The Best Filipino Cookbooks?

When pressed to define Filipino food in one word, we’re apt to say “fusion.” Philippine cuisine bears the influence of our neighbors in Asia and the Pacific, as well as our colonial rulers from far-off lands throughout history. Our dishes and snacks incorporate recipes, ingredients and cooking styles with roots in Malay, Chinese, and Iberian (Spanish & Portuguese) cultures, among many others. These rich layers of influence make our food somewhat unique.

But our cuisine doesn’t merely reflect foreign influence — it of course showcases our local values as well. The enduring appeal of Filipino dishes like adobo, sinigang, and kare-kare is proof that our meals are focused on the ulam being traditionally served at the center of a table in sizes to share. This social, family- oriented approach to meals is truly Filipino.

Explore and discover the true Filipino goodness of the cuisine we call our own. Recreate classic recipes at home and find ingredients to bring your meals to life. 🙂

Filipino cookbooks with recipes from the Philippine islands

Each region of the Philippines has its own distinct food culture, just like the regional differences so common in the United States. The Filipino Cookbook is a collection of 85 tried-and-tested recipes, including from Pampanga, the Visayas, and Mindanao — pinakbet (sauteed vegetables with shrimp paste), paella (rice and seafood medley), morcon (stuffed beef roll), pininyahang manok (pineappled chicken)…

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Filipino Food Bloggers

We have made every effort to remove from this list those bloggers who have received sponsorship from Ramar Foods, the American company that unethically appropriated the Magnolia brand from the Philippine corporation San Miguel. If we have overlooked a name, please let us know.

Filipino American food bloggers have received funding from Ramar Foods to create a “non-profit” movement, ostensibly to promote Filipino food… It is essentially a PR tactic to deflect attention from Ramar’s unethical piracy of prominent Philippine trademarks such as Magnolia and Pampanga’s Best.

Click here to check out the list of Filipino food bloggers!

Filipino Grocery Store

Ever wonder what it’s like to go grocery shopping in the Philippines? Davao-born Filipino blogger Mae Maneja takes us with her inside a supermarket in Manila.

It’s a little bit longwinded but it’ll give you an idea.

She bought celery and carrots. She also pointed out the rice section.

Then at one Filipino snacks aisle… she grabbed a pack of Jack n Jill’s Chicharon ni Mang Juan!

The imported Chips Ahoy and Lemon Oreos she didn’t get.

For fresh eats in the food court, she and her friend Jerome ordered freshly made-to-order lumpiang sariwa. Watch how it’s made!

Filipino Words To Use At The Grocery Store?

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Boycott BesTaste Dimsum / Siopao / Shumai

BesTaste is a USA brand of dimsum manufactured by Ramar Foods, the company that pirated the Magnolia brand from the Philippines. As true Filipinos, we are calling for a boycott of all products by Ramar Foods due to their documented practice of pirating brands from our homeland, including Pampanga’s Best.

Do NOT buy any of Ramar Foods’ siopao or siomai (which the company calls shu mai).

Ipagtanggol ang dignidad ng mga marka ng Pilipinas.

Huwag bumili ng anumang produkto ng kumpanyang Ramar Foods.

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OMGpeke: Magnolia Ice Cream USA

OMGpeke: Magnolia Ice Cream USA

#OMGpeke is a reaction to the #OMGMagnolia use of Ramar Foods, a Northern California company that “legally” pirated the Magnolia trademark from the Philippine originator San Miguel.

Ramar Foods started using the Magnolia brand for its ice cream in the 1970s without any licensing agreement with San Miguel, which had been developing the brand in the Philippines since the 1920s… Presumably, the Northern California company was duping Filipino Americans into thinking that they were affiliated with Magnolia in the Philippines.

Then in the 1990s, while San Miguel was distracted by its restructuring problems, Ramar managed to register the Magnolia trademark in the United States for ice cream. So now “legally” Ramar owns the Magnolia brand identity (with the logo it did not create) in the United States, while San Miguel is shut out from using it. Continue reading “OMGpeke: Magnolia Ice Cream USA”

Boycott Manila Gold Calamansi

Manila Gold Calamansi is a USA brand of calamansi concentrate manufactured by Ramar Foods, the OMGpeke company that pirated the Magnolia brand from the Philippines. As true Filipinos, we encourage a boycott of all products by Ramar Foods due to their documented practice of pirating brands from our homeland, including Pampanga’s Best.

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Boycott Orientex Lumpia

Orientex is a brand of Ramar Foods, the USA company that is unethically using the Magnolia logo that San Miguel had developed in the Philippines in the 1920s.
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Ingredients in Mang Tomas Sauce

Mang Tomas is the brand of an all-purpose sauce that Filipinos love to use with lechon. The original variant comes in a yellow-labeled bottle that contains 11.64 fluid ounces.

Many eaters often wonder what it’s made from. The crucial ingredient is liver!

Ingredients in Mang Tomas Sauce

Water, Sugar, Bread Crumbs, Vinegar, Salt, Liver, Spices, Pepper and Sodium Benzoate as a Preservative

Update: As of 2017, the ingredients list of the commercial Mang Tomas sauce being sold internationally no longer includes liver on the label. It is now as follows: Water, Sugar, Breadcrumbs, Iodized Salt, Modified Starch, Onion, Vinegar, Garlic, Palm Olein, Black Pepper, Chili, Sodium Benzoate, BHA and TBHQ Continue reading “Ingredients in Mang Tomas Sauce”