Category: Filipino

Vigan Empanada

If you have been to Vigan then this dish would not be foreign to you. This bright orange tinted fried wonder is a very popular and perhaps the most favourite street food in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, a humble dish of annatto coloured rice flour dough filled with green papaya, Vigan...

Pinamalhan Na Bangus

Pinamalhan is an Ilonggo cooking method where proteins primarily fish are cooked in vinegar and soy sauce with aromatics like ginger, shallots and garlic. The word Pinamalhan came from the Hiligaynon word “mala” meaning dry and this is how this dish is prepared, cooking the fish until it absorbs all...

Copycat Nathaniel’s Buko Pandan

Like most Filipino fad dishes that became popular from mid-2000’s to today I only heard of them through friends and family who either came to New Zealand recently or had just visited the Philippines. All I can do after they had told their accounts on trying these wonderful dishes is...

Bibingkoy

In Philippines rice is very important, it’s a staple food item which is enjoyed throughout the day from breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks and tea time. During the normal meal times rice is simply prepared by steaming or fried but during snacks this humble white grain is...

Menudo Sulipena

Menudo Sulipeña is a type of menudo but instead of pork pieces this one uses oxtails. Menudo means “little stew” which refers to a dish of slowly chopped pieces of meats and vegetables. Sulipena on the other hand I guess comes from the word Sulipan a town in Pampanga which...

Larang

Linarang or nilarang is a Cebuano verb that means “to stew with coconut milk and spices”. So basically, it is ginataan Cebuano style. A dish prepared commonly with Parrotfish (Molmol), Stingrays (Pagi), Marlin (Malasugui), Snakehead (Tasik), Puffer fish (Tagontongan) and Spanish Mackerel (Tanguigue) cooked in a spicy coconut milk spiced...

Binallay

Filipinos love their rice cakes, in fact each region in the Philippines have their specialty like Tupig from Pangasinan, Ibos Suman from Antipolo, Espasol from Laguna and our post today which comes from Isabela. This rice cake or kakanin is prepared with glutinous rice flour which is made into a...

Banana Meat

Bananas and meat are such a good combination and we had seen these two together in numerous occasions specially in Latin and South American dishes which are served sometimes with rice and beans, we also see this combination in stews but have you tried them as fried? together? If not...

Nanam Takapuna (North Shore City, New Zealand)

We first visited Nanam three years ago, that was when their restaurant was located in Symonds Street, Royal Oak. Our review during that time was OK, there was one let down during that time but everything was great specially their Taco Pao, now many years later we revisited, in a...

Biyaki

If you notice during the last few days, we have been focusing on Maranao food, I just love to share this cuisine as its quite unique, almost a cross between the usual Tagalog fare with neighbouring South East Asian countries like Malaysia and Indonesia giving it a different edge due...