10 Unique Pinoy Dishes You Probably Haven't Tried Yet
Order Filipino dishes with a twist at these restaurants.
(SPOT.ph) While Filipino food gains much fanfare in the U.S. and other parts of the world, the best that our cuisine has to offer is already right here on our shores. These are meals you practically eat every single day, but there can be more to our food than you might expect. Check out these restaurants that serve up some fine examples of how there’s always room for more creativity in Filipino cuisine:
Crispy Tadyang in Two Way Sauce (P325) from Taggo Bar
Chef Chris Policarpio knows how to make a truly tender beef tadyang. It’s cookbook-perfect—crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. All you need is that ice-cold beer!
Taggo Bar is at JR1 Building, 205 Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City; and P. Tuazon corner 17th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City.
Pianggang (P290) from Alab
If there’s one thing Alab knows how to do, it’s dishing up local favorites. The restaurant’s Pianggang is a Tausug specialty consisting of grilled chicken cooked in coconut milk, fresh aromatics, and ground coconut.
Alab is at 67 Scout Rallos Street, Sacred Heart, Quezon City.
Pancit Lechon (P265) from Lola Café
Pancit and lechon are staples in most Filipino celebrations. And if you’re looking to combine the two, look no further than Lola Café, where you can order a plate of pork belly, kimchi, vegetables, and egg noodles.
Lola Café is at 99 Scout Lozano Street, Laging Handa, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
Rice Bowls (P79) from Chicken Deli
Few things go better with Filipino favorites like bistek, pork adobo, binagoongan, and sisig, than a cup (or two) of steaming white rice. Chicken Deli makes it easier for you with their rice bowls that combine these Filipino dishes with our daily staple.
See a list of Chicken Deli branches
Sizzling Bulalo (P230) from Bob Marlin
Reggae and Filipino food go hand in hand at this Bicol restaurant. While the place is known for its crispy pata, you should also check out the Sizzling Bulalo, a steamy and creamy blend that comes with a side of veggies and corn.
Bob Marlin is at Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, Camarines Sur; and 730 J. Rizal Street, Barangay 17, Old Albay, Legazpi City, Albay.
Flaming Roasted Chicken (P199) and Flaming Belly Buster (P399) from Jonie’s Sizzlers & Roast
Roasted chicken on a hot plate is never a bad idea, and you can find one that’s flaming hot at Jonie’s. If a pork and sausages combo is more your thing, there’s a Flaming version of that, too.
Jonie’s Sizzlers & Roast is at SM Cebu, Cebu City.
Lechon Humba (P240) from Rico’s Lechon
Cebu has become synonymous with lechon, but did you know that humba is big in this province, too? At Rico’s Lechon, the humba recipe yields a sweet-sour taste that complements the fork-tender, slow-cooked pork.
See a list of Rico’s Lechon branches.
3 Flavors of Chicken: Fried Chicken Adobo, Fried Chicken Sinigang, and Fried Chicken Labuyo (P250 each) from Golden Cowrie
Can’t get enough of fried chicken? Here’s a local twist that adds the flavors of adobo, sinigang, and labuyo to this all-time favorite.
See a list of Golden Cowrie branches.
Hawkers Spicy Wings (P220) and Salted Egg Calamari (P195) from Choobi Choobi
Choobi Choobi pays homage to Singapore with its new dishes. Go for a bit of spice with the Hawker Spicy Wings, or have a taste of the sea with some Salted Egg Calamari.
See a list of Choobi Choobi branches.
Manok sa Luy-a (P190) from Sta. Teresa Resto
Ginger adds a jolt of flavor to any dish, making it extra appetizing. This deep-fried chicken is just the thing that will have you reaching for an extra cup of rice.
Sta. Teresa Resto is at Hibbard Avenue, Piapi, Dumaguete City.
Pancit New York (P140) from Sage
This pancit serving from Sage is one fine example of how you can mix two traditional flavors to create something new. If you like your meals with a bit of tang, then this vermicelli noodle dish won’t disappoint.
Sage is at 95 Military Cut-off, Baguio City.
Sizzling Sinigang Bulalo (P110) from Bulaluhan sa Espana
This dish demonstrates how sinigang is no longer limited to being served in a bowl. Instead, you can have the champion combination of gravy, bulalo sauce, and meat on a hot plate.
Bulaluhan sa Espana is at Espana Boulevard corner Josefina Street, Sampaloc, Manila.
Crocodile Sisig Rice (P165) from Ugong Rock Grill & Seafood Bar
Looking for something a bit daring for dinner? This dish replaces the typical chicken or pork and uses crocodile meat instead. It adds a different kind of texture you won’t find in other sisig platters.
Ugong Rock Grill & Seafood Bar is at Rizal Avenue, Barangay Bancao, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
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