filipino breakfast

Tuyo – Filipinos Favorite Dried Fish

Among the numerous dried fish (usually salted) in the Philippines, Tuyo is undeniably the king of ‘em all. Unlike the others (danggit, daing to name a few), this humble salted dried herring is sold from the tiniest sari-sari store (neighborhood store) to the biggest supermarkets. At wet markets, it’s sold in packs, by weight or …

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Ginisang Ampalaya (Sauteed Bittermelon with Egg)

I was quite adventurous in tasting unfamiliar food when I was a child. My parents are both great cooks so a lot of ingredients, which were foreign to me then, would show up at the dining table once in a while. Ampalaya was one of them. With new food they always said, “Try it once …

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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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Crispy Adobo Flakes

I have been craving Pork Adobo for weeks now but because of my unending to-do list, I haven’t gotten around to it until a few days ago. Because it’s been on my mind, I wasn’t even thinking when I was cutting a slab of pork shoulder. It was only after I was done cooking that …

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Scrambled Eggs with Dried Alamang and Tomatoes

Dried krill is another name for dried alamang (shrimp fry). It’s the same kind used to make Ginisang Alamang except it’s dried the same way as tuyo (dried fish) and usually unsalted. It’s packed with flavor which elevates the likes of Dinengdeng and Pinakbet. It also makes my Crunchy Sweet Potato Okoy taste better when …

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Protein-Rich Biko (Sweet Glutinous Rice Cake)

a nutritious and equally delicious version of the Filipino sweet rice cake that’s laden with loads of essential fatty acids and a great source of plant-based protein. I just love everything about Biko (Filipino sweet glutinous rice cake)! So much so that I can’t help but have seconds (or thirds) of this beloved Filipino native …

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Homemade Corned Beef (Filipino)

Food is sustenance; we all need it to live. Though tons of food items can be consumed daily, there are those we call the “sometimes” food and this is one of them. I don’t know about you but once in a while, I crave this kind of stuff. Canned corned beef was almost always on …

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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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Easy Salted Eggs (Itlog na Maalat)

I seldom have luck when buying salted eggs. It’s either too salty or the inside looked like it had been sitting at the store shelves for quite a while. Then, there are those uncooked salted eggs that came in a pack of 6. They’re relatively inexpensive but I refrain from buying food products (if possible) …

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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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