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Tuna SisigTuna Sisig is usually served in bars because men like to pair it with their cold beers. Also perfect with rice. Sisig means "to snack on something sour" that's why it's always served drizzled with lime.

 

Shrimp paste served with sliced mangoes.

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp PasteShrimp paste or "baguong alamang" is one of the best livelihood products in my country. It is an appetiser or could also be used as condiment. This is usually served with rice or paired with green mangoes.

 

Coco-Mango Glazed Palitaw on plate

Making Coco-Mango Glazed PalitawThis sticky snack is called "palitaw" from the word "litaw" which means float. Its called palitaw because the round flat sticky pieces float when they are being cooked.

 

A bowl of hearty shrimp soup.

Hearty Shrimp SoupWe usually prepare sea foods like prawns and crabs on special occasions. These foods are very expensive in the Philippians that most of us can only afford during special seasons. The past few weeks were special since we are reunited again with family members who got stuck in far away places for months due to lock down. So we had this simple but very special dish.

 

Buko-Pandan Cake on plate

Making Buko-Pandan CakeNatural is always a good thing especially with food. This recipe uses coconut and pandan with no added artificial colors or flavorings.

 

White Adobo in jar

Making White AdoboPork cubes cooked in water, vinegar, salt and pepper, and and then fried in garlic flavored oil can be stored in a glass jar without refrigeration for a period of time. This recipe comes to us from the Philippines as a solution to conditions being experienced during the COVID pandemic.

 

Ube (Purple Yam) Paste on bread

Ube (Purple Yam) PastePurple yams are cooked, mashed, sweetened, and further reduced to a paste. Then chilled and served as a topping. It is delicious on top of the cold dessert halo-halo or even slices of cake.

 

bowl of soup with egg

Homemade BatchoyMake this traditional Filipino soup to warm you up on a cold day. This easy recipe contains pork, noodles and egg in a delicious broth.

 

Banana PB Cookies on plate

Making Banana PB CookiesIf you have excess bananas, use them up to make these delicious peanut butter cookies. They make a great after school snack but could be a quick breakfast too.

 

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Bukayo on bread

Bukayo (Filipino Coconut Candy)Try out this popular dish from the Philippines, known as bukayo. It is made using young coconut meat that is shredded and combined with brown sugar and a bit of extra water as needed. Then cooked until soft and the liquid reduced. The resulting coconut candy is typically served with sliced bread.

 

eggs in food coloring

Making Colorful Kwek-kwekBatter coated hard boiled quail eggs are deep fried and sold as a street food in the Philippines. These are given added kid appeal by adding food coloring to the batter. Serve with one of the sauces included below.

 

Flour Balls on skewers with sauce

Making Flour BallsAdd chopped onion and garlic to an egg and flour batter. Drop balls of the dough into hot oil and cook until lightly brown. Serve with a favorite dipping sauce.

 

Fish in Tausi in bowl

Making Fish with TausiA delicious salted fried fish with tausi dish is cooked with vegetables and salted black beans. It also can be a good way to use up leftover fish, as a weeknight dinner served with rice.

 

mixing Chicken Curry With Fresh Coconut Milk

Chicken Curry With Fresh Coconut MilkThis chicken curry is made especially good with fresh coconut milk. The addition of peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes enhance this flavor filled dish.

 

cooked Spanish Bacon on plate

Homemade Tocino (Spanish Bacon)This favorite breakfast dish from the Philippines is actually a carryover from Spanish influence in the country. It can be prepared using pork bellies, chicken, or beef marinated in a tasty sauce, simmered, and then lightly fried. The recipe can be found below.

 

piping filling into meringue Cups

Making Brazo de Mercedes CupsTypically Brazo de Mercedes is made as a meringue roll filled with custard, however this recipe offers a different configuration, as cups. The meringue cups are filled with the delicious egg yoke and condensed milk custard. Try this twist on a traditional Pilipino recipe today.

 

bowl of Lomi

LomiLomi is a favorite Filipino soup made with pork, fresh egg noodles, onion, cabbage, carrots, spices, and more. The recipe for this comfort food, that is appropriate for just about any meal, follows on this page.

 

Spicy Sweet Dried Fish on plate

Spicy Sweet Dried FishDried fish is soaked in a mixture of brown sugar, water, and diced chilies. Then after reducing the liquid and coating the fish, the pieces are fried and served, often with rice. Make this spicy sweet dried fish dish using the recipe provided on this page.

 

Squash Adobo with Pork Bits on plate

Squash Adobo with Pork BitsCombine onions, garlic, soy sauce, pork bits, and squash for a wonderful squash and pork adobo main dish that picks up a bit of sweetness from the squash. The recipe is offered on this page.

 

Beef Tapa ala Filipino

Beef Tapa ala FilipinoBeef tapas are a favorite dish in the Philippines. Seasoned, marinated thin slices of beef are used to prepare this tasty dish which can be served and enjoyed at any meal.

 

Prawns in spicy sauce

Making Spicy PrawnsThis special occasion prawn dish from the Philippines may become a special occasion meal for you as well. The preparation instructions, ingredients, and accompanying photos appear on this page.

 

Pichi Pichi

Making Pichi PichiPichi Pichi is a favorite breakfast meal in the Philippines. It consists of steamed, sweetened cassava. Learn how to prepare this delicious dessert.

 

Hawaiian Fish Paksiw on plate

Filipino Paksiw RecipesPaksiw is the second most popular cooking tradition in the Philippines after adobo. This is a favorite everyday method for cooking fish. When pineapple is added to the typical ingredients used in boiling the fish, it is referred to as Hawaiian. This page contains a recipe for Hawaiian fish paksiw.

 

dipping water spinach leaf in beaten egg

Water Spinach Crisp RecipeIpomoea aquatica, or water spinach, grows in tropical climates worldwide. It is also known as Chinese spinach, river spinach and a variety of regional names. This recipe is from the Phillipines, where it is called kangkóng. The green leaves are dipped in an egg coating and then fried to make this unusual Filipino crisp.

 

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Sweet Spicy Squid Adobo on plate

Making Filipino Squid AdoboFilipino adobo use vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and spices to flavor meat or seafood. In this recipe, squid is prepared in the adobo style, adding a salty sour component. Great served with rice.

 

A finished bowl of pork menudo.

Pork Menudo RecipeThis hearty Filipino dish uses pork, tomato paste and vegetables to create a savory stew. It is very popular to serve at parties.

 

piece of Homemade Buko Pie

Homemade Buko Pie RecipeThis traditional Filipino dessert uses fresh young coconut or buko to make a delicious pie. This page has a recipe for homemade buko pie.

 

Fudge Top Cassava Cake

Cassava Cake RecipeThe starch of the tropical root cassava is used to make tapioca. This cake is a classic Filipino dessert. This page contains cassava cake recipe.

 

Pork Binaguongan with rice on plate

Pork BinaguonganPork Binaguongan is one of the most loved Filipino food. It's cooked to tenderness with a crisp. Filipinos are known for sweet, savory flavors and it's all packed in this dish. Baguong is actually shrimp paste which is cooked with spicy, savory and sweet flavor and mostly used as a sauce for green mangoes.

 

Simplified Bicol Express

Simplified Bicol ExpressBicol express is a traditional dish from the Philippines. The Bicol region is famous of its creamy texture and spicy flavor. This is a type of stew made from coconut milk, chillies, pork, shrimp paste and some other spices. This recipe I'm making is simplified with just coconut milk, chillies and some beans, but it still tastes the same.

 

Puto Flan Bombs on plate

Puto Flan BombsThis exciting recipe explodes with cheese and cream in your mouth. That's why I call it a bomb. It is a combination of custard and steamed cheese cake.

 

Puffed Rice on plate

Puffed Rice (Ampao)One famous delicacy in some provinces here in the Philippines is the so called "ampao" or puffed rice. I don't know how this is being made into a snack bar but I do have an idea how to simply cook it. Just as easy as 1,2,3 you can have an instant snack made out of leftover steamed rice; just leftovers. So as I always say, at home nothing is wasted.

 

Sweet and Sour Pork with vegetables

Spicy Sweet and Sour Pork Bites RecipeThis recipe from the Philippines features pork belies seasoned with ginger, onions, vinegar, and chili sauce. This page contains a spicy sweet and sour pork bites recipe.

 

bowl of Binignit

Binignit (Filipino Dessert Soup)This is the thriftiest snack for me. During holy week "binignit" is what we eat usually every Good Friday. And we cook them in huge pots. A kilo of each kind of ingredient can serve 30-50 individuals that's why most Filipinos choose to sell this food in the market. It costs less but gives you good income.

 

A serving of Good Friday Porridge

Good Friday Porridge RecipeThis traditional Holy Week recipe, from the Philippines, begins with rice, fish, eggs, and cheese. This page contains a Good Friday porridge recipe.

 

dish of Pork Binaguongan

Pork BinaguonganThis recipe is close to the famous Filipino dish "adobo". Pork is mixed with spicy sweet anchovies which we call "baguong". Also a very well known dish and an all time favorite.

 

Sans Rival on plate

Sans RivalI've been trying to learn how to make the famous Filipino dessert called Sans Rival. I searched for some recipes and I came up with this delicious Sans Rival. I realized I should have made some more meringue to add more layers or make it a little bit thicker. Somehow, the result is still the same sans rival but a very thin version of it.

 

Abby's Lumpia

Abby's Lumpia RecipeLumpia is a type of spring roll which originated in China. It is a popular snack found in Indonesia and the Philippines. The wrappers can be stuffed with a meat blend or simply vegetables. This page contains Abby's lumpia recipe.

 

Crispy Filipino Isaw

Crispy Filipino Isaw RecipeThis Filipino deep fried street food can be prepared at home from chicken intestines. This page contains a crispy Filipino saw recipe.

 

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baked Tortang Talong in bowl

Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)An eggplant omelette is called "tortang talong" in my local language. It is basically cooked eggplant and egg served at breakfast time. Here's my twisted version of the tortang talong.

 

Puto Cheese

Puto CheesePuto is a traditional Filipino steamed rice cake snack made with rice flour. There are many variations to try, including this flour based, cheese topped version. This is a page about puto cheese.

 

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Ukoy Recipes?This page contains ukoy recipes. Ukoy is a version of shrimp fritter from the Philippines.

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo RecipesMaking this traditional Filipino dish can be that much easier when prepared in your slow cooker. This page contains slow cooker chicken adobo recipes.

 

Lumpia

Lumpia RecipesLumpia is a traditional Filipino style egg roll and can be served as either an appetizer or side dish. This page contains lumpia recipes.

 

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Finished tuna sisig, served with rice.

Tuna SisigTuna Sisig is usually served in bars because men like to pair it with their cold beers. Also perfect with rice. Sisig means "to snack on something sour" that's why it's always served drizzled with lime.

 

Ube (Purple Yam) Paste on bread

Ube (Purple Yam) Paste"Halukay Ube" is how we call it. It's a sweetened mashed purple yam mostly used as topping on our famous dessert called "halo-halo". Or it can be used as flavoring on cakes and ice cream or simply use it as sandwich filling.

 

Shrimp paste served with sliced mangoes.

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp PasteShrimp paste or "baguong alamang" is one of the best livelihood products in my country. It is an appetiser or could also be used as condiment. This is usually served with rice or paired with green mangoes.

 

Cuttlefish Cubes with Star Beans in bowl

Cuttlefish Cubes with Star BeansWe love seafood and its amazing seeing your family members loving all the recipes you cook for them. Cuttlefish is one that my father likes to eat in sweet, savory and spicy flavors. This time no spice as my kids really likes to have them too.

 

Chicken Curry With Fresh Coconut Milk and salad and rice on plate

Chicken Curry With Fresh Coconut MilkCurry dishes here on the islands are a favorite of mine and especially when I make it with fresh coconut milk. This really adds to the taste of the curry and brings out the flavor. I have made this recipe using shrimp and crab also. No matter what they are delicious and you can add any vegetable that you want. This is also good with fresh broccoli and cauliflower.

 

A bowl of hearty shrimp soup.

Hearty Shrimp SoupWe usually prepare sea foods like prawns and crabs on special occasions. These foods are very expensive in our place that most of us can only afford during special seasons. The past few weeks were special since we are reunited again with family members who got stuck in far away places for months due to lock down. So we had this simple but very special dish.

 

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