09 May2008

I more or less know what Filipino dishes are your (reader) favorites, from a poll I took on dishes and desserts last year. But I am curious if you order the same dishes when you eat out at Filipino restaurants. I ask this because MM & Family recently ate at several Filipino restaurants and noticed that the menus were incredibly long and included a huge number of dishes, say up to 100 or more, and we wondered if people really ordered that much variety while eating out. As creatures of habit, we probably limit our own orders to say a few dishes out of 20 popular dishes for our family. We certainly like to experiment, so the question is, are we so different from other folks at these restaurants, in that we order such a small fraction of the offerings? So if you care to share the information, can I ask you what 5 dishes are you most likely to order when you go to a Filipino restaurant? Thanks!

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Maria Clara says:

    If the restaurant offers these: fresh lumpia, pancit palabok, chicken barbecue, dinuguan and pork sinigang. I was told by lots of people when a restaurant’s menu runs to more than 20 selection stay away from that place – they said the food is not fresh regardless how good its turn over is.

    May 9, 2008 | 7:58 am

     
  2. joey says:

    Only 5?

    1. Crispy Pata!!!
    2. Sisig
    3. Kilawin
    4. Laing/Bicol Express (Wow…I’m cheating and giving a two for one answer…sorry!)
    5. Kadios

    These are things I don’t usually (Laing I have made once) or ever make at home…so that’s why I order them from a kitchen better equipped to make them and clean up the mess afterwards! :) With regards to laing/bicol express/kadios…these are reginal favorites that I love, love, love…and when I find a place (or purveyor) that makes them well it makes my month! I haven’t included pulutan in this list (except maybe for the sisig)…Also, would have liked to include pancit molo…another fave!

    May 9, 2008 | 8:05 am

     
  3. meiji says:

    wow, my first time to post!! :) Love your blog!!

    we rarely eat at Pinoy restos because the food is something you have at home. So when we eat out we order food that we can’t cook well at home like – binagoongang baboy, kare-kare, crispy pata, lechon kawali, sisig.

    May 9, 2008 | 8:06 am

     
  4. fried-neurons says:

    I usually order (a) dishes I love, period, and/or (b) dishes I love but cannot cook at home. So, with that in mind… top 5 in no particular order:

    1) adobo (preferably pork, but chicken will do in a pinch)
    2) sinigang na baboy
    3) dinuguan
    4) beef caldereta
    5) crispy pata

    May 9, 2008 | 8:10 am

     
  5. Lety says:

    Hi, MM.

    When we eat out and go to a Filipino restaurants, these dishes are the ones we always order.

    1. Crispy pata (do you have a recipe for this? If yes, please share?)
    2. Inihaw na pusit/baboy.
    3. Sinigang (either baboy or kanduli–to go with the crispy pata)
    4. Pancit guisado (bihon or miki-bihon)
    5. Kare-kare

    May 9, 2008 | 8:11 am

     
  6. Eileen says:

    Never really thought about it, but since the Filipino restaurants we frequent are mostly the “Dencio’s-Trellis” type…=)

    1. Sinigang na fish
    2. Inihaw na Tuna Belly OR Pusit
    3. Sisig
    4. Crispy Pata
    5. Mangga’t Bagoong! =)

    May 9, 2008 | 8:14 am

     
  7. Cien says:

    1.Tinapa Rice
    2.Beef Sinigang
    3.Crispy Pata
    4.Salted Eggs with Fresh Tomatoes
    5.Halo-Halo for dessert

    May 9, 2008 | 8:20 am

     
  8. choy says:

    since i live in the phil. and the wife is a fantastic cook, we only go to filipino restaurants in a pinch. what we order is dependent on what resto we’re in.

    for instance if it’s barrio fiesta or kamayan, it would be crispy pata, kare-kare or lechon de leche. at aristocrat & colasa, it’s invariably their chicken or pork barbeque. at dencio’s or gerry’s, the ihaw-ihaw. at trellis, the sisig.

    it’s a different story when i’m in the provinces. i would always see to it that i am able to sample the local fare.

    and from ilocos to mindanao, i am happy to note, i’ve seldom been disappointed.

    obviously, PILIPINO AKO!

    May 9, 2008 | 8:27 am

     
  9. Ted says:

    We order what is NOT normally cooked at home.
    1. Cripy Pata
    2. Kare-Kare
    3. Lechon Kawali
    4. Camaron Rebosado
    5. Pochero

    May 9, 2008 | 8:33 am

     
  10. pixeldose says:

    We homecook often so it’s really rare for us to go to Filipino restaurants around here in the SF Bayarea. Recently, however, we’ve been frequenting this newly opened resto named Gerry’s Grill in Union City, Ca. But when we do go there, we mostly order appetizers plus some of the popular fare. Some of our faves are:

    1. Grilled Squid
    2. Sugba Kinilaw (a tuna ceviche topped with grilled pork cubes)
    3. Tokwa’t Baboy with Lengua cubes
    4. Crispy Pata
    5. Binagoongang Baboy

    Their Sisig dish leaves a lot to desire though so it didn’t make it on our list.

    May 9, 2008 | 8:45 am

     
  11. Rhea says:

    Like Eileen, the restaurants we frequent are the “Dencio’s” type so our choices would be:

    1. Sizzling Sisig
    2. Inihaw na Pusit or Tuna Belly
    3. Sinigang na Hipon
    4. Kinilaw na Tanigue
    5. Crispy Pata

    Just thinking about these dishes makes me hungry!

    May 9, 2008 | 8:47 am

     
  12. Lex says:

    1. Crispy pata
    2. Adobong kangkong
    3. laing/Bicol express
    4. Inihaw na pusit/baboy/isda
    5. Green mango salad/ eggplant salad

    May 9, 2008 | 8:49 am

     
  13. thebeancounter says:

    my top 5 would be, i)crispy pata, ii)fish kinilaw, iii)kare-kare, iv)bulalo, and iv)sinigang na hipon.

    May 9, 2008 | 8:58 am

     
  14. the husband says:

    1. grilled pork, chicken, squid, or fish.
    2. crispy pata
    3. sinigang (pork, fish, or shrimp)
    4. baked mussels (or tahong)
    5. special rice (tuyo, alique, or paella negra)

    But we do try the resto’s house specialty (if not on our list of staples) once in a while.

    May 9, 2008 | 8:59 am

     
  15. Jdawgg says:

    Hello Marketman,

    It depends, the norm would be (this is how I gauge how good the restaurant.)

    a) Crispy Pata
    b) Kare-kare
    c) Siningang (baka, baboy or hipon)
    d) Steam Bangus Belly w/black bean sauce or any White Fish that’s available
    c) Veggies that are in season
    e) Lots of Rice
    f) Dessert if there is room

    If all of the above is good or better than my cooking? Then difinitely the resto and crew would received a 25% tip to make sure they remember my family and I the next time we comeback.

    May 9, 2008 | 9:03 am

     
  16. Sands says:

    1. Salted eggs with tomatoes and green mango
    2. Gising-gising
    3. Sinigang na sugpo
    3. Lechon kawali
    4. Kare-Kare

    May 9, 2008 | 9:03 am

     
  17. Roberto Vicencio says:

    1. Sinuglaw – grilled pork and fish kilawin
    2. crispy pata
    3. grilled stuffed pusit
    4. halo-halo
    5. banana with heavy syrup and coconut cream

    May 9, 2008 | 9:06 am

     
  18. Cathy says:

    We usually order dishes that we don’t get to cook at home:

    1. Lumpiang Ubod
    2. Sisig
    3. Tokwa’t Baboy
    4. Inihaw na pusit
    5. Kare-kare (we make this at home but we like trying different versions of the dish)

    May 9, 2008 | 9:15 am

     
  19. mrs m says:

    our usual order is as follows:
    1. halo-halo/haleyang ube
    2. grilled seafood platter
    3. pancit guisado (canton, miki-bihon, sotanghon)
    4. a fish dish (s/s lapu-lapu, sinigang bangus etc)
    5. lechon kawali/caldereta/bistek

    May 9, 2008 | 9:30 am

     
  20. enteng says:

    Our Fave Pinoy Resto…Barrio Fiesta!

    1. kare-kare
    2. crispy pata
    3. pinakbet
    4. inihaw na liempo
    5. fried chicken

    Kamayan and Cabalen…Eat-All-You-Can Buffet!!!

    May 9, 2008 | 9:35 am

     
  21. Chris says:

    Must-haves when the craving to indulge proves insurmountable:
    1. crispy pata
    2. binagoongang baboy
    3. lechon kawali
    4. kare-kare
    5. grilled tuna belly

    May 9, 2008 | 9:39 am

     
  22. Queen B says:

    1. crispy pata
    2. kare kare
    3. sinigang na (baboy, tyan ng bangus or corned beef of centro)
    4. sisig
    5. Fried chicken (when in max’s, of course! :D)

    May 9, 2008 | 9:52 am

     
  23. wysgal says:

    lechon
    kare kare
    laing
    sisig
    liempo

    Now I feel like hitting Dencios when I’m back in Manila.

    May 9, 2008 | 10:08 am

     
  24. bernadette says:

    it really depends on the Filipino resto because they do have their specialities…although I find myself usually ordering pancit palabok, dinuguan, kare-kare, fresh lumpia and chicken inasal.

    May 9, 2008 | 10:12 am

     
  25. ragamuffin girl says:

    My mom-in-law cooks Pinoy classics very well, so I tend to order fusion dishes created by innovative chefs when I’m back in Manila. These are the things I miss most, though, so they will definitely be on my to-order list!

    1. sisig (pork, chicken or bangus)
    2. sinuglaw (kinilaw na isda with inihaw na baboy)
    3. grilled tuna belly or crispy buntot ng tuna
    4. bbq (pork or chicken)
    5. a regional or provincial specialty of the resto

    As part of the foodservice industry I can attest to what Maria Clara says, the more a resto has to offer, the more frozen and pre-cooked stuff they have in that kitchen! I am a fan of hole-in-the-walls, private kitchens, seafood markets or smaller places that offer few, yet exceptional dishes.

    May 9, 2008 | 10:17 am

     
  26. chinachix says:

    all time favorites include dinuguan, beef caldereta, pork/chicken barbeque, palabok, halo-halo, crispy pata (for the hubby), lechon – mostly dishes we don’t cook at home…

    May 9, 2008 | 10:21 am

     
  27. panache says:

    sisig, inihaw na pusit, binagoongang baboy,lengua, kare kare

    May 9, 2008 | 10:24 am

     
  28. Quillene says:

    Hi MM!

    When it’s Filipino food our family usually orders:

    Sinigang
    Kare-kare
    Pancit canton
    Sisig
    Rice
    Pinakbet
    Laing
    halo-halo
    Gulaman
    Manggang hilaw with bagoong
    Calamares

    May 9, 2008 | 10:24 am

     
  29. Quillene says:

    ay… sorry…got going too much… 5 lang pala… hehehe. sorry

    May 9, 2008 | 10:24 am

     
  30. Tiffany says:

    Hmmmm mostly stuff not typically served at home

    crispy pata
    grilled marlin/tuna
    sisig
    sinigang
    kadios

    May 9, 2008 | 10:43 am

     
  31. gorgeous pinay says:

    Filipino Food To Order List:

    1. Sisig
    2. Kare – Kare
    3. Crispy kangkong
    4. Crispy Pata
    5. Grilled Pusit

    May 9, 2008 | 10:57 am

     
  32. Ley says:

    1. crispy pata
    2. kare-kare
    3. grilled tangigue or kitong or tuna belly
    4. adobong kangkong
    5. sizzling/grilled pusit

    May 9, 2008 | 11:01 am

     
  33. michelle says:

    (1) sinigang
    (2) crispy pata
    (3) lumpia (fresh and fried)
    (4)rellonong bangus
    (5)pansit

    May 9, 2008 | 11:07 am

     
  34. bon igot says:

    We always order the same food when we dine in Filipino restaurants:
    1. sisig
    2. crispy pata
    3. kare-kare
    4. sinigang na salmon
    5. grilled squid/tuna belly

    May 9, 2008 | 11:09 am

     
  35. CecileJ says:

    Kare kare
    Crispy Pata
    Sisig
    Lato/Ararosep if available
    Kadios!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 | 11:10 am

     
  36. iya says:

    WHEEE! FOOD SURVEY!

    1. sinigang (just because it’s my favorite and i like to do reverse engineering of diff kinds of this dish)
    2. cripsy pata (because it’s a drag to make it at home)
    3. laing (because my mom doesn’t cook good laing)
    4. ginataang tilapia (same reason as no. 4)
    5. kinilaw na tanigue (because i’m too lazy to make it myself)

    :)

    May 9, 2008 | 11:21 am

     
  37. ayen says:

    1. pork sinigang
    2. crispy pata
    3. sisig
    4. kare-kare
    5. anything inihaw (most of the time, inihaw na pusit)

    :)

    May 9, 2008 | 11:21 am

     
  38. Apicio says:

    The restaurant’s specialty or whatever they are noted for, their specials of the day, anything labor-intensive or too smelly to cook at home, otherwise:
    1. Pancit Malabon;
    2. Lechon or ham hocks;
    3. Grilled fish;
    4. Pork barbicue;
    5. Okoy or fried vegetable lumpia.

    May 9, 2008 | 11:28 am

     
  39. mlq3 says:

    1. kare-kare
    2. crispy pata
    3. kinilaw
    4. laing
    5. kadyos

    May 9, 2008 | 11:32 am

     
  40. titashi says:

    1. sisig
    2. kare-kare
    3. nilagang baka
    4. crispy pata
    5. inihaw na liempo

    =)

    May 9, 2008 | 11:33 am

     
  41. michiku says:

    this topic is super yummy! =)

    1. lechon paksiw (my favorite!)
    2. sinigang na baboy
    3. inihaw na pusit
    4. chopsuey
    5. chicken (fried or roasted)

    May 9, 2008 | 11:41 am

     
  42. winter says:

    my only rule when eating out — NEVER get something that i more or less regularly cook at home, no matter what kind of cuisine.

    so for Filipino dishes, the list would only include Dencios’s pusit a la pobre & sisig, and Max’s fried chicken (Pinoy ba yun, teehee?). outside Manila’s a different story — i’d haunt the local nooks and crannies for the local specialties (CDO’s lechon manok, Cebu/Catarman’s lechon baboy, Davao’s sinuglaw, Legaspi/Naga’s baby back ribs, Baguio’s walongsilog at Goto Baden — yumyumyum).

    oh, Cafe Adarna’s piassok (beef dish from Sulu) is to die for, for me, and i’d order it every single time :-)

    May 9, 2008 | 11:44 am

     
  43. lechon says:

    1. Crispy Pata
    2. Sinigang
    3.Inihaw na baboy
    4. Bangus (cooked any way)
    5. Ensaladang mangga (green mango-bagoong salad)

    Thanks for doing This MM… you can really see a trend in what people order :)

    May 9, 2008 | 11:50 am

     
  44. naghihingalo says:

    chicharon bulaklak
    sisig
    crispy tadyang
    kinilaw na tangigue
    inihaw na blue marlin

    May 9, 2008 | 11:50 am

     
  45. maria says:

    My top five would be crispy pata, corned beef or salmon sinigang, an authentic pinakbet, gulaman & sago and leche flan or halo-halo.

    Looking at the survey results, isn’t it funny how the answers seem to reflect the longing for comfort food (sinigang), the yearning to eat the forbidden/decadent/too fussy to prepare (crispy pata), the quintessential carbs (rice/pancit), the dish which indicates regional affiliation (pinakbet, laing, pancit molo, kadios), the panghimagas or dessert. And don’t forget – it has to be shared with family/firends, otherwise everything tastes flat. ‘Yan ang Pinoy

    May 9, 2008 | 12:08 pm

     
  46. nina says:

    I prefer home-made Filipino dishes because it is a lot better than those served in the restaurants and cheaper. But if we do eat out, I order the restaurant’s especialty. Here are the foods na binabalik-balikan ko at certain retaurants:

    1.) Pancit Palabok from my home town
    2.) Sisig from Pampanga
    3.) Barbeque from Pampanga or Aritocrat
    4.) Silog
    5.) Lumpiang Sariwa

    There’s more but you asked for only five :)

    May 9, 2008 | 12:31 pm

     
  47. boo says:

    Our favorites to order:

    1. anything grilled – tuna, pork, chicken (inasal), squid
    2. chili crabs
    3. guinatan kuhol
    4. sisig
    5. halo-halo or sago’t gulaman

    May 9, 2008 | 12:41 pm

     
  48. shane says:

    embutido
    pancit malabon/palabok
    tapsilog/losilog/bangsilog, etc
    inihaw (chicken/beef/pork/bangus) w/ atcharra
    sago’t gulaman

    May 9, 2008 | 12:45 pm

     
  49. kasseopeia says:

    Goodness me, only 5? While I ponder that let me reply to Maria Clara (in her eerrr… nubile form – in my mind anyway)regarding staying away from restos with more than 20 items on their menu: I absolutely agree. Not only can you not guarantee the freshness of the ingredients but (as Lori from dessertcomesfirst said in her blog) the resto could be of the “jack of all trades, master of none”. I would rather visit a resto that specializes in few dishes… like Kansi on Sampaguita (?) corner Kamagong in Makati for their cheap but good bulalo. Hehe…

    So on to answering the question. I would definitely order these if they were available (in no particular order):

    1.) Crispy Pata or Lechon Kawali – Lety, I have a recipe for Crispy Pata/Lechon Kawali ;)Easy to pre-boil but a pain in the behind (and the hands) to crisp up!
    2.) Sinigang ANYTHING
    3.) Kilawin na isda of any sort
    4.) crispy crablets
    5.) Lumpiang sariwa

    May 9, 2008 | 1:08 pm

     
  50. Marose Pascual says:

    Hi Marketman! These are what we usually order at Filipino restaurants:

    1. Crispy pata
    2. Inihaw na isda or pusit
    3. Pinakbet or laing
    4. Pancit
    5. Ensaladang talong or mangga (with onions, tomatoes and bagoong)

    May 9, 2008 | 1:22 pm

     
  51. nancy says:

    pinakbet
    seafood or veggie kare-kare
    laing
    binagoongang baboy
    kilawin na isda

    May 9, 2008 | 1:25 pm

     
  52. topster says:

    top 5 wont do =) its gotta be 6!
    1. Lechon kawali or crispy pata
    2. Kare kare (ox tail)
    3. any gata based guisado
    4. Pancit Palabok
    5. Adobong pusit
    6. deep fried crispy tuna tail (yummy)

    May 9, 2008 | 1:28 pm

     
  53. macpower says:

    Ulam or pulutan, hindi mawawala ang…
    1. Crispy pata
    2. Kare kare
    3. Sisig
    4. Laing
    5. Inihaw na pusit

    May 9, 2008 | 1:39 pm

     
  54. dhanggit says:

    what a yummy survey:

    1.kare-kare
    2. sinigang
    3. Dinuguan
    4. Mangga’t bagoong salad
    5. Pancit Canton

    May 9, 2008 | 1:39 pm

     
  55. Em Dy says:

    1. Sisig
    2. Inihaw na baboy
    3. Crispy pata
    4. tahong with cheese
    5. grilled scallops

    May 9, 2008 | 1:59 pm

     
  56. Mandel says:

    Our Top FIVE:
    1. CRISPY PATA
    2. KARE-KARE
    3. CALAMARES
    4. KALDERETANG KAMBING
    5. RELYENONG BANGUS/HIPON

    May 9, 2008 | 2:01 pm

     
  57. joey says:

    Woohoo! Go crispy pata GO!!! :)

    May 9, 2008 | 2:04 pm

     
  58. Ellen says:

    1. crispy pata
    2. sisig
    3. sinigang na hipon
    4. inihaw na isda
    5. pancit palabok

    May 9, 2008 | 2:04 pm

     
  59. elaine says:

    1. KARE-KARE
    2. Inihaw na Bangus
    3. LAING
    4. SISIG
    5. Nilasing na hipon

    May 9, 2008 | 2:32 pm

     
  60. ratacutie says:

    1. Crispy Pata
    2. Grilled Squid
    3. Sisig
    4. Sinigang Bangus Belly
    5. Ginataang Langka (or any dish with gata and bagoong)

    May 9, 2008 | 2:52 pm

     
  61. butchick says:

    ..WOW…MM you make me laway to food i really love to eat in pinoy resto…to start up…

    1.)CRISPY PATA( i dont want to be the target of the flying mantika at home cooking this one, wearing a helmet and a big caldero cover to sheild me from balls of oils flying around)

    2.)MAANHANG NA LAING..(laing will never be that best laing without the sili..hehehe..im uragon, you know from the place where its grown)

    3.)KARE-KARE…(because i cant kare (carry) the procedure of how to cook it perfectly..)

    4.)SINIGANG NA HIPON…(best taste with pure lemonsito)

    5.)KINILAW NA TALONG…(i loved it most pag sinugba yong talong.)

    May 9, 2008 | 2:53 pm

     
  62. maria says:

    to kasseopeia: Kansi is at Sampaloc corner Kamagong in San Antonio Village, Makati. I like their daing na bangus

    May 9, 2008 | 3:15 pm

     
  63. grace says:

    usual orders from when we were last in the philippines – usually from dvao restos

    – kinilaw
    – inihaw – whatever is on offer – panga, bagaybay, bihod, squid, chicken,
    – personal favorite – pork barbeque!
    – imbao soup
    – kaldereta

    May 9, 2008 | 3:25 pm

     
  64. wil-b cariaga says:

    these are the most common ones we order. . .
    Kare kare
    crispy pata
    sisig
    sinigang (fish)
    pansit (whatever pansit)

    plus anything grilled, pork chicken or seafood or if there is kilawin, you’ll always have empty plates. . . no take home leftovers. . .hehehe

    May 9, 2008 | 3:27 pm

     
  65. leo says:

    1. Sinigang na isda sa miso
    2. Pinoy fried rice
    3. Halo-halo
    4. fresh lumpiang ubod
    5. Siopao
    6. fried chicken
    7. chicken sisig
    8. rellenong bangus
    9. kare-kare
    10. gulaman at sago drink
    11. ginataan

    May 9, 2008 | 3:44 pm

     
  66. Homebuddy says:

    1. Grilled Panga
    2. Grilled Pork or Barbecue
    3. Halabos na hipon
    4. Kinilaw
    5. Fish Tinola or Sinigang
    6. Talaba if available

    May 9, 2008 | 3:49 pm

     
  67. meekerz says:

    1. crispy pata
    2. kare-kare
    3. barbeque or inihaw
    4. either bangus or tilapia (in house specialty method of cooking)
    5. sago’t gulaman

    May 9, 2008 | 3:51 pm

     
  68. JE says:

    Off-hand, our 5 would be…

    1) Crispy pata
    2) Inihaw na pusit
    3) Sisig
    4) Baked tahong
    5) Crispy tadyang

    May 9, 2008 | 3:56 pm

     
  69. Adam says:

    * Kinilaw
    * Kare-Kare
    * Crabs / Mussels / Oysters (if available and fresh)
    * Crispy Pata
    * Pork Adobo
    or
    * Halo Halo (the other half can never resist this..!)

    May 9, 2008 | 4:25 pm

     
  70. chinky says:

    Kare-kare, crispy pata, kinilaw na tangigue, inihaw (liempo or panga), vegetable (either pinakbet or adobong kangkong)

    May 9, 2008 | 5:35 pm

     
  71. Trina says:

    1. Sisig
    2. Kare-kare
    3. Sinigang na isda sa miso
    4. Nilagang Bulalo
    5. Inihaw na pork or fish
    6. Pakbet

    May 9, 2008 | 5:36 pm

     
  72. nunosapunso says:

    1. crispy pata _ as this is evry messy to prepare at home
    2. dinuguan
    3. green mango salad with tomatoes and eggplant
    4. fresh lumpia
    5. laing

    May 9, 2008 | 5:59 pm

     
  73. Marge says:

    My “usuals” in Filipino restaurants:

    1. Inihaw na Liempo
    2. Sisig
    3. Kare-kare
    4. Crispy Pata
    5. Inihaw na Tuna Belly

    May 9, 2008 | 6:06 pm

     
  74. kate says:

    1. kare kare (gulay or seafood only)
    2. tuna sisig
    3. kang kong with bagoong (no pork)
    4. chicken bbq
    5. pinakbet (no prok/chicharon)

    May 9, 2008 | 6:18 pm

     
  75. Avic says:

    I will always have:
    1.Kare-Kare
    2. Crispy Pata
    3. Sisig
    4. Pinakbet
    5. Inihaw na Tuna Belly

    May 9, 2008 | 6:43 pm

     
  76. drunkenlily says:

    1. beef tapa
    2. sisig, either tuna or pork
    3. pork sinigang
    4. chopsuey
    5. ensaladang mangga

    May 9, 2008 | 7:07 pm

     
  77. Gina says:

    Before low-cholesterol diet: sisig, grilled squid or fish, crispy pata, baked tahong, halabos na shrimp, kinilaw.

    Now on low-cholesterol diet: salmon sa miso (rich in heart-healthy omega-3), grilled tuna panga, fresh lumpia, sinigang bangus belly, any kind of native salad.

    May 9, 2008 | 7:07 pm

     
  78. rocoi says:

    1. crispy pata
    2. baked tahong
    3. lechon
    4. adobong pusit
    5. calamares

    is it dinner yet?? :D

    May 9, 2008 | 7:19 pm

     
  79. natie says:

    wow..i’m late..
    crispy pata
    pancit malabon/palabok
    sinigang fish or meat
    pinakbet
    halo halo

    May 9, 2008 | 7:44 pm

     
  80. noes says:

    halo halo
    sinigang fish
    tuna sisig
    kinilaw na kambing
    bangus

    May 9, 2008 | 7:55 pm

     
  81. gq says:

    Nakakagutom naman. All the lists looks so yummy! My 5 dishes:
    Crispy Pata
    Lumpiang sariwa
    Lechon de leche
    Kare-kare
    Pansit palabok

    May 9, 2008 | 8:15 pm

     
  82. Trish says:

    crispy pata
    grilled squid/fish/liempo
    laing or pinakbet or adobong kangkong
    fish sinigang w/ miso or beef sinigang
    sisig
    chicken barbeque or inasal

    May 9, 2008 | 8:23 pm

     
  83. danney says:

    I’m here in the Philippines for my usual vcation and believe me everytime we go out for lunch or dinner I always go to Rose and Grace at Paseo de Sta. Rosa and order the following:

    01) Sinigang sa Miso (tanigue or salmon)
    02) Bulalo
    03) Pork Barbecue

    May 9, 2008 | 8:26 pm

     
  84. Cathee says:

    Uhmm, this is a toughie…

    My top 5 would be:

    1. Laing or Bicol Express
    2. Sinuglaw or Kinilaw
    3. Kare-Kare
    4. Fresh Lumpia
    5. Adobo

    Ever since I moved to Mindanao from Manila, my preference in Filipino food has changed obviously. Sinuglaw/Kinilaw have taken over my past fave Batangas Bulalo (how I miss this!)

    May 9, 2008 | 8:39 pm

     
  85. The Knittymommy says:

    1. Cripsy Pata or Lechin Kawali
    2. Kare-kare
    3. Inihaw na Panga ng Tuna
    4. Lumpiang Fresco
    5. Laing

    I’ll order these because they’re hard to make on my own here in the US.

    May 9, 2008 | 9:42 pm

     
  86. Ejit says:

    1. Lechon Kawali
    2. Crispy Pata
    3. Sisig
    4. Pork Barbecue
    5. Kare-kare

    Check out the top answers and you’ll notice that they are the foods that will shorten our life… pinakamasarap ang bawal! hay!

    May 9, 2008 | 9:50 pm

     
  87. Cookie says:

    1. Kare-Kare
    2. Sisig
    3. Crispy Pata
    4. Lechon Kawali
    5. Inihaw na liempo

    Easier to buy in US than to make!! Yum!!!!

    May 9, 2008 | 9:58 pm

     
  88. juls says:

    1. crispy pata
    2. binagoongang baboy
    3. chicken inasal
    4. grilled bangus
    5. Pork-b-b-q

    May 9, 2008 | 10:22 pm

     
  89. Dale says:

    Being here in Canada, there are a few things that would just be too onerous to cook at home, wether it be from an ingredient perspective or finding others to consume what is made, so I tend to order those things when I am in a Pinoy Resto:

    1. Dinuguan
    2. Sisig
    3. Palabok
    3. Paksiw
    4. Calabasa w/ Gata
    5. Pinakbet (although I may start doing this at home)
    6. Kare-kare
    7. Lumpia Shanghai
    8. Halo-halo
    9. Chicken Skin Chicharon
    10. Various Pinoy Desserts

    May 9, 2008 | 11:13 pm

     
  90. lee says:

    Pork Festival

    1. sinugba nga baboy
    2. Bicol Express
    3. Sisig
    4. Lechon Kawali
    5. Xenical

    May 9, 2008 | 11:30 pm

     
  91. Tricia says:

    sisig

    crispy pata

    inihaw na bangus at Matutina’s in Urdaneta City —yum!

    May 10, 2008 | 1:51 am

     
  92. eej says:

    eej’s Top 5:

    1. Lumping Sariwa
    2. Palabok
    3. Pinoy spaghetti
    4. Kare-Kare
    5. Halo-Halo

    May 10, 2008 | 2:23 am

     
  93. Angela says:

    I order things that I either don’t know how to make, too lazy to cook, or too “stinky” (according to my husband).

    1. Crispy pata
    2. Lumpiang ubod
    3. Binagoongang baboy
    4. Caldereta
    5. Chicken inasal

    Luckily for me, my mom is a fabulous cook so I don’t have too eat out at Pinoy restos very often :) Besides, Seattle has only ONE Pinoy resto that I would (half-heartedly) recommend–the others are not good at all.

    May 10, 2008 | 2:51 am

     
  94. Gilda says:

    Wow- Lots of responses to this topic.
    Unfortunately, we don’t have a single Filipino restaurant here in Dallas, but when I’m back home visiting, I like Filipino comfort foods which my sister cooks. But I also like Filipino merienda fare, so this is when we eat out, to have bibinka, palabok, halo-halo, and the like.

    May 10, 2008 | 4:09 am

     
  95. Cherry says:

    1. Palabok
    2. Kare- Kare
    3. Fresh Lumpia
    4 Dinuguan

    May 10, 2008 | 5:22 am

     
  96. dragon says:

    Definitely none here in New Caledonia. When back in Manila, like everyone else, I go for something not usually prepared at home or it’s the specialty of the restaurant.

    1. Crispy pata/lechon kawali – though have to admit, my late mom & aunt do mean versions and via (old) turbo broiler
    2. Anything from Alavars
    3. Anything inihaw-baboy, seafood
    4. Local cakes, sweets, desserts offered by restos
    5. Believe it or not: Jollibee Yumburger

    May 10, 2008 | 6:20 am

     
  97. gemma asis says:

    1. crispy pata
    2. sinigang na sugpo
    3. lechon kawali
    4. pinakbet
    5. halo-halo

    May 10, 2008 | 7:51 am

     
  98. momsy says:

    1. Sisig
    2. Sinigang Hipon
    3. Chicken barbeque
    4. Palabok
    5. Fresh Lumpia Ubod
    6. Camaru

    May 10, 2008 | 10:00 am

     
  99. Tricia says:

    Bibingka from Via Mare with salted duck eggs & quezo de bola

    Balut surprise if I have balikbayan guests

    May 10, 2008 | 10:37 am

     
  100. Lyna says:

    1.crispy pata
    2.lechon manok
    3.fresh lumpia ubod
    4.sinigang sugpo
    5. green mango ensalada

    May 10, 2008 | 11:35 am

     
  101. zap says:

    1. Lumpiang ubod
    2. Crispy pata
    3. Sinigang na salmon sa miso
    4. Rellenong bangus
    5. Sisig

    Sarap! Hay…

    May 10, 2008 | 2:14 pm

     
  102. Liz Marsh says:

    1. Pinakbet
    2. Sisig
    3. Binagoongang baboy
    4. Kare Kare
    5. Adobong Pusit

    May 10, 2008 | 6:34 pm

     
  103. Ruth says:

    1. Kadios and Ubad with Chicken
    2. Pochero
    3. Sinigang na Baboy
    4. Tortang Talong
    5. Adobong Squid

    May 10, 2008 | 10:00 pm

     
  104. perkycinderella says:

    1. Kare kare
    2. Mized seafood
    3. Chicken Bacolod
    4. Inihaw na hito
    5. Max Fried chicken

    May 10, 2008 | 10:36 pm

     
  105. odessa says:

    1. Sisig (family favorite)
    2. Kare-kare (sister)
    3. Crispy father (dad & brother)
    4. Laing (mom)
    5. Chicken inasal/lechon/fried (me)

    May 11, 2008 | 12:42 am

     
  106. maria says:

    1. definitely crispy pata
    2. inihaw na belly
    3. inihaw or sizzling squid
    4. sizzling or grilled tangigue or bangus sisig
    5. shrimp or crab in coconut milk

    May 11, 2008 | 3:37 am

     
  107. quiapo says:

    We only have a chance to go to Filipino restaurants on rare trips home, but consistently we have dishes which involve several restaurants or homes:
    Pancit Malabon from Rosie’s,
    Feriño’s Bibingka,
    Misua with Patola, prawns and pork meatballs,
    Tapsilog,
    Laing.
    We find the best food is usually at private homes, where we are served such an amazing variety such as lengua, morcon, galantina, camaron con chicharo, amargoso con tausi.

    May 11, 2008 | 6:53 am

     
  108. an says:

    1. Tuna Belly
    2. Sisig
    3. Bulalo
    4. lechon
    5. Buko juice!

    and we will eat the same again the next day!!! Ü

    May 11, 2008 | 7:34 am

     
  109. brenda says:

    @lee

    you never fail to amuse me…..

    May 11, 2008 | 11:51 am

     
  110. brenda says:

    my top 5 order

    crispy pata
    grilled fish
    grilled liempo
    sinigang na isda sa miso
    ice cold beer

    May 11, 2008 | 11:52 am

     
  111. linda says:

    inihaw na pork
    inihaw na fish
    inihaw na eggplant
    inihaw na stuffed pusit
    sinigang na prawns

    May 11, 2008 | 1:50 pm

     
  112. u8mypinkcookies says:

    inihaw (pusit, bangus, tuna, chicken)
    sizzling bangus ala pobre
    pork sisig
    salpicao
    kare-kare, crispy pata and chopsuey (for my parents)

    May 11, 2008 | 9:41 pm

     
  113. bm says:

    Being vegetarian, the most common:

    Pinakbet
    Gising gising
    Laing
    Lumpia

    May 11, 2008 | 10:44 pm

     
  114. peterb says:

    Sisig
    Crispy Pata
    Tuna Panga/Belly
    Lumpiang Sariwa
    Nilasing Na Hipon

    May 11, 2008 | 10:45 pm

     
  115. suzette says:

    Kare-kare
    Crispy Pata
    Sisig
    Sinigang
    daing na bangus
    what’s yours mm?

    May 11, 2008 | 11:10 pm

     
  116. dhayL says:

    calderetta
    pancit palabok
    crispy pata
    sisig
    inihaw (pusit,bangus or tilapia)
    daing na bangus

    Usually items i don’t or cannot cook at home:)

    May 12, 2008 | 12:07 am

     
  117. lucita ramos says:

    caldereta
    relyenong alimasag
    lechon kawali
    camaron rebusado
    pancit luglog

    May 12, 2008 | 12:35 am

     
  118. Fran Magbual says:

    Lechon Kawali
    Dinuguan
    Pork Adobo
    Mungo Beans
    Squid Guisado
    Dinakdakan

    May 12, 2008 | 5:24 am

     
  119. carina says:

    Sisig
    Grilled squid
    Kare-kare
    Lechon kawali
    Pancit

    May 12, 2008 | 8:38 am

     
  120. Bennie says:

    1. rice (can’t live without it)
    2. dinuguan
    3. bam-i
    4. pinacbet
    5. baked tahong/oyster
    6. tinolang manok
    7. grilled chicken inato

    May 12, 2008 | 5:30 pm

     
  121. witsandnuts says:

    Kare-kare
    Sisig
    Sinigang na hipon
    Pinakbet
    Lechon

    I will definitely be hitting dencio’s and kalye ni juan when I am back.

    May 12, 2008 | 6:25 pm

     
  122. Lani says:

    kare-kare
    crispy pata
    inihaw na pusit
    fresh lumpia
    halabos na hipon or nilasing na hipon

    May 12, 2008 | 7:44 pm

     
  123. Lety says:

    Hi, kasseopeia.

    So, where is the crispy pata recipe? :-)
    Thanks!

    May 13, 2008 | 5:19 am

     
  124. Marketman says:

    Lety, here is an easy crispy pata recipe I had in the archives. There isn’t much mystery to this dish, it is just a production to fry…

    May 13, 2008 | 6:32 am

     
  125. Franco says:

    kare kare, lechon kawali, gising-gising, crispy tadyang, sinigang

    May 13, 2008 | 4:38 pm

     
  126. Lety says:

    Hi, MM.

    Thank you for the recipe. I will try and see if I succeed in making it crispy. :-)

    May 14, 2008 | 6:08 am

     
  127. Grace says:

    1. boneless crispy pata with eggplant salad
    2. kare-kare with vegetables only
    3. nilasing na hipon
    4. inihaw na pusit
    5. inihaw na tilapia

    May 15, 2008 | 1:23 pm

     
  128. MEK says:

    crispy pata, kare kare (preferably vegetables only), binagoongan na baboy, ensaladang talong, adobo flakes, sisig (oops, that’s 6)

    May 15, 2008 | 3:49 pm

     
  129. Jun says:

    Palabok
    Sisig
    Boneless crispy pata
    Chicken inasal
    Tinumok

    May 15, 2008 | 7:00 pm

     
  130. Ted says:

    Looks like, kare-kare, crispy pata, and sisig are hands on favorites

    May 16, 2008 | 8:39 am

     
  131. presentacion says:

    i usually order the ff:

    1. fish fillet w/ tausi
    2. chili crabs
    3. kare-kare w/ bagoong guisado
    4. crispy pata
    5. chicken bbq

    May 30, 2008 | 10:07 pm

     
  132. mareza says:

    I don’t know but there’s no Filipino restaurant in our area,some two hours drive there’s
    quite a few,But i cooked almost of those that are listed here,and they are all my specialty
    today i have miswa soup with pork and patola….i’m so Filipino.

    Jun 3, 2008 | 10:33 am

     
  133. leticia says:

    the family’s top five filipino food.. in a filipino restaurant… it’s different when eating at home though

    1. crispy pata
    2. tuna belly with garlic rice
    3. sinigang na hipon
    4. kare kare
    5. lumpia sariwa

    Jun 11, 2008 | 3:52 pm

     
  134. jirhei says:

    wow, bad place to be on a diet..lol anyways, im searching for a crablets recipe.. help! help! ohh here’s my top 5:

    1. crispy crablets (had eaten once.. craving for it since then)
    2. lengua
    3. pinakbet
    4. kare-kare ( ung made with sweet peanut butter)
    5. sisig(crispy, spicy and dry!)

    there you go.

    Jun 5, 2009 | 7:18 am

     
 

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