Fillipino- Australian Food – A Brief Introduction

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The Fillipino-Australian cuisine has evolved over the years to where it is today. With this evolution, you will find many ingredients like rice and beans that are staples of most of our traditional foods in the Philippines and in fact throughout Latin America. Other ingredients such as chilies and green onions have also been introduced to the mix. These ingredients are usually first cooked with rice then seasoned with spices and fried into steamed vegetables for an easy bite that anyone can appreciate.

An Overview

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If you are a true Filipino fan, then you may be very familiar with some of the Filipino-Chinese foods that are staples in many families in both countries. These include Chinese noodles called the Chinese mung beans and Vietnamese pho. The Fillipino-Australian cuisine does not stray far from these dishes but instead, it gets creative with its use of ingredients and presentation. There are also many ingredients that have not been seen in many other Filipino families’ cooking such as mangoes, tomatoes, and even ketchup.

While most Filipino families eat meals together, you will find that these two cultures have their own take on the typical Filipino food. With that being said, we have compiled a gallery of the Filipino-Australian recipes that you will most likely find. Although these recipes are considered traditional, you may also find that some of these recipes have been adapted to cater to western and European cuisines such as burgers and chowders. This simply shows that you can never go wrong when it comes to Filipino food. In fact, because of the many ingredients that are staples in Filipino and Indian cuisines, almost anything goes from the appetizer to the main course.

Great Ingredients

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Because of its long history, the Philippines has long been known for its Filipino cuisines that are mostly served during mealtime. Most Filipino families have their own unique versions of their favorite Filipino dishes. This includes starters, salads, soups, and main courses. Below are a few examples of some of the Fillipino-Australian dishes that you may want to try:

Filipino Cuisine – Seafood Dishes One of the most popular Filipino dishes that have Filipino and Indian influences is seafood. The combination of coconut milk and fish makes this creamy dish a crowd-pleaser. It usually comes as a salad with lettuce and onions, but may also be served as a full meal with your choice of vegetables and meat. Seafood may also be cooked using other ingredients such as egg whites, vegetables, sausage, or beef. Other types of seafood include: Linguini, Basses, Oysters, Clams, Mussels, Clams, Tuna, and Salmon.

Special Dishes 

Filipino Cuisine – Meat Dishes Unlike seafood, most Filipino cuisines use meat as one of its main ingredients. Typical Filipino dishes include Dishes With Meat: Lasagna with Chicken; Roasted Chicken with Barbeque sauce; and Roasted Pork with Spicy Peanut sauce. In addition to chicken and pork, other meats can also be used. These include: Chicken, beef, pork, ham, lamb, steak, fish, and vegetables. Other dishes that may not be as common include: Inquilaban (fish curry), Pina Coladas (Philippines’ national dish), Babies food (rice cakes), and other Philippines-inspired dishes.

Filipino Cuisine – Vegetables Filipino cuisine often uses ingredients that are similar to those of Chinese and Italian cuisine. For instance, Filipinos also eat foods with rice and noodles, fish, poultry, noodles, and vegetables such as: tomatoes, squash, cabbage, and onions. Some other ingredients that may not be as common in Filipino dishes include: garlic, ginger, Cayenne pepper, and fried fish. Although seafood is common, Filipinos also love their vegetables and are known for their tasty and diverse array of fruits and fresh seafood.


 it is Cooked Most Filipino-Chinese and Filipino-American cuisines are cooked using pork or beef and fish as their primary ingredients. However, many Filipino families also prepare dishes using poultry, chicken, pork, and even plantains, as well as fruits such as: mangoes, papayas, and avocados. Dishes that are cooked with dairy products are usually considered light on the stomach, while heavier dishes are often eaten with a heavy sauce on top. Many Filipino families even prepare boiled fish and chicken as part of their staple diet.

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