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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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Egg White Leche Flan

I must confess … I love Leche Flan! It’s one of the top things that brings me back to my childhood.  Armed with a spoon, I could easily finish a whole llanera (leche flan mold) in one sitting. But that was before, when that pesky cholesterol wasn’t yet an issue. Now, I can only have …

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Pineapple-Braised Pork “Ham”

The holiday season is a great excuse for indulging in food that we seldom have. In most cases, these are the not-so-healthy kind of eats. Tweaking things a bit can be a great option too. Just a mere switch in the main ingredient can do wonders especially for some (like me!) who have a love-hate …

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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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Adobo-Glazed Crispy Chicken

I must admit that I often cook Adobo when I have lots of things going on and there’s not much time to think “creatively” as dinnertime approaches. What I love about it is,  everything happens in one pot and no “babysitting” is required. But there are times when my family gets tired of the usual …

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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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Saba Con Yelo

Saba con Yelo (Hielo) is a classic Filipino icy dessert. It’s a cinch to put together as long as its main ingredient is premade, the Minatamis na Saging (Sweetened Plantain Bananas). In the Philippines, we use a local cooking banana called Saba but I have been using Plantains because it’s readily available, even major supermarkets …

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Deep Fried Pork Ribs (Moist and Tender)

Pork ribs are definitely one of my family’s favorite proteins. Whenever it goes on sale at Costco, I always grab a pack and freeze it until my kids ask for Pork Nilaga, Pork Ribs Sinigang or the Fall-Off-The-Bone Pork Barbecue Ribs. These are the 3 dishes that they think of when it comes to pork …

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