Filipino cuisine in itself is a roller coaster ride of flavours – it has a little bit of Spanish, Malay and Chinese influences, but ultimately quite it's own cuisine. Whether you’re craving something comforting or you want to destroy your diet altogether, Filipino food has you covered. From fast food to homemade food by titas and titos from the mainland, Singapore has you covered to satisfy your lechon and sisig cravings.
Hidden within the fourth floor of Lucky Plaza, Inasal has a storefront selling all types of Filipino baked – and fried – goods. But take a chance and walk the dimly lit corridor just beside the stall and you’ll find Inasal’s main restaurant. Serving you Filipino cuisine realness, this restaurant has selections ranging from your typical breakfast SiLog combos (rice, egg and chosen meats) to warm comfort dishes such as bulalo (beef and bone marrow soup) sisig (a minced pork dish seasoned with calamansi, onions and chilli peppers). Don’t forget to try its signature chicken inasal, which is grilled and glazed chicken paired with steamed white rice
A popular family restaurant back in the Philippines, Gerry’s Grill is no stranger to a Filipino household. Living up to its namesake, Gerry’s Grill is best known for grilled dishes such as grilled seafood and even pork or chicken. Get its grilled items and pair it with kare-kare (beef stew mixed with peanut sauce), pork liempo (barbecued pork belly) and, of course, rice. Local condiments are also available in-store so you can create your own concoction of toyo-calamansi (soy sauce with calamansi).
Lechon (suckling pig) in Singapore doesn’t get more authentic than the ones at Don Lechon. Popular for its classic chopped lechon with a fresh serving of rice and sides of classic sauces, Don Lechon takes pride in the simplicity of its meals. Not adding any other bells and whistles, the restaurant serves its lechon freshly chopped. Not shying away from other lechon based dishes, Don Lechon also has lechon paksiw (a pork stew made from lechon bits) and pork sisig (a minced pork dish seasoned with calamansi, onions and chilli peppers), two iconic Filipino dishes.
A fusion of Spanish and Filipino dishes, Comida Fiesta brings the best flavours from the two cultures and serves it to its tables. Residing in the East of Singapore, this fusion restaurant whips up a number of delicacies bound to make your mouth water. Try its crowd favourite, Lechon de Caraway (deep fried pork belly with a special sauce), and arroz adobo (chicken stew with rice).
No stranger to both Singaporeans and Filipinos, Jollibee became known to everyone when they brought the famous Chickenjoy to the shores of the Lion City. Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside and flavourful all around, Jollibee’s famous fried chicken reminded Filipinos of their childhood and their home. Apart from its world-famous chicken, Jollibee also serves up some Filipino childhood classics such as the Yum burger and spaghetti. If you haven’t tried out Jollibee’s spaghetti because it might be the same as bolognese, then you’re missing out. Its spaghetti is sweeter than its more savoury counterpart, making it unique to the Filipino household.
Another fast food chain from the Philippines, Tapa King hits homerun for Filipino brunch food. From its classic Tapa King (tapa with garlic rice and egg) to a hearty bowl of beef sinigang (a savoury and sour soup), Tapa King has a selection for all mealtimes of the day. Want to dine in on some Tapa King silog but don’t know which one? Try the Royal Meal, a mix of all the sides of Tapa Kings silog. Get the royal treatment with its garlic rice with egg and sides of bangus, sausage and tapas.