SUMAN

Suman [soo-mahn] is a slender-shaped Filipino rice cake steamed in banana or palm leaves. Continue reading “SUMAN”


ULAM

Pork Sinigang (Ulam) with Kanin

ulam
“viand”

In English, a viand means any item of food. Filipinos have taken to translating the Tagalog word ulam as “viand” for lack of an exact one-word translation into English.

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MALUNGGAY

What is Malunggay in English?

A widely grown plant in the Philippines, malunggay is a plant with the scientific name Moringa oleifera. It is simply called “moringa” by English speakers.

Moringa is a tree known as sajina in South Asian countries like India. In English, it is sometimes referred to as horseradish tree or horseradish plant, although it’s a different species from the horseradish that Westerners know. The tree grows fast and survives well in drought conditions.

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Difference Between Pancit Malabon and Palabok?

Both these two types of pansit are noodle dishes.

Pancit Malabon has thick noodles. The sauce is already mixed in with the noodles. The toppings and ingredients are mostly seafood like squid and shrimps.

Pansit Malabon: thick noodles, seafood


Pancit Palabok has thin noodles. The sauce is served on top of the noodles. The toppings used in palabok varies from area to area, but common ingredients are tofu, ground pork and chicharon. Below is a photo of Pancit Palabok topped with sliced harboiled eggs.

Pancit Palabok with Egg Toppings

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The Typical Filipino Meal

“You know you’re Filipino when you use a spoon and fork instead of a knife and fork.”

This is because the typical Filipino meal always has rice, which is spooned into the mouth. Spoon in the right hand, fork in the left. 

Cooked rice (kanin) is the basis of almost every Filipino meal. The main dish that goes with the rice is called ulam. This can be a meat dish, fried fish or a vegetable stew. 

The basic traditional Filipino meal consists of two essential things: kanin and ulam

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PULBURON

pulburon

 
Fondly known as “Filipino crack” to young FilAms, polvoron is a sweet molded treat whose basic ingredients are toasted flour, margarine or butter, sugar and powdered milk. Continue reading “PULBURON”

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!

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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