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These Recipes Will Make You Obsessed with Filipino Food

Chicken Adobo

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If you haven't had Filipino food, chicken adobo should be your starting point. "Adobo is one of the most popular meals in the Philippines," Leah Cohen, chef/owner of Pig & Khao in New York and Piggyback Bar in New Jersey, says. "It shows what the cuisine is all about—balancing acidic vinegar with salty soy sauce and sweet coconut milk."

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Lumpia Sariwa

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"This Filipino version of a spring roll is served fresh instead of fried and is packed with vegetables," says Brian Hardesty, executive chef/co-owner of Guerrilla Street Food in St. Louis. Make crêpe-like wrappers and fill them with heaps of fresh veggies and peanuts. (Another healthy option: these non-fried vegetable spring rolls.)

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Tortang Talong

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If you're bored with breakfast, you haven't tried tortang talong. "This charred eggplant omelet is a classic Filipino breakfast and is traditionally served with garlic fried rice," says Janice Dulce, chef/owner of FOB Kitchen in San Francisco. (Loaded breakfast nachos are another inspired b-fast choice.)

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