Food in Manila - 8 Best Picks from The City's Menu!
When you visit the 'Oh so spectacular Manila', you can't miss out on the delicious Filipino savouries. From sweet to salty, juicy to chewy, Filipino cuisine has it all. Mouth watery already? So, the next time you visit Manila, hit these places with your family and friends. The list below shows the top 8 dishes to hit or miss.
This is the main delicacy of Manila and attracts a lot of tourists. It is a few days old embryo and yolk of a duck which is boiled and eaten with salt. The younger the egg, the more tender and tastier it will be. There are not many especially known places for Balut, but you will find vendors shouting its name almost everywhere in marketplaces. Elias by Chrisostomo on the Bonifacio High Street serves one of the best Baluts in town with garlic and sauces. A single balut costs you about PHP 15.
This dish is more like a non-veg salad which includes cold fish cuts with onions, garlic, vinegar, coconut cream etc. The Macapagal boulevard offers you to choose and fish from the seaside and get it tossed with your choice of vegetables. An averagely priced restaurant might charge you PHP 150 - PHP 200 for a portion of kinilaw.
Informally known as the MUST TRY national savoury of Philippines, this is a treat for non-veg lovers. Adobo is any meat; usually chicken or meat, cooked in vinegar and tangy sauces meant to be eaten with rice. Many people serve adobo with plain rice and green mango salad. This costs around PHP 205. Sosing's Karinderia, Pan Pacific Hotel, Adobo Connection etc. are various places to try the delicious adobo.
4. Kare Kare
An Indian origin dish which means curry-curry (kare-kare). This is a peanut-based curry which has beans, eggplants and ox or oxtail and it's the main ingredient. Cabalen is a place where you'll find one of the best curries in Manila. C2 classic cuisine is also an A listed kare kare place. A platter of curry with rice costs around PHP 298.
This is the unique dish one can find only in Manila. It is a full pig roasted with spices and oil till it has a juicy flesh inside and a crispy crust outside. Very few chefs master the art of perfection in its cooking. Loring's Lechon costs you around PHP 900 for a kilo and PHP 6k-8k for the whole. They are the oldest in the business on Eustaquio street and make less fat and fewer oil pigs.
Just like the American breakfast menu, this is a platter of bacon with a sunny side up eggs and fried rice. Rufo's famous tapa, rodic's dinner, tapa from mary grace cafe are the places which would serve you delicious tapsilog platters ranging from PHP 99- PHP 199.
This is eaten like an evening snack and is more or less similar to spring rolls. These are thin crusted rolls filled with vegetables or meat and deep fried. Global Lumpia House in SantaCruz, New Po Heng Lumpia House in Sampalec are the two renowned places for hot and freshly deep fried lumpias.
8. Halo Halo
This filipino bonne bouche is the most famous and if you miss out on this, don't fly back. Halo halo breaks down to mix sundae with choice of toppings. Shaved ice, sweet evaporated milk are the main ingredients and are topped with leche flan, egg custard, coconut, sago, plantain, jackfruit and there are endless options. Many places have mastered the art of halo halo, but very few are still maintaining the taste, and they are Cafe via mare's halo halo, Aristocrat's halo halo are some of the best places to dig in the dessert. A sundae here will cost about PHP 100- PHP 150