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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Kutsinta (Cuchinta)

One of the first things I eat whenever we go home to visit are the “kakanin” (native delicacies). I would go to the market early in the morning and feast my eyes on the myriad of colorful delights neatly arranged on banana leaf-lined bilao (shallow bamboo baskets). It’s difficult to choose so I always end …

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Camote Cue (Caramelized Sweet Potato)

Street foods are very popular in the Philippines. They’re either sweet or savory and commonly skewered. Eating food on a stick makes the experience much more appealing aside from its obvious portability. And the best part, it’s cheap eats! In the Philippines, camote cue is usually sold in make-shift stalls near public markets, schools or …

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Sweet Potato Palitaw

Food waste is one of the top things that I avoid. It makes me upset every time I have to chuck food items in the bin because it’s no longer usable. Sometimes, my creative juices flow whenever I’m in the situation when I have food that’s just hanging on a thin thread before it’s no …

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Sopas (Filipino Chicken Macaroni Soup)

Winter is still dreadful to me though I’ve lived in North America for a long time now. My warm-weather-loving Filipino body shivers when staying outside during the colder months. Sadly, this is one thing that I don’t think I’ll ever get used to.  When the temperature starts to dip, cravings for soups and food in …

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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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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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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls (Soft and Rich)

Bread making takes a bit of an effort but it’s so worth it! That distinct aroma alone of freshly baked bread is so inviting and comforting at the same time. I would hear brisk footsteps from my kids racing down the stairs and even my teenage son, who prefers staying in his room would make …

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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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