Pork chop and munggo with coconut cream make for an awesome combination. Left photo by Cyrene dela Rosa. Right photo courtesy of Kusina Kapamilya.
Food & Drink

15 Filipino ulams and the dishes that best go with them, according to our trusted kitchen wiz

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ANCX Staff | May 04 2021

For house husbands who’s been put in charge of the kitchen since last year’s lockdown, we’re quite sure churning out three ulams a day has been a tall order. Now if you belong to a family used to having not only one dish a meal but a pair of viands, things have just been doubly challenging, for sure. 

By now, your adobo with lumpiang gulay pairing has become predictable, and the idea of your tinola with fried tawilis on the lunch table no longer spark excitement with the kids. So here’s help: we asked our favorite Instagram cook, the epicure and Zubuchon proprietor Joel Binamira, to give us ka-partner suggestions to staple Filipino lunch and dinner fare, from the familiar to the fresh-sounding. 

The crunch of fried tawilis gives great contrast to the softness of laswa. Photo from ABS-CBN News.

“The idea behind pairings is to have contrasts in flavors, textures, ingredients, etcetera,” Joel tells ANCX. “Hence soft with crispy, rich with austere, creamy with dry, salty and sour.” Joel’s suggestions sound simple enough not to intimidate you, and creative enough to bring the excitement back to the dinner table. Print this and post on the refrigerator door.

1. Pork & Chicken Adobo with Munggo with Coconut Cream. 

2. Fried Boneless Bangus with Ginataang Kalabasa. 

Adobo is best served with munggo and coconut cream. Photo by Paulo Valenzuela and Styling by Tina Diaz for Food Magazine Issue 2, 2015.

3. Sinigang na Baboy with Fried Marinated Tuyo. 

4. Deep-fried Tilapia with Mustasa Salad with Bagoong and Dayap Dressing. 

5. Lechon with Kinilaw na Malasugui.

6. Inihaw na Liempo with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Salad

7. Pork Chop with Laing

8. Fried Tawilis with Laswa

Lechon manok is best paired with bihon guisado. Conching's Native Lechon Manok photo by George Parilla at Wikimedia Commons

9. Crispy Pata, Acharang Labong and Adobong Kangkong.

10. Inasal na Manok and Langka Salad.

11. Kare-Kare with Green Mango and Bagoong Salad.

12. Lechon Manok and Bihon Guisado.

13. Sinigang na Hipon and Crispy Adobo Flakes.

14. Lechon Paksiw and Ginisang Ampalaya.

15. Bistek Tagalog and Tempurang Okra.