LITSÓN

The word is from the Spanish lechón.


Chopped litson

litsón
roasted pig

inihaw na buong baboy
barbecued whole pig

Lagyan ng mansanas sa bibig.
Put an apple in the mouth.

Continue reading “LITSÓN”

Filipino Dishes For Holy Week

Many Filipinos are Christians who abstain from eating meat during Lent, especially during Holy Week. They turn to fish and vegetable dishes, and the more devout Catholics go on a completely liquid diet or fast.

Click here for a list of dishes eaten during Holy Week!

Christmas Food in the Philippines

Here are a few of the foodstuff and beverages that Filipinos typically enjoy during the holiday season of Pasko.

PUTO BUMBONG

purple-colored rice treat cooked in upright bamboo tubes

Puto Bumbong on Coconut

BIBINGKA

flat cake served on banana leaves and topped with a pat of butter and grated coconut

Bibingka on Banana Leaves
Bibingka

Continue reading “Christmas Food in the Philippines”

Top 10 Chinese New Year Food in the Philippines

Any special foods eaten in the Philippines during the great Chinese holiday? Of course there are many! Settlers from China have been living on the Philippine islands for centuries even before the Spaniards arrived and there wouldn’t be modern Filipino culture without the Chinese influence, particularly on the food.

Shin Shin Tikoy

TIKOY

Tikoy is the most popular treat during Lunar New Year festivities in the Philippines, as iconic as the Chinese New Year’s cake nian gao is in other countries. In fact, tikoy is said to be based on the nian gao of southern China from where Fukienese immigrants to the Philippines came.

Slices of Ube Tikoy
Slices of Ube Tikoy

It is made from sticky or glutinous rice which is ground into flour and then mixed with lard, water and sugar. Using white sugar produces white tikoy and using brown sugar produces brown tikoy. Other popular flavors include green pandan and purple ube.

Even non-Chinese Filipinos buy tikoy in boxes during this time of year to give to business associates. Store-bought tikoy is chilled in the refrigerator to make it easy to slice into small pieces. The tikoy slices are dipped in a bowl of beaten eggs and then fried in oil.

Tikoy Slices, Cooked
Tikoy Slices, Cooked

Tikoy is sweet and sticky enough to keep the Kitchen God’s mouth shut. Offering tikoy keeps him from saying anything bad about you!

PANSIT 

Uncut noodles are served for long life. The two favorite noodle dishes during the Chinese New Year in the Philippines are pancit bihon and pancit canton.

Pancit Bihon

A WHOLE FISH

To invite wealth and happiness in the upcoming year, dishes are served that are homophones for words that signify good fortune. For example, the Chinese word for “fish” sounds like the word “surplus” as in a surplus of weath.

Whole Fish for Chinese New Year
Whole Fish for Chinese New Year

POMELOS, ORANGES, PINEAPPLES

The most popular fruit during Chinese New Year is mandarin oranges or tangerines because of their round shapes and golden color. Because oranges were not widely grown in the Philippines and were only imported in recent decades, suha (the local pomelo, sort of like a large grapefruit with a very thick rind) has became the Philippine fruit that one gives away or serves to visitors during the Chinese New Year season. As for the pineapple, it resembles the word for “prosperity” in Hokkien, the Chinese language of most Tsinoys.

BOILED DUMPLINGS

Dumplings are served because luck is symbolically wrapped inside. And the shape of certain dumplings is reminiscent of the shape of gold ingots in ancient China.

Continue reading “Top 10 Chinese New Year Food in the Philippines”

Noche Buena: Christmas Eve Menu

Noche Buena derives from the Spanish for “A Good Night”. It is the traditional feast Filipinos partake in after the midnight mass. Continue reading “Noche Buena: Christmas Eve Menu”

MURKON

From the Spanish morcón

Murkon: Filipino meat roll

Murkon is a meat roll stuffed with sausage or hotdogs, carrots, pickles, cheese, and egg. This is considered as a Christmas dish in the Philippines.

In the photo above, the murkon has been sliced, and sauce applied.

The original morcón of Spain is actually a type of chorizo (pork sausage) different from the Filipino murkon.