Merienda Quickies

Here is the best merienda/snack quickies you can avail of fast and easy, especially if you're in the Philippines. A cup of hot Barako 3-in-1 San Miguel coffee, two pieces of suman balanghoy or cassava, and a small piece of bibingka.Suman is made with grated cassava and coconut milk rolled into banana leaves and steamed. My favorite version of suman cassava is the one with fresh coconut strips for…

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Mermaid Soup- My Version

https://www.facebook.com/596639857/videos/10156729824159858 The craving for my mother's tinolang isda (fish soup) got the best of me one day but I'm so far from home and there were no side-walk restaurants and eateries anywhere where comfort foods like this are available.This is one of those times where I was left with no option but to cook my own. Luckily there was a red snapper fish from one of the Asian stores…

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*Biko de kolores

I found this flashy, colorful delicacy at the Vietnamese section of an Asian store and decided to try their version of their biko. I call it biko de kolores obviously because of its flashing colors. It's hard to miss them and the colors are screaming "pick me up" from the shelves. There's nothing extra ordinary about the biko de kolores. It tastes like the regular biko, sticky and not…

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*Fried rice quickie

  Once upon a few minutes ago, I had a pot of cooked brown rice. I know brown rice has many health benefits over white rice and it has more fiber and antioxidants, more vitamins and minerals and it is the healthier option but I am not just used to it. I am not happy . I want steamed white rice. My system is screaming if I'd rather be…

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*Over a hot bowl of Bulalo

Bulalô is beef shank soup that is a very popular food in the Philippines. This stew is made by boiling beef shanks and marrow bones for hours until the fat melts into the clear broth and produces a light-colored soup that is made more flavorful by various seasonings. Vegetables add to the flavor and color of the soup. Popular vegetables that go with bulalo are included corn, chayote, baby…

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Puto Kutsinta

We spell it "kutsinta," "kuchinta" or "cuchinta." However you spell it, it still refers to the same member of the Filipino kakanin family. Kutsinta is steamed rice cake with a chewy, sticky, jelly-like consistency, a favorite all around snack or merienda among the list of kakanin or native delicacies in the Philippines. It is frequently paired off with puto, or white steamed rice cake. Its main ingredients are rice…

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Isaw barbeque, anyone?

Isaw is one of the most popular street foods in the Philippines. If you are not popular with the term, it is the intestines of a pig or chicken turned inside out, cleaned and cleaned again and again, boiled then grilled on sticks over hot live coals. It is very popularly sold on the street sides and roadsides across from school campuses and most especially during late in the…

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Kwek-kwek on the quick

It's called· Kwek kwek or Orange eggs tempura-like street food. A Kwek-Kwek is boiled quail eggs coated with an orange batter and deep-fried until the batter is crispy. It's also called tokneneng, where chicken eggs are used. In the southern part of the Philippines it is called Kwek-Kwek although chicken eggs are used. Kwek-Kwek is sold in the streets in the Philippines especially late in the afternoon and in the…

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*Ahh those (siopao) buns

One of the tempting displays at any shelf in a fastfood or restaurant that always catches my attention are those white steamed, meat-filled buns which is a popular food item in the Philippine and Chinese culture. These are called siopao. Siopao literally means "steamed bun" and it the Philippine version of the Cantonese steamed bun called cha siu bao. Siopao is sold in the streets in the Philippines, as…

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Crocodile ice cream

After months of seeing photos and reading about the crocodile ice cream from local, national and international publications, I finally had the chance to try this classic dessert with a unique (spelled scary) dessert a while back at the Crocodile Park, one of the most popular attractions in Davao City. I was looking forward to try this crocodile ice cream whose popularity has already spread far and wide, but…

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