Eggplant Curry / Talong Curry

Curry Comes to Luzon
A Fusion Note from Tomato

Cooking Asian dishes with Asian eggplants

Asian Eggplants

This Filipino take on Eggplant Curry has a Fusion note with the addition of Tomato. The Curry Paste is savory but on the milder Continue reading

Curry Paste Philippine Style / Almuwasahin Paste

A Complex Curry Taste
Good with Dumplings and Stir-Fries

Belachn Shrimp Paste

Belachan, Shrimp Paste

his Filipino style Curry Paste is good with a lot of things, including Dumplings and stir-fry dishes, as well as blander presentations of Fish, Chicken and Shrimp. This recipe Continue reading

Lumpia Shanghai for a Group

Lumpia Shanghai for a Group
The Best Party Appetizer

Making ultimae paty snack Philippne Lumpia

Finished Lumpia Shanghai

The Filipino fried dumplings, Lumpia Shanghai, may be one of the most popular appetizers for parties. They tend to disappear rapidly.  Most available Continue reading

Shrimp in Achioto Oil

Calamansi and Annato
Butter Meets Peanut Oil

Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce

Besides the Caribbean region and parts of Latin America, the Philippines is one place where Achiote (or Annato) seeds are used iin cooking. It occurs in dishes like Kare-Kare Continue reading

Arroz a la Filipina

Philippine Style Rice
Two Kinds of Rice and Annato

Using garlic to make Vietnamese soup with pork cabbage rolls

Garlic – a Key Ingredient

Arroz a la Filipina or Phlippine Style Rice, is a popular Filipino dish that combines both Glutinous or Sticky Rice and regular Rice in a single dish.  In the old days Continue reading

Chicken Adobo

A Fiesta Favorite
Coconut Milk Meets Soy Sauce;  Garlic Meets Vinegar

Cooking with Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk

Adobo-style cooking is a classic Filipino kitchen technique. Adobo dishes appear at Fiestas and also on the Sunday table. Adobo style is a kind of national dish of the Philippines. Continue reading

Bitter Melon

Quinine-Like Bitterness
Mentioned by Kipling

The house-beams shall fall,
And the Karela, the bitter Karela,
Shall cover it all!
— Kipling, Jungle Book

Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon is sometimes called Turia, Kerala or Karela  in English, the last names alluding to its possible Indian origin.

The vegetable is also known as Bitter Gourd or Karela. In botany its name is Momoradica charantia. It is one of Continue reading

Bitter Melon Salad

Ampalaya Meets Eggplant
Christmas in Pampanga

Bitter Melon (Ampalaya) Salad, a Filipino dish

Bitter Melon (Ampalaya) Salad

Bitter Melon Salad is a classic Philippine recipe.  This one is from a friend from the island of Pampanga, where the dish is very popular.  The dish makes use of the affinity between Bitter Melon and Eggplant, two vegetables Continue reading