Halo-Halo Islands

As the hot weather in the Philippines stubbornly remain constant all year round, Filipinos are always cooling themselves down with all sorts of cold drinks, desserts and snacks. But there’s one Filipino dessert signature that tops it all. Halo-Halo (meaning – mixing of various things) is a dessert that certainly cools you down. Not only…

King of Fruits: DURIAN

A fruit that is controversial and exotic in many parts of Southeast Asia, Durian is known as the king of fruits due to its long list of health benefits and its unique smell and flavor.  Some people find the smell of this fruit offensive and yet some, pleasant.  It’s either you love it or hate…

Chicken Soup in a Rice Cooker

In almost every culture, chicken soup is always a part of a home menu. The ingredients used slightly vary from one culture to the other but the soup base is the same. Brands of chicken broth are conveniently available at any grocery stores which makes it easy for anyone to quickly make a nice pot…

Uniquely Filipino (KARE-KARE)

Just imagine a bowl of extra tender stewed beef oxtail, beef tripe, beef stew meat and a variety of vegetables in a thick peanut sauce and shrimp paste (bagoong) served on the side. Kare-Kare is one unique dish that is loved by Filipinos. The yellowish color of the dish comes from theatsuete oil which contributes…

Easter Sunday

Spirituality is embedded deeply in the hearts of Christian Filipinos. Each year, there are two religious Holidays that they celebrate – Christmas & Lent. As we are in the midst of Lent, Filipinos observe this season by praying, fasting, confessing and making commitments on how to live a better and Godly life. Discipline, such as…

It’s Chicken Tinola!

Not only is this dish healthy but it is also delicious and inexpensive. Chicken is usually used in this dish. Ginger, onions, native “sili” (chili) leaves, a small green papaya, garlic, fish sauce (“patis”) are the needed ingredients. It is easy and quick to prepare this delicious dish. The chicken is sautéed in oil with…

Why Bacon, When You Can Have Filipino Chorizo

In America, we wake up to the smell of good crispy bacon sizzling on a pan. But does anyone remember how mornings smell like in the Philippines? Waking up to the smell of chorizo being sautéed perks up the mornings and cause us to jump out of bed and rush to the dining table. This…

A Lechon’s Tale

If you have never seen a Lechon being roasted, you are missing a big part of the Filipino culture. The word “Lechon” (Litson) is Spanish which means “suckling pig”. But to a Filipino, it has become a word that means “roasted pig” (Lechon Baboy). I can still remember how carefully they stuff garlic, onions, soy…

YouTuber Tastes FilStop’s Filipino Snacks…and Attracts a Big Audience

YouTuber Layne Fable, shown here, devoted two recent programs to FilStop. The first one, Buying Filipino Snacks at Filstop, is about her experience buying Filipino food products online from us. (It attracted over 8,000 views. That’s how popular Filipino food is…and how entertaining Layne is!) A week after placing her order, she filmed this video,…

Great Filipino Food in New York City

Edible has published the latest reasons to check out our favorite cuisine in NYC, starting with these: “Ube and Filipino food have been making the rounds on social media lately. Purple soft-serve and cakes made with the vividly colored yam abound on Instagram, and New Yorkers love eating at Jollibee, the archipelago nation’s famous fried chicken joint. There’s more interest…