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  • Filipino meal with rice, ulam, spoon, and fork.
    What is Filipino Food?
    Posted in: General Info

    What makes Philippine cuisine Filipino?

    Or… What makes a Filipino?

    The understanding of Philippine cuisine cannot be dissociated from the country’s cultural history and geography. Filipino food was prepared by the Malay settlers, spiced by commercial relations with Chinese traders, stewed in 300 years of Spanish rule, and hamburgered by American influence on our way of life.

  • Magnolia Ice Cream USA #OMGpeke
    U.S. Company Blocks San Miguel From Selling Magnolia Ice-Cream
    Posted in: Companies, News

    A company in the United States has been marking their own ice-cream products with the “Magnolia” name, using San Miguel’s iconic oval logo. That company Ramar has no affiliation with San Miguel Philippines. Even today, many Filipino Americans assume that the Magnolia ice-cream they eat in the USA is related to the Magnolia in the Philippines. It is not.

  • Taho
    Taho
    Posted in: Filipino Snacks

    Most frequently sold out in the streets by roaming vendors, taho is a mixture of silken tofu and arnibal. See photos of a taho vendor and the iconic metal container in which the taho is carried.

  • Chicken Adobo Wings
    Adobo is Mexican?
    Posted in: Hot Topics

    The origin of adobo has produced much debate among casual eaters who wonder how the so-called Filipino national dish can have a distinctly Spanish name and in its most popular preparation use the very Chinese ingredient that is soy sauce. CNN recently weighed in and casually declared that adobo is of Mexican origin…

  • Liyempo - Step #5: Put in a Super-Hot Oven
    How to Make Lechon Liempo
    Posted in: Meat

    Photos and Instructions by Johnard Garcia. How to make Lechon Liempo (Roasted Pork Belly) for when you can’t roast a whole pig! Step 1 – Ibabad sa brine ang karne nang magdamag. Step 2 – maghiwa ng maraming sibuyas. Step 3 – iahon ang karne at patuyuin, lagyan ng kung anu-anong mga rekado…

  • Biko, Nilupak & Kalamay na Mais
    Kakanin
    Posted in: Filipino Snacks, Kakanin

    Biko, Nilupak & Kalamay na Mais by Toyang Noresa.

    Kakanin is a whole genre of Filipino delicacies whose main ingredient is usually rice, sometimes corn or a root crop like cassava.

  • Halayang Ube
    Ube Halaya
    Posted in: Filipino Snacks

    Ube Halaya by Aizel_77.

    Also called halayang ube, this is a jam made from the Philippines’ favorite root crop, the purple yam locally called ube.

  • Pakaskas
    Pakaskas
    Posted in: Filipino Candy, Filipino Snacks

    Photo by Eva Argenos of Pakaskas from Isla Verde, Batangas.

    Pakaskas is a sweet treat consisting of palm sugar that’s liquified, then put into a mold of palm leaves until the liquid solidifies.

  • Shrimp & Chorizo
    Chorizo de Bilbao
    Posted in: Meat

    Shrimps & Chorizo by Mayette M. Garcia.

    Originating from the Iberian peninsula, chorizo refers to several types of pork sausages. In the Philippines, the most common type is called chorizo de bilbao.

  • Tablea
    Posted in: General Info

    Philippine tablea is roasted, ground and molded nibs of fermented pure (100%) cacao beans without added ingredients and additives.

  • Filipino bittergourd dish
    Ginisang Ampalaya
    Posted in: Recipes

    Featured photo of Ginisang Ampalaya by Mayette Garcia

    Ampalaya is the Tagalog word for “bitter gourd” or “bitter melon.” Ginisa means “sautéed.” Here is a simple recipe for sautéed bitter gourd in Philippine cuisine.

  • Filipino hotdogs in giniling
    Filipino Hotdogs
    Posted in: Meat

    Giniling na baboy (ground pork) with sliced Filipino hotdogs by John Braza… What distinguishes Filipino hotdogs? Most prominently perhaps it’s the bright red color. And yes, it’s artificial color! Popular brands: San Miguel Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs and RFM Swift Mighty Meaty Hotdogs.

  • Lokot-Lokot
    Lokot-Lokot
    Posted in: Filipino Snacks

    Also known as Zambo Rolls — from the Zamboanga peninsula of the large island of Mindanao in southern Philippines!

    Lokot-lokot is a crunchy, golden brown delicacy produced and served during special occasions.

  • Pitsi-Pitsi
    Pitchi Pitchi
    Posted in: Filipino Snacks

    Colorful Pichi Pichi by Aizel_77.

    Pitsi-Pitsi is a native Filipino snack made from cassava and sugar. It often is naturally light golden-brown, but you can add food coloring to liven it up, as you can see in the photo.

  • Calamansi Fruits Sliced into Halves
    Calamansi
    Posted in: Fruits

    Calamansi is the citrus fruit of the Philippines! It’s very round and fairly small… In fact, one can’t think of a smaller-sized citrus fruit… Hmm… Calamansi juice cleanse, anyone?