Mirroring the plethora of external influences that the Philippines has endured as a country over many years, it’s no wonder that there is an abundance of unique food in the Philippines! The cuisine has been shaped by Spanish colonizers, Chinese inhabitants, American occupation, and many others over time. One of the unique characteristics is that Filipino food utilizes all edible parts of an animal that are not typically known to be eaten.
We’ve written a whole blog post about exotic food in the Philippines before, so we recommend reading that first to learn more!
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What is the national dish of the Philippines?
What does the popular Filipino street food balut consist of? Hint: it’s fertilized.
Chicken feet that have been skewered, marinated, and grilled are very popular street food in the Philippines! What shoe brand has the honor of carrying the name of this Filipino delicacy?
What piece of outdated technology moonlights as the name of congealed chicken or pork blood that has been skewered and grilled? Hint: it’s a very popular Filipino street food known for its cube-like shape.
‘Adobo’ is an extremely popular style of cooking in the Philippines, but it did not originate here. What country does the term ‘adobo’ originate from?
Another outdated piece of technology is the name of a Filipino street food! The food is skewered and grilled pig ears, or as locals call it ‘inihaw tenga baboy’. What is the name nickname for this food? Hint – it’s named after the device which gave people in the 80s and 90s a portable way to listen to music.
What part of a chicken would you get if you ordered a ‘helmet‘ from a street food vendor in the Philippines?
Select ALL statements that are true about Soup No. 5.
An exotic Filipino food is ‘Tamilok’ which is frequently eaten raw then dipped in vinegar mixed with calamansi juice and spicy chili oil. A common name for ‘Tamilok’ is woodworm or shipworm, but it’s not really a “worm”. What exactly is it?
Isaw is a popular Filipino street food where a unique part of pig or chicken is cleaned, boiled, skewered, and dipped in soy sauce or spice vinegar. What is part of the animal does Isaw come from?
Chicharon in the Philippines is deep-fried pig intestines, chicken intestines, and chicken skin. The pork mesentery, which is the membrane that holds the intestine to the abdominal wall, is used to make ‘chicharon bulaklak’. What does this popular Filipino dish look like when ready to eat?
Not all Filipino street food is savory! A favorite sweet treat, Karioka, is a rice ball that is mixed with coconut milk and then deep-fried. It is then dipped in a caramel-like sauce similar and served on a stick. What topping is sometimes also used to top these desserts?
‘Tuslob buwa’, which is roughly translated to “dipped in bubbles”, is a pork brain stew eaten by dipping hanging rice cakes in to enjoy. Besides pork brain, what other pork part is a main ingredient in the stew?
‘Adobong Kamaru’ is a popular stir-fried Filipino appetizer. Its main ingredient, an insect, is boiled in vinegar and garlic, before being sautéed in oil. The result is a brown-colored crunchy snack that’s very popular to munch on while drinking beer. What is the insect used in this dish?
Although rice complements most Filipino dishes, dipping sauces are extremely popular to accompany the food as well. Select all of the popular dipping sauces used for Filipino dishes.
Match the Filipino dish with its main ingredient.
- Bull penis & testes
- Fertilized duck egg
- Ant eggs
- Pork blood
Soup No. 5
True or False? Dinuguan is a Filipino stew made with cow blood.
True or False? If someone orders pork brain stew at a street food vendor, they are only charged for the hanging rice cakes that are used to dip in the stew and not for a portion of the stew itself.
True or False? Abuos, or ant eggs, when eaten in raw form, are buttery and nutty in flavor with a soft texture.
True False? There is a standard recipe for Adobo. Every Filipino household makes it the same way.
More About Food In The Philippines
Need to study more? We’ve got several answers to the quiz, plus much more in our facts about food in the Philippines post.