Filipino Food & Tradition: Pasalubong and Padala


The holidays are peeking around the corner. Everyone is getting busy with lists, thinking up the perfect presents for family and friends as well as setting the menu for holiday parties. 

What to give to delight the receiver? What to stock up on to create the most memorable get-togethers? 

The Filipino Food Shop (filipinofoodshop.com) has the perfect solution to the perennial dilemma of Pinays in the US and Canada. A variety of Filipino food packs for gifting and making holiday food preparation much easier. And we’ve received hearty cheers from all corners of North America. Even non-Pinoys are taking notice. 
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Kare Kare as Pinay Heirloom


Recipes and good taste are handed down from one generation to another. In the Philippines, where fiestas abound and family reunions happen more frequently than in other parts of the world, particular dishes stand out as heirloom stuff.


Pinays make a point of learning from their elders how to cook such delicious fare and they bond over secret ingredients or cooking methods imprinting unique flavors to popular dishes.

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Silog: A Uniquely Filipino Meal Arrangement

  

One can reach for milk and cereal, or get some toast, pour coffee and be off into the busy day ahead. Breakfast completed. No biggie. All good.
 
Or pick up a sandwich, wash it down with soda and then declare lunch officially done.

Or put some greens together, toss in tomatoes and other vegetables, cheese and a little meat and declare dinner solved.

Or one can fix herself up the kind of meal that no right-thinking Pinay can ever pass up, the ultimate tasty Pinay meal.

Not just any no-cooking-required or get-you-out-the-door-in-no-time elements thrown together, the silog takes some time to prepare. It rewards fans, however, with a unique blend of tastes nowhere else invented but in the Philippines. Often finished with slices of tomato and cucumber, this unique Filipino meal arrangement is a harmony of flavors, textures, and colors, too.
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Merienda Fare: The Pinay's Favorites

  

MERIENDA FARE: THE PINAY’S FAVORITES

Snacks hold a place of honor in the food hierarchy. They are at once accessible and affordable, offering quick, bite-sized comfort between meals.

Here are some crowd favorites:

  • Empanada – an ode to the Philippines’ Spanish heritage, this puff pastry is filled with the scrumptious goodness of minced pork, potatoes, carrots, green peas and egg. The saltiness of the sauteed filling perfectly balances off with the sweetish bland pastry hugging it.
  • Bibingka – sweet cakes made of galapong or milled glutinous rice, sugar and coconut milk. A popular treat during the Christmas season, the bibingka is traditionally baked in terracotta ovens in clay pots lined with banana leaves. The satisfying scent of margarine incorporated in the cooking process emanates from these cakes once they are broken apart while still fresh from the oven.
  • Hopia – a flaky pastry encasing any one of a range of robust fillings – from pork fat, ube, red bean to monggo. As varied as the fillings that could be used for this delicacy are, it is shaped in different ways, too - round, triangular or cubed.  Hopia was introduced to the Philippines by Fookienese migrants and has evolved into a well-loved snack.
  • Ensaimada – a pillowy soft and buttery bread that traces its origins to Mallorca, Spain, this is a well-known treat in the Philippines, Latin America and Southwestern Europe. The Pinay’s version is an excellent sweet-savory mix because of a generous topping of grated cheese.

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