Homemade Ensaymada (Rich and Buttery)

Tinapay (bread in Filipino) is as much a staple as rice to us Filipinos. We have it in the morning, a snack before lunchtime, in the afternoon merienda (snack time) or just anytime we feel like it, especially with a cup of coffee. The neighborhood panaderya (bakery) is always brimming with a cornucopia of bread …

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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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Minatamis na Saging (Plantain Bananas in Sugar Syrup)

Summer is always the time when my brain is constantly thinking of some icy treats. Sure there’s tons of ice cream flavors (and brands) to choose from and a whole lot of frozen treat options available in North America. A lot of times they do the trick, but there are these moments when my mind …

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Watermelon Popsicle

Summer is my favorite season! School’s out and I can have my lazy days once in a while. Hubby still goes to work but most of the time, he’s working from home. So, weekdays are easier in some ways but I think I’m in the kitchen more often because my kids are hungry all the …

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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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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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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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