All-Time Favorite Filipino Food Recipes For House Parties

There’s nothing tastier than food that reminds us of home, a favorite memory or our Lola’s cooking. While hosting parties in restaurants with family and friends isn’t a bad idea at all, sometimes the most memorable (and the most cost-saving!) parties are those that happen at home. Whether it’s an intimate birthday party or a celebration of a recent milestone, you’re sure to host a heart-warming party with these equally heart-warming Filipino recipes.


Filipino food Kare-Kare Photo credit:

Kare-kare is a Filipino stew traditionally cooked with – and famously known for – peanut sauce. You can use a variety of meats for this dish, but some common ones are: oxtail, pork leg, and tripe.

To begin, prepare the following ingredients:

  • ½ kilo round or sirloin cut beef cut into cubes
  • ½ kilo oxtail to be cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 cups peanut butter
  • ¼ cup grounded toasted rice
  • ½ cup cooked bagoong alamang
  • 2 pieces onions, diced
  • 2 heads of garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons of atsuete oil
  • 4 pieces eggplant, sliced
  • 1 bundle of pechay cut into 2 pieces
  • 1 bundle of string beans, cut 2-3 inches long
  • 1 banana bud, sliced like the eggplant, blanch in boiling water
  • ½ cup oil
  • 8 cups of water
  • Salt

Boil beef and oxtails in water for an hour. Strain and take the water out, leaving the beef and oxtails in the pot. Heat oil and atsuete oil in a separate large pan, then saute the garlic and onions until they are golden brown. Mix in the beef and oxtails, toasted rice, and peanut butter. Bring to a boil and simmer for fifteen minutes. Add as much salt as needed for taste.

Add the eggplant, string beans, banana bud and pechay. Mix and cook together for five minutes. Remember to not overcook the vegetables! Serve separately with bagoong and rice.

Pork Sinigang

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Sinigang is a native Filipino dish characterized by its sour soup. This dish uses a variety of meat, including pork, beef, shrimp, fish and chicken, but pork is the most popularly used. When making pork sinigang, the following parts are usually used: chopped spare ribs, neck bone, chopped baby back ribs, or pork belly.

To begin, prepare the following ingredients:

  • 2 lbs pork meat
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 bunch string beans, cut into 2-inches
  • 2 pcs medium-sized tomato, quartered
  • 3 pcs chili
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 L water
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 pcs taro, quartered
  • 1 pack sinigang mix

Heat the pot and add in the cooking oil. Saute the sliced onion until its layers are separated from each other. First cook the pork until it turns light brown, then add 3 tbsp of fish sauce and mix. Pour 2 L of water and heat until it boils. Mix in the taro and tomatoes, then simmer for 40 minutes until the pork is tender.

Add in the sinigang mix and chili and mix. Add the string beans, then simmer for five minutes. Lastly, add the spinach and turn off the heat. Cover the pot. Let the spinach cook using the remaining heat in the pot, then serve with rice on the side.

Chicken Adobo

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Adobo is a Filipino recipe composed of meat – usually chicken or pork – stewed in vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaf, peppercorn and garlic.

To begin, prepare the following ingredients:

  • 2-3 pounds whole chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 head garlic, minced
  • 1 pc. bay leaf
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6-8 pieces whole peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil, for sauteing

Mix the chicken, vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaf, garlic, onion and peppercorns in a container. Marinate the chicken for 20-30 minutes. In a medium pot, put the mixture and bring to a boil without stirring. Allow for it to simmer for 20 minutes until the chicken is tender. Add water if it’s drying up so the meat can tenderize properly. Serve with rice on the side.

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written by Bea Luna