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Deep-Fried Lemongrass Chicken

We love Vietnamese food! From the very popular Pho down to the crisp Banh Mi, the flavors and aroma are familiar to the Filipino palate. Both cuisines use fish sauce and in some Filipino dishes, lemongrass is commonly used like in our Easy Roast Chicken and the mouthwatering Lechon Belly.  Here, lemongrass is sold in …

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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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Beef Lettuce Wrap

For most people, salad comes to mind when they see Romaine lettuce at the supermarket. In my case, lettuce wrap is the first thing that pops up. I always buy lettuce in packs of 3 or more, depending on where I buy them. This is usually too much for us but I have a strategy …

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Sarciadong Isda (Bangus)

Today is the first Friday of Lent. During this time of year, fasting and abstinence are observed by Catholics around the world especially on all Fridays. Ginisang Munggo (Sauteed Mung Beans) is the default meal but fish is another food that’s often consumed.  The Philippines, being an archipelago, is blessed with an abundance of fish. …

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My Papa’s Ginisang Alamang (Sauteed Shrimp Paste)

Both of my parents love to cook but there’s one talent my dad has that none of us (at home) can do…. he never tastes the food while cooking!  He just randomly adds the seasonings, smells the aroma coming from the pot and before we know it, he’s done. And the dish always comes out …

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Lechon Belly (Crispy Roasted Pork Belly)

Filipinos love to celebrate and every single one of them centers around food. If you have been to a Filipino gathering, you know what I’m talking about. Whether store-bought or homemade, the amazing lineup of bountiful food are beautifully arranged on the dining table with a special dish taking center stage.  Lechon is one festive …

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Oven-Crisp Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are regular “residents” of my freezer. It’s the most sought-after chicken part at home and my family will happily try any recipe that I fancy cooking.  Fried chicken always wins but frying is something that I avoid as much as I can. It’s not because of some healthy reasoning; there’s more to it …

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Pinakbet (Ilocano-Style)

If Adobo is the unofficial national dish of the Philippines, Pinakbet (to me) is its equivalent in the Ilocano cuisine. With a myriad of vegetables that represent the bounty of the north’s fertile soil, this dish definitely speaks what Ilocos region has to offer. The name originated from the word pinakebbet which means “shriveled” or …

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Lechon Kawali (Crunchy Puffed Skin)

If there’s one characteristic of a really good Lechon Kawali, it’s that crunch factor. And this recipe delivers more than that!  The crackling skin shatters as you munch into it….it’s that kind of crunch!  This (of course) is a “sometimes food” for obvious reasons. Lechon de Carajay, as my lola (grandmother) called it, is pork …

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Coconut Macaroons

If you love coconuts, this dessert is for you. These are cute little morsels of sweet and chewy coconutty goodness that’s quick to put together. This recipe is not overly sweet so I ended up with a pile of empty wrappers in no time. That’s the disadvantage I was willing to embrace. Haha!  Dried coconut …

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