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…

Filipino-inspired Japanese-Peruvian dishes

Okay, that title is a bit confusing. How can food be Filipino, Japanese, and Peruvian at the same time Well, ever since Nobu opened here in Manila, foodies (myself included) have wondered how would it incorporate its cuisine with Filipino flavors. After all, it’s a common practice for international restaurant chains to include Filipino food/flavors…

Makati restaurant lands on CNT’s ‘Best Restaurants in the World’ list

Condé Nast Traveler recently released its list of the Best Restaurants in the World. Listing down 207 restaurants from around the globe, the travel magazine qualified eateries that received special attention from food writers, chefs, diners, and travelers. And the lone Philippine restaurant that made it to the list is Your Local. Owned by Chef…

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…

Elevating Filipino chocolate

Filipinos are very lucky. Why? Because the location of our country makes it one of the perfect places on Earth to grow cacao. Yes, chocolaaaaate. Traditionally, Filipinos have been drinking and using chocolate in dishes. Like our Mexican brothers, chocolate is an important part of our diet. If Mexico has its mole sauce we have…

Ube is taking over the world

Okay, maybe just North America. Purple yam dessert creations have been popping up in US and Canadian eateries because of its increasing popularity—from the classic ice cream, cake, donuts, waffles, cupcakes, pancakes, milk shakes, among others. “..you can now get down with ube in cheesecake and sweet potato pie form, as well as hipster-inflected varieties…

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…