Filipino Exotic Foods

There are so many Filipino exotic foods that are truly unique and delicious. Some of them really looks weird and some people find it not acceptable or not appropriate to eat. But let me tell you this, if you believe in the saying “don’t judge the book by its cover”, then you will able to eat it without any hassle. This saying really applies to exotic and unique Filipino recipes because their looks might not be that good but the taste, oh my, so delicious and sumptuous.

Below you will find some of the many Filipino exotic foods. Some of them are linked into their corresponding recipes and how-to-cook pages in case you want to try them at home.


A balut is a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell.

Balut eggs are believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack. Baluts are mostly sold by street vendors in the regions where they are available.

Soup #5

Soup Number Five, is a soup made from bull’s testes or organ. Like balut, it is believed to have aphrodisiac that makes people to say it is better to eat this soup than spending money into some sexual performance enhancing drugs.

Ginataang Kuhol

Ginataang Kuhol Filipino Exotic Dish

The French call “kuhol” as “escargot”. Kuhol or escargot is an edible snail. Guinataang Kuhol is a favorite appetizer in Filipino restaurants. It is also a popular pica-pica (finger food) that goes well with cold beer. Ginataang kuhol is a spicy dish.


Dinuguan is a Filipino savory stew of blood and meat (typically stomach, intestines, ears, heart and snout) simmered in a rich, spicy dark gravy of pig blood, garlic, chili , and vinegar.

More exotic foods can be found at this Filipino street foods blog post.

How about you? Any more exotic foods to add?

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39 thoughts on “Filipino Exotic Foods

  1. mzing

    Never had the bull's ts but presnting the food as it is here is what makes people cringe. I love balut but I never open the whole egg and inspect it. I crack it, sip the soup and slowly peel and eat. This picture of dinuguan looks terrible…I love dinuguan, but if someone showed me a picture like this -ugh.

  2. dhan malvar

    mam ,sir thanks for the info you blogged . now i can used that for my baby thesis about balut .=). thanks again and more power!! i wonder if i could know your name so that i can put your beautiful name in my acknowledgment ..

  3. Admin

    @Dhan Malvar

    Thanks for the appreciation and kind words!

    You can acknowledge this blog. That way you acknowledge me as well.

    Thanks a lot and good luck on that thesis.!

  4. Ane

    I like Balut, but only if the chick does not have feathers on it yet.. ๐Ÿ˜› Ayoko din ng masyadong malaking sisiw.. ๐Ÿ˜›

    I have never tried Soup #5 although my stepdad has cooked it a lot of times, perhaps one day I will get the courage to try it.. ๐Ÿ˜›

    I love ginataang kuhol! ๐Ÿ˜€

    and of course, my all time favorite filipino dish is Dinuguan! ๐Ÿ™‚ My grandma makes the best dinuguan and believe me, I have tried a lot of variations but my grandma makes it just the way I like it.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Admin

    @Nicely, Thanks for the comment. Indeed kuhol is better cooked and served at home. I mean, you cook it the way you want it so you won't be disappointed by the taste of it.

    I wish you can share us your or your mom's recipe of kuhol dish with fern so we can feature her or you at this blog.

  6. itin

    LOL @ your soup no.5. You worry that Google might pick up the clinical terms for private parts associated with food that you had to spell it the Jejemon way. I get it. But it'd be funnier if you would have used peen and balls.

  7. tatess

    Exotic food but they are the most delicious food in the Philippines.Miss the kuhol.I grew up with escargot in my lola's province. We get it fresh from the water.

  8. Franc Ramon

    I have tried everything. I never thought of Dinuguan as an exotic foods as this is one of my favorites. In slaughter house in Baguio, you can even dip your inihaw in cooked blood.

  9. Mai Flores

    From all the exotic food that you've featured, I haven't tried the Soup #5 yet. What does it taste like? ANyhow, from the bunch, my fave would have to be the ginataang kuhol! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. ana karen Banhag

    i love balut… i was surprised to know it's an aphrodisiac hahahaha never mind soup #5… i look forward to ginataang kuhol… i think the first and last time i had kuhol was in Cabalen Buffet (if i'm not mistaken) but truly, our exotic dishes are just exquisite in taste… ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Ness

    I love the kuhol and dinuguan.. The balot, I can't remember the last time I tasted it. I just love the soup inside it. Haha! The soup #5, uhmm.. not sure if I want to try it.

  12. Angie Vianzon

    I am already 25 but I never had the guts to taste Balut and Soup # 5 although they say that its a must try, I just can't. As for the Ginataang Kuhol and Dinuguan they are one of my favorite.

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