The range of roasted pigs in the Philippines

The range of roasted pigs in the Philippines

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...

Learning about lechon

Learning about lechon

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...

Traditional dishes Filipinos enjoy during Christmas

Traditional dishes Filipinos enjoy during Christmas

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...

The Favorite Cookbooks of Local Chefs

The Favorite Cookbooks of Local Chefs

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...

Why cookbooks remain relevant

Why cookbooks remain relevant

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...

Cookbook Contest

Cookbook Contest

As Filipino cuisine gains ground overseas, not many Filipinos seem to realize that local gastronomy is spreading beyond the efforts of celebrity chefs and trending restaurants. In the last few years, Filipino cookbooks have been gaining momentum quietly. They have...

Delicious ways with banana ketchup

Delicious ways with banana ketchup

Banana ketchup is a condiment that is present in many Filipino pantries. The flavor profile of the sauce, sweetish with a hint of spice and just a tad acidic, highly appeals to locals, sometimes even more than its tomato counterpart. This further proves just how much...

Cooking with bihon

Cooking with bihon

Bihon is one of the most popular types of noodles in the Philippines. Introduced by the Chinese, bihon stems from “bi,” which means rice, alluding to this type of noodle’s main ingredient. The noodle sticks are made of only rice flour and water that are formed into...

Noodle Variety

Noodle Variety

Pancit is a general term to describe a wide variety of noodle dishes from the Philippines, and in this noodle-crazy country, nobody loves pancit more than transportation and logistics professional Marvin Gaerlan. This family man and rom-com fan has made it his mission...

Deconstructing the Filipino pancit

Deconstructing the Filipino pancit

Pancit came from the word pian-sit, which means “fast food” or a dish that can be prepared in no time. It started as a poor man’s fare, but over time has become not just a party favorite, but everyday fare for a handful of reasons—it’s easy to cook in big batches,...