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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KANIN

lutong bigas (cooked rice)

kanin
cooked rice

bigas
uncooked rice

 palay
rice plant / unmilled rice

Paano Magsaing ng Bigas 
How to Cook Rice

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GISA

This word is from the Spanish guisar (meaning: to stew).

gisa
to sautee, stir-fry

ginisa
sauteed, stir-fried

Igisa mo ito.
Sautee this. / Stir-fry this.

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ATSWETE

Also spelled achuete or atsuete  in the Filipino language.

From the Spanish word achiote.

atswete
annatto

It is called “lipstick tree” in other parts of the world.

Scientific name: Bixa orellana
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TANGLAD

sometimes spelled tanlad

Tanglad (Tanlad)

tanglad
“Filipino lemongrass”

The scientific name of the plant called tanglad in the Philippies is Andropogon citratus.

It is called lemon grass or ginger grass in English.

Tanglad imparts flavor to Filipino dishes.

SILI

Siling Labuyo

sili
hot pepper

labuyo
any plant that grows in the wild

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SAING

magsaing: magluto ng kanin

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LIYANERA

This word is from the Spanish llanera.

Oval-shaped tin molds are widely referred to in the Philippines as “leche flan molders” because the molds are most often used in making leche flan.

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