Ube Champorado (Sweet Rice Porridge With Purple Yam)

It was about 5 or so years ago when I first tried making this purple-hued porridge. I made it once before but totally forgot to make it again, until recently. When my little one and I were at the international aisle of our local supermarket, he just blurted “Champorado” while pointing at a boxed champorado …

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Homemade Beef Tapa (Tapsilog)

This is one of my family’s favorite breakfast meals. I always serve it  with garlic-laden fried rice and a slightly crunchy bottom fried egg. A side of sliced tomatoes, spiced vinegar (for dipping) and atchara (pickled green papaya)  make this meal even better. Yummm! “Silog” meals have a very prominent spot in the Filipino breakfast …

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Munggo Biko (Rice Cake with Toasted Mung Beans)

Biko and Ginataang Munggo are two well-loved traditional Filipino snacks. Each has their own character and are equally good. The thought of making this dish came about one day when I craved that distinct taste of ginataang munggo but not the part where I had to scoop it into a bowl and eat with a …

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Royal Bibingka (Ilocano Glutinous Rice Cake)

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When I was in college, a trip to Pagudpud from Manila took about 10-12 hours. There were a few bus lines that had regular trips but I always chose Maria de Leon. Somehow, I was able to establish a good rapport with the drivers and conductors that I was so comfortable and at ease whenever …

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Classic Garlic Fried Rice

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Filipinos love rice! It’s our staple food. Mostly, we have it as steamed rice – white, fluffy and plain that goes well with any ulam (dish). But there are certain dishes that call for another type of cooked rice … the Sinangag (garlic fried rice).  Garlic fried rice or as we call it, Sinangag is …

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Oven-Baked Homemade Tinapa (Smoked Fish)

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Whenever I think of Tinapa (smoked fish), I’m reminded of 2 Catholic churches in Manila – Our Lady of Loreto (Sampaloc, Manila) and Quiapo Church (Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene). These are churches that I frequented when I was still living in the Philippines and street vendors selling tinapa lined up outside its walls …

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