Suman sa Lihiya

Suman sa Lihiya

Making Suman sa Lihiya is actually easier than you think. The hardest part is perhaps deciding which topping to enjoy it with. Get the recipe here now! Suman sa Lihiya or Suman Bulagta is a Filipino delicacy of glutinous rice mixed with a bit of lye water, wrap in banana leaves and then boiled in water.  I grew up eating it either for breakfast or afternoon snack. In Pampanga, and mostly the northern part of the Philippines, we usually top it with a mix of 'Latik', freshly grated coconut and sugar.  Latik is…Read more→
Bicol Express

Bicol Express

Bicol Express is a spicy pork stew cooked in coconut milk which is definitely one of the most popular dishes among Filipinos. Bicol Express has it's funny, if not weird, name from the train that travels the Naga(Bicol)-Manila route. I don't really know why they chose to call it after the train but it definitely deserves to carry the name of the province of Bicol. Bicol is known in the Philippines for a lot of things such as the perfect coned, Mayon volcano, Pili nuts and, of course, for their love of spicy food.…Read more→
Sauteed Bamboo Shoots (Ginisang Labong)

Sauteed Bamboo Shoots (Ginisang Labong)

Try this healthy and delicious Sauteed Bamboo Shoots recipe. Low in calorie and rich in dietary fiber and a good source of vitamins and minerals.Bamboo shoot is a popular delicacy in the Philippines and is usually enjoyed when in season. You can also find them here in Germany from the groceries but only in jars. The first time I opened a jar of bamboo shoots, I almost threw them away! They stink! But that is normal, says the lady from the Asian store when I asked if she has any bamboo shoots that do…Read more→
Lumpiang Sariwa – Filipino Fresh Spring Rolls

Lumpiang Sariwa – Filipino Fresh Spring Rolls

Get this recipe for Lumpiang Sariwa. A kind of Filipino Spring Rolls that is filled with various vegetables, sweet potato, shrimps, and meat. Wrapped in a crepe-like wrapper and covered with a special sweet savory sauce.Lumpiang Sariwa is another variety of Filipino spring rolls. It literally translates to  Fresh Spring Rolls. The filling is composed of various vegetables, some shrimps, and meat. Firm Tofu may also be added. The filling is then wrapped or rolled in a crepe-like wrapper. We call it fresh because you do not fry it as we do the other spring…Read more→
Puto flan

Puto flan

Two of the most loved Filipino dessert in one! Puto Flan (or Leche Puto) is a combo of Leche Flan and Puto! Get this easy recipe and try it now! I've made Leche Flan and Puto before but this is actually the first time I made Puto Flan. Whoever thought of combining these two Filipino treats is a genius!  I used a totally different recipe for the Puto from the one I posted before for Puto Cheese and procedure is also very different. The Puto batter is made only with egg whites instead…Read more→
Filipino BBQ – Pork Skewers

Filipino BBQ – Pork Skewers

Try this Filipino BBQ on Skewers. A perfect combination of sweet, salty, and sticky! Filipinos like mixing their flavors. That's for sure! One proof of that is our Filipino Pork BBQ. Just like our Filipino Spaghetti which is starting to gain international fame because of its unique flavor. These are just two examples of dishes where salty meets sweet and this combination tickles your senses like nothing else. Now add to that a spicy sour dip of spicy vinegar. Yum!    The first time I made Filipino BBQ for Armin, he actually found it…Read more→
Mamon Recipe

Mamon Recipe

Mamon is a Filipino mini chiffon cake that is a popular afternoon snack. Get this simple and easy recipe for that light, airy and fluffiest Mamon ever! Someone has requested for a recipe for Mamon some time ago and I finally found the one that I am quite satisfied with to share here. Mamon ('Mah-mon') if a Filipino chiffon cake usually in a form of muffin. You can find them almost in any bakery in the Philippines. A simple Mamon is just brushed with butter and sprinkled with sugar but you can also…Read more→
Nilagang Baka (Filipino Beef Soup with Vegetables)

Nilagang Baka (Filipino Beef Soup with Vegetables)

Nilagang Baka is a Filipino beef soup cooked until the meat becomes really tender and with vegetables like potatoes, beans, and cabbage that makes this simple soup healthy and flavorful. This dish is one of that 'ordinary day' dish that is served at a Filipino table on a regular basis. It is normally eaten with rice, of course, and I usually make a dip from fish sauce with chili flakes. It is perfect for the rainy days but is usually eaten all year round and even in the heat of the summer. It may…Read more→
Champorado

Champorado

Try Champorado for breakfast. A Filipino sweet porridge made from cocoa and glutinous rice served with evaporated milk. Champorado is a popular breakfast among Filipinos. If this rich chocolatey rice porridge or pudding does not get you up and about in the morning, I don't know what else will. You can also serve it as an afternoon snack for an energy boost.Usually, in the Philippines,  Champorado is eaten along with fried Tuyo, that is dried salted fish. I was not able to appreciate or even comprehend this weird combination while I was a kid.…Read more→
Chicken Afritada

Chicken Afritada

Try this Chicken Afritada recipe. A Filipino chicken stew in tomato sauce with carrots, potatoes and bell peppers.  Chicken Afritada is one of my Mama's specialty. There is this slogan in Tagalog, "Sarsa pa lang ulam na!".  And this dish perfectly fits this phrase. It translates to something like the sauce itself is good enough to be a viand. Does that make sense? As you know, Filipinos eat everything with rice. You do not eat a dish without rice! It is always 'kanin at ulam' ( rice and viand). OK, viand is actually not…Read more→
Chicken Noodle Soup (Sopas) – Filipino version

Chicken Noodle Soup (Sopas) – Filipino version

Try this delicious and hearty Sopas (Filipino Chicken Noodle Soup) recipe that will surely keep you warm and fit for the cold and rainy days!  Note: This article was originally published on March 14, 2014. It was updated to include new photos. The Philippines has only two seasons, the dry and rainy season. So just imagine, that half of the year it is almost always raining. During this season, and especially when classes/work are suspended due to a typhoon or flooding, people usually pass the time staying in bed and/or eating. For many,…Read more→
Pork Adobo Recipe

Pork Adobo Recipe

Try this melt in your mouth Pork Adobo Recipe using pork belly with a perfect balance of saltiness, acidity, and garlicky goodness! Adobo has become the iconic dish that represents Filipino food worldwide. It is always present and usually takes the top place in all the Filipino food list you can find. There was even a movie called 'American Adobo'  back in 2002. Which is not about Adobo really but about the lives of five Filipinos living in the USA. They used Adobo as the title and a dish in the film as a symbol…Read more→
Pickled Mustard Greens (Burong Mustasa)

Pickled Mustard Greens (Burong Mustasa)

Pickled mustard greens (burong mustasa) is where mustard greens are fermented in brine for 3-5 days. Learn how to make them the easiest and simplest way.I've harvested some mustard greens (mustasa) from my pallet planter boxes some days ago. In the photo below, they are the ones with the big leaves on the right side of the box and in front and at the back. I brought the seeds from the Philippines. I do not think they are popularly known to be edible here in Germany, can't even find a German word for it. So…Read more→
Chicken Sotanghon Soup

Chicken Sotanghon Soup

Try this Chicken Sotanghon Soup. A tasty and immune-boosting Filipino chicken soup with slippy cellophane noodles.  Have I told you how much I love soups? I love soups so much I can eat them all year round, even at the peak of summer. Nevermind getting sweaty all over at that. Soups also have to be hot! And I mean straight from the pot steaming hot, I wouldn't have it any other way! And yes, I've burned my tongue (and esophagus) a lot of times too! I think I am a bit of a…Read more→
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→