Binagoongang Okra (Okra Sauteed in Shrimp Paste)

I’m fortunate that even though I live outside of the Philippines, I still have access to a lot of food and ingredients that I need to make Filipino meals for my family. Canada is such a multicultural country and there are numerous asian stores in and around our area.  Okra, also called Lady’s Finger, is …

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Bagoong Rice (Shrimp Paste Fried Rice)

One of the things I missed while still working in the Philippines are the “lunch outs” with my “officemates”. Thanks to that, I was able to experience different cuisines. What’s great about working in Makati is that it’s beaming with food choices. Filipino, Japanese, and even pockets of specialty dining places abound. The Exports department …

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My Papa’s Ginisang Alamang (Sauteed Shrimp Paste)

Both of my parents love to cook but there’s one talent my dad has that none of us (at home) can do…. he never tastes the food while cooking!  He just randomly adds the seasonings, smells the aroma coming from the pot and before we know it, he’s done. And the dish always comes out …

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Pork Binagoongan with Fried Eggplant

Pork Binagoongan

Bagoong Alamang (sauteed shrimp paste) is “ulam” by itself. Add some freshly squeezed lemon juice and you have a meal. The downside to this umami-rich condiment is that it’s a magnet for rice. I don’t think I have ever eaten bagoong with just a tiny bit of rice. That’s why, this is also in the …

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Pata Kare-Kare (Pork Hocks in Rich Peanut Sauce)

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To tell you the truth, I was not a fan of Kare-Kare. I actually don’t remember, but maybe the very first dish of this kind that I had tried wasn’t to my liking. It’s like eating pineapple for the very first time and it had that “itchy” feel on the tongue. That latter experience stuck …

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Spanish-Style Bangus (Binagoongan)

Every time we go home to the Philippines, I’m always on a hunt for new products I can try and bring back to Canada. The last time we were there, a variety of bottled fish products caught my attention. It was carefully being stacked and perfectly lined up. The supervisor (her name tag said so) …

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