Delicious Filipino Food on The Splendid Table

This week, I wanted to highlight a recent episode of NPR’s  food and cooking show The Splendid Table in which they explore the growing Filipino food movement here in America. Being a Filipino myself, I grew up eating some of the most delicious and flavorful foods from my home country.

I have always been sad that Filipino food is not as ubiquitous as Chinese or Japanese cuisine, but maybe this is actually a blessing.  Dishes like adobo, sinigang, and lumpia can continue to be the best kept secrets that they are, and they can be spared from becoming generic and homogenized.

Here is the episode from The Splendid Table.  Its engaging host Francis Lam interviews several Filipino chefs and talks about some great Filipino restaurants across the country.  Check it out and press play  .  .  .


One of this episode’s interviewees, Joanne Boston, also lists some of the more prominent Filipino restaurants throughout the country.  If you live in or will be visiting these areas, check them out!  If you have never had Filipino food, it is like nothing else from Asia .  .  .

Joanne Boston’s Suggested Restaurants for Filipino Cuisine in the US

San Francisco:

  • Buffalo Theory
  • FOB Kitchen
  • Tselogs
  • Alchemy Pop-Up
  • Pampaguena
  • Manila Bowl

SF Bay Area:

  • Patio Filipino
  • Attic
  • Fort McKinley
  • Hapag Filipino

New York:

  • Purple Yam
  • Maharlika
  • Ugly Kitchen

St. Louis:

  • Guerrilla Street Food
  • Skip to Malou

Washington DC:

  • Purple Patch
  • Bad Saint


  • Oriental Mart
  • Hood Famous Bakeshop
  • Lahi Pop-Up
  • Food & Sh*t Pop-Up

Los Angeles and surrounding areas

  • Irenia
  • LASA
  • Ricebar


  • Isla Pilipina
  • Hong Ning
  • Uncle Mike’s Place

If you find yourself in a Filipino restaurant and at a loss for what to eat, I would recommend chicken or pork adobo for starters as well as lumpia. Adobo is a sweet and savory flavor that is a Filipino staple applied to any kind of meat. If cooked well, the meat is juicy and tender and the sauce can be mixed in with  the warm and sticky rice that should come with it. These elements combine to make a dining experience that will make you want to hug somebody.

Lumpia is the Filipino version of a fried egg roll, except that it is generally meat based and tastes nothing like the Chinese version. It is usually packed with all kinds of seasoning and is unapologetically crunchy and oily. They are decadent and delicious.  You will want to eat a few of these.

This will not be the last time that I blog about Filipino food. I may share some recipes and show photos of what I have cooked. So far, I know how to make adobo, Filipino fruit salad, pansit, lumpia, and dinuguan. Learning tinola and sinigang are next up on my list.

Feel free to post any thoughts and questions you might have about Filipino cuisine. Find or make a dish and savor every bite.


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