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Rellenong Alimasag

When one talks about relyeno, it's always bangus that comes to mind. How about serving crabs using this cooking method! It's a much simpler recipe compared with making bangus relyeno as you avoid the task of being meticulous in handling the skin that will serve as "wrap".
Here's a simple recipe in making this appetizing Relyeno nga Kasag

Baked Talaba with Cheese and Garlic

I don't usually eat talaba but if it's baked talaba with garlic and cheese, bring it on! I just love it even more if there's a generous amount of cheese and fried garlic topping that the non-seasoned oyster eater like me are already satisfied by the "looks" and aroma of it. But baked talaba costs around 3x as much as the steamed talaba so why not make one at home.

Here's a very simple recipe for Baked Talaba with Cheese and Garlic

Lechon with Monggo, Puso ng Saging and Kamote tops

What to do with left-over lechon? More often it usually ends up as LECHON PAKSIW, but one can really have too much of it this Holiday season. Why not try this very simple and in some ways a "guilt-free" left-over lechon recipe.
Here's the recipe for Lechon with Monggo, Puso ng Saging and Kamote tops

Chicken Adobo sa Istiwitis (Annatto)

There are many ways of cooking adobo - be it pork, chicken or vegetables. And the recipes varies from region to region and even household to household. One of the variation of this favorite Pinoy recipe is  using achuete (annatto) to give a distinct flavour, color and aroma making it more visually appealing and of course more delicious.
Here's a recipe for Chicken Adobo with Achuete and one can tweak this recipe to suit his own taste and/or with the availability of ingredients especially those with limited sources.

What's your Pamahaw?

As a main meal, pamahaw means almusal or breakfast. the typical Ilonggo pamahaw would usual consist of dried seafood like tabagak (tuyo), balingon (dilis) or pinakas (sundried and salted daing) plus egg and rice. Processed meats like choriso (longganisa), tapa and tocino also form part of the 1st meal of the day. 

So, what's your typical pamahaw

Pork Barbecue

You can find Pork Barbecue in almost every corner and in every house hold. Just the smell of it being cooked sends our stomachs grumbling. There is no basic recipe as it varies from place to place and even from household to household. But in the end, pork barbecue alwats makes us say "extra rice, please!"

Puto Lanson

Puto Lanson is also called aripahol nga balinghoy (kamoteng kahoy or cassava). It is made with this grated root crop, coconut plus sugar then steamed and sold in banana leaves. It has a rough finish opposite that of the more popular puto but it packs in more flavour that I eventually finished a pair in just one sitting.
Here's a simple recipe for Puto Lanson


I just love fishballs! I can finish 10 sticks of this deliciously appetizing meryenda or even more. The combination of the crispy fried balls with the savory sauce (make mine hot!) makes every bite a burst of exciting flavors that I rave and crave for. My fave fish ball stand is Joann's Special Fishballs at Molo Plaza and they are second to none!
Here's a simple recipe for Fish Balls which could almost "mimic" the fishballs Joann's sell, in some ways.

Ginisang Sardinas with Miswa

One of the simplest breakfast (all around) staple is sauteed canned sardines with miswa. It is an easy to cook recipe with plain ginisang sardinas and miswa but you can add vegetables and tweak the recipe as I always do. Extra rice, please!

Here's a simple yet special recipe for Ginisang Sardinas with Miswa

Inubaran na Manok

Inubaran basically means the dish is cooked with ubad. No, it's not a typo error, it is really ubad not ubod - different from but practically the same. Confusing? Well ubod is the pith or the center of a coconut tree while ubad is the pith of a banana tree.
To make this dish, one has to prepare an ubad for cooking - first thinly slice, around half a centimeter, the cleaned pith (must be very white and sized like a fluorescent lamp to be sure of the quality.) . Then using a barbecue stick, remove web like fibers "interconnecting" these slices (these are actually hardened banana sap). When finished you can crush is into smaller pieces and add to your cooking.

Here's a recipe for Inubaran na Manok

Binago-ongang Lechon Kawali

Everybody loves the crunch and bite of Lechon Kawali. And I love it even more because this crispy pork dish is versatile enough to fuse or combine with other Filipino specialties dishes like sinigang, pinakbet, kilawin and binago-ongan, to name a few. All it takes is your gastronomic imagination to create these delicious combination of recipes and make a new and exciting dish!
Here's the recipe for Binago-ongang Lechon Kawali

Kusahos: Ilonggo-style tapa

Kusahos is my favorite way of enjoying beef. it is basically sun-dried beef strips marinated adobo style - that is with vinegar, garlic and soy sauce, among others. After an overnight marination, it is then sun-dried for a few days - watch for flies as this is a fly-magnet! The drier it becomes, the better tasting it will become. It is then deep fried or at time placed directly over charcoal, for a crunchy-lious local beef gastronomic experience. 
Here's the recipe for Kusahos

Sambag (Tamarind) Balls

Sambag (tamarind) candy is an acquired taste as it is a combination of "screaming" sweet and sour flavours in just one bite. Another version of this well-loved sambag candy is one shaped into balls and rolled in sugar. Sweet potato or kamote is used as extender at the same time giving it body to form into balls. 

Here's the recipe for Sambag Balls Candy

Pinoy Meryenda: Balut

Balut is often regarded as the Pinoy contribution to the world's list of exotic food. Though, it can be found in some south east Asian countries, it is often associated with the Philippines. And in our country, it is found almost everywhere with Pateros as "ground zero" for this "boiled developing duck embryo"  industry.
I love balut but its just limited to the sabaw, egg white and yolk - thus I'm just a "balut sa puti" eater. And its always with a pinch of salt to season my balut.

Pinoy-style Spaghetti

So what exactly is this Filipino way of making this Italian specialty? First of all, it is sweet then its has hotdogs all over plus it is mainly or has hints of banana ketchup in the sauce. That's the spaghetti, we all might have grown with. Hello, Jollibee?! Yes, it could have been this fastfood chain's gastronomic influence (yes, I love the Jolly spaghetti until now) that we try imitating it in our own homes, thus born the home-made Pinoy-style spaghetti...
Here's a simple recipe for a Pinoy-style Spaghetti.

Kinilaw na Talaba

Talaba (or oysters) are good on their own and usually steamed dipped in sinamak - the Ilonggo spiced vinegar. It can also be served baked with cheese and even an oyster cake. Serving it kinilaw-style is somewhat halfway between "steamed and fully cooked" and still as delicious as it any oyster dish can be!

Here's a basic and simple recipe for Kinilaw na Talaba

Steamed kamote tops with salted egg sauce

I just love kamote tops, whether in a sinigang dish or just plain steamed, I just love simple taste of this green and leafy vegetable. So with salted egg which is almost, always just mixed with fresh tomatoes. As if a gastonomic inspiration just popped in my head, I decided to combine both in one dish that had me salivating - event while making this blog post.
What I did was just to "crush" salted egg then add vinegar and black pepper for this "sauce" that eventually be part of some special occasion menu. Of course having salted egg almost everyday is sort of not really good for the health because of its salt content, thus the "special occasion". 

Here's the simple recipe for the Salted Egg Sauce.

Suman Latik

Suman Latik is one of my favorite native delicacies. Basically, its just plain suman stopped with sweetened coconut strips or bukayo. Most of the time those sold in the markets have this two (suman and bukayo) already in one wrap and all you have to to is devour it. But most of the time, the bukayo portion is bitin that I wish theres more. So why not make our own suman latik so you can have all the suman we want with all the bukayo toppings we desire!

Here's a simple recipe for Suman Latik 

Pininyahang Manok with Cheese

I love the combination of pineapples and cheese. And that's not just as pizza toppings but also as a sandwich filling. But moreso in this favorite Filipino recipe of Pininyahang Manok which is even made special with the addition of cheese. 
Here's a simple recipe for a delicious Pininyahang Manok with Cheese

Sinigang nga Pasayan (Shrimps)

Sinigang is a very popular Filipino sour soup dish and there are a hundred and one ways of making sinigang. From pork, beef and chicken (more commonly called sinampalukang manok because of the use of the sampalok or tamarind) to seafood like fish and shrimps. And using shrimps, you can make your favorite sour soup in a few minutes.

Here's a very simple recipe using just store bought sampaloc mix and it's for sinigang na hipon.


There could be as many adobo recipes as there are islands in the Philippines. As the unofficial national dish, adobo variants can be made from pork, poultry, seafood, vegetables plus even insects and worms. But let's stick to the more mainstream ingredients as here is a collection of adobo recipes on this blog. Enjoy and extra rice, please!

Pancit Bam-i Guisado with Choriso

Bam-i is a pancit specialty of Cebu that has been adapted in most pancit eating parts of the country. It's the usual recipe for a pancit dish with meat and vegetables but pancit bam-i is a mix of two noodles-sotanghon and canton (egg). Just like with most pancit dish, the recipe can be adjusted to satisfy your own tastebuds. And using choriso (longganisa) might be attuned to your taste.

Here's a simple recipe of Pancit Bam-i Guisado with Choriso (Longganisa)

Ginisang Bago-ong with Pork

Bago-ong or guinamos is a favorite Filipino condiment at the same time cooking ingredient. As condiment, you'll most likely picture slices of green mango being dipped or steamed vegetables like steamed okra, fried eggplant or steamed kamote tops. As a cooking ingredient, let's not go further than pinakbet and kare-kare -though its more like a dip for the latter. As simple as it gets, it is perfect for bago-ong fried rice. No matter how you eat bago-ong, it's surely  as good as it gets!
Here's a simple recipe for Guisadong Bago-ong with Pork.

Pinoy Meryenda: Linugaw

Linugaw (ginata-ang halo-halo/bilo-bilo) is a staple during Pista Minatay (Undas) in the province. Though it knows no specific occasion, it is always highlighted during All Souls Day at home. But Undas or not, ginata-ang halo-halo is a delicious treat.
Here's a simple recipe of making Linugaw


An obvious Chinese specialty, this dimsum have evolved for years and made it into the Filipino gastronomy. Now, almost everywhere across the country from restaurants to fastfood, there are so many versions of sio mai. And you can make yours too.
Here's a simple recipe of making Siomai

Pinoy Hotcakes

I just love the delicious and gummy feel plus the butter and sugar toppings that I can eat five of them in just one sitting. Even with so many hotcake mixes brands or places serving them, I still prefer and love these hotcakes sold in the streets especially during town fiestas or in town fairs.  Most premixed hotcakes recipes comes out soft and fluffy, while this one gummy.

Here's the simple recipe for this favorite streetfood

Miswa Soup

Miswa is one of the easiest noodles to cook with. In fact, it's like having an instant noodle with just a different look and without the seasoning that comes with it. Making dishes involving miswa is just limited by one's imagination as there are as many as the strands of noodles in a pack of miswa. One of the easiest and yummiest is Miswa with Sauteed Sardinas and my on the spot - Miswa with Okra and Egg Noodle Soup. The popular Lapaz Batchoy even has a Miswa Batchoy! And here's another simple miswa recipe that is just as delicious.
Here's a simple Miswa Soup recipe

Adobong Puso ng Saging

I just love puso ng saging (banana heart and blossoms) and mostly it is becomes part of sinigang na bangus. Yet there are many other ways of utilizing this ingredient as it can be a substitute to meat like in making burger patties, "veggie" (meat) balls and more. But the simplest of all would be making it into one of the most popular Filipino dishes - adobo!
Here's a recipe for Adobong Puso ng Saging

Hipon / Shrimps Galore

Shrimps are among the most popular seafood and there are some many way of cooking them. Even those first time in the kitchen can easily whip up great tasting recipes. The secret (or no secret at all) is the fresh quality of the shrimps - it pays to have suki in the market. So, let's star the shrimp jumping ...
Here are some easy Shrimp recipes...

Ginisang Upo, Togue and Kalabasa with Shrimps

I just love cooking a mix and match dish throwing what ever is available in the fridge. This time is another version of the Ginisang Upo at Togue dish that is simple and delicious. Actually, its just adding kalabasa and getting rid of the pork from the other recipe. Though this one is more soupy, you can adjust it to be more of a stir-fry dish that's perfect on the side. 

Here's a simple recipe for Ginisang Upo, Togue at Kalabasa na may Hipon

Pork Recipes Galore

Pork is probably the Pinoys most favored meat as there are as many pork dishes as the 7107 island making up the Philippine archipelago. Whether grilled, fried, sauced up, ground pork or in broth, there's one recipe that will surely tickle your tummy and fulfill your gastronomic fantasies!
Here are some links to several Pork Recipes posted on this blog

Pancit Bihon Guisado

One of most popular of all the pancit dishes in the Philippines is Pancit Bihon Guisado. From home to caridnerias, pancit bihon is a staple for its also the easiest pancit dish to prepare. It is a staple not only in most handaan, but also a a meryenda or snack. Made with rice noodles with assorted meat and vegetables, pancit bihon guisado is one delicious noodle dish even those who haven't cook can easily make.
Here's a simple Pancit Bihon Guisado recipe

Native Sweets

How many of these native sweet can you identify and at the same time miss? There's Pastillas in two forms - the rolled colorful ones and sliced tri-color. How about some Bandi? Called panocha in Luzon, this is made with peanuts and sugar clustering together until it "solidifies" as one. Another sweet treat is Bukayo which is a combination coconut meat and sugar. It comes in two forms - dry like the ones above and those "wet" one often found on top of suman latik. Completing the sweet picture are macapuno balls and puto-seko which are also among the popular native sweets and snacks.

Pork Liempo "White" Adobo

So what is "white" adobo? It is basically the usual adobo recipe minus one major ingredient - soy sauce or toyo. It's been a fad years ago and it stayed on making it a successful experiment ot whomever made the first "white" adobo. There are no secret ingredients to this - just omit soy sauce, from your usual recipe. And choosing the right meat part can also make it a recipe to remember. Enjoy!

Here's a simple recipe for Pork Liempo White Adobo

Chicken Sotanghon

It's been a while since the last I made a sotanghon recipe so I volunteered to make one during a simple birthday lunch. I love making sotanghin guisado one using shredded chicken with lots of ground pepper. And cooking one is just very simple and this recipe can be used in making either a dry pancit sotanghin guisado or a soup version.
Here's the simple recipe for making Chicken Sotanghon

Bangus Galore

For Pinoys, bangus or milkfish is an all time favorite. It's versatility to be made into 101 recipes (or even more) is just what makes it a hit in every Filipino kitchen - whether in restaurants or at home. Fried, grilled, stuffed,  cooked in broth or whichever way you prefer it-  there's always a recipe.
Here are the links to some Bangus Recipes.

Pancit Lomi

Pancit Lomi is another Pinoy noodle soup dish which has a big Chinese influence on it. It has a rich, thick and egg "enriched"broth that complements the meat and vegetables. The noodles used is among the thickest in the Philippine culinary scene and most of the time, soaked in lye water to give it more texture. Because of its popularity around the country, the recipe varies from household to household as well as in the carinderias and restaurants offering the dish.

Here's a simple Pancit Lomi recipe...

LunchBox: Home-made goodness

So what's in today's LunchBox? For appetizer, there's Cucumber-Tomato salad in vinegar dressing perfect to whet your appetite. Cross between appetizer and side dish is Radish with Ground Pork yet it can become an ulam on its own. There's a Healthy Torta made with lobo-lobo fish (dulong) which is not fried at all! And the main gastronomic events are the Pinakbet and Chicken Inasal - a perfect combo of meat and veggies.  

Labanos with Giniling

Most likely you've encountered labanos or radish in a Sinigang recipe or as an appetizer with vinegar dressing. But on its own, I love its peppery-bitter (or how might you call it) taste. If it's in season or if its really cheap in the market, we'd have like a "Labanos Festival" at home. And here's one of the simplest recipes using radish.
Here's the recipe for Labanos Guisado with Ground Pork.

Isda-an sa Iloilo Terminal Market aka "Super"

Passed by these "fresh fishes for sale" stall at the Iloilo Terminal Market and I can't help but take a snapshot of this "fishy" scene. It seems that they are screaming with freshness (the Iloilo Fish Port Complex is just nearby) to every passerby. And with these fish in mind, I recall and summarize some of the fish recipes (just click on the caption in each photo) on this blog and I hope you find them useful. Fish be with you...

Pork Tenderloin with Onion and Bellpeppers "Stir-Fry"

This recipe is a favorite at home as it is appetizing and delicious at the same time easy and simple to cook. It just involves marinating and frying and is a versatile recipe so you can tweak it to suit your own taste. The ingredients are also easy to find or. substituted. 
Here's the recipe for Pork Tenderloin with Onion and Bellpeppers "Stir-Fry"

Balingon / Dilis

Balingon or dilis is a mainstay of most Filipino breakfast, together with tabagak (tuyo) and pinakas (salted daing). But among the three, I find dilis the most versatile as I have tried cooking and eating more balingon recipes. As there are many variations of balingon, chances are there can be as many recipes. Check these out...
The simplest is just frying it oil and complementing it fresh tomatoes and onions as Ilonggos would called "hanggop or hinanggop". The flavours and texture contrast makes it a delight to the tastebuds! 

Pinoy Meryenda: Nilagang Mais

I just love nilagang mais! And I love it even more that a pack consisting of around 5 pieces costs just Php15 in our town. So most of the time I buy two or even three since I know I can finish one pack in just one sitting.
Most of the time its the native variety that's sold and peddled in and around town, either as nilaga or sinugba (PhP15/2 pieces).

Binuro na Bilong-bilong

Bilong-bilong is a flat silvery fish often called moonfish as it is round and silver as the moon. It is also called chabita outside the Ilonggo region. Most often it is made pinamalhan or just plain fried or grilled. But another recipe called binuro is also well-loved.

Here's a simple recipe on how to prepare and cook Binuro na Bilong-bilong.

Lechon Paksiw

When there are home celebrations like fiestas or reunions, there would always be lechon baboy as the gastronomic centerpiece. And chances are there would be left-overs the following day/s or even weeks. So how to get "rid" of the kilos and kilos or this roasted pig? More often, it would end up as lechon paksiw as there would be some sarsa leftovers too. Just stew the lechon in the sarsa, add some vinegar and spices and another dish is born. 
Here's a simple recipe for Lechon Paksiw

Cassava Cake

Cassava cake is among the most popular Pinoy native delicacies. In Iloilo, one can find it in the stalls insides malls and groceries in ready to go boxes or in bite size pieces ready to satisfy one's cravings. But it is also easy to prepare as the ingredients can be mostly found in the wet market or even grocery stores.

Here's a simple cassava cake recipe:

Paklay (Sauteed Bamboo Shoots)

I grew up knowing this dish as paklay. It has become one of my favorite ways of cooking bamboo shoots (tambo) aside from making ginat-an nga tambo. I just love the taste of the young bamboo shoots without any overpowering flavour and the texture too. The recipe is simple and can be tweaked according to your taste and available ingredients.
Here's the recipe for Paklay.

Sinamak - Ilonggo Spiced Vinegar

Every region in the Philippines has it's own version of a spiced vinegar and a name for it. In most parts of Western Visayas especially in Iloilo, it is known as sinamak. One can find it almost anywhere for it is a staple dip in almost every household and native restaurants. Be it chicken inasal or grilled pork chop to seafoods especially talaba, sinamak is the perfect dip to further one's appetite.
The recipe varies from each household and the percentage of the "ingredients" too but always present are siling labuyo (green and red for color variation and makes it more visually appetizing), ginger (locals used langkawas or galangal but regular ginger will do) and garlic.

Ginisang Alugbati, Kalabasa at Patola

Alugbati is definitely my favorite as I grew up having this green and leafy vegetable on the dinner table. No matter how its cooked, I always end up having a big appetite for the dish it becomes. Whether sauteed with meat or seafood and other vegetables or part of ginisang monggo dish, its always a gastronomic delight to have alugbati.
Here's a simple recipe for Ginisang Alugbati