Kitchen Tips

Crispy Fried Smelt Fish

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Crispy Fried Smelt Fish are easy to make in minutes and so tasty! They’re crunchy, full of flavor, and delicious as an appetizer or quick dinner.   I was initially going to call this crispy dilis, but on researching online, I found out dilis is actually anchovy and not smelt fish. If you’re familiar with this type of fish and know what …

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Banana Turon

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Banana turon are the ultimate fruit treat! With caramelized crispy wrapper and filling of soft, sweet banana and langka strips, these Filipino spring rolls are sweet, crunchy, and seriously addictive! Banana Turon or also known as lumpiang saging is a Filipino lumpia made of ripe saba bananas rolled in sugar, wrapped with a spring roll wrapper, and then deep-fried into …

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Ginisang Sayote with Chicken

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Ginisang Sayote with Chicken is easy to make and budget-friendly, too. Flavored with tomatoes and oyster sauce, this vegetable dish is delicious as it is nutritious. Perfect with hot steamed rice paired with fried or grilled fish!v Not only is it relatively cheap, but it’s also a very versatile ingredient. I like to eat it raw in salads, add in …

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Gising Gising with Bangus

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Looking for an easy yet tasty vegetable dish? Gising gising with Bangus is ready in minutes yet turns out super creamy and flavorful. This vegetable dish would surely wake your senses up! In this recipe, boneless bangus takes the place of the pork for a simpler and healthier version. The milkfish is not only a less fat option, but it’s also …

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Coconut Shrimp

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Need an appetizer idea? These coconut shrimp coated in Panko bread crumbs and shredded coconut are deep-fried until golden and crisp to perfection. They’re a delicious medley of sweet and savory and seriously addictive. Although tropical in flavor, there’s no definitive origin for these coconut shrimp. They’re a common menu item at seafood restaurants and tiki bars around coastal areas …

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Chicken Skin Chicharon

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Level up your finger food game with super crispy chicken skin chicharon! These chicken rinds are crunchy, tasty, and delicious as appetizers or snacks. Plus, they’re high in fat and have zero net carbs, making them keto-friendly. Do you remove the skins of your chicken before cooking to cut down on fat? Save them in the freezer because I have a …

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Baked Cheese Shrimp

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Baked Cheese Shrimp topped with cheese and mayo and baked until golden and bubbly are sure to be everyone’s favorite appetizer. They’re so creamy, cheesy, and deliciously addictive, it’s hard to stop at one! But even with the wonderful variety and choices, there were only two things we always beelined for: King crab legs and baked cheese shrimp! Freshly-cracked crab …

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Corned Beef Hash Breakfast Pizza

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Power up your day with the tastiest mashup ever. Corned Beef Hash Breakfast Pizza topped with flavorful corned beef, runny eggs, and colorful bell peppers is delicious, filling, and sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Perfect for weekend breakfast or brunch! One of the staples in my pantry is canned corned beef. It’s one of my favorite things to cook, especially …

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Ginisang Sayote

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Ginisang sayote is a quick and simple vegetable dish made with pear squash, shrimp, tomatoes, and oyster sauce. It’s nutritious, delicious, and budget-friendly, too. Pair it with steamed rice and grilled meat for a hearty and filling meal! Chayote, locally known as sayote, is an edible plant from the gourd family. It’s technically a fruit but is eaten like a …

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Buko Pandan Salad

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Buko Pandan Salad made with gulaman cubes, tropical palm fruits, shredded young coconut in sweetened cream. Rich, creamy, and loaded with pandan flavor, this Filipino classic dessert is sure to be a crowd favorite. Making the gulaman Buko pandan salad is so easy to make; the hardest part of the recipe, really, is waiting for the gulaman to set! I …

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Coconut Curry Salmon

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Want dinner in a hurry? It can’t get any easier or tastier than this coconut curry salmon! It’s easy to prepare in just 30 minutes yet so super creamy and flavorful. The succulent fish and rich curry sauce are heaven over steamed rice! The salmon cooks up moist and flavorful, and the coconut milk simmers into a creamy sauce thick …

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Sweet and Sour Fish

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Forget take out! This sweet and sour fish recipe is super easy to make yet so tasty. Bite-sized fish are fried to golden perfection and then tossed in a sweet, tangy, and sticky sauce with colorful bell peppers for a flavorful dish! Sweet and sour dishes trace their origin from Chinese cuisine with the original sweet and sour sauce said …

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Tokwa’t Baboy with Tausi

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Golden crispy tofu and fork-tender pork belly with a tangy sauce and added tausi for that extra dose of yum. Try this Tokwa’t Baboy with Tausi for your next family meal or even as an appetizer! Ingredient notes Pork belly– one of the most flavorful cuts with alternating layers of fat and meat. You can also use pork shoulder or kasim for …

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Cebuana Torta Cake

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Cebuana Torta is a Visayan sponge cake popularly served for dessert or as a midday snack. It’s delicious and simple to make with easy-to-find ingredients. Bake it at home using this easy recipe with step-by-step photos and tips! What is Torta de Cebu Torta Mamon is a sweet and spongy pastry that originated from Cebu. It’s most popular in Argao, …

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Coffee Flan

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Coffee Flan is a delicious twist on the classic custard dessert. Creamy, velvety soft, and with the most intense coffee flavor, it’s guaranteed to satisfy sweet cravings! Guys, I am on a mission! I have nothing but love for caramel flan, so I decided to challenge myself and recreate all the different types and flavors of flan known to mankind …

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Waknatoy is Marikina’s take on the classic Filipino menudo. This pork and sweet pickles stew is easy to make and can be doubled for a crowd or make-ahead meals. It’s hearty, tasty, and perfect for family dinners or special occasions! Waknatoy or also called Marikina Menudo is a Filipino pork stew with sweet pickles. As the name suggests, it originated …

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Sinampalukang Kambing

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Keep warm with a comforting bowl of Sinampalukang Kambing! This Ilocano delicacy made of goat meat, unripe tamarind, and chili peppers is hearty, tasty, and delicious as an appetizer or main dish. Sinampalukang Kambing is a hearty sour soup made from goat meat cooked low and slow until tender with unripe tamarind for sourness and green chili peppers for a …

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Lengua Estofado

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Lengua Estofado is the perfect addition to your holiday or special occasion menu. With melt-in-your-mouth tender ox tongue, meaty mushrooms, and flavorful sauce, it’s sure to be a crowd favorite. Lengua Estofado, which translates to tongue (lengua) stew (estofado) in Spanish, is a Filipino delicacy with heavy colonial influence. Adapted from Andalusian-style cooking, it’s a type of braised dish where …

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Sinigang na Inihaw na Liempo

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Try this delicious take on our classic Filipino sour soup! Sinigang na Inihaw na Liempo, made with grilled pork belly, vegetables, and tamarind broth is a delicious medley of smoky and tangy flavors. Serve with steamed rice or enjoy on its own for the perfect cold day comfort food. Grilling the pork belly first before finishing it off in the …

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