Filipino Snack

Cassava Flan Cake

Before the kids were born, hubby and I were fortunate enough to travel to Hawaii. A good friend (elementary classmate) got married so it was the perfect excuse. It was also a great time to meet and reconnect with some friends who migrated to the aloha state.  Another close family friend invited us for dinner …

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Kwek-Kwek (Orange-Battered Quail Egg)

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C.M. Recto in Manila is a major hub for a lot of street food. It’s in the midst of the “University Belt” and is a bustling area where people come and go. Aside from it being infamous for its “processing” of major documents, street vendors line up its whole stretch.  Street food is cheap eats …

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Brown Rice Puto (Healthy, Whole Grain)

Puto is a steamed rice cake that’s a well-loved snack among Filipinos. Different regions of the Philippines have their own local version of these tasty treats. Traditionally made with rice that’s soaked overnight then ground into a pancake-like batter, modern versions call for the use of all-purpose or cake flours. Though the latter kinds of …

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Ginataang Halo-Halo

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This is one of the few reasons why we always have canned coconut milk at home. There’s something so satisfying about eating ginataan (cooked in coconut milk). I like mine thick and slightly warm. Chewing it slowly to savor every single bite is how I eat this sweet coconut soup. I carefully pick every single …

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Chicken Mami (Filipino Chicken Noodle Soup)

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My first memory of eating Mami (noodle soup) was in primary school. There’s this famous restaurant in the Philippines that’s well-known for their Mami (noodle soup) and Siopao (steamed bun). It’s called Ma Mon Luk. The restaurant was unpretentious – both the exterior and the interior decors were minimal but people from all walks of …

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Chicken Salad Sandwich (Kid-friendly)

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It’s September and school is just around the corner. My kids were always excited to be back and see their friends , but not this year. As of now, we still don’t know how this school year will pan out. We’re hoping it’ll be distant learning up until this covid is out of the picture. …

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No-Bake Mango Cheesecake

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Mango is one of my children’s favourite fruits! Too bad we don’t have access to it locally but during the summertime, there’s this Ataulfo Mango variety from South America that we like. It’s similar to the Philippine mango but the ones I grew up eating in the Philippines is way better in taste and texture, …

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Spanish Bread (Filipino)

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Like Pandesal, Spanish bread is a very well-known bakery bread item in the Philippines. It’s rolled in breadcrumbs before it hits the oven and baked into a golden perfection. The main difference between this and pandesal aside from its rolled shape is the sweet, buttery filling.  The last time I bought Spanish bread ( a …

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Biko with Latik Topping

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You’ve probably heard me say this before, my family loves biko. I usually make it plain. But, there are times I’m feeling fancy and would top it with the gooey, thick latik (sweet and thick coconut topping). I would just add enough brown sugar to the biko (glutinous rice cake) and a pinch of salt …

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Extra-Crunchy Banana Fritters (Maruya)

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I have a confession to make. I don’t think I have ever made Maruya (Filipino Banana Fritters) for my family before. It’s not that I don’t like it but it’s a texture issue for me. I love crunchy food (who doesn’t?) but maruya batter just doesn’t do it for me. I want my fritters on …

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