Top 7 Filipino Food Handaan Recipes To Do Inside Your Condo

Jun 21, 2022

Adobo is indeed one of the most famous Filipino food recipes. But there are many more delectable foods to be found around the country! In this article, we'll look at some of the best and most popular recipes from various parts of the Philippines. Pansit, spaghetti, lumpiang shanghai, Lechon kawali, and fried chicken are among them.

Here are some of the factors in planning a celebration inside your condo and some of the best food to prepare for any Filipino occasion.

Factors in Planning for a Varied Filipino Handan

  1. We expect visitors to arrive on Filipino time, which means they will be 1, 2, or more hours late (unfortunately); therefore, we opt for a buffet table rather than sit-down meals or plates with many courses - and no long table will ever be enough. 
  2. While white or steamed rice is the staple, a noodle or pancit dish is essential, especially if the occasion is a birthday celebration, to symbolize the wish for the birthday celebrant to live a long life. They are also inexpensive 'dish extenders,' and everyone enjoys them!
  3. We discovered that chicken, although fried, is one of the most popular Filipino food recipes. However, it is not as popular on the spread as beef or pork dishes. Thus we attempt to allocate more beef and pork dishes than chicken. (Have you ever wondered why a Filipino party serves only chicken and vegetables when you arrive 2 hours late?)
  4. When serving shellfish or fish, we choose dishes that don't require guests to sit in a corner picking up shells and fish bones. We aim to serve shelled shrimp and fish fillets (leaving the tails in is ok - they serve as handles). Clams in shells are also acceptable.
  5. Our children prefer cakes, ice cream, or any chocolate desserts, but the 'not so young' prefer native specialties or kakanin over any cake confection, so we serve both.

These tips may or may not relate to your specific party demands, so pick and choose whatever ones you believe will be useful.

Now, to assist you in planning your next party, here's an index of Filipino food for the celebration inside your condo.

Filipino Handaan Recipes

Lumpia Shanghai. 

Lumpia means "spring roll" in English, but it also means "pleasure" in Pinoy. The meal is known for bringing happiness and pleasure to Pinoys, not only because it's delicious but also because it's Pinoy-style Chinese cuisine. In terms of ingredients, Shanghai lumpia differs from Filipino favorites in that instead of pork or chicken, ground meat and veggies are wrapped in a spring roll skin and cooked to perfection before being served on top of white rice. Because of its Pinoy flavor, texture, and taste, Pinoys like the bite of Lumpia Shanghai, making them happy and pleased every time they eat it.

Pinoy Style Spaghetti. 

Spaghetti is one of the popular Filipino food recipes. Every Filipino, it seems, has their take on how to create the ultimate spaghetti. Some claim it needs ketchup, while others swear by tomato sauce. Some add extra garlic and onion, while others season with sugar or salt. I'm not sure what's up with all these theories, but who am I to judge if they're good at cooking them? 

The toppings are one of the fascinating aspects of Pinoy-style spaghetti. Some Filipinos used to add eggplant to their recipe, which would be placed on top of the noodles and topped with grated cheese or Parmesan. Some folks like to include mushrooms as well. On the other hand, most Filipinos like banana ketchup, which gives it an unusual flavor.

If we asked 100 different Pinoys how they prepare their spaghetti, I'm sure each one would give us a further explanation, but one thing remains constant: everyone enjoys eating it hot off the stove."

Lutong Pinoy Fried Chicken. 

Every Filipino's menu should include Pinoy Fried Chicken. It's a Pinoy classic since it's one of the Pinoy dishes we've eaten since we were kids. For a complete dinner, serve it with rice and some side vegetables. Lutong Pinoy Fried Chicken is ideally served with a side of banana ketchup, which adds sweetness to balance off the spiciness while also adding flavor! So don't be surprised if you see a lot of fried chicken on the table with mango juice the next time you visit a Filipino handaan.

Lechon Kawali. 

Lechon Kawali is a traditional Filipino food for the celebration. It's a crispy pork belly that's been oven-roasted in its fat and marinated with garlic and pepper before being seasoned with salt or soy sauce. If you want to know what Filipinos eat during holidays like Christmas or New Year's, this is one Pinoy dish you must try: Lechon Kawali.

Pancit Bihon. 

Pancit bihon is a Filipino noodle dish with the main ingredient of shrimp, pig, or chicken. It's made up of rice noodles with vegetables like onion, carrots, green beans, and cabbage that have been coated in soy sauce and boiled, then topped with fried fish balls or small chunks of roast pork. The sweet and sour sauce is generously applied to the meal, giving it a distinct flavor. Pancit bihon can be made vegetarian by replacing the beef with either vegetables or vegetables and tofu. It's best served warm, but it can also be served cold. Enjoy your ramen!

Lechon manok. 

Pinoys are recognized for their fondness of Pinoy-style lechon. Every food they prepare is included in the Pinoy Handaan Menu, and this recipe is no exception! With its crispy skin and delicate meat, this rendition brings the flavor of Lechon manok to life! What's the secret? The vinegar in the marinade is a Pinoy twist! It's a Pinoy dish that's great for groups or even just one person. So why not try out this recipe?

Leche Flan. 

Leche flan is a Filipino food recipe that everyone never misses. It is a Filipino dish that is simply a caramel custard made with milk, sugar, and eggs and flavored with vanilla extract. Due to the usage of tin molds called llaneras, it is traditionally oval-shaped. It's best served chilled and drizzled with any remaining caramel syrup. Several Filipino festivities and social occasions feature Leche flan. It was imported to the Philippines during Spanish colonization and is said to have originated in the Spanish-French borderlands.

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