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Top 5 Must-Try Filipino Dishes and Where to Taste them in Metro Manila

Top 5 Must-Try Filipino Dishes and Where to Taste them in Metro Manila

Mynila Team May 22, 2018 Food & Drink

Mynila picked five delicious, must-try dishes for a first time visitor of the Philippines. Here are our choices and where you can taste them in Metro Manila:


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Sisig is a unique and popular Pinoy savoury dish. It is simply pork grilled on open coals or deep fried, then chopped and seasoned well. The cheeks of the hog are usually used in the dish.

Manam Comfort Filipino specializes in serving up Filipino food in classics and twists, perfect for any occasion. Among its most popular offerings are its signature House Crispy Sisig and the original Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon.  (Greenbelt 2, SM Mall of Asia, Ayala Fairview Terraces, and Bonifacio Global City)


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If you like sour foods this soup will delight your palate! Sinigang na isda (fish) at hipon (shrimp) is a hot and sour tamarind soup made with shrimps, salmon, string beans, large green chilli peppers, okra, kang kong (water spinach), white radish, tomatoes, eggplant and seasoned with fish sauce.

Sentro 1771 takes pride in preparing Filipino food from scratch with the most authentic and freshest ingredients locally available. Using modern culinary techniques and well-composed plating you’ll find in a fine dining place and they will bring the comfort of Filipino food to you. ( Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and Greenbelt 3, Makati)


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Named after the train that travels between Manila and Bicol, this popular Bicolano dish is a hot and spicy dish cooked in coconut milk, pork, shrimp paste or stockfish, onion, garlic and lots of birds eye chili which makes it very hot!

Crisostomo restaurant (Alabang Town Centre, Eastwood Mall – Libis, Fairview Terraces – Novaliches, UP Town Centre – Quezon CityNewport City – Pasay)


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Goat meat stewed with potatoes, tomatoes, olives, bel peppers and liver sauce. Kaldereta’s name derives from the Spanish word “caldera” meaning cauldron.

Aristocrat Restaurant is probably Philippines’ most popular restaurant, The Aristocrat traces its roots to a loving lady whose greatest pleasure was in cooking delectable dishes served in generous portions at affordable prices when she started her journey over 70 years ago. (Jupiter Street – Makati City, Roxas Boulevard – Manila, Robinsons Place – Manila, SM Mall of Asia – Pasay, SM City San Lazaro – Manila, SM City North EDSA – Quezon City, Ultimart Shopping Plaza – Laguna, SM City Manila – Manila)


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Last but not least is the classic Adobo! Considered the national dish, adobo is pork marinated in soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic and then cooked slowly. The dish is not only limited to pork, other meats, seafood, and vegetables can also be cooked this way.

Abé is the restaurant dedicated to the memory artist-writer, gourmet and bon vivant E. Aguilar “Abe” Cruz, father of the late Larry Cruz. The restaurant serves traditional Filipino food, mostly Kapampangan, and gourmet dishes inspired by Abe’s travels around the world. Its concept and design provide the ideal setting for friends and family to dine comfortably and have a good time. (Serendra, Trinoma, SM Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center and SM Mega Fashion Hall)