Category Archives: Filipino

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baked ham and cheese bread rolls

September 2, 2014

Filipino ham and cheese bread rolls (baked) -

These baked ham and cheese bread rolls smell like home.  Almost.

Please don’t tell my Aunt, but these should deep fried golden.  I remember celebrating my cousin’s birthday and these were served on a platter as appetizers.  I was intrigued and curious – I have never had one before! I tried a piece and was immediately hooked! She had to make more because it was such a hit, especially to me.  After the party I asked her for the recipe and was surprised at how easy and simple it was to make some.  

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Nutella banana lumpia (egg roll)

June 27, 2014

Nutella Banana Lumpia (egg rolls) -

Apparently I am still high on that Filipino street food I had last Monday… and now I am having a turon-inspired Nutella banana lumpia (egg roll). 

When talking about street food in the Philippines, turon (too-ron) or banana lumpia will probably make the cut.  Turon?… is sweet! It is made with sliced bananas (preferably saba),  thinly slices of jackfruit,  and dusted with brown sugar, then rolled in lumpia wrappers (or egg roll wrappers) and deep fried to golden crisp.  You can usually find (or smell!) them selling on the side walk alongside banana cue (caramelized banana on a stick), catering to jeepney drivers and college students on their meryenda (snack) break.   They are cheap and so easy to make – you can whip up your own street food at home!

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Cheese Ensaymada: A sweet Filipino delicacy

May 15, 2014

Cheese ensaymada: A sweet Filipino Delicacy

A certain traveler made headlines and pissed off a handful of Filipino readers when she posted I Would Rather Go Hungry Than Eat Filipino Food Again! on her blog.  The article generated a lot of comebacks from displeased and apparently irritated Filipinos from all around the world. I was actually more than pissed after reading it, and I can understand why Filipinos would react the same way. Given that she was entitled to her own opinion, but her rant totally pierced through my heart and soul, especially when she said “No wonder why, in the north, the vast majority of Filipino kids and young people are overweight. This is something we have noticed straight away. People in young age are huge and it’s due to poor quality of food.” 

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Filipino Burger Steak

June 14, 2013

Filipino burger steak @

“If the US have McDonald’s, then the Philippines have Jollibee” – this is what I tell my friends in the US if they ask me what Jollibee is.  Jollibbe is the biggest and one of the most popular fast food chain restaurants in the Philippines. So popular, in fact, most babies learn “jabee” as one of their first words.  It is very well-known amongst Filipinos, especially kids, since most of them celebrated their 7th birthday with Jollibee (ahem) They not only serve delicious burgers and chicken, but the cost is very economical and appeals to the masses.  I remember when I was highschool, my friends and I would hang out at a Jollibee after class having ice cream or french fries.  Ahh those days… read more

Bread - Dessert - Easy recipe - Filipino - Fruit - Recipe - Sweet

Mango bread pudding

June 7, 2013

Mango bread pudding  @

Someone once asked me “What are the dishes you missed having in the Philippines?” Honestly, I have a long list to show you, and almost all of them are cooked by my mom.  My brain is flooded with memories associated with those foods, and I am feeling a little homesick to tell you honestly.  I miss how my mom would wake us up on a Sunday with the smell of her delicious “adobo” or “kare-kare.” My brothers and I used to argue about who is the favorite kid, and we would judge that by my mom’s choice of cooking. read more

Chicken - Dinner - Entree - Filipino - Recipe

Filipino chicken curry

April 5, 2013

Filipino style chicken curry

My husband and I celebrated our 3rd year anniversary this week.  We went to our favorite Mexican restaurant in Capitol hill called the Saint for happy hour drinks and food.  The next day, I made chicken curry for dinner – Filipino style of course! Filipino-style chicken curry is a modified version of “ginataang manok” or chicken cooked in coconut milk.  The difference is the addition of spices (curry powder) and vegetables (potatoes and bell pepper)  read more

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Pan de sal (Filipino salt bread)

September 4, 2012

Pan de sal

There are two reasons for this post: first is I love and incredibly miss having pandesal every morning, and second is I booked a flight to the Philippines this September!  I am very excited to visit home and I could only think of nothing but Filipino foods (and my family and friends of course!) ever since I made that reservation.  Pandesal (or pan de sal) is the most common Filipino bread roll.  Known for it’s softness and it is not salty at all.  Every morning, my dad would buy a bag of pandesals – fresh from the bakery’s oven – and I would eat it with peanut butter, spam or eggs.  read more