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…

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…

Greenies

Matcha is one of my favorite things from Japan. It’s versatile in its simplicity and can be consumed in any form – leaves, powder for both drinks and food, ice cream, cake, mochi. Today, I decided to make brownies but instead of cocoa powder, I substituted it with green tea hence the greenies title. Unlike…

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…