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)”


The word is 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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This is not a common Filipino word.

It is only frequently seen in the menu item inasal na petso which refers to the Visayan-style barbecue of a chicken breast. The Spanish word pecho refers to the breast, bust or bosom.


In the photo is the inasal na petso of the Chic-Boy restaurant chain.
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RECIPE : Apritadang Manok

Apritadang Manok is Filipino Chicken Afritada.

There are many variations to this Spanish-inspired meat stew, and the broth can range from soupy to thick. Here is an afritada recipe that can serve as a guide to help you in making your own version of Filipino afritada!


2 pounds chicken
5 medium-size potatoes
1 red onion
2 garlic cloves
1 green bellpepper
1 red bellpepper
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons patis (fish sauce)
3 tablespoons cooking oil
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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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RECIPE: Pork Sarciado

In the Philippines, the word sarciado means a culinary dish is wet with a sauce, usually referring to tomato sauce. Below is a recipe for pork sarciado. Please consider it only as a guide. No guarantee that it will come out perfectly.

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The classic Filipino-style menudo is a stew of pork meat and liver cubes with garbansos (chickpeas), potatoes and tomato sauce.

In contrast, Mexican menudo is a soup that has tripe as a main ingredient. It is frequently prepared to be spicy.

Click here for a simple liver menudo recipe in Tagalog!


Sisig is parts of a pig’s head boiled, grilled, chopped, and served sizzling on a red-hot metal plate with onions, chilies, and vinegar.

This is a dish from the chopped parts of a pig’s head — ears, cheeks, snout, heart and the brain. You eat sisig while drinking beer.

In recent years, sisig has evolved to become a moniker for any dish of minced meat served on a sizzling platter with perhaps liver, onions, and chilies.

Vinegar and calamansi are the preferred seasoning.

It is now also eaten at home or in restaurants as the main part of a meal accompanying the usual rice.