Author: Adora's Box

Chinese Style Lechon

Roast meats hanging at Chinese restaurant windows are always such head turners. These glistening cuts of meat, duck and chicken are cooked according to age old recipes in a special oven which gives them that special crisp skin and juicy, tender meat. The roast pork is…

Banana Pudding Turon

A lot of food can be converted to finger foods to make them easier to eat: just two fingers needed. That gives you eight fingers free to do other stuff (e.g. texting). To make banana pudding a two-finger-food, I have encased it in a spring roll…

Camaron Rebosado

When I was growing up, eating out meant dining in a Chinese or Filipino restaurant. Western food such as burgers and pizza weren’t unknown but the famous franchises haven’t reached the Philippines then. In the pre-fastfood days, dining out was a very different experience. Memories of…

Kari Karing Buntot at Bulalo

Kari kari, also called kare kare, is one of the all time favourite native dishes. It is a stew, usually made with oxtail or tripe or a variety of meat cuts (I used oxtail and shin of beef with marrow bone), with a rich peanut gravy that…

Sisig

Sisig is a popular dish invented in the 70’s in Pampanga, the culinary capital of the Philippines. In the Pampanggo dialect, the word sisig means a dish that has a souring ingredient. It was originally eaten as pulutan (dish eaten while drinking beer).  The original sisig includes different cuts of meat…

Ube Macapuno Inipit

A lot of Filipino food are unpoetically named with a simple one word description. The name may be simple, but the taste may be surprisingly delicious. Inipit is usually a sponge cake bar with a custard filling. I used an ube buttercream as filling for a yellow sponge cake…

Adobo Rice

The much beloved quintessential Filipino dish, adobo, is again given a rehash here. There could probably be a thousand and one ways to do it but I choose to do it the way I like to eat it. I like it on top of rice, of course,…

LECHON MANOK

My husband is not a Filipino but a pure Chinese from Malaysia. When he first visited the Philippines, he immediately fell in love with the cuisine. Among his favourites were Crispy Pata (crisp fried pork shank), Bulalo (bone marrow soup), Kari-kari (a stew with peanut gravy), grilled…

Bibingka with Mozarella and Cheddar

Bibingka is a native Filipino cake not unlike the native cakes of the other Asian countries. The original recipes used rice flour and coconut milk and were baked in special “ovens” specially intended for it. It was made of clay and was fired with charcoal both…

Crispy Pata 2

The love for pork is universal. How many countries revel on pork and munch on crispy pork skin like popcorn? Pork is the most preferred meat of the Filipinos. The number one pork dish is the whole roast pig called Lechon. Yes, speared in a bamboo stick,…