A Filipino Brings Pinoy Food to Qatar

Qatar is located in Western Asia next to Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf. So why did entrepreneur Dahlia Agbanlog open a Filipino restaurant there? Around 260,000 Filipinos live in Qatar. They are employed as engineers, domestic helpers, health workers or in the travel industry. In fact, Filipinos are estimated to be the fourth-largest group…

Happy Filipino American History Month!

Did you know Filipino American History Month is celebrated in the United States each October? The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) established this tradition in 1988 to preserve and share the history of Filipino Americans. According to FANHS, “The celebration of Filipino American History Month commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the…

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…