Halal might not be on every Filipino’s culinary vocabulary – yet. However, they’re not exactly oblivious to it. Middle Eastern and Indian food have been popular cuisines in the country for decades. You’ve most likely encountered shawarma during a post-drinking eating binge in college or a kebab by the beach. However, you’re probably unaware that […]
In recent years, both the government and private sector have continually poured efforts into promoting halal food. Halal isn’t just a culinary standard. Its preparation follows a specific set of steps, including a method of slaughter that involves an adult Muslim and a blessing. Since it’s part of how Muslims live out their spiritual well-being, […]
Halal is the Arabic word meaning “permitted” or “admissible” that covers many facets of life deemed acceptable according to Islamic law. The opposite of halal is haram, which means “prohibited.” This can be regarding lifestyle, cosmetics, fashion, but more prominently it pertains to what is allowed to be eaten or consumed according to the Qur’an […]
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A delegation of 18 Philippine companies will showcase premium halal-certified food products through a country exhibit at the Gulf Food Hotel and Equipment Exhibition and Salon Culinaire, or Gulfood, to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates from February 20 to 24, 2023. Led by the Center of International […]
A grand celebration in the Philippines is incomplete without an irrational amount of food, and holding court in the center of it all is the glorious lechon. This culinary tradition may have been passed on to us by our Spanish colonizers, but over the centuries we have truly made our version of the spit-roasted whole […]
It may not seem like it, but the history of the beloved lechon has political and religious roots. The name would suggest that lechon was adapted from the Spanish invaders who colonized the Philippines for over 300 years. Leche means “milk,” referencing the suckling swine that was roasted on a spit. The Spanish had a […]
No Filipino celebration is ever complete without food. Birthdays are observed with Pinoy-style spaghetti and hotdogs on sticks with marshmallows. On All Saints Day, families feast over bowls of ginataan after visiting their loved ones in the cemetery. Whenever there is a fiesta, households go all out and put their kawa or big kawali to […]
Cookbooks are not only collections of recipes but also repositories of culinary wisdom, gustatory history, and communal stories. In many ways, cookbooks reveal realities about a particular culture, period in time, and notable individuals. They give a glimpse of flavor preferences of a slice of the population and even offer a hint on the economic […]
Cookbooks are more than just a collection of recipes people can turn to for kitchen experiments and references. They are part memoir: when the author culls memories of his or her childhood, moments when the dishes are not just enjoyed but celebrated, the book becomes an immortalization of one’s milestones. The cookbook shares food and […]
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Patience is a virtue that can lead to great rewards. This saying couldn’t be any more appropriate when eating crabs. Because, despite the mess and the tough time cracking shells and picking every bit of the meat in those tight crevices, you are rewarded with...
Every Filipino has a favorite ensaymada. In most cases, it is a coiled bread made with flour, yeast, eggs, sugar, and salt, topped with a type of lard, and sprinkled with sugar and cheese. But time—even location or innovation—has proven how the basic recipe for...
According to The Governor-General's Kitchen, a book penned by food historian Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, the very first semblance of a panaderia is The Royal Bakery of the 17th century, which was situated back then in Intramuros. It used to churn out bread for the...