Lechon kawali, Pan fried pork belly on a bun

Pan-fried pork or lechon kawali as we Filipinos call it, is also a favorite among the inhabitants of the pearl of the orient. Lechon kawali or Pan-roasted pork to some is different from Lechon, the well-known national dish of the Philippines. The difference between the two is that lechon is cooked in a pit filled with…

Taho drink

Kumusta at magandang araw ( Hello and have a nice day) You have probably heard of Bubble tea, but have you heard about Taho? A filling drink brought to the Philippines by the Chinese. You also have Indonesian(Tauhue) and Malaysian(Taufufah) versions of this drink. This drink is also made with sago and gulaman in the…

Tinolang tahong na may malunggay, Filipino mussel soup with moringa

Mmmm, my mouth is watering from just smelling this dish may friend said after taking a big whiff of her bowl with Tinolang tahong, I haven’t eaten mussels or moringa for ages.  OMG and a big sigh followed after her first spoonful. This ginger broth dish  is a simple Filipino dish traditionally made with chicken, wedges of…

Coconut and ube ice cream sandwiches

One of my dads favorite deserts was Ube halaya, purple yam boiled, grated and mashed and cooked in condensed or coconut milk with butter until a thick paste. I haven’t been able to find any purple yams in my vicinity, but I found ube ice cream:) I thought I could make ice cream sandwiches, but…

Haluhalo, a cooling dessert for the warm summer months

Refreshing iced dessert filled with a lot of yummy goodness. This is probably one of the most popular desserts in the Philippines Haluhalo is a dessert with shaved Ice and milk  and most commonly used is sweet condensed milk. Other ingredients include boiled sweetened beans, sweetened palm fruit (kaong), coconut (macapuno), nata de coco, plantains sweetened with…

Champorado, filipino rice porridge with chocolate.

Champorado is a sweet chocolate rice porridge made with sweet glutinous rice known as Malagkit among Filipinos and pure cocoa known as Tableya. This porridge can be served hot or cold and is mostly eaten for breakfast, some also enjoy this as mid-afternoon snacks and pared with Tuyo a salted dried fish, this is something I have never tried. This porridge is a…

Hot spcy vinegar, Suka na maanghang

Chicharron is a snack that is popular in every country with spanish heritage and probably has hundreds of regional variations. In the Philippines though a must have condiment with chicharron, is hot and spicy vinegar. As a kid on vacation in the Philippines chicharron is one of the snacks I always bought. I can remember…

Milkfish paksiw

This paksiw is not the one I grew up with, first of all you could not get Bangus/milk fish her in the 70’s, I do not know about the 80’s because by then we were used to using other types of fish, specially mackerel. My moms take on paksiw is with rhubarb and mackerel, I…

Kare kare, oxtail and peanut stew

Kare-kare is a Filipino stew with a thick savory peanut sauce. It can be made from a stock made with different types meats and parts of the cow, but it is common to just use oxtail and a mix of vegetables. This stew is flavored with ground roasted peanuts and peanut butter, onions, garlic and shrimp paste(bagoong). It is…

Breakfast or dinner? Low carb tosilog

Low carb dish inspired by the Filipino breakfast Tosilog. garlic fried cauliflower rice, tomatoes drizzled with hot and spicy cane vinegar, tocino marinated pork chop, fried egg, marinade with extra soy sauce and hot and spicy vinegar reduced to a sauce, sautéed bok choi topped with fried shredded sweet potato an onion rings. I wanted…

Longaniza burgers with egg and some more, DiLongPaLog

  DilongPaLog, Dilis, Longanisa, Pan de sal na may itlog. Filipino inspired burgers, Longaniza patties between Pan de sal topped with Achara, fried egg and crispy fried anchovies(dilis). Achara is a Filipino Papaya salad that is lightly pickled. These meat patties are the taste of vacations in the Philippines or when my uncle came to…

Pan de sal, Filipino brakfast bread

Pandesal is Filipino breakfast bread, one of the countrys heritage. Pan de sal means salt bread, but today they are far from salty and more like buns. It is said that when it first appeared in the Philippines it was more like a baguette, than the soft and sweet bread we know today. The only thing that…