ABOUT FILIPINO FOOD
Get to Know the Cuisine of the Philippine Islands
“Pan de Baboy” literally means “Bread of Pig.” Pan is the Spanish word for “bread” while Baboy is Tagalog for “pig.” In the featured photo above, the bread is in the shape of a lechon or roasted pig.
Featured photo courtesy of Mayette Garcia.
A popular kakanin (rice delicacy) during the Christmas holidays, puto bumbong is purple-colored rice steamed in bamboo tubes and served with grated coconut and brown sugar.
Featured photo is of Morcon made in Bataan in February 2016.
Morcon (Murkon in Tagalog orthography) is a popular holiday dish during the Christmas season in the Philippines. It is a meat roll stuffed with sausage or hotdogs, carrots, pickles, cheese, and egg.
Ball of Edam cheese that's a staple of the Filipino Christmas table
Bibingka is a flat but thick yellow rice cake that was once a mainstay only during the “cold” months of the Christmas season in the Philippines. It is traditionally cooked (“baked”) in a mold lined with banana leaves and then served with a topping of grated coconut.
Goldilocks is a Philippine bakeshop chain that manufactures and packages different flavors of pulburon. The Filipino word comes from the Spanish polvoron. Goldilocks calls it “shortbread cookies.” Goldilocks Canada has referred to polvoron as “Manila shortbread,” describing it as a "sweet mixture of toasted flour, milk, butter and sugar, that is then molded."
Giniling na baboy (ground pork) with sliced Filipino hotdogs by John Braza... What distinguishes Filipino hotdogs? Most prominently perhaps it’s the bright red color. And yes, it’s artificial color! Popular brands: San Miguel Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs and RFM Swift Mighty Meaty Hotdogs.
Calamansi is the citrus fruit of the Philippines! It's very round and fairly small... In fact, one can't think of a smaller-sized citrus fruit... Hmm... Calamansi juice cleanse, anyone?
Turón is banana wrapped like a spring roll and deep fried with brown sugar. The banana often used is the fat saba variety. Jackfruit is sometimes included in the filling for a sweeter flavor.
Shrimps & Chorizo by Mayette M. Garcia.
Originating from the Iberian peninsula, chorizo refers to several types of pork sausages. In the Philippines, the most common type is called chorizo de bilbao.
A native Tagalog word for the citrus fruit known widely by the Spanish-derived name dalanghita.