Inasnan o binurong alamang o isda.

fermented fish/shrimp paste

Bagoóng is an encompassing term for Philippine condiments made from fish or tiny shrimps that are salted and fermented for several weeks. The color varies from light pink to dark brown, the texture from firm to watery.

Bagoong Alamang (krill / tiny shrimps)

In general, the shrimps produce a firmer, more colorful paste, while bagoong made from fish is liquid and darker.

Fish Bagoong
Bagoong Isda (Fish)
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Pork Sinigang (Ulam) with Kanin


In English, a viand means any item of food. Filipinos have taken to translating the Tagalog word ulam as “viand” for lack of an exact one-word translation into English.

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Filipino Grocery Store

Ever wonder what it’s like to go grocery shopping in the Philippines? Davao-born Filipino blogger Mae Maneja takes us with her inside a supermarket in Manila.

It’s a little bit longwinded but it’ll give you an idea.

She bought celery and carrots. She also pointed out the rice section.

Then at one Filipino snacks aisle… she grabbed a pack of Jack n Jill’s Chicharon ni Mang Juan!

The imported Chips Ahoy and Lemon Oreos she didn’t get.

For fresh eats in the food court, she and her friend Jerome ordered freshly made-to-order lumpiang sariwa. Watch how it’s made!

Filipino Words To Use At The Grocery Store?

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archaic spelling: ubi

purple yam

The plant that bears ube has the scientific name Dioscorea alata. It has heart-shaped leaves. Ube is also known in English as water yam or winged yam. On the island of Hawaii, it is known as uhi.

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Deep-fried pork rinds of the Philippines… That’s chicharon!

Munch, munch, munch… dip in vinegar spiked with chili peppers and pray you don’t get a heart attack later in the day.

Did you know that there are many different kinds of chicharon in the Philippines?

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This word is from the Spanish bacalao, meaning ‘cod.’


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This word is from the Spanish llanera.

Oval-shaped tin molds are widely referred to in the Philippines as “leche flan molders” because the molds are most often used in making leche flan.

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Filipino Dishes For Holy Week

Many Filipinos are Christians who abstain from eating meat during Lent, especially during Holy Week. They turn to fish and vegetable dishes, and the more devout Catholics go on a completely liquid diet or fast.

Click here for a list of dishes eaten during Holy Week!