Learning about Filipino food involves understanding the cultural history and geography of the Philippines.
Originating from various cultures but displaying regional characteristics, the food throughout the islands was prepared by Malay settlers, spiced by commercial relations with Chinese traders, stewed in three centuries of Spanish rule, and hamburgered by American colonial influence on the nation’s way of life.
The multiracial features of the Filipino — a Chinese-Malayan face, a Spanish name, and an American nickname — thus inform Filipino food, producing dishes of Eastern and Western extraction.
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.
BesTaste is a USA brand of dimsum manufactured by Ramar Foods, the company that pirated the Magnolia brand from the Philippines. As true Filipinos, we are calling for a boycott of all products by Ramar Foods due to their documented practice of pirating brands from our homeland, including Pampanga’s Best.
Do NOT buy any of Ramar Foods’ siopao or siomai (which the company calls shu mai).
Ipagtanggol ang dignidad ng mga marka ng Pilipinas.
Huwag bumili ng anumang produkto ng kumpanyang Ramar Foods.
Manila Gold Calamansi is a USA brand of calamansi concentrate manufactured by Ramar Foods, the OMGpeke company that pirated the Magnolia brand from the Philippines. As true Filipinos, we encourage a boycott of all products by Ramar Foods due to their documented practice of pirating brands from our homeland, including Pampanga’s Best.
Salabat is Filipino ginger tea that’s especially popular during the relatively cool month of December in the Philippines to accompany the eating of seasonal treats. The hot drink is also recommended for a sore throat.