Category Archives: FOOD & DRINK

Nilagang Baka Filipino-style boiled soup with fork-tender beef shanks with vegetables

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Nilagang Baka is the ultimate comfort food! This Filipino-style boiled soup with fork-tender beef shanks, tendon, and vegetables is hearty and tasty. Nilagang Baka is literally translated as “Boiled Beef”. This is a simple soup dish best served during rainy and cold weather. Have you noticed the similarity of this dish to that of the Bulalo and Beef Pochero? Nilaga which means “pinakuluan” or “boiled”

Sinampalukang Manok chicken soup consisting of chicken cooked in a sour broth with tamarind

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Sinampalukang Manók is a Filipino chicken soup consisting of chicken cooked in a sour broth with tamarind, tamarind leaves, ginger, onion, garlic, and other vegetables. Sinampalukan is prepared by first sautéing the chicken with garlic, ginger, and onions. Water is then added with tamarind pulp, young tamarind leaves and usually siling haba or labuyo chilis and tomatoes. Other vegetables can also be added if desired, including green

Crema de Fruta fruitcake made with layers of sponge cake and sweet custard

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Crema de fruta is a traditional Filipino fruitcake made with layers of sponge cake, sweet custard or whipped cream, gelatin or gulaman (agar), and various preserved or fresh fruits, including mangoes, pineapples, cherries, and strawberries. It is usually served during the Christmas season. It has multiple variations, ranging from changes in the fruits used to the addition of ingredients like jam, sago, condensed milk, and others.

Ginataang Laing is a spicy dish that is Coconut milk based with dried taro leaves

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Ginataang Laing (or Natong) is a spicy dish that is Coconut milk (or cream) based with dried taro leaves. This originated from the Philippine’s Bicol region (south most part of Luzon island). Because of its really great taste and budget friendly cost, this dish became well known. Famous individuals are often imitated. This statement is also true for this dish. Different Laing versions sprung across the Philippines. While some added more

Pork Monggo is a Filipino savory mung bean soup

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Pork Monggo is a Filipino savory mung bean soup. It is made with mung beans, garlic, tomatoes, onions, various vegetables, and patis (fish sauce). It is cooked with pork, tinapa (smoked fish), daing (dried fish), or other seafood and meat. It is also commonly garnished with chicharon. The name means “stir-fried mung bean”, even though it is a soup. This is in reference to the first step of the cooking process where the spices

Sinigang na Hipon delicious soup and tender shrimps is simply irresistible!

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Sinigang is one of the most popular and favorite Filipino dishes among locals. It is right there with Adobo although maybe not (yet) quite as popular internationally. Most cultures have their own version of flavorful sour soup. Sinigang na hipon is the popular Filipino style that uses sour tamarind as a base flavor and includes shrimp. You can personalize your soup by adjusting the vegetables. You might leave out tomatoes

Coconut Macaroon chewy cookie like sweets that makes use of sweet shredded coconut

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Coconut Macaroons are chewy cookie like sweets that makes use of sweet shredded coconut. A macaroon is a small biscuit/cookie, typically made from ground almonds, coconut, and/or other nuts or even potato, with sugar and sometimes flavorings (e.g. honey, vanilla, spices), food coloring, glace cherries, jam, and/or a chocolate coating. Some recipes call for sweetened condensed milk. Macaroons are often baked

Cassava Cake from grated cassava, coconut milk, and condensed milk with a custard layer

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Cassava cake is made from grated cassava mixed with gata (coconut milk), condensed milk, and egg whites. Some recipes also add butter (or margarine), vanilla, evaporated milk, and additional sugar. These are poured into a flat-bottomed pan lined with banana leaves or greased. It is baked until it has an even firm consistency and is a light brown color. The texture of the cake can be adjusted by varying the amount of grated cassava

Chop Suey – quick and easy assorted stir-fry vegetable dish

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Chop Suey is a quick and easy stir-fry perfect for busy weeknights. … Chop Suey which literally means “assorted pieces” is a stir-fry dish popular in overseas Chinese cooking. It traditionally includes bite-sized meat such as pork, chicken or shrimp and assorted vegetables. Chop Suey is a stir-fried vegetable dish that is cooked with meats such as chicken and pork. Shrimp and seafood can also be added.

Sinigang na Sugpo – sour soup cooked with shrimp

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Sinigang is a popular Filipino dish. It is a sour soup that uses tamarind as it’s base flavor, it can be cooked with fish, meat, shrimp, and vegetables. This soup uses shrimp as the main ingredient. Instead of using real tamarind use packets of tamarind seasoning mix. The normal response I’ve seen when it is served to foreigners is either they like it instantly or not at all.