LONGGANISA (Filipino Sausage)

Frequently misspelled longanisa, the Filipino name comes from the Spanish word longaniza, referring to a type of spicy cold pork sausage.

You can easily buy prepared longganisa. It is tricky to make yourself because you will need a curing agent like potassium nitrate and a lot of things could go wrong. Regardless of whether you make it yourself or buy it from a reputable store, cook the sausage thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. Continue reading “LONGGANISA (Filipino Sausage)”


This is a native Filipino word.

flat piece of meat jerky

jerked meat

Jerky is lean meat that has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips, and then dried to prevent spoilage. Normally, this drying includes the addition of salt to prevent bacteria from developing on the meat before sufficient moisture has been removed.

A Spanish-derived, more commonly used synonym is tapa.
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from the Spanish tocino

cured meat

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Bopis is a spicy Filipino dish made of small pieces of offal such as pork lungs, spleen and heart that are sautéed in onions and garlic, then simmered in vinegar

Bopis, Filipino food

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RECIPE: Embutido (Filipino Meatloaf)

Also spelled as embotido in the Philippines, the name of this Filipino-style meatloaf is from the Spanish word embutido, meaning ‘sausage.’


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from the Spanish lechón

Chopped litson

roasted pig

inihaw na buong baboy
barbecued whole pig

Lagyan ng mansanas sa bibig.
Put an apple in the mouth.

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RECIPE: Chicken Adobo

Adobong manok means chicken prepared adobo style.

To cook meat or vegetables adobo style, Filipinos use vinegar, soy sauce, peppercorns (if unavailable, then ground black pepper) and a bay leaf. Here is a simple recipe for chicken adobo. Remember that adobo is a very flexible dish, so feel free to experiment.

Chicken Adobo - Filipion Food


2 lbs chicken
6 chicken livers
1/4 c vinegar
1/2 c water
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp peppercorns
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 bay leaf, torn into pieces
salt to taste


1. Soak all the ingredients in a bowl for 30 minutes to an hour.
2. Remove the livers and place the rest of the ingredients in a covered saucepan.
3. Simmer until chicken is almost done.
4. Add the livers and simmer for five more minutes.
5. Drain the meat and save the liquid.
6. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan and brown the chicken.
7. Combine the browned chicken and the liquid in a saucepan. Simmer for five minutes.

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The word is Chinese in origin.

Spelled liyempo in traditional Tagalog orthography.

pork belly

Liyempo: Pork Belly Filipino Style

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