Do you want to try some classic Filipino recipes while living or traveling in California? Don't worry, we have menu options for you to cook at home to satisfy your cravings. 

Here are the top 3 dishes that are easy to prepare:

1. Pininyahang Manok

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If you love a sweet and savory dish, this is perfect for you! You must try this as it is best served with rice!

There is a high chance that you will eat more than you intended because it is delicious and healthy. 

Aside from its delicious taste, the ingredients are easy to find in the supermarket, so you won't be stressed. What are you waiting for? Try it with your friends and family!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Servings: 6 people


  • 2 lbs chicken cut into serving pieces

  • 12 ounces pineapple chunks canned

  • 2 pieces tomato chopped

  • 1 cup bell pepper cut into thick strips

  • 1 piece carrot wedged

  • 2 ½ tablespoon fish sauce (patis)

  • ½ cup fresh milk

  • 2 tablespoon garlic minced

  • 1 piece onion sliced

  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil


  1. Marinate the chicken in pineapple juice/concentrate (derived from the can of pineapple chunks) for 20 to 30 minutes.

  2. Pour the cooking oil in a cooking pot/casserole then apply heat.

  3. Sauté the garlic, onion, and tomatoes.

  4. Put in the chicken and cook until the color of the outer part turns light brown.

  5. Add the pineapple juice/concentrate marinade and fresh milk then bring to a boil.

  6. Add the pineapple chunks and simmer until the chicken is tender and half of the liquid evaporates (about 20 to 30 minutes).

  7. Put in the carrots and simmer for 5 minutes.

  8. Add the bell pepper and fish sauce then simmer for 3 minutes.

  9. Remove from the cooking pot / casserole and transfer to a serving dish.


2. Eggplant Omelette (Tortang Talong)

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Looking for a dish that is simple and quick to prepare? There are only a few ingredients needed. Don’t hesitate to try this smoky flavor dish with coated egg mixture in the grilled eggplant!

Eggplant Omelette (Tortang Talong) can be paired with a rice and meat dish for a satisfying delight. It's ideal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!


  • eggplant

  • eggs

  • salt

  • pepper

  • garlic

  • onion


  1. Grill the eggplant over a gas stove or broil in the oven.

  2. Peel off the eggplant skin.

  3. Use a fork to flatten the eggplant.

  4. Dip the eggplant in the egg mixture.

  5. Pan fry the eggplant and eggs.

  6. Drizzle a bit more egg mixture to add a fluffier texture.

  7. Carefully flip the eggplant using a pair of tongs and a spatula.


3. Pork or Chicken Adobo

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You will not regret trying this dish! It is one of the best Filipino dishes and is served with either pork or chicken with a golden glaze sauce.

If you include adobo in a buffet or feast, it can also be categorized as a crowd favorite. Don't worry if this is your first time cooking it; we can assist you as the ingredients and instructions for making adobo are listed below.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Servings: 6 people


  • 6 chicken legs on the bone

  • 1 small pork tenderloin sliced in ½ inch rounds

  • ⅓ cup soy sauce 

  • ⅓ cup cider vinegar

  • 1 small head of garlic minced

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Marinate the chicken and pork in soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and pepper, in a non-reactive bowl, for 30 minutes to 1 hour, rotating at least once. The chicken can also marinate overnight.

  2. Place the chicken, bay leaves and marinade in a deep sided sauté pan and cook over medium heat. 

  3. When the sauce is bubbling, turn the chicken and cook until the meat is nearly cooked through, about 15 minutes.

  4. Transfer the sauce to a bowl.

  5. Add oil to the pan, and brown the chicken and pork on all sides.

  6. Return the sauce to the pan, bring to a boil and lower heat to a simmer. Adjust the sauce to taste with salt and pepper. 

  7. Cook for about 20-30 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and the sauce turned into a thick and deep color.


You will never be disappointed if you buy the ingredients, and follow the instructions written above. What are you waiting for? Make these Classic Filipino Recipes at home!

Written by Jewel Badillo

Christyn Jewel Badillo is currently a Digital Marketing Intern of PS Media Enterprise, and a 3rd year Bachelor of Arts in Communication student of Adamson University.

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