These Recipes Will Make You Obsessed with Filipino Food
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."
"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.)
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.)