Photo by Mildred Cruz… Balaw-balaw is a side dish that’s a specialty of Rizal province. It has a distinctive pinkish/light purplish color. “It’s like buro but without rice. Just shrimps, coconut milk, bamboo shoots, and ginger.”
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.
Kaong is the fruit of the sugar palm tree whose scientific name is Arenga pinnata. Translucently white in color and chewy in texture, the cute-sized fruits of the kaong are a popular ingredient in haluhalo, together with macapuno and nata de coco.