You’ve Got To Try These Weird Filipino Dishes! — App Traveller# 16

If there’s one thing we love more than apps, it’s different cultures. We have a tonne of language games helping people learn languages from all over the world. In this series, we look at some of the locations that fascinated us so much that we created language games for them. They are helpful for students, teachers, and travellers. On the last article of the travel series, we looked at France. This time, let’s take a look at the Philippines.

The Philippines is consists of about 7,641 islands and is rich with natural resources, however since it is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator, so earthquakes and typhoons are abundant as well. Expect a wide variety of cuisines because the Philippine cuisine was influenced by multiple cultures brought about by the Spanish colonisation, Japanese invasion, American sovereignty until after World War II, and the trading with Chinese and other nationalities.

If you’re planning a trip to the Philippines, your trip won’t be complete without trying these weird Filipino dishes that are enjoyed by many because of their taste buds’ delight and something to boast of having the courage to try them. Here are some of the weird Filipino food you may want to have a taste with eyes closed or widely opened.


By Marshall Astor from San Pedro, United States (Inside a Balut — Embryo and Yolk) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Balut or balot is a boiled developing embryo of a duck or chicken which is best eaten with salt or vinegar, (and eyes closed).


By GracinhaMarco Abundo (Dinuguan) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Dinuguan is a savoury stew of pork intestines, ears, heart and snout with a rich dark gravy of pig’s blood cooked in vinegar. It is best eaten with rice or rice cake.

Chicken Feet

A favourite Filipino street food and also known as “Adidas”. It is grilled and can also be cooked as adobo.

Frog Legs

Frog legs taste like chicken. They are usually caught in the rice field by farmers to be cooked for lunch.


Camaro or Kamaru are rice field crickets which are crunchy and has juice coming out from the insect as you bite it but a favourite of adventurous, exotic food trippers especially by Kapampangan’s (Filipinos from the province of Pampanga.)


Isaw is a famous street food made from pig or chicken intestines. They are boiled, grilled then dipped in vinegar with onions, chilli and other spices.

Are you excited to try them too? They look unusual but mind you, they really taste good!

Before you book a ticket for that trip, here are some of Overpass’ Filipino language learning apps that can help you get a good grasp of Tagalog words and phrases to understand them better.

Filipino Vocabulary Flash Quiz

Whether you’re an advanced Filipino speaking linguist or someone who doesn’t know the difference between Mabuhay and kamusta, you can enrich your Filipino vocabulary with this easy-to-use app! Filipino Flash Quiz has over a hundred essential Filipino words and phrases, paired with an engaging, yet recognisable sound to get you started along the path to Filipino language proficiency.

Learn Tagalog Bubble Bath Game

Tagalog Bubble Bath is a fun game that helps you learn Filipino words and phrases in no time. Pop the bubbles with Tagalog words and phrases and build your vocabulary. Listen to the words spoken so you can also practice the proper pronunciation.
 Download them all for free and let us know how it goes by leaving a review.

Enjoy your unusual food trip to the Philippines! And remember, you can eat them with eyes closed but keep your heart open.


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