[ 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…

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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…

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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…

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Ahh those (siopao) buns

One of the tempting displays at any shelf in a fastfood or restaurant that always catches my attention are those white steamed, meat-filled buns which is a popular food item in the Philippine and Chinese culture. These are called siopao. Siopao literally means "steamed bun" and it the Philippine version…

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[ Native delicacies ][ Philippines ]

Puto Maya and sikwate

  FOR six years, I’ve craved for puto maya and sikwate the way they cook and serve it at the public market in Bankerohan in Davao City, and the craving finally was satisfied one late night at the same place I used to have it before. Puto Maya is one…

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Feasting on native delicacies

FOR countless decades, native delicacies have been counted among the island favorites by children and adults alike. Too laborious to make, people would rather have the easy way out and buy these native delicacies from those engaged in the business and have mastered the preparation. From time to time, one…

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