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Pancit Luglug

If you have some time on your hands, and if there are at least two of you in the kitchen, then prepare Pancit Lulug because it is sarap! My cousin was in town for the holidays and we decided to make Pancit Luglug which requires shrimp,…

Fritong Manok (Fried Chicken)

For the longest time, I was under the impression that a lot of Filipino food is fried. It wasn’t until I started my Filipino Food Fridays weekly cooking segment on YouTube that I started cooking, and that’s when I learned that just because most things start…

Filipino Food Fridays: Champorado

My cousin had the nerve to tell me that Champorado is for breakfast… It’s so sweet that I figured it was for dessert! Someone on my Facebook page commented that it is to be paired with Tuyo. Next time! I promise! This was a fun, easy dish…

Filipino Food Fridays: Mechado

My mother and my Lola made Mechado (Braised Flank Steak) quite often while I was growing up, so I was really excited to make this dish. Now that I’ve made Menudo and Mechado, I know the difference between the two! I couldn’t tell for the longest…

Filipino Food Fridays: Guisadong Chayote

Guisadong Chayote is an easy vegetable dish to make, if you’re good at peeling and deveining shrimp, which is the most complicated part of the recipe. But don’t let that discourage you. Chayote has lots of vitamins and minerals, like Vitamin C, Manganese and Zinc. I…

Filipino Food Fridays: Lumpia

Lumpia was the most requested dish from the viewers on my YouTube channel and I was afraid to make it because I knew it was not going to be easy for someone like me who has not rolled a piece of lumpia before. I had to…

Filipino Food Fridays: Arroz Caldo at Manok

A couple of YouTube users–drlilibeth and J.C.–asked me to make Arroz Caldo for my weekly Filipino Food Fridays YouTube cooking segment, so I did! I don’t know why I waited so long, especially since I learned I enjoy rice dishes, like Arroz a la Valenciana, that I…

Filipino Food Fridays: Bulanglang

This is the first fish dish that I have made under my Filipino Food Fridays segment. I was always afraid of fish because of the tinik, but I purchased frozen bangus, which was butterflied and de-boned, so I didn’t have to worry about tinik, just a…

Filipino Food Fridays: Pinakbet

I used to go to lunch with the Filipino group at work–my parents retired to the Philippines and I don’t get Filipino home cooking anymore–and because my coworkers are organized, and because I just show up to eat and socialize, I don’t normally remember what we…

Filipino Food Fridays: Arroz a la Valenciana

I was chatting with my mother via Skype–she’s in Oriental Mindoro, and I’m in Los Angeles–and she suggested I make Arroz a la Valenciana. The recipe is overwhelming, but it reminded me of paella, which I miss, so I went for it! The recipe went off…

Filipino Food Fridays: Kare-kare

You guys gave me a break from baboy! This week I prepared a dish that a couple of you requested, Kare-kare! Why didn’t anyone tell me oxtail is so expensive?! Ang mahal! One of my cousins from Manila has been in Southern California for the summer…

Filipino Food Fridays: Afritada

This week I cooked a dish that my mom requested, Afritada! I’m in Los Angeles and my mother is in the Philippines, so I spoke to her as I made this dish! I’m new to cooking, and also new to cooking Filipino food, so I’m learning…

Filipino Food Fridays: Eating at the U.S.-Philippines Expo, Part I

A colleague told me about a U.S.-Philippines Expo and the first thing I thought about was food! Since I decided to cook a Filipino dish each week—in order to get closer to my culture, and to learn how to cook—I’ve made Tinolang Manok and Menudo, but…

What’s For Breakfast? Tapsilog!

I was literally stuck.  I was staring at my laptop, not knowing what to write for my next post. Until I saw this post on the page of The Breakfast Store. For the child in all of us… “When you wake up in the morning, (Winnie…