Breakfast is considered as the most important meal of the day. In the Philippines, the classic and traditional pinoy breakfast meals are “kape at pandesal” (black coffee and bread) and fried rice, sunny side up or scrambled egg and tuyo (dried salted fish) with grilled tomatoes on the side. 

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Aside from these, “Silog” meals became a popular breakfast option not just for Filipinos but also for tourists who are visiting the country. 

No one can argue that Filipinos’ love “sinangag'' (fried rice) in their breakfast since rice is a staple food for pinoys that is why wherever you are in the country you will always encounter the “Silog'' all-day breakfast menu at any tapsilogan, carinderia or even at a restaurant. “Silog” is short for “sinangag at itlog” or fried rice and (fried) egg, but today there are a number of dishes that fall under the “Silog” family that are now served with different types of meat as viands. 

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Let’s start first with some of the most popular “Silog” dishes.

  • TapSilog -  the classic tapa (beef tapa)  with sinangag and fried egg 
  • Tosilog or tocilog – tocino, fried rice and fried egg
  • Cornsilog – corned beef, fried rice and fried egg
  • Hotsilog – hotdog, fried rice and fried egg
  • Chiksilog or noksilog – fried chicken (piniritong manok or pritong manok), fried rice and fried egg
  • Bangsilog – dried (daing) and/or marinated bangus (milkfish), fried rice and fried egg
  • Longsilog – longganisa, fried rice and fried egg

Other Filipino breakfast that is popular among tourists are:

  • Champorado - chocolate-flavored Filipino rice porridge made with glutinous rice and tablea. Best with dried salted fish. This is a must-try combination! 

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  • Arroz caldo (Aroskaldo) - chicken rice porridge infused with ginger, toasted garlic and black pepper. Best with calamansi or fish sauce. You can also eat it with hard boiled egg. 

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  • Tortang talong - if you love omelet in your breakfast, you might want to try “tortang talong” or fried eggplant omelette. The eggplants are grilled and dipped in a beaten egg mixture then fried. Best with rice and fish sauce as dipping sauce. Yum!

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These are just some of the most popular and loved Filipino breakfast dishes. What is your favorite dish so far? 


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