Pilipino Pantry: Road Trip Food





What food do you typically eat on long road trips here? I bet I can guess: McDonalds? My husband swore of McD’s last year so we had to get pretty creative with our food while on road trips, it was actually a really awesome stretching experience. For this Pilipino Pantry series I give to you: Road Trip Food.

This isn’t the complete list, obviously, but these are some of our favorite foods and methods that sustain us while road tripping.

Bibingka is a type of rice and coconut cake that really hits homes during the holiday season. However, when we are traveling through Los Baños area I always stop for bibingka on the side of the road. It is not overtly sweet and is naturally gluten free, which is great for my middle son who has a wheat allergy. It is made with rice flour, coconut milk and cooked in coconut husks (uling)!

Fresh bibingka is manna from heaven. 

Pandesal is a slightly sweet toasty ball of bread. We pull over to any malunggay panaderia along the road but especially in Batangas near Nasugbu. For 2 pesos a piece the price cannot be beat. Be careful, they are so addicting! I love to eat with peanut butter and a hard boiled egg on the side. They don’t stay soft and crunchy long so make sure to enjoy while they are still fresh. PSST: You can also buy small packets of peanut butter and hardboiled eggs at any convenience stop.



IMG_3142IMG_3095Turon is a sweet merienda or dessert food made of banana wrapped in lumpia wrapper and fried with a bit of sugar that caramelizes on the outside. These are sinfully delicious! We recently lunched at a small eatery, Elizabeths Garden, and they were some of the best I have ever had. I highly recommend a lunch stop here.


My top secret for road tripping on a budget (besides AirBnb): Yum Boxes! We were gifted these by a sweet friend a few months back and they are the single most useful item for my children on road trips. I pack food before our trip, then I use them during our stay and then pack them up one more time for the drive home.

Packing our lunches for the drive home from Bangkong Kahoy. 

I use them while we travel long distances, on Sundays, day trips and multiple night road trips. I try to include a protein of hard boiled eggs, dairy with cheese, starch with rice or crackers and  small treat for the treat tunnel, that one always gets eaten the fastest. I have also started buying lunch meat and cheese for my husband and I to eat along the way and layer in between some fresh pandesal. IMG_2038IMG_2045

Day trip at UP Makiling Botanical Garden

Yum Boxes can be found locally through Bright Brands PH.

I look forward to adding to this list and hope you will share your favorites with me in the comments.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Bibingka used to be available ONLY during Simbang Gabi, or the night masses pre-Christmas. But that was long ago. Today they are available anytime. But not anywhere. You’re lucky to find one. Bibingka’s arch rival during Simbang Gabi is the “puto bungbong.” Another rice cake. You should try it but I dont know if it is available somewhere or if we still have that stuff. Food of the gods.


    1. amber says:

      I love puto bungong! Thanks so much for this information, I love learning about the culture!


      1. Yup. I see you found one. 🙂


  2. Great ideas! We just got back from two different roadtrips and ate way too many times at McDonalds. One of these days I will focus on packing our meals.


    1. amber says:

      Girl, I feel ya. I know that feeling so well. So sick of McD’s!


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