PATIS

Filipino Fish Sauce

Patis is a brown, watery sauce made from fermented fish. It is used to flavor soups and broths, as well as a sawsawan (dipping sauce) for meat in place of salt. It is very salty.

The Thai counterpart would be the famous nam pla fish sauce.
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REPOLYO

Tis word is from the Spanish repollo.

repolyo
cabbage

repolyong puti
white cabbage

puting repolyo
white cabbage

repolyong nilaga
boiled cabbage

nilagang repolyo
boiled cabbage

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What Is Filipino Food?

It is a question not easy to answer. Is it pork adobo, brown and rich, eaten with hot white rice? Is it siomai and siopao in the neighborhood merendero? Is it chicken relleno on a fiesta table, stuffed with olives and sausages? Is it sinigang na kanduli in a broth misty with miso? Is it a buko pie or a chicken salad? Is it all of the above?


Excerpted from LASA: A Guide to Dining in the Provinces (1990) by Doreen Fernandez and Edilberto Alegre.

What is Filipino Food?

It is a question not easy to answer. Is it pork adobo, brown and rich, eaten with hot white rice? Is it siomai and siopao in the neighborhood merendero? Is it chicken relleno on a fiesta table, stuffed with olives and sausages? Is it sinigang na kanduli in a broth misty with miso? Is it a buko pie or a chicken salad? Is it all of the above?

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OMGpeke: Magnolia Ice Cream USA

OMGpeke: Magnolia Ice Cream USA

#OMGpeke is a reaction to the #OMGMagnolia use of Ramar Foods, a Northern California company that “legally” pirated the Magnolia trademark from the Philippine originator San Miguel.

Ramar Foods started using the Magnolia brand for its ice cream in the 1970s without any licensing agreement with San Miguel, which had been developing the brand in the Philippines since the 1920s… Presumably, the Northern California company was duping Filipino Americans into thinking that they were affiliated with Magnolia in the Philippines.

Then in the 1990s, while San Miguel was distracted by its restructuring problems, Ramar managed to register the Magnolia trademark in the United States for ice cream. So now “legally” Ramar owns the Magnolia brand identity (with the logo it did not create) in the United States, while San Miguel is shut out from using it. Continue reading “OMGpeke: Magnolia Ice Cream USA”

SARAP

timyas, lasang kalugud-lugod, linamnam

sarap, n
tastiness, deliciousness

Sarap!
(~ short for masarap)
Delicious!

masarap
delicious

Ang sarap!
Very delicious!

Ang sarap nito!
This is so yummy!

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The Best Filipino Cookbooks?

When pressed to define Filipino food in one word, we’re apt to say “fusion.” Philippine cuisine bears the influence of our neighbors in Asia and the Pacific, as well as our colonial rulers from far-off lands throughout history. Our dishes and snacks incorporate recipes, ingredients and cooking styles with roots in Malay, Chinese, and Iberian (Spanish & Portuguese) cultures, among many others. These rich layers of influence make our food somewhat unique.

But our cuisine doesn’t merely reflect foreign influence — it of course showcases our local values as well. The enduring appeal of Filipino dishes like adobo, sinigang, and kare-kare is proof that our meals are focused on the ulam being traditionally served at the center of a table in sizes to share. This social, family- oriented approach to meals is truly Filipino.

Explore and discover the true Filipino goodness of the cuisine we call our own. Recreate classic recipes at home and find ingredients to bring your meals to life. 🙂


Filipino cookbooks with recipes from the Philippine islands

Each region of the Philippines has its own distinct food culture, just like the regional differences so common in the United States. The Filipino Cookbook is a collection of 85 tried-and-tested recipes, including from Pampanga, the Visayas, and Mindanao — pinakbet (sauteed vegetables with shrimp paste), paella (rice and seafood medley), morcon (stuffed beef roll), pininyahang manok (pineappled chicken)…

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DUHAT

Duhat is a local Philippine fruit that’s commonly referred to in English as Java plum. Continue reading “DUHAT”

Filipino Food Bloggers

We have made every effort to remove from this list those bloggers who have received sponsorship from Ramar Foods, the American company that unethically appropriated the Magnolia brand from the Philippine corporation San Miguel. If we have overlooked a name, please let us know.

Filipino American food bloggers have received funding from Ramar Foods to create a “non-profit” movement, ostensibly to promote Filipino food… It is essentially a PR tactic to deflect attention from Ramar’s unethical piracy of prominent Philippine trademarks such as Magnolia and Pampanga’s Best.

Click here to check out the list of Filipino food bloggers!