Chicken Adobo

Adobo a popular dish in the Philippines. Not to be confused with Spanish adobo, the process involves meat, seafood, or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic, which is browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade. It is the unofficial national dish of the Philippines. The cooking method is indigenous to Philippines. Early Filipinos cooked their food normally by roasting, steaming…

Beginner’s La Paz Batchoy

La Paz Batchoy is one of the definitive dishes from Iloilo, a province located in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Batchoy is believed to have been invented by Federico Guillergan Sr. in 1938 while working for a Chinese merchant. In 1945, he opened his first stall in La Paz Market and has continued to…

Dinuguan

Filipino cuisine is very confusing and the more anyone explores, the weirder it becomes. For example, Dinuguan is something we enjoy but can be very polarising to foreigners. It is a Filipino savory stew of pork offal (typically lungs, kidneys, intestines, ears, heart and snout) and/or meat simmered in a rich, spicy dark gravy of pig blood, garlic, chili (most often siling mahaba), and vinegar. (Margarita Marquis (2007). La Cuisine des…

Giniling

Giniling is literally translated as ground (meat). This dish is usually cooked with pork but my family prefers the use of beef. The dish itself has some similarities with Spain’s Arroz a la Cubana. Some people serve this dish with deep fried plaintains to balance the savory taste with something sweet. What you will need:…

Ginger Chicken

Ginger chicken is simple and one that my mother used to cook for me when she was still with me. It’s the local and soupier version of Hainanese chicken, and is often overlooked by Filipinos because it is not as famous as Chicken Adobo. I am not familiar if this is something cooked outside Pangasinan…

Ube Flan Cake

Ube (Purple Yam) is one of Asia’s best exports to the world. Some years back, westerners usually find ube in Asian cuisine like xiao long bao, mochi, taro drinks, and ube spread. Today, ube has found its place in modern and fusion cuisine. In my country, ube is enjoyed as a delicacy. We have Good…

Isaw: A Street Food Experience

Isaw is a kind of street food that is ubiquitous in the Philippines. Pig or chicken instestines are thoroughly cleaned before it is boiled to soften its toughness. Every street purveyor has their own twist on the isaw – boiled in star anise, cooked adobo style, or even inasal style, you can find different variations…

Budget Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki (Hot and Spicy Rice Cake) is a pleasure I always welcome most especially during the rainy season in the Philippines. I love O Ga Ne’s tteokbokki which I have whenever I come home from law school. But there are times when I want to have it at home without the need to drive myself…

I hacked my way to Jollibee’s Spaghetti Recipe

I love Jollibee’s Spaghetti. Admittedly, it isn’t the best spaghetti in the Philippines but it takes me back to a place that is special to me – my childhood. In my quest to have a hefty helping of the Bee’s spaghetti in my house, I tried out several combinations until I found the closest at…

Now Serving Seductive Succulence: Bamba

By: Stephanie As my unusually Happy Thursdays came to an end, my stomach grumbled for some tasty food. Originally, I had Uncle Cheffy’s in mind but Phoebe wanted to introduce us to a new restaurant opened by her friend along Aguirre street. My palate ready, Phoebe, Laisa and I trooped beyond the gates of our…