Pantry Favorites – Alavar Bagoong Gata

Bagoong is shrimp paste. It’s a common ingredient or condiment in the Philippines. Several countries in South East Asia also have their own versions of shrimp paste. In the Philippines we use bagoong for our famous dishes like kare kare (ox tail peanut stew), binagoongang baboy (pork with bagoong) and pinakbet (vegetables with bagoong) toContinue reading “Pantry Favorites – Alavar Bagoong Gata”

Michelle’s Sana Banana Chips

I never ate banana chips because I knew they were thick, hard and sweet. Then a friend gave me a big bag of banana chips from Michelle’s, the same maker of my favorite putong ube. 350 grams pouch P70 500 grams bag P80 These banana chips are thin, crisp and lightly glazed. They are wonderfulContinue reading “Michelle’s Sana Banana Chips”

Pantry Favorites – Bottled Tuyo

I’m starting a series called Pantry Favorites. These are my favorite Filipino products that I always keep in stock in my pantry. Today it’s San Sebastian’s Dried Herring (Tuyo) with garlic in olive oil. Herring fish is salted and dried under the sun that’s why it’s called Tuyo (dried) in Filipino. Tuyo is then friedContinue reading “Pantry Favorites – Bottled Tuyo”

In search for the best Sapin Sapin

Sapin sapin (steamed coconut layer pudding) is made from glutinous rice or rice flour, coconut milk, ube (purple yam), cassava, and food coloring. Doing entries on Filipino desserts this week made me realize that most of our native desserts are rice based like puto, kutsinta and bibingka.Sapin Sapin is a complex dessert with several layersContinue reading “In search for the best Sapin Sapin”

Welcome dinner for Pat

Last Sunday Deb hosted a welcome home dinner for our friend Pat who finally came home from Florida after more than 10 years of living in the USA. Yes folks she’s back for good. The theme for dinner was Filipino food. Deb took out her magic address book and ordered a wonderful gut busting meal.Continue reading “Welcome dinner for Pat”