Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Fabulous Filipino Fare

We have been trying lots of new recipes in the past week thanks to allrecipies.com. We have had two kinds of pancit (one kind, according to reviewers was not a true Filipino dish, to which, in my little knowledge of Filipino cooking I had to agree, but it was very tasty regardless)! Pancit is delicious!! I could eat it everyday! We also had sinigang na baka. It is more of a soup or stew. It was delicious too. It reminded me a little of a Chinese hot and sour soup because of the tamarind base in it, I guess.

For desserts we have had maja blanca which is a coconut pudding. It was very light and smooth. We were all fascinated by the fact that the recipe actually called for corn. Corn for dessert? We figured why not? Corn is really sweet, so why can't it be a dessert? It was delicious and very interesting with the addition of the corn.

Last night, I made bibingka. It is another coconut-like dessert, but it also has cassava (yucca root) in it. I would say that cassava would be a filler like zucchini or eggplant. It has a very sticky texture and makes the bibingka ooey gooey good.

For snacks, we have had puto seco (a butter type cookie) and mango bread. What I like about these recipes is that they use less sugar than traditional North American recipes, but still taste wonderful.

Our exploration into Filipino fare has been a very positive experience. Next up on our list of must tries are chicken adobo, some more pan de sol, lumpia, and a salmon stew. Mmmm, we can hardly wait!

15 comments:

  1. i have been trying one new recipe a week and i love it! i was getting to bogged down in the same old thing. thanks for the links!

    randi

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  2. That coconut pudding looks like Haupia - probably similar.

    You're making me hungry with all these food pictures!

    Julie

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  3. The food looks amazing! You're making me hungry!

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  4. You have to make some halo halo in the summer, though you'll have to go to an Asian market to get all the ingredients. Pancit is my favorite dish. I agree with you; I could eat it eery day. I make chicken adobo all the time. Trust me, I'm no cook; adobo is about as easy as it gets. Try Filipino fried rice (better than fried rice you get in a Chinese restaurant) and lechon kawali (fried pig's belly; I know it sounds gross, but it tastes like heaven). Lumpia are great, too.

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  5. I admire you so much for this! Way to go!

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  6. Good thing I don't live near you... My "eating healthier" would be ruined
    Those look delicious! Yummy

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  7. Great food photo... they are tricky.
    This must be so incredibly exciting.

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  8. My mouth was watering as I read this post, and the pictures only made it worse. How fun to explore yet another aspect of the Filipino culture.

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  9. We use lots of cassava, too! I'm living vicariously through you and enjoying your snow and winter weather.

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  10. Deborah,
    I hope you are having a great weekend.
    I am still learning about all of this blog stuff,
    but just realized that sometimes people click on my name in comments and are lead to my profile.
    I blog the most at Talk at the Table.. just as an fyi.
    Not to mean that you need to go there... but I have been quiet on Green Acres for a bit. anyway... I got a new lens for Christmas, and have been writing more and well...
    just so you know.

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  11. Deborah...

    Random question. I've been looking for a template that is wider than Minima, but not "variable" - that doesn't shift with different screen widths. What are you using?

    Love, love, love the wintery pics and blue :0)

    Julie

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  12. I love lumpia, so yummy!
    Wow you are adventurous!
    Great job trying all this new cooking!

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  13. Oh Lumpia! I miss lumpia. I can't believe you made all this!
    Patriica

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