12 Mindanao Dishes you need to Try
Embark on a gastronomic journey through Mindanao’s diverse cuisine. 12 Mindanao Dishes you need to Try, each dish a revelation, each bite an adventure! #MindanaoFlavors. Explore Mindanao’s culinary wonders with dishes boasting flavors like coconut, seafood, and exotic spices, a true feast for the senses.
Philippines is very diverse, its people, its culture, its tradition, so its cuisine. Having said that we all know its popular dishes like adobo, lumpia, sisig and lechon to name some, but there are many other dishes this archipelago has to offer, dishes not just from Luzon or Visayas but also from Mindanao which is quite unique and are more closely related to its neighbouring countries like Malaysia and Indonesia, this means the flavour profile is neither sweet or sour like most of the country, the dishes here are hotter, uses a lot of coconuts and spices that are not common in the islands North of it. It’s truly a cuisine that needs a boost in popularity as the ones I tried were really good, hence today we are compiling 12 Mindanao Dishes you need to try and trust me once you tried them you will keep on coming back for more.
The black chicken barbecue, its looks burnt but it’s not, that black coat is made with grounded burnt coconut meat which is a common ingredient in the Tausug cuisine.
Its black like dinuguan but it does not contain any blood, so where does this dish take its colour from? Yes, you guessed it, its burnt Coconut Meat. Trust me this does not taste bitter at all; in fact, they taste like Beef Lauya or Nilagang Baka.
A simple dish of a special crustacean hybrid native to the waters of Zamboanga and Sulu where it just steamed or served with sauce.
It’s a popular breakfast item in Zamboanga made with small bits of grilled meat, served with rice with lots of sauce. Move over tapsilog!
If Luzon has binalot then Mindanao has this, Pastil, another popular breakfast popular breakfast prepared with steamed rice topped with shredded chicken then wrapped in banana leaf.
Served usually during Kalilang and Kanduli festival, this dish is special made with beef or goat cooked with carrots, potatoes, palapa, tomatoes and spices in coconut milk. It is like a cross between the Filipino Kaldereta and the Malaysian Beef Rendang, it’s definitely delicious.
A light ube coloured soft textured treat, wrapped in a cone shaped banana leaf. Prepared with grounded sticky rice mixed coconut milk and sugar, this is the puto of Mindanao.
Piaparan also called pipaparan or piarun is a Maranao style of cooking where meats like chicken and seafood is cooked in a coconut milk-based broth with garlic, onions, ginger, turmeric, spring onions, birds eye chillies, shredded coconut, vegetables and spiced with palapa. It may look mild, but it is nicely spiced.
We all know Rendang is usually referred to a popular food in Southeast Asia particularly in Indonesia and Malaysia, but did you know Philippines have its own version? And it’s as delicious too!
There you go, 12 Mindanao Dishes you need to Try. Did you find anything interesting? Would you try any or all of them? Let us know in the comments below.