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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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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LIHIYA

This word is from the Spanish lejía.

lihiya
lye

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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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Traditional Cooking Implements

A simple list of the more common kitchen implements used in traditional Filipino cooking:

tacho
copper skillet

palayok
clay pot

kalan
clay stove

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PAKSIW

Paksiw refers to a Filipino culinary method and dish in which fish or meat is cooked in vinegar, garlic and salt.

paksiw
Paksiw na Galunggong

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KASUBHA

This word is often translated into English as “saffron,” particularly when parts of the flowers are packaged for sale. Note though that this is NOT the saffron that Westerners use in their cooking. Continue reading “KASUBHA”