The Power Of Three by GMG Sisters
Life is just fine...
Sometimes it's full of bliss...
Other times it can be filled with darkness...
But whatever life may bring....
We will always have one another through thick and thin!

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!
Picture by MonkeyDLuffy of Flickr
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.

Picture by o sara of Flickr

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.
Picture by Simply Anne of Flickr
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.

Picture by PocketLim of Flickr

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!

Picture by eddie "gutierrez" de leon of Flickr

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! ;;)

42 Comments:

  1. Lagawan said...
    love manggang hilaw :) and lechon hehehe.... Haven't tried Lato yet. I also love bibingka especially after simbang gabi :)
    Jeff said...
    I love kinilaw na blue marlin, tried it in Surigao City.
    Icymar "Iceman" Tagimacruz said...
    That's making me hungry.. you did a nice job in your site.. keep it up the good work.

    ICEMAN....
    Crissy said...
    Grabe sister nakakagutom ang pics mo.. Truly Filipino food is something you will terribly miss when you live abroad.. :)
    Cashmere said...
    Interesting dishes!!
    Never tried any... :)
    ice said...
    Sarap nung manggang may bagoong...
    Raquel said...
    Oh my gosh, pinalaway mo ko sis. Lato, mangga hilaw and kinilaw ako diha.
    Mabel said...
    yep, they all look so yummy and my heart is aching right now!
    bingkee said...
    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.
    Joy-Anne said...
    ang sarap. your post made me hungry, now i'm craving for manggang hilaw.
    iam said...
    mm..yummy..makes me hungry
    lovin jai said...
    hello bel..salamat sa comments ...
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    hahay bel lami kaayo na imong gi post na mga foods mingaw na gyud ko kinilaw......
    ayo ayo sis......
    hyde said...
    sis, sarap naman ng mga pagkain sa post mo tuloy na miss ko sila lalo na yung mangga at bago-ong.
    timi said...
    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!
    Ronald said...
    My 3 Aunts died this year because of pork. Fruits, vegetable or diet hehhee
    SHIELA said...
    yan i feel hungry na tuloy :) sarap nyan sis.
    itmommy said...
    wow sarap :) gusto ko ngayon kumain ng manggang hilaw and bibingka :P
    Ane Fallarme said...
    i am not too crazy about kinilaw, but the rest of the food you mentioned are all my favorites! nothing can beat good old filipino food... :)
    DedeAndro™ said...
    It looks like delicious and make me so hungry :).

    Anyway, thanks for being DedeAndro™ Entrecard Top Droppers
    Nurse Jen Doll said...
    OMG KINILAW PABORITO KO

    Wow you officially made me hungry for filipino food.
    Anonymous said...
    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
    Rocks said...
    wow! I live here in Manila and you know what? I crave for these foods too! especially the lato!
    Kate said...
    Would you believe I've been in Manila all my life but I've never had the chance to try kinilaw? This post is sooo scrumptious. :-)
    Bill said...
    I look at all this food and i am getting hungry. i enjoy Filipino food.
    Utah Mommy said...
    They all look so yummy especially the top ones.
    Beauty Trista said...
    Nice Blog. God bless you.
    WeblogDesigns said...
    how i wish i didn't click your blog again. hehehe... you made drool...yong asong ulol? hahaha. sobra talaga lahat paborito ko! ok book me one too please, i'll go with you. wink*
    MR. CHAP said...
    Wow that looks so good. I gotta try the Lechon Baboy one day...
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    ria said...
    Mmm thats made me so hungry now :( looks delish all of them!
    desperateblogger said...
    oh my! am i glad i don't have to book a flight to PI. yummy!
    Marcuss said...
    nagutom ako ah!

    you've got a very nice blog. keep it up.
    estella said...
    looking all the foods you post makes me really hungry...i missed everything especially that bbq banana...
    ForestAddy said...
    oh my God that is awesome. I missed them all
    Ihwayuda said...
    yeah, food new. I love those food and feel deliciously. visiting impression. good luck, and came back to my blog. yr blog is better of style
    ^`º_ßÖßËLLê^ª* said...
    nice blog,,and nice food too very yummy
    thanxiang said...
    These are my favorite foods..very yummy...but im not so good in cooking though..i just love to eat.LOL
    Anonymous said...
    Bel, Ang sarap ng mga pagkain mo hindi ko pa nakain yan dito dahil mula't pagdating ko hindi pa ako naligaw ng mga store natin. Titigan ko nalang mga pics mo...Tulo laway gyod ko...
    Sannydrops said...
    Nice blog. Lechon baboy with kinilaw is the best pair. Before, my mom sells manggang hilaw with homemade bagoong (the best I've tasted).
    Cacai_Nad said...
    wow.. my mostly favorite foods! mmmm.. am salivating here... good for the eyes!
    A Blogger's Tech Notes said...
    Toothfairynotes said...
    I've never been to the Phillipes, but I will go visit there someday! El nido resorts looks really nice ;P

    anyway, just wanted to say that these dishes look very yummy!
    getting hungry.... :P

    take care
    *loves*

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