Cebu’s UNO restaurant puts the spotlight on Filipino fare

When you ask me what my comfort food is, I would quickly respond Filipino food. As someone who grew up eating good Filipino fare at home, my love affair with local cuisine will last forever. Pizza got nothing on kare-kare. The best thing about my mom and dad’s cooking (yes, they both cook) is they…

Recipe: Pancit Malabon

Pancit malabon is a variation of the Filipino pancit palabok, a kind of pancit (sautéed noodles). This originated from Malabon City, hence the name. A regular pancit palabok and the malabon variation use the same ingredients but served differently. The original palabok is served pasta-style with the sauce poured over the noodles and finished with…

Recipe: Five-Ingredient Filipino Roast Chicken

Turbo broiler is such a popular kitchen appliance here that every household has one. One dish that we always cook in this round oven is roast chicken. Traditional means of cooking is rotisserie (constantly rotating the chicken over hot charcoal) but the turbo broiler has made it easier. It is so common that Filipinos even call…

Recipe: Filipino Chopsuey

Chopsuey is stir fry dish of mixed vegetables and protein. Chopsuey is actually not a traditional Chinese dish, it’s just a variation of classic stir fry dishes. This dish has different variations in different countries and is quite popular in faux Chinese restaurants. It is also popular here in the country and is commonly cooked…

Recipe: Tuna Kinilaw

Kinilaw or kilawin is a Filipino dish that is similar to the Latin American ceviche. It’s basically fresh seafood soaked in an acidic liquid mixture that “cooks” the protein. Ceviche uses mainly citrus but the Filipino kinilaw uses a mixture of vinegar and citrus. This Filipino dish also requires less ingredients but I added a…

Recipe: Adobong Pusit

I love seafood and squid is at the top of the list along with shrimp. One of the best Filipino squid dishes is adobo. It’s basically squid, stewed in vinegar and its own ink. This recipe is very easy and it’s one of my favorites and is best eaten with rice. Ingredients: 1 kg (2..2…

Recipe: Buko Pandan Salad

We love our fruit salads. Occasions are not complete without a cold bowl of creamy fruit salad. One such salad dessert is buko pandan. This is a favorite especially during fiestas. Pandan is an aromatic plant used in Southeast Asian cooking. Here, it is mostly used in rice cakes and desserts. When cooked, it has…

Recipe: Filipino Sopas

The name sopas originates from Spain which translates to soup. Sopas is like many Spanish words that has been adopted into the Filipino language. There are many local soup recipes but sopas is directly associated with one Filipino soup recipe that uses pork limb for the broth, chicken, and elbow macaroni pasta. It’s a comfort…