As Filipinos, we are passionate about a lot of things, and one of them is food. Our food culture is influenced by various local ethnic and foreign (Chinese, Spanish, American) groups, and that is why our cuisines are unique and diverse. If you love to cook, here are seven local recipes that you will have to get your hands on.

1. Pork Belly Adobo

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Who hasn’t tried adobo? This famous dish is a favourite among many Filipinos, but it is also high in calories, so make sure to eat in moderation. Simmer the pork and spices to ensure that all the different flavours are absorbed into meat. You won’t be needing anything else except white rice to go with this amazing dish.

Find the recipe here.

2. Sizzling Pork Sisig

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Another popular meat dish in the Philippines, Sizzling Pork Sisig uses parts of the tasty pig head (like cheeks, ears and face)  and a variety of seasonings such as coconut vinegar, butter, mayonnaise, chili and calamansi, stir fried to perfection. It is sizzling hot, incredibly fragrant, and undeniably tasty – perfect as a starter or main course. Store it a Thermos® Food Jar or Lunch Tote if you intend to bring it to work.

Find the recipe here.

3. Bulalo


You can find really good Bulalo at Tagaytay City, or you can make your own at home. The most important thing to take note of when making this dish, is the time it takes to simmer the meat. Save time and energy when you prepare this dish using a Thermos® Shuttle Chef®. With this recipe, learn how to cook in five easy steps without getting the meat overcooked or burnt.

4. Kare-Kare

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This traditional Filipino oxtail stew features a thick layer of peanut-based sauce, peanut aroma with an aroma similar to the Indonesian dishes gado gado and satay. It and is usually prepared using a clay pot. Make this dish vegetarian-friendly by changing the oxtail with baby bok choy and string beans. To help you cook this dish more efficiently,  we recommend using the Thermos® Shuttle Chef®.

Find the recipe here.

5. Crispy Pata

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Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, the deep-fried pork leg is extremely popular among the young and old. However, it is not the easiest dish to cook, for it requires long hours of simmering, cooling and deep-frying before you could sink your teeth into this wonderful Filipino delicacy.

Find the recipe here.

6. Leche Flan

Leche Flan
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It is now time to talk about dessert. Leche Flan, otherwise known as caramel custard, is often served during special occasions, which means it holds a special value whenever it’s served. It is sweet, creamy and incredibly delicious, perfect to pair with any of the main dishes.

Find the recipe here.

7. Ube Ice Cream


We are used to ice cream flavours such as chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream, but purple yam? Ube Ice Cream is a popular local dessert, thanks to its flavour and colour.

Find how to make this delicious ice cream using just 3 ingredients over here.

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