“Bulalo” Pinoy Beef Marrow Stew

Last night, my friend and I went out after 5 days of bad weather in Manila. We decided to go to ‘Bulalu sa San Juan’ (a famous bulaluhan in San Juan City) and try thier version of Bulalu.

Bulalo is another popular beef dish in the Philippines. It is a light colored soup that is made by cooking beef shanks and marrow bones until the collagen and fat has melted into the clear broth. You will surely like it but never eat Bulalo on a regular basis.

Pandesal – Filipino Bread

Pandesal - Filipino Bread

Pandesal is a very popular, classic Filipino yeast-raised bread in the Philippines. Pan de Sal means salt bread in Spanish but it is actually sweeter than its Spanish name.

The basic ingredients are eggs, flour, sugar and salt.

I read in a book that it is not Spanish in origin but Portuguese. It is traditionally served during breakfast which can be accompanied by almost everything like cheese, sardines, jams, spaghetti, fried noodles, and even ice cream and of course I love to dip my hot Pandesal into my coffee.

That’s the Filipino way of eating Pandesal.

Pancit Miki, The Abra Way!

Pancit Miki, The Abra Way!

Pancit miki is a famous signature treat from all walks of life in the province of Abra (8 hours drive from Manila).

Believe me, there is indeed a unique flavor and taste of this food.

The soup is made from the broth of meat and the orange color is from the atsuete seed then, topped with a hard boiled egg and chicharon.

‘Halo Halo’ Filipino’s Fave Dessert

'Halo Halo' Filipino's Fave Dessert

Halo-halo is derived from the Filipino word “halo” – meaning “mix.” The popular Pinoy dessert is a colorful medley of ingredients placed in a tall glass or wide bowl then topped with shaved or crushed ice, leche flan (caramel custard flan), ube halaya (sweet purple yam), sweetened saba (banana plantain), langka (jackfruit strips), macapuno (coconut sport strips), nata de coco, kaong (sugar palm seed), pinipig (roasted popped rice), sweet potato, garbanzos (chick peas), sago (tapioca), gulaman (jelly), evaporated milk, white sugar and a scoop of ice-cream. You simply mix all the sweet components together and enjoy every spoonful.

Give yourself a mouthful of sweet surprises.

‘PINAPUTOK na TILAPIA’

'PINAPUTOK na TILAPIA'

In the Philippines, we have a recipe called Pinaputok na Tilapia.

First of all, removed the gills and other entrails of tilapia. Stuffed with a generous amount of unions, ginger and tomatoes – to the point of bursting and wrap it with banana leaves. That’s where the word ‘pinaputok’ or burst derived from.

There are many ways to cook Pinaputok na Tilapia – grilling or frying. It’s your choice. Kain na tayo (Let’s eat)!