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Best Filipino Food In Los Angeles

April 24, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Curbside Cravings)

(credit: Curbside Cravings)

(credit: Manila Sunset)

(credit: Manila Sunset)


Filipino food is known to be a melting pot of cuisines, with influences from Spanish colonialists who once ruled the country to the Chinese immigrants that flooded in over the past century. Although the food is less famous than its Thai and Vietnamese neighbors, with more than 7,000 islands and a colorful history, they have some very unique and delicious dishes to claim as their own. Expect a lot of pork, and some interesting, sour soups and sauces that don’t necessarily seem familiar to an American palate but can quickly become a favorite. Learn what Adobo, Lechon, Sisig, Bangus, Bulut, Kare-Kare and Adobo are and branch out to eat some of the unexpected ingredients you will find they cook with to create these signature dishes!

(credit: Manila Sunset)

(credit: Manila Sunset)

Manila Sunset

1016 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 665-1010
www.manilasunset.com

Manila Sunset derived its name from the beautiful Philippine sunset and strives to bring back the memories of home-style cooking and traditional celebrations. Specialties include Bibingkang Galapong and Puto Bumbong, Pancit Malabon, which is a rice noodle mixed with a shrimp sauce scattered with shrimp, egg, and green onion and is prepared from an original, well-guarded recipe from the fishing village of Malabon from which the name of the delicacy came from. Manila Sunset was recently honored with Manila-U.S. Times Eagle Award of Excellence as “Restaurant of the Year.” Manila Sunset prepares your meal freshly made to order, which is not always the case with Filipino food.

(credit: Asian Noodles)

(credit: Asian Noodles)

Asian Noodles

1428 E Colorado St
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 548-4277

Asian Noodles is run by the same folks who run the Ma Mon Luk chain in the Philippines. (Ma Mon Luk was a pioneering Chinese Filipino chef and entrepreneur.) Try their signature MAMI noodles, which consists mostly of a clear broth, egg noodles, and braised pork and chicken. Other favorites are Bicol Express (seafood), Beef Steak with the Adobo Flakes (Filipino fried rice and for dessert, fried bananas.

(credit: LA Rose Cafe)

(credit: LA Rose Cafe)

LA Rose Café

4749 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 662-4024
larosecafehollywood.com

Homey ambience with a variety of great dishes from Tocino (barbecued pork) with Garlic Rice, Tapa (beef) with Garlic Rice, Fresh Lumpia, Adobo with Garlic Rice, Grilled Pork Chop with Brown Rice, all served with homemade dipping sauce. Save room for desert — the bread pudding is awesome.

(credit: House Of Silvanas)

(credit: House Of Silvanas)

Kusina & House of Silvanas Bakeshop

4716 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 953-4920
www.houseofsilvanas.com

Another typical turo-turo (point-point) fast food joint! Decent and affordable! The bonus is that House of Silvana and Barako Coffee shares the same space. House of Silvanas is family-run bakery that make Silvanas (a frozen cookie made with a layer of buttercream sandwiched between two cashew-meringue wafers, coated with cookie crumbs), Ensaimada, Sans Rival and other sweet delicacies.

(credit: Curbside Cravings)

(credit: Curbside Cravings)

Neri’s Bakery

534 S Occidental Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 738-1263
www.curbsidecraving.com

Apparently, Manny Pacquiao goes to Neri for their Sisig (pork parts, including skin, with onions, lemon and vinegar) because it is just that good! They also make excellent chicken teriyaki, Filipino style, and many other Filipino favorites. They give very generous portions if you’re ordering to-go and if you want dessert, don’t forget the ube or avocado ice cream! They also have a food truck – connect with @curbsidecraving to track it down.

(credit: Jollibee)

(credit: Jollibee)

Jollibee

Multiple Locations
www.jollibeeusa.com

Jollibee is the Filipino version of McDonalds; it is the country’s most successful fast food franchise. Chicken and Burgers are the mainstay of the menu with ingredients and flavors a Filipino would recognize. Offering all-time favorites like Chickenjoy, Yumburgers, Jollibee Spaghetti, Palabok Fiesta and Peach Mango Pie, Jollibee USA has endeared itself to the Filipino community.

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