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Living thousands of miles away from the Philippines can be difficult at times for Filipinas like me. I moved here about 4 years ago, and yet, my taste buds have remained a hundred percent Filipino. I have everything that I need here, but oftentimes I crave for food that is nowhere to be found here in the US!
Kinilaw: The freshness of raw fish cooked in vinegar is complimented by the flavorful taste of tomatoes, onions, lemons, and several other ingredients. This dish has marked a special place in the hearts of every Filipino- especially the ones abroad like me.
Lato: I am crazy about this seaweed. My mom prepares this as a salad combined with tomatoes, ginger, lemons and onions-- dipped in a mixture of soy sauce and vinegar. Lato is a type of seaweed which is rich in iron, iodine, calcium, and vitamins A and C. It is grape-like in structure, and is soft and succulent in texture. Picture by Geekdope of Flickr Manggang hilaw: nothing can top the crunchy unripe mangoes in the Philippines. A few days before my “red week” starts, I get the urge to eat this fruit. It’s great when you dip it in shrimp paste or fish sauce (bagoong).Most pregnant filipina women experience an intense appetite for this fruit during the early stage of their pregnancy.
Bibingka:a classic Filipino sweet rice cake. It’s a delicious treat served during special occasions in the Philippines. I’ve always wanted to make my own bibigka here but never got around to it. I am not an expert cook too so I don't have much confidence in my cooking skills. I only know a handful of recipes and that’s about it! Picture by The_geek of Flickr Banana-q/Camote-q: commonly known as a street food coated with a thick layer of caramelized brown sugar, and threaded on a thin piece of bamboo skewer. This is traditionally served as a form of snack.
Lechon Baboy: Roasted Pig is usually the highlight of every occasion and festivities in the Philippines- birthdays, fiestas, graduations etc. The crunchy skin is to die for! It is usually dipped in either soy sauce with lemon, or in ketchup. Sarap!!
Picture by Elmer Nocheseda of Flickr Malunggay soup: This is a very affordable yet very nutritious meal for the family. You can add fish or chicken to make it a delightful soup recipe. In the Philippines, they say that lactating mothers and pregnant women should eat more of it to aid in the production of breast milk. How true? I don’t know!
Biko: this recipe is made of glutinous rice (malagkit), coconut milk, and brown sugar. It takes a while to cook it and it requires a long period of constant stirring. My mom usually prepares this together with “Binignit” during All Souls Day.
Now I’m ready to book a flight for the Philippines!
Me too, my biggest frustration here in America is food. Though my husband cooks several Filipino foods, I still crave for those food that I can hardly find here---like laing and malunggay. We travel to NYC just to eat my favorite Filipino food.
What you said is really true...Talagang nakakamiss lalo na in a place like Kuwait where pork is just bawal...Eh yun ba naman ang gusto ko talaga...lechon kawali, sisig, pork barbeque...Tsaka yang lato na yan sobra miss ko talaga!
hi bel..rose ni..samuka nimu...bag-o lang jud ko nakagawas sa hospital then basa ko sa imo blog...maka depress man oi kay tanan imo ingon bawal naman nako....ehehhehe...imo jud ko palaway dah! take care diha..say hi to mike
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