Category: Philippines

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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...

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“Mermaid” Soup- My Version

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...

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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...

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Fried rice quickie

  Once upon a few minutes ago, I had a pot of cooked brown rice. I know brown rice has many health benefits over white rice and it has more fiber and antioxidants, more vitamins and minerals and it is the healthier option but I...

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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...

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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...

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Isaw barbeque, anyone?

Isaw is one of the most popular street foods in the Philippines. If you are not popular with the term, it is the intestines of a pig or chicken turned inside out, cleaned and cleaned again and again, boiled then grilled on sticks over hot...

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Kwek-kwek on the quick

It’s called· Kwek kwek or Orange eggs tempura-like street food. A Kwek-Kwek is boiled quail eggs coated with an orange batter and deep-fried until the batter is crispy. It’s also called tokneneng, where chicken eggs are used. In the southern part of the Philippines it is...

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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”...

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Crocodile ice cream

After months of seeing photos and reading about the crocodile ice cream from local, national and international publications, I finally had the chance to try this classic dessert with a unique (spelled scary) dessert a while back at the Crocodile Park, one of the most...