A Glimpse of Typical Filipino Breakfast
Filipino cuisine is known for having a wide range of flavors in each dish—sweet, sour, spicy, salty, and a plethora of other flavors.
Breakfast is viewed as the most important meal of the day in the Philippines. The vast majority of Filipinos are early risers, getting up as early as 4:00 a.m. to start their day, usually by sweeping their yards. Some go to the market to stock up on vegetables and fish for the week, while others cook breakfast for the entire family. That’s a typical Filipino morning—a hearty breakfast before embarking on a long day of work.
Silog meals are a popular breakfast item—and comfort food—on our breakfast menu. Short for sinangag (fried rice) and itlog (egg), the dish reflects the country’s love of rice from a cultural standpoint.
Like many Asian cultures, rice makes up the majority of our diet. It is a staple in just about every household. A lot of big and small restaurants serve rice meals throughout the country. Meat, besides rice, is also a staple of our hearty breakfast. A number of dishes in the Silog family are served with different types of meat. Seafood is also a must-have in our cuisine.
Many Filipino dishes are a mix of different cultures. Our diverse cuisine reflects us as a nation with rich local traditions and colonial influences. Likewise, the ability of Filipino food to satisfy foreign tastes reveals our inherent adaptability and hospitality as a people.