This week’s chapter on The Great Book of Lists is another challenging one for one sole reason: I CAN’T cook a decent dish. I’ve tried to learn cooking, though not enthusiastically, but it seemed to be not one of my forte. Ha! So much for, “The best way to win a man’s heart is through his stomach.”

Filipinos are naturally rice eater. It’s just hard to let a day pass by without having a rice meal. For this reason, we favor the dishes that goes well with rice. So here are some of my favorite Filipino dishes that I tried (or did not) to cook. 😀

1. Adobong Baboy – A trademark of Filipino cuisine. It could either be chicken or pork but I love the latter most, especially if added with pineapple tidbits. I tried to cook once, with the guidance of YouTube, but I end up with a burnt-bitter version of adobo. (Click here for the original image and recipe.)

Pork Adobo With Pineapple


2. Lechon – You can rarely celebrate a feast in the Philippines without lechon. This mouth-watering, sumptuous, crispy-on-the-outside-tasty-on-the-inside ulam can just never go wrong. I used to hep my cousins turn over the lechon back at home but, mind you, the coal’s achingly hot and the steel’s heavy!


3. Sinigang na Baboy- The only decent dish that I have successfully cooked. Although, unlike its original recipe, I cooked it with sweet corn and without the eggplant (not a fan). It may not look much but it’s really tasty, I promise! 😀



4. Tinabal– Tinabal is a type of fish processing which popular in the Visayas particularly Leyte. The most commonly used species for this product are parrot fish and frigate tuna. I tried the native bacalao tinabal at Kuizine and it reminds me of home. It’s the perfect blend of salty and spicy flavors that made me crave for more. YUM!

(c) Bukool

5. Bicol Express- is a popular Filipino dish which was made in traditional Bicolano style. The meat is cooked in coconut milk and chili peppers that you just couldn’t say no to. Phew! Now I REALLY have to stop. My stomach’s growling. 😀


How about you? What are your favorite dishes? I would love to hear them, too. 🙂 🙂 🙂