YEMA

What is Yema?

Yema is the Spanish word for “egg yolk.”

This soft Philippine candy is shaped into either a pyramid or a ball, and then wrapped in cellophane. It originated from Spain, where nuns in monasteries used egg yolks donated to them by winemakers (who used only the white part of eggs in their winemaking process) to make sweets and pastries.

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LUGAW

Lugaw

lugaw
gruel, rice porridge, congee

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BARKIRON

More often spelled as barquiron, influenced by Spanish. Barkiron is the spelling based on Tagalog orthography.

Barquiron from Bacolod: Bongbong's brand

Barquiron are barkilyos filled with pulburon, then individually wrapped in colorful cellophane.

It is highly likely the name barquiron is a portmanteau of the words barquillos and polvoron.

Barquiron and Barkilyos are delicacies associated with the city of Bacolod, the capital of Negros Occidental province, which is part of the Visayas region of the Philippines. BongBong’s is a popular local brand.

In the nearby Iloilo area, Rewel’s is a known brand, spelling their product’s name as barqueron.

GALYETAS

This is from the Spanish galletas.

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MONAY

This word is from the Spanish pan de monja (nun’s bread).

Monay: Filipino bread rolls

monáy
Filipino bread roll

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KASUY

Spelling variations: kasoy, casuy, casoy

kasuy
cashew

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CHILAK

Combination of two words: chicharon + bulaklak

chicharon
crispy pork rinds

bulaklak
flower

Chicharon is traditionally pork rinds (skin). For this “flower” chicharon, the intestinal parts of a pig are deep fried. In particular, it’s the peritoneum that is used. The peritoneum is the lining of the abdominal cavity.

Omentum is a fold of the peritoneum. Great omentum is the fat-filled sac covering the small intestines. Lesser omentum is the omentum joining the stomach and liver.

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PULUTAN

root word pulot, meaning ‘to pick up’

pulutan
food eaten with alcohol, bar food

pulutan
finger foods or appetizers eaten when drinking liquor

pulutan
side dish when drinking beer

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