Exotic Must Try Foods in the Philippines

Philippine is a country that is not only rich in its culture but is also the best place when it comes to foods and festivities. Hence, if you are looking for a destination that will not only offer visual satisfaction but also fill your stomach then Philippines is a place to go. Below are some of the foods that you must try when visiting the country. Your visit will never be complete without tasting them.


This is a fertilized duck egg. Tough it was boiled until cooked; you can still taste the crunchy duck embryo when you eat it. Some may say that the taste is weird, but for those who like it, they can eat to as much as 5 eggs in one sitting. Though it may look odd, balut is highly nutritious and is rich in protein. The trick when eating this is not to look at what’s inside the shell. And since this is a street food sold at night, you wouldn’t have any problem eating it in the dark. If you can’t tolerate the taste of the embryo, might as well just sip its juice and munch its yolk and white part of the egg. Otherwise, you can have “penoy” as an alternative. This is an infertile incubated duck egg boiled for 20-30 minutes.

Halo- Halo

If foreign countries are known for their savoury ice creams, Philippines is reputed for its “Halo Halo”. You would love the taste of its perfectly blended ingredients topped on its finely shaved ice. The concoctions of preserved sweets consist of boiled banana chunks, shredded coconut, gelatin, macapuno, and sago contributes to its distinct flavor. This is topped with a scoop of ice cream and sweet leche flan. Visiting a country with humid tropical climate will surely require you to have a taste of this cold desert.


This has been touted as a fruit with the strongest odor. People who tried it say that it may smells like hell but it surely tastes like heaven. It comes with rich sweet flavour that will surely want you yo claim for more. You may resist in the first few bites but as you take some more, you will discover its pleasing and distinct flavour.


In the northern part of the country, you will find locals who are fond of eating vegetables. In fact, one of their favorite cuisines is known as “Pinakbet”. This is a blend of sweet potato, squash, bitter melon, okra, eggplant and string beans. What added more to its flavour is the shrimp paste or anchovy sauce which absorbs to its ingredients well as it is simmered on a clay pot know to the locals as “palayok”.

So, next time you visit Philippines, try all these unique delicacies and cuisines. After all, setting your foot on the place won’t be enough. You must try eating like many of its locals do.

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