What do people eat in Philippines?


Rice is the staple food in the Filipino diet. It is prepared in various tasty ways and is often included in desserts and main meals. The primary protein source is fish, accompanied by various vegetables and tropical fruits.

A typical family eats 3-4 times a day. Breakfast, lunch, (some have "merienda", which usually consists of desserts called "kakanin" which are made of sticky rice, sugar, coconut milk, etc., or some light snacks such as rice porridge or pansit--noodles) & dinner. Some eat twice a day (brunch and dinner). The "traditional" meal is rice with every meal.

A typical Filipino meal consists of rice and a

"viand" usually has meat like beef/chicken/pork or fish in some soup mixed with veggies. Filipinos love sauces, too. Usually, there's fish sauce ("patis"), soy sauce ("Toyo"), and vinegar ("suka").

Standard meal time is 8-10 AM for breakfast, 12-2 PM for lunch, 3-4 PM for merienda, and 6-9 PM for dinner.


The conversation is casual during meals. The best way for a guest to compliment a meal is to eat heartily. A small portion is left on the plate to indicate the person has had enough to eat.

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