Several years ago, I did a poll and came up with the Top 10 Pinoy dishes of readers. I agreed with MANY of those choices and they indeed are national favorites. At that point in time, I also included the other dishes in the Top 30, and they are listed below. So now here is my question and I hope you will help… What OTHER 10 dishes would you include in your Pinoy food favorites list? The other 10 dishes should exclude all of the Top 30 dishes already mentioned below. KINDLY REVIEW LIST BELOW TO AVOID DUPLICATION. If you can’t think of 10 more dishes, just leave a comment anyway with a lesser number of dishes. Essentially, I am trying to compile marketmanila’s “Top 40” Pinoy dish list. Please Leave me a comment with your additional 10 Pinoy dishes, and I hope a LOT of READERS participate so we have a nice sample to work with. Also, I am doing this just now as our internet connection seems to be on the blink, and we have had very limited access for the past two days. Not sure if it is the service provider, telecoms, company, or a global problem. Thank you very much for participating in this survey… This will keep you all amused in case I go into the internet black hole for a day or two or three…
The countdown from 30 to 11â€¦
30. Ginataang Kalabasa â€“ just made it into the Top 30, yum, I love this dish.
29. Tapa â€“ yikes, itâ€™s a bit far down on the list for meâ€¦what would breakfast be like without this and some spicy vinegar?
28. Paksiw na Lechon â€“ Oh no, I like this dish better than lechon itself. I would have thought this would be much higher up the rankings!
27. Manggang Hilaw with Bagoong â€“ Love it.
26. Lechon Kawali â€“ Definitely.
25. Pancit Palabok â€“ if lumped together with Pancit luglug would have been in the Top 10.
24. Kinilaw â€“ probably one of our oldest and most representative local dishes.
23. Pritong Galunggong â€“ I posted this one just recentlyâ€¦
22. Longganisa â€“ Definitely, with gaseous burps and all.
21. Bihon Guisado â€“ Merienda food, lots of kalamansi please!
20. Beef Caldereta â€“ Gotta make me some of this, have never cooked it myself before.
19. Chicken Inasal – Yes, I see why this is up there in the rankings.
18. Beef Bulalo/Nilagang Baka â€“ I know these are different dishes but as a grouped theme of boiled beef soups, this was up there in votesâ€¦
17. Rellenong Bangus â€“ Hmm, Iâ€™m not a big fan, but many others obviously are.
16. Tortang Talong – Definitely gotta have this. And with lots of ketchup please.
15. Bistek Tagalog – A personal favoriteâ€¦I thought this would be higher up in the rankings.
14. Laing â€“ Yes.
13. Pancit Luglug â€“ Ditto, yes.
12. Sisig â€“ I can see why, but I am not a converted fan yet.
11. Dinuguan â€“ Ugh. I have a childhood phobia and I just have to get over it and cook this dish to perfection myself in the coming months!
And finally, The Putahe Top 10!!!
10. Tinola â€“ another satisfying comfort food that is a complete meal in a bowl with protein, vegetables, fruit, soup and flavor â€“ lots of rice, patis and kalamansi on the side, please.
9. Monggo â€“ Definitely a top 10 though possibly one of those highly adapted/adopted dishes from the Chinese Mainlandâ€¦Nutritious, delicious and economical.
8. Lumpiang Sariwa â€“ Yes. Ever since those Americans pushed all those coconut plantations we had to figure out how to use palm heartsâ€¦and this is a brilliant manifestation. Some family friends send over this stuff at Christmas after a long, slow simmer in pork lard and it is stunningly delicious and stunningly deadly on the cholesterol meter. I like the accompanying sauce, but oddly, keep my chopped peanuts on the side.
7. Inihaw na Isda â€“ Yes. This was a difficult one to lump into one as voters sometimes specified the fish, but suffice it to say that grilled fresh fish is on most folks Top 10 list.
6. Daing or Pritong Bangus â€“ Yes. And Marketman says you MUST have a fish pan to go with that, Mylai Dimaculanganâ€™s asideâ€¦heehee.
5. Pinakbet â€“ Yes. Yes. Yes. An Asian ratatouille? No. A native vegetable dish that can range from horrific to sublime depending on how it is cooked. Acquired taste because of the bagoong, I think. This is definitely in my personal top 10.
4. Lechon â€“ No wonder this is the stuff of Fiesta dreams, folks really do place it in a super high regard. I personally would have it lower on the list. Though I LOVE good lechon skin and ribs, I just donâ€™t think it should be that high up in the rankingsâ€¦
3. Kare-kare â€“ A surprise for me, but nearly 50% of all voters had this on their list and it garnered the third largest number of votes. I was never a big fan and perhaps I always got bum examples of this dish so after seeing these results I read up on kare-kare and spent nearly four hours trying to make the ultimate version (in a post up next!).
2. Adobo â€“ Duhh. Nearly 60% of all respondents had this on their list of Top 10 Pinoy Putahes. No wonder they say it should be the national dish. And yes, I believe it existed before the Spaniards got here and they named it so due to similarities with dishes in Mexico/Spain.
1. Sinigang â€“ Sinigang na Baboy was the third largest individually voted dish. However, 4 Sinigang versions were in the top 13 dishes so if you grouped them as a â€œSinigangâ€ option, this was far and away the absolute favorite. Approximately 80% of all respondents had one or more types of Sinigang in their Top 10 list. I totally agree with this choice. Whether pork, beef, prawn, shrimp, bangus, talakitok or other protein with the sour broth of tamarind (or guava, kamias, etc.) and fresh vegetables, this is truly the number 1 Pinoy dish in my book.