Going Healthy with Vegan Filipino Food

Almost two months have already passed since the start of the New Year. Did you put leading a healthier life at the top of your resolutions? If yes, were you able to stick with the positive changes you’ve started, or did you only do it for the first month? Making a conscious choice to eat…

Uses For Patis

What Are The Best Uses for Filipino Fish Sauce Fish sauce, more commonly known among Filipinos as patis, is a condiment widely used across Southeast Asia (Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.). If you haven’t come across this ingredient, it has a watery consistency with a salty, fishy taste. For the first-timers, opening a bottle might leave…

The Worldwide Influence Of Chop Suey

Did you know that Chop Suey literally means “mixed small bits” or “odds and ends”? In the culinary world, chop suey just refers to a type of stew made of various ingredients mixed together. Chop suey is not just a dish that is known to Filipinos. It is a popular Chinese dish that has spread…

Pork Humba

What Visayan Star is This?  Pork Humba Well, many would argue that Pork Humba’s origin is not Visayas. Some say that the first syllable of the word is derived from “humot” (a bisaya word meaning “sweet smelling”) and the second syllable is from “baboy” (a bisaya word meaning “pig” or “pork”). Others believe that the…

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 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…

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…

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…

‘Filipinos don’t cook as much anymore’

Recently ‘The FilAm,’ a new online magazine for Filipino Americans in New York, featured an interview with Erwin Santos, President of FilStop.  Here are highlights from the article: “Ten years ago people cooked so much at home,” he said. “Today, people like their food to go is what I’ve noticed.” “Maybe Filipino Americans are not…