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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…

  • grilled bananas
    Binangi
    Posted in: General Info

    Binanging Saging is “Inihaw na Saging” (grilled banana). The banana used is often the fat saba variety.

  • Filipino Morcon from Bataan
    Morcon
    Posted in: Meat, Recipes

    Featured photo is of Morcon made in Bataan in February 2016.

    Morcon (Murkon in Tagalog orthography) is a popular holiday dish during the Christmas season in the Philippines. It is a meat roll stuffed with sausage or hotdogs, carrots, pickles, cheese, and egg.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ampalaya Leaves
    Dahon ng Ampalaya
    Posted in: Vegetables

    Photo by Angie Pastor of Dahon ng Ampalaya (Bitter-Gourd Leaves).

    Can be used in chicken tinola or sauteed with other ingredients, such as with mung beans.

  • Chicken adobo with rice, and salted egg on banana leaf.
    Chicken Adobo
    Posted in: Meat

    Photo by Jeric Travis of chicken adobo with rice and salted egg on banana leaf. Adobong manok na may kasamang itlog na maalat at kanin. Nakahain sa dahon ng saging. Recipe to be posted soon!

  • Pangat na Kitang
    Pinangat na Kitang
    Posted in: Fish

    Pinangat na Kitang by Leon Natalie.

    In Philippine cuisine, kitang is the name of a fish, while pinangat is the method of cooking by simmering with vinegar.