Native delicacies, Philippines

Merienda Quickies

Here is the best merienda/snack quickies you can avail of fast and easy especially if you're in the Philippines. A cup of hot Barako 3-in-1 San Mig coffee, two pieces of suman balanghoy or cassava, and a small piece of bibingka. Suman is made with grated cassava and coconut milk rolled into banana leaves and steamed. My favorite version of suman cassava is the one with fresh coconut strips for more flavor. Bibingka or baked…

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Philippines

“Mermaid” Soup- My Version

https://www.facebook.com/596639857/videos/10156729824159858/ The craving for my mother's tinolang isda (fish soup) got the best of me one day but I'm so far from home and there were no side-walk restaurants and eateries anywhere where comfort foods like this are available. This is one of those times where I was left with no option but to cook my own. Luckily there was a red snapper fish from one of the Asian stores nearby. I just threw everything…

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Native delicacies, Philippines

Biko de kolores

I found this flashy, colorful delicacy at the Vietnamese section of an Asian store and decided to try their version of their biko. I call it biko de kolores obviously because of its flashing colors. It's hard to miss them and the colors are screaming "pick me up" from the shelves. There's nothing extra ordinary about the biko de kolores. It tastes like the regular biko, sticky and not so sweet except that there's a…

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Philippines

Over a hot bowl of Bulalo

Bulalô is beef shank soup that is a very popular food in the Philippines. This stew is made by boiling beef shanks and marrow bones for hours until the fat melts into the clear broth and produces a light colored soup that is made more flavorful by various seasonings. Vegetables add to the flavor and color to the soup. Popular vegetables that go with bulalo are include corn, chayote, baby bok choy, Chinese cabbage (pechay),…

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Native delicacies, Philippines, Vietnam

Puto Kutsinta

We spell it "kutsinta," "kuchinta" or "cuchinta." However you spell it, it still refers to the same member of the Filipino kakanin family. Kutsinta is steamed rice cake with a chewy, sticky, jelly-like consistency, a favorite all around snack or merienda among the list of kakanin or native delicacies in the Philippines. It is frequently paired off with puto, or white steamed rice cake. Its main ingredients are rice flour, brown sugar, all purpose flour,…

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China, Street Food

Yummy, chewy butchi balls

The more we tried to explain, the more confused she became. My friend finally asked for pen and paper and drew balls with sesame seeds all around then showed it to her. The waitress’ face lighted up and she said “Oh, sesame balls. Yes.” Sink your teeth into one of my all-time Chinese delectable treats—those crunchy-on-the-outside but soft-in-the-inside dough balls called buchi, or sesame balls. Sesame rice balls are sticky rice dough molded into small…

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Exotic Food, Palau

Wait, there’s a bat in your soup!

(A repost from my previous blog) THE list for exotic food never ends where ever you go and when you’re in Micronesia, specifically Palau, get to know one of the most popular dishes the island has to offer—the fruit bat. The fruit bat traditional delicacy in Palau has continued to draw attention globally after having been featured in an episode of the show “Survivor Micronesia” The bats, also known as Flying Foxes, are a traditional…

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Mexican

Authentic Mexican style chicken (and how I ended up hungry)

The fateful first official spoonful of chicken smothered with the sauce I picked sent me into a hot biting shock. It felt like I swallowed a whole colony of red angry ants and tears just fell from my eyes.   THERE are a million ways to cook a chicken, and anyone can do it from the simplest to the most complicated methods of cooking. I recently had the chance to sample a chicken dish cooked…

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Chamorro

Feasting on Kelaguen

Who is not familiar with the word “kelaguen”? As one of the signature dishes of Chamorro cuisine, you see the word on menus and menu boards in a lot of restaurants in the CNMI. Kelaguen is grilled and chopped chicken, fish, beef, shrimp or other seafood marinated in lemon juice. It’s eaten as a side or main dish. Its recipe has been passed down from generation to generation. Kelaguen is served in a variety of…

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