Sago’t Gulaman

Sago’t Gulaman

Try this Sago't Gulaman drink. A Filipino sweet refreshment made from brown sugar syrup with tapioca pearls and almond jelly. This post is actually a bit overdue because I made this sago't gulaman the same time I made Taho. Well, simply because I have some brown sugar syrup and cooked tapioca pearls left from my homemade taho. I only had to make the almond jelly or gulaman in this case. 'Sago' is what we call the tapioca pearls in Filipino and 'gulaman' generally refers to gelatin.  Aside from the three main ingredients already mentioned, there is…Read more→
Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)

Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)

Get this recipe for Tortang Talong or Eggplant Omelette with ground pork for a hearty Filipino breakfast! Omit the pork and make it vegetarian!I love eggplants, although growing up, I was told that you do not get much nutrition from this veggie...ooopppss, I mean fruit. Yup, eggplant is botanically considered a  fruit, a berry to be exact! Weird I know! Anyways, after doing some Googling, I believe that I may have been misinformed. There are a lot of health benefits you can get from eating this fiber-rich vegetable, I mean fruit.  Still, true or not,…Read more→
Menudo Recipe

Menudo Recipe

Have a feast with this classic Filipino Menudo recipe. A tomato-based stew of pork meat and liver usually served at special occasions like Fiestas. May is the month for Flores de Mayo in the Philippines.  Flores de Mayo is an old tradition that we inherited from the Spanish time that gives tribute to Mama Mary by offering flowers at the altar in churches. It culminates with a 'Santacruzan'- a religious-historical pageant parade that depicts the finding of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great, who ended the…Read more→
Homemade Taho Recipe (Soft tofu with syrup and tapioca pearls)

Homemade Taho Recipe (Soft tofu with syrup and tapioca pearls)

Try this Taho recipe (Soft tofu with syrup and tapioca pearls) and learn how to make Taho at home easily. This method uses Epsom salt and instant soy milk.  We grew up on this! Taho is a favorite after breakfast treat back when we were small and when we were not so small anymore. I remember having it every morning at weekends and like almost every day during school summer vacation. Our regular Taho peddler would usually come mid-morning and once we hear him shouting "Tahhoooooo" in his big melodious voice, we would…Read more→
Lumpiang Togue (Mung Bean Sprouts Spring Rolls)

Lumpiang Togue (Mung Bean Sprouts Spring Rolls)

Try this Lumpiang Togue recipe for a scrumptious, easy and healthy spring rolls with mung bean sprouts and other veggies. It is known by many names. Other calls it Lumpiang prito (fried spring rolls), Lumpiang gulay (vegetable spring rolls) or Lumpiang Togue (mung bean sprouts spring rolls). But whatever name you call it, it is definitely delicious and healthy too. In my last post, I showed you how you can grow mung bean sprouts in jars and in as fast as 3-4 days. Now since I have the sprouts, I finally got the chance to make…Read more→
Skinless Longganisa

Skinless Longganisa

The smell of Longganisa being cooked is enough reason to get up in the morning. I don't know about you, but in my (totally biased) opinion, Filipino breakfast are the best and there are so many choices. Heavy or light, sweet or savory and so on...think Tocino, longganisa, tapa, danggit, arroz caldo, tamales, suman, pandesal, champorado with tuyo, garlic fried rice and let's not forget taho! Those are just some of my favorites.     But Longanissa is not limited to being a breakfast food, it can be served for lunch and dinner too,…Read more→
Roast Beef with cream of mushroom sauce- Filipino Style

Roast Beef with cream of mushroom sauce- Filipino Style

This recipe of Roast beef with cream of mushroom sauce is pot roasted. The beef is so tender and juicy and really simple to make.   When my parents still have their canteen, their bestseller dish, next to sisig,  was their roast beef. This is also one of the most requested dishes when we are having a gathering. Usually, when my Mama makes this, the beef is almost swimming in mushroom sauce, but I wanted to show the beautiful color and texture of the pot roast beef in the photos so I resisted the…Read more→
Sweet and Sour Meatballs-Filipino Style

Sweet and Sour Meatballs-Filipino Style

These sweet and sour meatballs are fried then simmered in the sauce, to let the flavor of the sauce seep into the meatballs. Simple and yummy, try it now! Armin love food that has or is ground meat, his favorite --> BURGERS! I try to make them myself which I think is so much better than getting them from fast food restaurants all the time, at least I know (and have a say) what's in them, right?! He likes them so much I get fed up with making and eating them! ?. So to break from…Read more→
Filipino Cheese Bread – deliciously soft and cheesy!

Filipino Cheese Bread – deliciously soft and cheesy!

Another well-loved breakfast or afternoon snack by many Filipinos! Unlike other cheese bread you know, Filipino cheese bread is sweet and milky.   Back home, there is this bakery well-known all over the town of San Fernando, Pampanga for their cheese bread, the L.A. Bakeshop. They started downtown in 1985, not so far from the Cathedral and public market but the last time I was there, I heard they have already branched out to several other places. I have to agree with a lot of people saying that theirs is simply the best…Read more→
Leche Flan

Leche Flan

Leche Flan is a traditional Filipino dessert that is commonly served at Fiestas and other special occasions. It is caramel custard made of milk ('Leche' in Spanish), sugar and eggs and usually flavored with vanilla and key lime zest. Back then, we celebrated Fiestas (feast day of a town's patron saint) every year in a really big way. We would prepare and cook food a day or two ahead and on the day itself, visitors from neighboring towns or even those from afar would come to our doorsteps all day long and sometimes it can…Read more→
Filipino Pochero Recipe using pork belly

Filipino Pochero Recipe using pork belly

Pochero (Puchero) is another great dish that we inherited from the Spanish. It is a stew of meat, vegetable, root crops and legumes and was originally considered as peasant stew (in Andalusia). This is because the meat that was usually used were from cheapest (fatty) cuts from a pig, cow, and chicken and with vegetables that were in season. The Filipino Pochero is slightly different as it has tomato sauce and it. What sets it apart from other tomato-based stew is that it (must) have ripe plantain banana or 'saba'. This makes a rather interesting…Read more→
Filipino Spanish Bread Recipe

Filipino Spanish Bread Recipe

Spanish Bread is a popular 'merienda' or afternoon snack in the Philippines. It has nothing to do with the Spanish bread of Spain (Pan de Horno) except maybe that they share the same form (rolled) but the Filipino version of Spanish bread has a sweet buttery filling in it! Spanish bread has been on my list, like forever, but I made it a priority, now that two lovely ladies have been asking for it! This is for you Espie and Belle! Making the bread itself was no biggie. I read a lot of…Read more→
Gourmet Tuyo (dried Herring) in Spicy Oil

Gourmet Tuyo (dried Herring) in Spicy Oil

Try this Gourmet Tuyo Recipe and bring your plain tuyo (dried herring) to a whole new level. Cravings solved because you can keep them longer!Gourmet Tuyo is a current food trend in the Philippines. It is like giving our beloved dried fish a makeover and it is now more popular than ever! Whoever started this idea is simply a genius. It is funny how 'tuyo', which is originally considered, in the Philippines, as food of the poor (because it is cheap) became suddenly so glamorous! Although, through the passing of time, the love of…Read more→
Mango Float Easy Recipe

Mango Float Easy Recipe

Mango float could be the easiest, delicious no-bake dessert you could ever make. Only needs 4 ingredients too! It is a favorite Filipino 'icebox cake'  that is a big hit during the holiday seasons or any other special occasions.  Before we go on, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I know it is a bit late and I would also like to apologize for not posting anything for so long but there is a reason for that...I was in the Philippines since first week of December to attend our dear youngest sister, Cherry,…Read more→
Ukoy Recipe – Filipino Shrimp Fritters

Ukoy Recipe – Filipino Shrimp Fritters

Get this easy Ukoy recipe, the Filipino crunchy shrimp fritters using sweet potato.  It is a popular Filipino snack that can also be served as appetizer or, like me, as a main dish to be eaten with rice. Make sure you do not forget the spiced vinegar for dipping!    I've been craving for Ukoy for like ages but I always thought that it is impossible to make them while I am here in Germany because of the main ingredients involved. The Ukoy/Okoy I grew up with uses green papaya which is impossible…Read more→
Kutsinta

Kutsinta

Kutsinta is a native sweet Filipino snack that are like small steamed sticky rice cakes. It is brown or redish in color because it is sweetened with brown sugar that is further enhanced using annatto or achuete. It is usually eaten with grated coconut. I remember when I was a kid, I would wake up to the sound of a peddler howling in the streets, early in the morning to sell his Puto and kutsinta for breakfast. I think the two are really inseparable like a tandem, you will always see them sold or served…Read more→
How to make salted eggs

How to make salted eggs

Learn how to make salted eggs, using only brine solution. Salted egg is a popular delicacy both in the Philippines and China that is widely used for various dishes.    Salted eggs or 'itlog na maalat' in Filipino are normally made using duck eggs but chicken eggs also work just as well. In the Philippines  they are also called 'itlog na pula' which means 'red egg' because they are usually dyed in red or more like dark fuchsia. This is done so you can tell them apart from regular chicken or duck eggs.…Read more→
Polvoron with Cashew

Polvoron with Cashew

Polvoron is a Filipino shortbread-like cookie/candy made of roasted flour, powdered milk, sugar and butter and this has added cashew in it to make it extra special. It is so easy to make and a real treat.  Making these Polvoron brought back memories from when I was still in grade school, I was in 5th grade if my memory serves me right. My mama made some for us and I brought a bag of it to school to snack on. My classmates started asking if they can buy some of my Polvoron and…Read more→
Beef Kaldereta

Beef Kaldereta

Beef Kaldereta (or Caldereta) is a Filipino spicy tomato-based beef stew loved by many Filipinos. This spicy dish is commonly serve on special occasions but believe me, there is no need to wait for special event to enjoy this classic Filipino dish.    Traditionally, Kaldereta uses goat meat, but since I do not know where to get goat meat around here, I opted to cook it with the mostly preferred meat for this dish...beef. And because this dish is so loved in the Philippines, specially in the north,  that a lot of people cook it…Read more→
Pinakbet

Pinakbet

Try this easy recipe for Pinakbet or Pakbet, a Filipino vegetable dish that is flavorful as it is colorful. A mix of different kinds of vegetables like squash, eggplant, okra, string beans and bitter melon. Pork, shimp paste and tomatoes are used to give it its distinctive taste.  My mama usually cooks Pinakbet for lunch or dinner as side dish to fried fish. As kids, my siblings and I would try to wiggle our way out from eating our portion, specially the bitter melon, but all attempts were to no success.  I remember my…Read more→
Palitaw Recipe

Palitaw Recipe

Palitaw is a Filipino afternoon snack or 'merienda' that consist mainly of glutinous rice coated with grated coconut and sugar and sometimes roasted sesame seeds. This flattened sweet rice cake  is very chewy and really filling but the best part is, it is really easy to make.    This Palitaw recipe is  as easy as it can get, because I used glutinous rice flour that is readily available in Asian stores. Back in the days, I remember my Mama had to go to the wet market or 'palengke' to buy glutinous rice and have it grinded there…Read more→
Biko Recipe (Filipino Rice Cake)

Biko Recipe (Filipino Rice Cake)

Biko (pronounced bee-koh), a rice cake,  is a native Filipino delicacy where glutinous rice is cooked with coconut milk and brown sugar then topped with caramelized coconut milk.  Traditionally, biko is served on a bilao, a round wooven bamboo tray, lined with coconut-oiled banana leaves and is a popular dessert for every special occasions like birthdays, reunions and fiestas.  I found that there are several ways to cook this sticky rice treat, one is by cooking the glutinous rice first before adding the coconut milk syrup. But I opted to chose to other method, wherein the rice is…Read more→
Filipino Egg Pie Recipe

Filipino Egg Pie Recipe

Egg Pie is a classic Filipino dessert or snack. Try this easy Filipino Egg Pie recipe and enjoy the creamy, delicate yet firm egg custard in buttery, flaky crust that is perfect afternoon snack. I remember back in the days when we used to live next to a bakery, I would wake up to the wonderful smell of Pandesal baking in the oven! It would be really nice if it was not at 3 o'clock in the morning though and there were times it was difficult to get back to sleep when you feel your…Read more→
Easy Pork Hamonado Recipe using Pork Belly

Easy Pork Hamonado Recipe using Pork Belly

Get this easy recipe of Pork Hamonado that has a perfect balance of sweet and savory and with meat so tender, it melts in you mouth. Pork Hamonado is a Filipino dish that involves cooking the meat in pineapple juice. It is or was a kind of food that is only served at special occasions like for Christmas or Fiestas. Understandably, not only because most ordinary people from earlier years could not afford to eat pork everyday but, also, such rich food should be only eaten occasionally.  But nowadays, it's become common to see it on…Read more→
Easy Chop Suey Recipe

Easy Chop Suey Recipe

Try this Chop Suey recipe for an Easy stir-fry of colorful vegetables with thick sauce. A great vegetable dish for a dinner party or just for everyday healthy meal.   The good thing about cooking Chop Suey is, you can use as much variety of vegetables as you like. You can choose whatever you want or omit the ones you do not like so much and even when you just have three kinds of vegetables, it could still come out great.  You cannot really go wrong with Chop Suey, unless you over-cook your veggies…Read more→
Braised Beef – Filipino/Chinese style

Braised Beef – Filipino/Chinese style

Get this simple recipe for braised beef for that savory-sweet tender chunks of beef that is rich in flavor and spices. This is a Filipino-chinese version of braised beef similar to Chowking's. The first thing that pops into my mind, when I think of braised beef, is "Chowking". It is a favorite Filipino-Chinese fastfood restaurant among Filipinos (myself included) back home in the Philippines. My favorite dish to order is their famous braised beef rice topping accompanied by Kangkong with bagoong (water spinach with shrimp paste) and hot soup (which used to be free but is now…Read more→
Chicken Empanada – Filipino style

Chicken Empanada – Filipino style

This Filipino chicken empanada is packed with flavorful filling and is baked in a mildly sweet dough that has a slightly flaky texture. Perfect for snack or light meal!Empanadas, specifically chicken empanada, is definitely one of my favorite snacks when I was still in the Philippines. This stuffed bread or pastry treat was obviously introduced to the Philippines by the Spanish people in the early years. But the Filipino empanadas are also quite unique, using a slightly sweet empanada dough. Empanadas could also have diffirent kinds of fillings, among the most popular are: ham and cheese,  ground…Read more→
Puto Cheese

Puto Cheese

I so love this Puto Cheese recipe. So soft and fluffy and definitely better tasting than the Puto mix you buy in a box but equally  easy to make.  You will never think of buying ready mix Puto after trying this!   Puto is a kind of Filipino snack that is also oftentimes serve to accompany savory dishes like dinuguan (pork blood stew) or pancit (rice noodle). The traditional Puto is made from rice, water and sugar that is stone-grinded to make the batter. Then, of course, everything became easy when rice flour…Read more→
Brazo de Mercedes

Brazo de Mercedes

Brazo de Mercedes is another delicious Filipino dessert that is made of soft, pillowy meringue with rich custard filling rolled into a log, jelly roll fashion. Learn the secret to get that perfect meringue with super fine foamy texture that easily melts in your mouth like magic! It is also so easy it can be done in about 30 minutes!
Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling

Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling

Hopia is yet another favorite 'merienda' or snack for Filipinos.  Hopia is made of thin flaky pastry, traditionally filled with mung bean paste (Munggo). But nowadays, there are more variations to choose from when it comes to the filling, most popular is the Ube or Purple yam and the one I prefer more personally. The truth is, I've been wanting to try to make Hopia for some time now (because of course you can not buy them here in Germany) but it somehow intimidated me, it looks too complicated... just think about those thin…Read more→
Sylvanas Recipe

Sylvanas Recipe

Today I decided to share this super delicious Sylvanas Recipe from the Philippines. Sylvanas or Silvanas is a  cookie sandwich made of cashew-meringue wafers filled and covered with buttercream and dusted with cake or biscuit crumbs.  Oh!.. and it has to be frozen or chilled before eating! Definitely sinful but totally good! I have to say that Sylvanas is easily on my top 5 best desserts of all time. Every cool, crunchy bite is simply delightful. I remember, back when I was still working at Clark in Pampanga, someone would come over our office to sell…Read more→
Siopao -Asado (Steamed buns with chicken filling)

Siopao -Asado (Steamed buns with chicken filling)

Siopao is a kind of steamed buns usually filled with meat. Steamed buns are really popular around Asia although it may be called differently in every country. Filipino Siopao Asado is similar to the Chinese Pork steamed buns 'Char Siu Bao' and not surprisingly because Chinese were the one to introduce us this wonderful treat. Back home, Siopao is one of the favorite snack and  the usual choice is  Asado or Bola-bola. Asado is  a way of cooking meat that has a sticky sauce that is both sweet and salty, it can either be pork…Read more→
Turon Recipe (Banana Lumpia)

Turon Recipe (Banana Lumpia)

Turon is a Filipino snack from plantain bananas and jackfruit rolled in brown sugar and wrapped in lumpia wrapper that is fried to a crisp. Easy and yummy! Turon (Banana Lumpia or Banana roll) is a Filipino snack that is made of slices of Saba banana rolled in brown sugar, wrapped in lumpia (spring roll) wrapper which is then fried. A special turon would also be stuffed with slices of jack fruit or "langka" as we call.  Saba (or Cardava or plantain in English) is really common kind of banana in the Philippines that…Read more→
Easy Cassava Cake Recipe

Easy Cassava Cake Recipe

Here is a cassava cake recipe that really easy to make and with custard topping that is so yummy. I have always loved cassava cake even when I was still in the Philippines. But I tend to be a bit choosy with the cassava cakes I eat... because some are too sweet for my taste. Here in Germany, Cassava cake is also a popular dessert one brings to a potluck whenever we are having a Filipino get-together. Some Pinays I know add 'Macapuno' to their cassava cakes which are (probably) also good but…Read more→
Ube Halaya Recipe (Purple Yam Jam)

Ube Halaya Recipe (Purple Yam Jam)

Ube Halaya is a Filipino dessert made from purple yam or "Ube " as we call it. The recipe is actually really simple and so is the process, but I have to warn you though that it requires muscle power and patience...lots of it! Maybe that is why Ube Halaya is usually only served at special occasions because of the time and work it requires, but do not get discourage because  it is worth all the effort and with the new kitchen gadgets nowadays it can be a lot easier. Ube Halaya is…Read more→
Ensaymada Recipe

Ensaymada Recipe

I have been craving for Ensaymada for some time now. That soft, sweet bread covered with butter and sugar then topped with lots of grated cheese. Ensaymada was adapted from the Spanish Ensaïmada but has evolved throughout the years to become what it is now that is loved by many Filipinos. The province of Bulacan is famous for this bread. I remember when we were little and our parents would go to Bulacan (my mother's home province) for a visit, they would bring back home some special Ensaymada.   Back in those days,…Read more→
Filipino Tamales

Filipino Tamales

This is the Filipino version of Tamales which is very different from the Mexican one. Made of ground rice, coconut milk and various toppings like chicken, ham, nuts  and egg. It is first cooked into a thick paste, wrapped in banana leaves and then later boiled or steamed. It is an all-in-one dish as you can see, commonly eaten for breakfast or merienda (snack).  This is well-known in my hometown, Pampanga, where it originated and where it is also called "Boboto".   Tamales is one of my favorite Kapampangan delicacy. I remembered looking forward to weekends…Read more→
Buko Pandan Salad

Buko Pandan Salad

Buko Pandan salad is a  Filipino cold dessert from young coconut meat and Pandan leaves that is very easy to make. It is really popular  in the Philippines specially when the summer time comes  as a way of cooling down from the heat just like with our famous Halo-halo. My Papa loves this dessert and would ask me to make some for him from time to time, it is like a local ice cream but it does not have to be frozen to be enjoyed, although some prefer it like that.  Screwpine (or locally known…Read more→
Chicken Tinola

Chicken Tinola

Chicken Tinola or just Tinola is 100% Filipino dish. You will not find anything like it from our neighboring Asian countries or even around the globe. I would say that next to Adobo, Tinola is the most favorite dish in every Filipino household commonly served for lunch or dinner...with rice of course. Put simply, Tinola is a chicken soup with lots of ginger and goodness in it. It is no wonder that everytime I feel that I am about to get sick or when it is getting too cold for me, I would crave for this…Read more→
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