Local Treats in Dipolog - Philippines

Great food is part of the Filipino culture, and some of the most scrumptious can be found in Dipolog City. Its proximity to Zamboanga means the province has exerted an influence on the dishes and cuisine around the city. It is evident from this top 5 local treats in Dipolog guide.


The ingredients for Kilawin include yellow tuna fish (it has to be fresh), a cup of vinegar, ginger (about 5 tablespoons), garlic, chili pepper, calamansi juice, chili peppers and onions.

Begin by cutting off the fins and flavoring the fish with vinegar. After flavoring remove the vinegar, and slice the fish; add the seasoning (ginger, garlic and pepper). Add the remaining materials and marinate for 120 minutes. Serve with biscuits or rice.

Kilawin de Pescado

A variation of the Kilawin, the ingredients here are the pecao (actually any fish will do), vinegar, onions (green, yellow and white), minced onions, ginger (2 tablespoons), a coconut meat and other seasonings including lemon grass, bay leaf and red hot chili peppers.

Cooking is similar to the original Kilawin with the fish being flavored with vinegar and the seasoning and garnishing added later on. This dish is usually served with rice balls or tomatoes.


Also known as Sati, this dish is composed of sliced chicken, half a cup of oil (coconut or olive), and generous helpings of ginger, calamansi, garlic, chili pepper, and balsamic vinegar.

You simply mix all the ingredients together, while letting the chicken marinate for an hour. As the chicken is grilled, soak it in the marinade sauce. This is usually served in restaurants with cayenne sauce.

Agar Agar Salad

Another favorite among the people of Dipolog, the Agar Agar Salad is made of fresh green mangoes, onions (sliced thin), salt, calamansi and chili pepper. As with most of these recipes, the amount of the seasonings will depend on your taste buds.

After blanching the Agar Agar, it is cut into smaller pieces and the rest of the ingredients are poured in, topped off by the calamansi.

Chicken with Eggs

For this tasty treat the ingredients are a couple of hard boiled eggs, paprika, several small potatoes, tomato sauce, rice, sweet peas, diced chicken, half a kilo of pork, onion and garlic, salt and pepper.

After the chicken is cooked, sauté the onion, pepper, garlic and other garnishing in the fat; add the pepper and salt and add in the pork, the rice and eggs. After mixing everything serve with more boiled eggs.

Part of any traveling experience means giving the local cuisine a taste, and in Dipolog this will be a culinary adventure that you will be looking forward to.