from the Spanish caldereta, meaning a dish of meat stewed in a pot

Beef Kaldereta sa Gata with White Rice 

a Filipino stew of meat, traditionally goat

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LONGGANISA (Filipino Sausage)

Frequently misspelled longanisa, the Filipino name comes from the Spanish word longaniza, referring to a type of spicy cold pork sausage.

You can easily buy prepared longganisa. It is tricky to make yourself because you will need a curing agent like potassium nitrate and a lot of things could go wrong. Regardless of whether you make it yourself or buy it from a reputable store, cook the sausage thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. Continue reading “LONGGANISA (Filipino Sausage)”

RECIPE: Pork Sarciado

In the Philippines, the word sarciado means a culinary dish is wet with a sauce, usually referring to tomato sauce. Below is a recipe for pork sarciado. Please consider it only as a guide. No guarantee that it will come out perfectly.

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Bopis is a spicy Filipino dish made of small pieces of offal such as pork lungs, spleen and heart that are sautéed in onions and garlic, then simmered in vinegar

Bopis, Filipino food

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This word is from the Spanish tocino.

cured meat

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This is a native Filipino word.

flat piece of meat jerky

jerked meat

Jerky is lean meat that has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips, and then dried to prevent spoilage. Normally, this drying includes the addition of salt to prevent bacteria from developing on the meat before sufficient moisture has been removed.

A Spanish-derived, more commonly used synonym is tapa.
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RECIPE: Filipino-style Fried Pork Chops

Fried pork chops are a favorite dish accompanied with boiled white rice in the Philippines. It can be a dry combination, which is why Filipinos usually have a soup on the side or a sauce to go with it.

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The word is from the Spanish lechón.

Chopped litson

roasted pig

inihaw na buong baboy
barbecued whole pig

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

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