Pamela Casis

Easy Puto Bumbong (no bamboo steamer needed)

Puto Bumbong is one of the signs that Christmas is near. Outside churches starting at early dawn, vendors line up waiting for churchgoers to finish hearing mass. It became a tradition for people to stop by and buy puto bumbong (and bibingka) before heading back home. Usually, it’s served with salabat (ginger tea) or coffee. …

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Ube Halaya (Purple Yam)

Halayang Ube (Purple Yam)

Filipinos love Ube! Be it in kakanin, bread or dessert. There’s something so comforting in this purple-hued root vegetable. By itself, it doesn’t really have much taste.

Creamy Leche Flan

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In Filipino gatherings like fiestas and birthdays, Leche Flan is almost always present. Aside from the creamy taste, this can easily be made a few days ahead which makes it very easy to prepare if you’re having a party.

Special Bibingka

Bibingka (rice cake) is another treat during the holiday season. I remember, growing up in the Philippines, I was so amazed at how it’s cooked in the street especially during the holidays. Bibingka is baked in a makeshift oven fueled by charcoal. Its cooking vessel is sandwiched between the heat coming from the bottom and …

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Sinigang na Bangus sa Miso (Milkfish in Tamarind-Miso Broth)

Bangus (Milkfish) is the national fish of the Philippines. It’s a mild-flavored fish so it can be cooked in almost any dish you can think of. Some people (including my hubby) frown upon Bangus because it has too much bones… 214 to be exact. That’s why boneless bangus has gained popularity and suddenly everyone, including …

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Kale Laing (Kale cooked in Coconut Gravy)

Kale Laing

Kale is part of the cabbage family and is packed full of nutrients. High in vitamins, potassium, plant-based protein to name a few. This is one leafy green that is almost always available where we live. It can be eaten raw, sauteed, baked into chips. Because of its health benefits, it’s a staple in my …

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Suman sa Lihia ( Rice Cake with Sweet Coconut sauce)

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My best memory of this delicious suman is made by a distant relative who made me love this native delicacy. I don’t remember when was the last time I tasted her Suman sa Lihia which we call “Suman Latik” in Ilocos but I remember how pleased I was every time I can get a taste …

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Belay’s Fave: Pork Ribs Sinigang

If you ask my daughter, Sinigang is the best Filipino dish! Be it beef, fish, pork, she’ll always be the first at the table when she knows it’s what we’re having for dinner. But, she loves Pork Ribs Sinigang the most. I remembered one time I told her we’re having Pork Sinigang for dinner. She …

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Beef Mechado

Mechado is one of the many dishes that’s Spanish in origin.  Tougher cuts of beef were used because it was cheaper in making this stew. To make up for the marbling, a strip of fat is inserted in the middle of the meat before cooking to keep it moist as it braises in the liquid. …

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Super Easy and Smooth Strawberry Ice Candy

I love ice candy especially in the summertime but I dread the the labor-intensive process of making it smooth. That’s why I am sooo excited to let you in on a little secret on how I make my ice candy. One day, I was cleaning and checking the expired ingredients in my pantry. As I …

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