Beef Morcon – A Decadent Dish for Every Occasion (2019 Edit)

Morcon is always a staple during the holidays and special occasions like fiestas and weddings. At home, we usually have morcon during the holiday season and we cook it for the entire family (dad’s side). Each of my dad’s siblings have their share of the this dish, and the best way to do it is to…

Pork Kulao – Sweet, Sour and Spicy Dish (2019 Edit)

Pork kulao is also known as pork kinilaw, and it is said to be a dish which originated from Cavite. At home, we cook this dish usually on a weekend whenever my sister’s around ‘coz this is one of her favorite dishes. When we cooked kulao recently and took pictures, it was fo our aunt…

Pinoy Style Paella – A Festive Treat (2019 Edit)

  One of the many favorites that our mom cooks during the holidays and special occasions is the Pinoy version of Paella. This particular Paella was a special order of my aunt because it was for their New Year’s Eve dinner. Naturally, we asked our mom to add more ingredients so we’ll also have a…

Ginisang Munggo – Not Just a Friday Treat

It’s been said that many Filipino households still cook and serve ginisang munggo (sauteed mung beans) on a Friday. Not really sure where this tradition came from, but we’ve always heard about it and even our mom would say “hey, it’s Friday let’s cook ginisang munggo!”. But nowadays, we don’t follow the traditional schedule especially…

Steamed Lapu-lapu – All Dressed Up and Ready to Go! (2019 edit)

If there is a party or fiesta food that resonates the most, it is steamed lapu-lapu (grouper) that always comes to mind. Well, not everyone may agree with me, but for our family this is one of those Filipino fish recipes that we usually prepare only on special occasions. Why? Let’s just say that this lapu-lapu dish…

Gifting Delicious Goodies for the Holidays

It’s that wonderful time of the year again and we are all very busy thinking, planning, and shopping for the holiday festivities. The holiday season in the Philippines happens a week before Christmas, and even as early as a month prior, up to the first week of January. Planning and cooking for the holiday party…

Lengua in Creamy White Sauce

The original kitchen invader (my sister) has done it again! When she invades the kitchen, it becomes her realm. This time, she whipped up an elegant ‘ulam’ that’s only usually served during holidays and special occasions. Of course, no one complained and we all enjoyed her version of beef lengua served in a creamy white…

Almondigas

Ah, the rainy days are here and it’s time to enjoy those hot, steaming bowl of soups with the usual lunch menus at home. One of our favorites is almondigas (patola and miswa soup with meatballs). This is a simple soup dish that’s perfect any time – rainy day or not. Here’s the recipe. Ingredients: *…

Our Holiday 2014 Menu

Merry Christmas to all! Here’s to a great year and a lot of cooking in the kitchen. Our Holiday menu is for two days and we’ve been cooking since the 22nd of December. It starts with morcon. My grandma commissioned my mom on the 22nd to cook morcon – a type of meat roll (usually…

Hamonado

Who doesn’t like hamonado? This Filipino dish is probably influenced by the Spaniards or was invented by our ancient ancestors as a local twist to the foreign ham. Needless to say, this dish has many versions just like any other typical Filipino dish. No matter who invented or introduced the hamonado to us Filipinos, we…

Nanay’s Pancit Palabok

Filipinos love cooking and eating pansit (or pancit). We have inherited this love for rice noodle dishes from our Chinese ancestors and because of the varying ingredients, style of cooking, and serving, we have come up with a variety that’s typically Filipino in taste. Here at home, we love pancit bihon (sauteed in soy sauce…

One of Our Family’s Favorite Vegetable Dish – Laing

I’ve granted guest post authors to contribute on several occasions. These ladies who shared their stories and recipes have helped this blog a lot in terms of having fresh material and information for those who love to cook and eat Filipino and non-Filipino dishes. I thank you for your contributions and I hope more authors…

Siomai (Shumai) Recipe

This post is dedicated to my mom’s home-made ‘siomai‘ or shumai. For those of you who love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, here’s our home-made shumai recipe – made with fresh veggies, real lean meat and seafood, and spices to enhance the flavors. Ingredients: carrot (diced) spring onion (chopped) singkamas [hicama] or water chesnut…

Lumpiang Sariwa

Lumpiang sariwa is a vegetable dish that’s often served during the Holy Week and other holidays. Like any lumpia recipe, it is derived from the Chinese version of spring roll only that this recipe calls for sauteed vegetables, then wrapped in egg wrapper and topped with coarsely ground roasted peanuts and sauce. However, like many households…

Pancit Canton – A Festive Treat For Any Day

   Pancit is among the favorite Filipino dishes inspired by the Chinese. It is an ubiquitous dish in this country of ours – may it be in homes, karinderia, or restaurants, this is one Filipino food that won’t be out of the menu. Pancit Canton is among our family’s favorite because of the flavorful noodles…

A Glimpse of Our Holiday

Hello my friends. It’s been three weeks since my last post. Been busy at work, but we never fail to get busy in the kitchen especially last Christmas and New Year celebrations. A typical Filipino household is always busy during the holidays because we cook food not just for us, but for the entire clan….

Chinese-influenced Dishes

I used to shy away from tofu because it looks bland and tastes bland when eaten as is. But like a blank canvass, it can taste and look great when you add flavorings such as spices and herbs. There are many recipes on the web, but I’m not sure if there’s an original creator of…

Okoy – Crispy Shrimp Fritters

Hello, okoy! We meet again. We’ve missed this Filipino dish because it’s been a while since my mom cooked a few batches of these crispy treats. Ukoy or okoy is believed to have originated in the province of Laguna here in the Philippines. It is made of either large shrimps or the tinier version called ‘hipon yap-yap‘…

Home-made Atchara

The ideal partner for tinapang bangus [and anything fried, broiled, and barbecued] is indeed the atchara. This is a pickled side dish made of green papaya and other vegetables. Some call it green papaya relish, while others call it pickled green papaya. No matter how or what you call it, atchara is simply delicious and…

Kare-kare: My comfort food

One of the best Filipino dishes for me is Kare-kare. It is also the dish that reminds me most of home for my mom makes the best kare-kare you will ever taste. It is also my most requested dish from my friends during celebrations. For our version, we boil the oxtail (pork legs or tripe)…

Sunday Lunch: Sisig and Ginisang Baka

It’s Sunday again, time to whip up something special for lunch. Mom and dad bought some fresh tuna and beef this morning. My plan was to make the tuna into kinilaw but I opted to make sisig out of it instead. My version of this favorite “pulutan” is a healthier alternative because aside from the tuna,…