul 13, 2006 | 11:46 am

  146. mahar banawa says:

    I just want to share my simple recipes and so easy to cook but real tendency great taste.Try this in summer outing.

    1. Nilagang Okra (steam)
    2. Nilagang talbos ng kamote or steam kangkong
    3. Inihaw na talong (grilled eggplant)
    4. Cooked bagoong alamang with calamansi and chili.
    5. Inihaw na tuna (grilled belly tuna) just marinate in soy sauce and red sugar with calamansi juice.
    6. Inihaw na liempo (pork ribs)just marinate in sliced garlic, salt and pepper.
    7. Itlog na maalat (salted eggs with slice tomatoes and onions)
    8. Inihaw na bangus
    9. Sinigang na baboy
    put soy sauce,slice onions, slice tomatoes, chili, ground pepper and calamnsi juice in a small bowl for taste.

    Mar 14, 2007 | 12:53 pm

  147. maris says:

    1. Kare Kare
    2. Fried Lumpia
    3. Crispy Pata
    4. Morcon
    5. Palabok
    6. Ginataang Hipon / Alimango / Isda
    7. Arroz Valenciana
    8. Sinigang na Hipon
    9. Turon (Saging)
    10. Grilled squid

    Mar 16, 2007 | 5:54 am

  148. jun g. says:

    planning for a great outdoor family gathering? try all this sumptuous dishes specially this summer.
    1. Beef Caldereta
    2. Laing (my specialty)
    3. Kare-Kare
    4. Morcon
    5. Grilled Bangus
    6. Fried Tilapia
    7. Sotanghon Guisado
    8. Pork Liempo Sinigang
    9. Steamed Lapu-Lapu with White Sauce
    and dont forget fresh tropical fruits like pineapple,mango,watermelon,papaya,banana serve in cold cuts.

    Apr 1, 2007 | 6:59 pm

  149. Joy says:

    My year-late list, not in order of preference:
    1. pork adobo (kastila/tagalog/sa dilaw)
    2. tochong bangus
    3. mechadong baka
    4. longganisang lukban and vigan
    5. adobong pusit (with pork liempo as sahog)
    6. guinisang monggo (with chicharon)
    7. pork sisig
    8. lechon cebu
    9. dinuguan/tinumis
    10.fried galunggong (recycled from paksiw na galunggong)

    …and a lot more!

    Apr 23, 2007 | 10:05 pm

  150. marisol says:

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    ey its available now in u.s.
    ey guys i would recommend stay in paras or highland resort for comfort..

    i wont recommend bahay bakasyon for foriegner..they dont have a soft bed.

    for cheap place to stay and you can cook anytime you want.call vjandep088 387 0049 ask for vismin..

    Pastel Food Inc.
    2616 W. St. Gertrude Pl
    Santa Ana, Ca 92704
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    we shipped pastel anywhere in america :)

    May 4, 2007 | 1:11 am

  151. jannesse says:

    Here’s mine:

    1. Kare-kare
    2. Nilagang Baka
    3. Steamed Okra with Bagoong Isda as sawsawan (yummy)
    4. Pansit Palabok
    5. Bistek Tagalog
    6. Chicken / Pork Adobo
    7. Ginisang Munggo
    8. Kinilaw
    9. Laing
    10. Bicol Express

    May 11, 2007 | 9:24 am

  152. gigi says:

    what a great post!

    My top 10 would be:
    1. cebu lechon
    2. grilled liempo
    3. lengua estofado
    4. sinigang sa miso
    5. grilled tilapia
    6. ensaymada
    7. bagoong kangkong
    8. bibingka
    9. callos
    10. squash in coconut

    May 18, 2007 | 12:13 pm

  153. gigi says:

    11. grilled eggplant
    12. grilled squid
    13. kinilaw
    14. palabok
    15. arroz caldo

    May 18, 2007 | 12:20 pm

  154. michelle says:

    my top 10:

    1. pork sinigang
    2. lechon paksiw
    3. pancit luglug
    4. tibok-tibok
    5. laing
    6. kare-kare
    7. bibingka
    8. beef tapa
    9. pork tocino
    10. halo halo

    May 23, 2007 | 10:27 am

  155. erwhina says:

    Here’s my top ten favorite filipino dishes:
    1. sinigang na baboy
    2. cadios (ilonggo’s specialty)
    3. chicken inasal (bacolod style)
    4. sisig
    5. kare-kare
    6. mechado
    7. relyenong bangus
    8. stuffed squid (stuffed with ground pork)
    9. crispy pata
    10. sugpo(hipon)
    yum yum yum…=P i really cant wait to go back to PH and savour again my top ten list ;)

    Jun 11, 2007 | 8:59 pm

  156. Vennis Jean says:

    I know this is quite late but here is my list:
    1.Lechon paksiw in coconut vinegar
    3.Binagoongang baboy
    4.Tapang kabayo
    5.Sinuglaw(roast pork sliced into bite sized pieces,frest tuna slices,pipino and sukang tuba with lots of ginger.onions and sili)
    7.Tinapang galunggong and bangus
    8.Adobong Kangkong

    Jun 29, 2007 | 7:00 am

  157. Karla says:

    Top 10 food for me are:

    1. Adobo
    2. Tocino
    3. Menudo
    4. Rellenong Bangus
    5. Morcon
    6. Sinigang na hipon
    7. Nilagang baka
    8. Kilawin (oyster)
    9. Baked Tahong
    10. Pork Sisig

    Aug 19, 2007 | 4:56 pm

  158. Boy Natanauan says:

    1. kare kare
    2. kalderetang kambing
    3. bistek tagalog
    4. menudo
    5. ginataang kalabasa
    6. dinuguan
    7. pansit (bihon or canton)
    8. chop suey
    9. inihaw na liempo
    10.paksiw na pata

    Aug 29, 2007 | 11:34 am

  159. sirena sa baso says:

    Nakakagutom naman! e2 top 10 ko!
    1. Sinigang na hipon (sugpo)
    2. Kare-kare
    3. lechon
    4. sisig
    5. bulalo
    6. Chicharon (lapid’s)
    7. pansit malabon and palabok
    8. ginataang alimango and binabayasang alimango
    9. lumpia
    10.green peas…

    ska balot nga pala..

    Sep 15, 2007 | 4:51 pm

  160. marvie says:

    1)crispy pata
    5)pancit habhab
    10)at adobo

    Sep 20, 2007 | 12:26 pm

  161. Liz says:

    Mine would be:
    1.) Paho and sinaing na tulingan/ tambakol
    2.) Sinigang na baboy
    3.) Laing
    4.) Ginataang Langka
    5.) Goto ng Batangas
    6.) Lumpiang Sariwa
    7.) Blueberry Cheesecake
    8.) Caldereta
    9.) Baked Tahong
    10.) Fried Tawilis with Gulay na Bulanglang or Cadios w/ patani and even sabaw sa kape :)

    yum yum…

    Sep 28, 2007 | 1:37 am

  162. malen says:

    My top ten favorites are:
    1. Dinuguan and puto
    2. Lumpiang sariwa
    3. Steamed Alimasag
    4. Steamed Prawns
    5. Hot Guinataang Tilapia
    6. Laing or Tinomok
    7. Inihaw na Pusit
    8. Pork BBQ
    9. Pinakbet
    10. My mother’s sweet and spicy spaghetti

    Nov 7, 2007 | 9:57 pm

  163. jasmin says:

    top 10 in my list:
    1.crispy pata
    3.rellenong bangus
    6.batangas bulalo
    7.a certain tongue steak i learned in a culinary school
    8.carbonara/any pastas with with sauce
    9.blueberry cheesecake

    Dec 25, 2007 | 7:13 pm

  164. missingfilipinofoodb says:


    pag nasa malayong kang lugar it doesn’t have to be independence day to crave for all those dishes…luckily most filipinos in here would gather for the 12th of june and the popular pot luck is ON!!!!!

    mine would be..

    lechon please…with all the taba on the skin..hmmm

    kare-kare na kulang na lang maglasang peanut butter plus the bagoong..hay!!

    kalderetang samar!! don’t know sabi nila iba daw lasa dun

    bicol express..as in yung gawang bicol talaga

    mechado…pork or beef basta may taba

    boneless bangus na daing yung timplado





    Jan 16, 2008 | 3:33 pm

  165. ann says:

    top 10 veggy:
    1.laing na maanghang
    2.ginataang malunggay na may tulingan
    3.ginataang papaya na may hipon
    4.ginataang langka na may crab
    5.ginataang kangkong na may kuhol
    7.tortang talong
    8.nilagang talong at okra
    9.any veggy na lutong gisa

    pinoy delicacy:
    1.puto (any kind)
    2.maja blanca
    3.cassava cake
    4.leche flan
    9.banana/camote cue

    top 10 pinoy ulam:
    1.Lechong paksiw
    4.adobong manok
    5.sinigang na baboy
    6.rellenong bangus
    7.daing na bangus

    Jan 19, 2008 | 11:34 am

  166. Enna says:

    here’s mine:

    1. guinatang kalabasa/with sitaw and malunggay
    2. inihaw na tilapia
    3. chickn adobo
    4. chickn inasal
    5. laing with tinapa
    6. sinigang na bangus sa miso
    7. paksiw na bangus
    8. guinatang mais
    9. lumpiang sariwa
    10 turon with langka

    have to go and eat now!

    Mar 6, 2008 | 8:39 am

  167. reichelle says:

    1. bicol express
    2. adobo with pineapple
    3. laing extra spicy
    4. bacolod inasal
    5. mechado/afritada
    6. pinakbet
    7. sinigang sa miso
    8. sinampalukang manok
    9. sisig
    10. liempo

    May 15, 2008 | 5:54 pm

  168. Ronald from Davao says:

    I don’t cook but I really love to eat.weeee!Hope to be one of the 100. Anyway here’s my list:

    1.Adobong Palaka
    2.Ginataang Kuhol
    3.Kare-kare(Q:Bakit may mani ang kare-kare?A:Para panatilihing matigas ang talong!LOL)
    4.Bicol express
    5.Lechon paksiw
    6.Chicken Adobo
    7.HUmba na may maraming mantika.hehe
    8.Kaldereta(kambing or deer)
    9.Adobong Tahong
    10.fried pusit

    Daghana pa oi. Sayang wala na bakante. Kung naay dessert syempre Leche Flan. Hahay gutom na ko!Gawas sa ko mukaon na ko. Wink MM!

    Jun 3, 2008 | 5:23 pm

  169. Ronald from Davao says:

    Oops!I forgot the balut!hmpf.:(

    Jun 3, 2008 | 5:31 pm

  170. lei says:

    mine is pritong bulad. thanks you

    Jul 20, 2008 | 2:27 pm

  171. ed says:

    my top ten favorite pinoy dishes are as follows:

    1. Lechon de Leche (as prepared in Cebu,Davao,Leyte & Samar)
    2. Extra Large Alimango – as cooked in 3 ways by my mom
    3. Bicol Express with Liempo – dryish, pinkish and hot
    4. Calamares Fritos – big squid rings
    5. Rellenong Big Hipon
    6. Fried & Broiled Chicken -Jollibee,Max’s,Jo’s Inato,Bacolod
    7. Crispy Pata at Bagnet
    8. Bulalo na Baka
    9. Escabecheng Lapu Lapu
    10. Tinola na Isdang Tangigue

    my top ten favorite snacks are:

    1. Empanda – with ham,chicken,egg,cheese,raisins & vegies,
    2. Maja Blanca
    3. Banana Toron with Jackfruit Strips
    4. Leche Flan – less sweet & the non-sticky type
    5. Dinuguan at Puto
    6. Lumpiang Ubod
    7. Lumpia Sariwa or fried
    8. Buko Pandan Fruit Salad
    9. Halo halo with lots of ice cream and pinipig
    10. Pancit Palabok/Lug Lug


    Nov 18, 2008 | 4:04 pm

  172. eric says:


    i’m looking for a special (batangas style) beef caldereta recipes. I’d taste that one before in Farmers, Cubao 2nd flr near the MRT Station, but they already closed, its so good and delicious…. i hope you can give me recipes thats made of batangas.



    Dec 10, 2008 | 3:51 am

  173. mary anne says:

    di ko po masa ang liliit ng sulat ma lalaki pa ang langgam pki palitan nman

    Jun 11, 2009 | 4:05 pm

  174. mary anne says:

    the letter is so small i cannot read

    Jun 11, 2009 | 4:05 pm

  175. bjorn says:

    hi eric i can give you an authentic batangas caldereta recipe….

    Jul 18, 2009 | 12:30 pm

  176. Rich says:

    I love cooking my specialty “Sinigang na Lechong baboy” at Seafood Kare Kare. My Friends you should try this!

    Jul 23, 2009 | 8:37 am

  177. rosebud delos santos says:

    hi! i hope this site is still active…
    i’m from pasay and i love to cook… but i have been so bored na with the same old recipes that i’ve been cooking over and over again for the past 19 years of my married life!
    can someone help me improve my sinigang na baboy or hipon; kaldereta; pochero; menudo; adobong manok or baboy; adobong atay at balun-balonan; guisadong gulay; lumpiang sariwa at shanghai; dinaing na bangus; tortang talong; tinolang manok; lumpiang gulay or ubod; monggo with buto2x and ampalaya tops; spaghetti; tuna and mushroom omelet; ampalaya con carne; guisadong giniling with potatoes, carrots and tomato sauce; pritong isda; sweet spareribs adobo with honey and last but not least, paksiw na pata!
    this is also my top 20 list, by the way.
    i think my husband is tasting na someone else’s ulam! waaaah! help me… please?

    Jul 26, 2009 | 6:58 pm


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