Also known as kalamismis in Tagalog.

winged bean

Sigarilyas o Kalamismis
Sigarilyas o Kalamismis

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Popular Filipino Dishes

To help familiarize our website’s visitors with Filipino food in an easy way, we’ve drawn up a simple list of a few Philippine dishes and foodstuff commonly eaten in the Philippines. We’re still working on adding more pronunciation audio and photos. Remember to check back soon! 🙂

Chicken Adobo - Filipino Food

Adobo: pork or chicken marinated in soy sauce and vinegar

BALUT: Filipino duck egg

Balut: duck egg with a developed embryo

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Filipino Seed Snacks

Among many Filipinos’ fondest memories is gathering around a bowl of dried watermelon seeds with a piece of old newspaper on hand ready to be piled with discarded shells. Ahhh… butong pakwan!!

Filipino Seed Snacks

Dried seeds are old-time favorite Filipino snacks. Fun and addictive to snack on, satisfying one’s oral fixations, unshelled seeds boast a fairly low “calorie to bite” ratio — what with the amount of effort involved in carefully extracting each seed’s kernel from out of the shell. In terms of nutritional value, seeds run a close second to traditional nuts as a source of potassium, manganese and zinc.

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Santol is the name of the fruit of a tree that has the scientific name Sandoricum koetjape. It is native to Southeast Asia where it is called gratawn (กระท้อน) in Thai, kompem reach in Khmer, tong in Lao and donka in Sinhalese.

The French refer to it as faux mangoustanier, while in English it’s been called wild mangosteen, COTTONFRUIT or sandor. Previously, it had been given the scientific names Sandoricum indicum and Sandoricum nervosum.

SANTOL fruit
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Talibubu is a fish dish from Rizal province.

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This Tagalog word in Chinese in origin.

to eat without rice

kumakain ng ulam na walang kasamang kanin
eating ulam without the accompaniment of rice

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Young coconut is called buko. Its flesh is soft, thin and silky — you can easily scrape it off with a spoon. In contrast, the flesh of a mature coconut is niyog, which is thick and hard and needs to be grated off the shell.

Buko (Young Coconut)

There is a favorite flavor combination in the Philippines called buko pandan, which is tender white coconut and fragrant screwpine leaves.

Buko Pandan Jelly Mix
Buko Pandan Gulaman

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Buwig ng Niyog



bao ng niyog
coconut shell

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