Filipino Restaurant Menu – The People’s Choice

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About a month ago, I asked my readers the question “What if you open a Filipino restaurant in a foreign country?” through few polls I ran simultaneously. Well, I am happy to share the results. Over 110 participated in the main poll! Woo hoo! Thanks heaps to all of you!

Here are the poll results in full:

Adobo is a no-brainer. Everyone loves this perfect blend of vinegar, garlic, soy sauce and spices. Even with non-pinoys, it is always a hit! I served adobong manok last week for a potluck dinner in our office and was quite proud to see it along with 9 other dishes that include Moroccan, Taiwanese, Croatian, Italian, Northern Chinese, Mediterranean and Kiwi. And just to let you know, I picked the top 4 and pork barbecue

Kare-kareng kulang-kulangBeef kaldereta

Hooray for lumpiang ubod! Whenever I think vegetarian, I think of this dish. Love it but ironically I haven’t tried cooking it myself. I also chose camaron rebosado, ensaladang talong, the exotic ginataang kuhol and sotanghon. (Lumpiang ubod photo courtesy of Pinoycook.)


Bulalo or bone marrow soup is another no-brainer. Everybody loves this comfort food especially during cold or rainy days to get warmed from the inside out. My pick along with hearty La Paz Batchoy and the simple sotanghon/misua soup.
Tinolang manokSinigang na baboy

Halo-halo is a favorite of mine NOT but I picked it along with bibingka, sapin-sapin, puto and maja blanca. Funny, I love saging con yelo but I don’t think I will serve it in “my restaurant.” An oops, I stupidly forgot to include the famous leche flan and added it 2 days after I ran the polls. Surprisingly, it managed to grab top 2. (Bibingka photo courtesy of JS, eatingclub vancouver.)
ABC a.k.a. ayir-batu-champur
leche flan

So what do you think of the results? If you missed the polls, pick your dish and write it down below.
Ako? Gimme veggies! Nahihilo ako…

(And feel free to participate in another poll about noodles. See sidebar.)

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

13 thoughts on “Filipino Restaurant Menu – The People’s Choice

  1. YUMMY! (my anti-spam word is also yummy! hehehe)

    I am drooling over the bulalo Iska! Ang sarap nyan! I love the bone marrow part! yum yum full of fat pero ang sarap!

    Adobo is another fave no? yummy!

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