The Filipino Christmas tradition won’t be complete without Noche Buena (Christmas Eve Dinner). During this special meal, families and friends gather together to share a delightful meal and wish everyone a Joyous Christmas. The dishes served usually comes from the Family’s Christmas Recipe collection, or they can be something special and only prepared once a year.
Dessert is the last course of the meal; some people consider this as the best part. Well, who wouldn’t? I think that it is — especially if we are talking about Filipino Desserts. Every time I think of sweets, Leche Flan always appears in my mind. Obviously, it is my favorite. I also grew up […]
There is nothing more exciting than eating together as a family – sharing a meal that everyone loves – enjoying every little conversation.
Family means everything for Filipinos. It is the center of everyone’s life. The best way to value the relationship is to have constant communication, do activities together, and share the blessings by enjoying our favorite meals – all Filipino Recipes.
Ever had Ice candy before? To those who are clueless, Ice Candy is a type of frozen refreshment ideal to beat the heat of summer. The two common varieties of Ice Candy are fruits and Chocolate.
Almost any fruit can be used to make Ice Candy. Oranges, mango, and melon are among the most commonly used. However, there are creative individuals who went beyond the norm by creating the next level of fruit Ice Candies. Jack fruit and Durian Ice candies are just a few of them.
Kropek are fried prawn flavored crackers made from starch or tapioca flour, and other seasonings.This is considered as a street food in the Philippines. Kropeks are peddled by vendors in the middle of the road, usually during the rush hours when traffic is really terrible.
When I was in the Philippines, Kropek has been my best friend everytime I get stucked in traffic. There is a stretch south of coastal road which is a sort of a bottle neck. I literally park there for several minutes before the cars ahead of me starts to move. I usually buy a pack of kropek from the vendors so that I can have something to munch-on while waiting. Aside from kropek, these guys also sell bottled water and canned soda. What else can you ask for?
Kropek is made by combining prawn or shrimp flavoring with water, flour, seasonings, and spices. These ingredients are mixed and divided into equal parts. The mixture is dried under the sun or dehydrated to remove the liquid, and fried until it expands and becomes crispy. If you are familiar with raw Besuto Prawn crackers, that is pretty much how an uncooked kropek looks like.
Let’s talk about condiments. A condiment is defined as a substance (may it be a sauce or a seasoning) used to add flavor to any food.
Some of the common condiments are mayonnaise, salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, barbecue sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, and many more.
Almost every food can be paired with a set of condiments to enhance the flavor. For example, ketchup and mustard are usually used for hotdogs to improve the taste. Burgers typically needs some mayonnaise and ketchup to make it more flavorful. Although, these statements might only be true to some people.
Halo-halo is a famous dessert in the Philippines. It is composed of various ingredients that are all mixed together, along with shaved ice and evaporated milk.
Some of he common ingredient used to make Halo-halo are sugar palm (kaong), boiled kidney beans, flat rice crisps (pinipig), coconut gel (nata de coco), ripe jackfruit, colored gelatin, tapioca pearls, sweetened plantains, and macapuno.
The ingredients are placed in a tall glass with a few teaspoons of sugar. Shaved ice is added after all the components are in place. Special Halo-halo is topped with leche flan and ube halaya — sometimes ice cream is added. Evaporated milk is poured on top for the finale.
What is the first thing that comes in your mind when you hear the word “Mango”? If you will ask me that question, the first thing that I think of is the Philippines.
In my opinion, I can say, Without any doubt, that the best mangoes that the world has ever tasted came from the Philippines. I know people from other mango producing countries will question my statement. However, I am confident to say that there is no other mango out there that can beat Philippine mangoes in terms of sweetness, sourness, size, and weight. I tried almost all the imported mango varieties here in the US — including local mangoes. They all taste different from the original Philippine Mango. There are even varieties here that says “Manila Mangoes” in the sticker, but the taste does not say so.
Do you still remember Aratilis? This fruit is known around the world as Muntingia Calabura; this is also called Jamaican Cherry.
I remember playing under the Aratilis tree during hot sunny days. I usually pick the fruits directly from the tree and place them in a plastic bag (it’s the same bag where soda is transferred to avoid bottle deposit). I tie the plastic bag in one of the tree’s branches, and then off I go to play street games. You know — marbles (jolen), moro-moro, patintero, tumbang preso, luksong tinik, luksong baka, langit-lupa, and the likes. I later get back to eat the fruits when I get hungry. The Aratilis fruit has a unique sweet taste. All the kids love it — including myself.
The Philippines is a paradise composed of more than 7,000 islands. These islands are classified under three main island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The island groups are home to cities and municipalities – each having their own culinary history and special signature dishes.
Similar to the country, Filipino Food has a rich history and countless influences. As early as the pre-Hispanic times, it has been documented that Filipino Foods were prepared by steaming, roasting, and boiling. The meat ingredients that they use that time are similar to the ones we use today: water buffalo meat, beef, chicken, pork, and seafood were the most common – not to mention exotic ingredients like snakes and monitor lizards (bayawak).
Foreign spices and cooking methods were introduced, come the colonization period, by both the colonizers and traders. Different new varieties of vegetables, herbs, and fruits were brought-in and domesticated. The introduction of new ingredients and cooking techniques paved the way for the development of Philippine Cuisine.