Like a Local: 10 of the most unique foods of the Philippines

by Paul Stafford  |  Published August 20, 2018

4. Pancit

Pancit Palabok looking pretty delicious (Photo: Dennis Amith via Flickr)

There are plenty of different things vying for title of national dish in the Philippines, but pancit might well be one of the foremost contenders. It is a fairly simple noodle dish with good helpings of vegetables and meat. There are different pancit variatons, including pancit bihon, which is commonly with chicken.

The more versatile pancit palabok is a surf and turf free for all, with shrimp and ground pork mixed together. Usually into this is added the occasional oyster, bit of squid and chopped up boiled egg. It really does manage to cover all the bases in one dish. Finally, pancit canton, the name suggesting probably a Chinese influence, is similar to the palabok but includes sausage.