Help for Your Filipino Food Cravings

You know the feeling. You crave it. You can’t stop thinking about it. But you don’t have any local source for Filipino food…or Filipino groceries. (No banana sauce. No batchoy. No bihon. No Ginisa seasoning. No prawn crackers. No salted Philippine herring. No pancit. No skyflakes. No Ube cake. We sympathize!) We completely understand. We…

Filipino American Patrick Rosal Wins Major Poetry Award

New Jersey native Patrick Rosal, a son of immigrants from the Ilocos region of the Philippines, has won a major award for the most outstanding book of poetry of the year. The 2017 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets is a $25,000 award that recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry…

Jordan Andino Opens Second Flip Sigi Café in New York City

Jordan Andino, the noted chef and food TV star, has opened his second New York City Flip Sigi café at 1752 2nd Ave, near 90th Street. (The other location is in the West Village at 525 Hudson St.) Conceived as a cool introduction to Filipino tastes, textures and traditions for American masses, the fast-casual Filipino…

Kubo, a New Forum for Filipino-American Millennials

Conrad Contreras and Mallory Valenzuela, two graduates of the University of California in Los Angeles, have launched Kubo, an online platform for Filipino-American millennials to share their experiences on identity, family, school life and other topics. According to The Daily Bruin, UCLA’s student newspaper, “Contreras and Valenzuela, both Filipino-Americans, said they created the platform because…

New Philippines Campaign Promotes Locally Produced Food

“The Sustainable Diner: A Key Ingredient for Sustainable Tourism,” was launched in the Philippines this week. Led by The World Wide Fund for Nature, the campaign promotes sustainable consumption and calls upon Filipino diners to help transform the local food-service industry in the country. Its goal is to promote Filipino dishes using locally produced food…

Top Filipino Restaurants in the U.S.

The Splendid Table, a popular radio program produced by American Public Media, explores everything about food. We are happy that Filipino cuisine has been featured on many of their shows. The most recent is this interview, “Guide to eating Filipino food in the U.S.”, conducted by host Francis Lam with Joanne Boston. As the Vice President…

Three Great Pinoy Cookbooks

Looking to add to your collection of Filipino cookbooks, or start one? These three are available on Amazon.com as Kindle downloads or printed books. (If you need the ingredients for them, our trusty FilStop team can ship them to you right away.) The Filipino Cookbook: 85 Homestyle Recipes to Delight your Family and Friends, by…

The Healthiest Filipino Dishes

Men’s Fitness has published a list of healthy Filipino foods, along with helpful tips for cutting out calories: “swapping pork for chicken, shrimp, or fish; cutting excess fat off meats; and searching out lower-sodium broths and sauces.” Among their top health picks are: Pinakbet: Pork or shrimp with steamed veggies in fish sauce or shrimp…

A Delicious Recipe for Vegan Filipino Peanut Stew, Kare-Kare

If you are trying to cut down on eating meat for health reasons, or are already a vegetarian, the Astig Vegan blog is a great resource. Philippines native RG Enriquez, now a resident of San Francisco, created it to educate people about vegan Filipino recipes. “In my heart, I truly believe that Filipino food can be vegan,…

Why Ube is Instagram’s Food Trend of 2017

Ube is as classic a Filipino food as the humble potato is in America. A purple yam from south Asia, it has been an essential part of Philippines food for centuries. Ube is eaten boiled, baked, or as a sweetened pudding called ube halayá; the latter is a popular ingredient in the iced dessert called…

Secrets to Great Lechon, the Filipino National Dish

According to Bernice Chan, a senior writer for South China Morning Post, “While Jollibee fried chicken is probably the most famous export, many would consider the country’s national dish to be lechon, or roast stuffed pig, which has crunchy skin and meat that is tender and flavoured from the stuffing.” She interviewed several Filipino chefs…

Lonely Planet’s Excellent Philippine’s Travel Guides

The famous Lonely Planet travel guide company began with Tony and Maureen Wheeler’s overland odyssey from London to Australia, an adventure that prompted them to publish their first guidebook, Across Asia on The Cheap. Today they publish travel guides, ebooks, phrasebooks, a range of gift, food and children’s titles, and a magazine. No wonder Lonely…

Chilean Wine is Delicious Paired with Filipino Food

“Imagine some of your favorite Filipino dishes — such as pork adobo, binakol, grilled chicken, and arroz a la cubana— cooked with some of the most famous Chilean wines,” writes Julie Cabatit-Alegre in The Philippine Star. “At the Casillero del Diablo event, which was held recently at the Pan-Pacific Hotel in Manila, celebrity chef Sharwin…

Andrew Zimmern Predicts Filipino Food will be Big in America

Here’s a tasty new scoop from Business Insider: “Andrew Zimmern, the host of “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” on the Travel Channel, is spending his new season traveling around the US searching for interesting foods to try. In this video, Zimmern shares his thoughts on what he thinks the next food trend in America will…

FilStop to be Featured on a Major Food & Travel TV Program

Breaking news: A major food and travel TV series really likes our food…and is planning a story about us! Readers in the New Jersey area know that in addition to our retail store — the largest Filipino food store on the East Coast — our kitchen serves “turo-turo” daily. Translated, that means a wide variety…

Is Filipino Food “Trendifying”?

Khushbu Shah, a senior food features editor at Thrillist, has written a thought-provoking article about the “trendifying” of Filipino cuisine. “While Filipino food may very well become as accessible as Mexican and Chinese food one day, ” she said, “for now, it’s just the latest “ethnic” (a term that NYU food studies professor Krishnendu Ray…

From Dallas, a Recipe for “Ceviche’s Filipino Cousin”

Tina Danze, a Filipina-American resident of Texas, recently wrote an article about Filipino food for the Dallas News. “I’m proud that my mom’s cuisine is finally getting its due,” she said, “but I’m feeling a bit sheepish. It’s been too long since I enjoyed a Filipino potluck party. So I invited some relatives and friends…

What is Filipino Food? Serious Eats Explains.

Before Filipino food became the global trendsetter it is today, Serious Eats examined what sets it apart. In an article by Drew Lazor, the culinary influences in Philippine history are shown to be one of many reasons. Key takeaways: The Philippine’s history is shaped by the Spanish, who introduced Iberian ingredients to early Filipinos; by…

Filipino Art, Food & Music Celebrated at New Monthly Event in San Francisco

UNDISCOVERED SAN FRANCISCO, a non-profit venture designed to jump-start economic activity and public awareness of the SOMA Pilipinas neighborhood, has launched a new monthly festival celebrating the Philippines. It is inspired by the popular night markets of Asia where visitors enjoy art, fashion, music and especially, the food of the region. The first night of…

Six Great Filipino Restaurants in Toronto

More than 700,000 people of Filipino descent live in Canada. About half of them live in Toronto, home to a number of excellent Filipino restaurants. Toronto.com has highlighted six standouts, including one specializing in traditional kamayan feasts, another offering homestyle Filipino cuisine and one known for its fusion fare combining traditional and contemporary. “Lucky for…

Ivanka Trump Served a Filipino Birthday Tradition at Daughter’s Party

Hot dogs and marshmallow skewers, a popular tradition at children’s birthday parties in the Philippines, was a featured dish at the birthday party recently held for Ivanka Trump’s daughter Arabella. (She turned six.) Twitter lit up with debate about the #mallowdogs. HuffPost devoted a column to speculation about them, including this expert analysis: “Natalia Roxas,…

Philippines: Comfort Food & Memories

NPR is airing a video series called #NPRHotPot, featuring foods from around the world and the memories people associate with them. Recently the program interviewed Wilma Consul, a Philippines native, journalist and personal chef, about her childhood memories. A highlight is learning about her favorite comfort food…and watching her make it. Reports NPR, “Every morning,…

How Filipino Chefs are Revolutionizing America’s Restaurants

At Tasting Table, food writer Devra Ferst recently featured Filipino food, our favorite topic. Her article, “Treasure Islands: A new generation of Filipino chefs is teaching diners to think outside the box,” provides a bird’s eye view of innovation in the U.S. Here are notable excerpts: “Diners are becoming more familiar with the complex flavors of…

Calling All Filipino Food Foodies

Curious about kinilaw? Want to show off your sisig? Have a hankering for halo-halo? If so, we want to feed your interest. For decades, our Filipino food store FilStop has been providing a taste of home to the Filipino community in and around Jersey City, New Jersey, and since the advent of its online shopping…

Maynila: Making Philippine Cuisine Mainstream in the U.K.

Maynila is a Filipino food website seeking to inform and share a love of Filipino food with Brits and the world. Foodies and college friends Charl Asuit and Roni Bandong created the site when they found a surprising paucity of Filipino food options during their many forays into Britain’s multicultural food scene. To rectify the situation, Charl and…

Sisig to Storm America? Anthony Bourdain Thinks So.

Anthony Bourdain, intrepid explorer of cuisines and lands both unknown and overlooked, pinpoints sisig as the dish likely to win Americans over to Filipino cuisine, according to CNN Philippines. “Bourdain praised the sizzling, crispy pork dish, usually made from parts of pig head and liver. “I think it’s the most likely to convince people abroad…

Pinoy Cuisine Premieres on the Silver Screen with Film Documentary “Ulam”

At this year’s Los Angeles Food Bowl, Filipino food received its very own film premiere with the viewing of “Ulam,” a documentary about the Filipino food movement in the U.S. It focuses on Pinoy cuisine, a broad category of dishes both indigenous to the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora in America.  The filmmakers call their…

Attention America: The Untapped Riches of Filipino Food

Vogue writer Claudia McNeilly dispels Filipino food stereotypes to extol the multitude of culinary riches awaiting American palates and the restaurants whose chefs have embraced this rich and exciting cuisine. For those not well-acquainted with Philippine cuisine, they will quickly find options beyond the stereotypical pork and sweet sauce.  In fact, for health-conscious Americans there…

Traveling in the Philippines: The Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort

International food connoisseur Andrew Zimmern considers Filipino food as the next big thing in culinary arts. He couldn’t have said it better. Our cuisine, often thrown into the sidelines in the global culinary scene, is undoubtedly one of the most unique ones in the world. Snippets of our nation’s history and culture can be experienced […]…

Filipino Food Trucks Around the U.S.

We’re collecting a list of Filipino food trucks around the U.S. Got a favorite? Please send us the info with any pictures so we can spread the word! Atlanta  The Filipino Food Truck   Established in 2012, chef John Lane’s food truck specializes in Filipino tacos with such filling options as sweet and sour slaw and…

Filipino Chicken Afritada with Pineapple

Are you new to Filipino cuisine but unsure where to start?  Melissa Harrison, food enthusiast at BuzzFeed, has published a good resource to get inspired: 24 Delicious Filipino Foods You Need In Your Life.  She includes an easy recipe for Biko, a delicious sweet, sticky-rice dessert, to more elaborate and complex entrées such as Kaldareta, a…

Filipino Cuisine Shines in International Culinary Spotlight

Cheryl Tu from Singapore Tatler reports on the ongoing rise internationally in Filipino cuisine.  In April, the Philippines hosted the Madrid Fusion Manila (MFM), the only Asian edition of the renowned international gastronomy congress Madrid Fusion. “It was a game changer. It put the Philippines on the culinary map,” says the country’s Department of Agriculture…

The Philippines: Ripe and Succulent

The Philippines consists of about 7,641 islands in Southeast Asia, located in the western Pacific Ocean. With abundant natural resources and some of the world’s greatest biodiversity, the Philippines has a population of approximately 100 million. Approximately 10 million more Filipinos live overseas. That has been instrumental in attracting fans to Filipino cuisine, one of…