Winged Bean and Shrimp Gising-Gising

Gising-Gising LC

The “graveyard” shift in a call centre was both a boon and a bane for me. When Manila became a major US outsourcing hub in the early 2000s, salaries upped several notches. I jumped on the bandwagon, as many of us did. There was a catch, though – the challenge of keeping myself awake while everyone was asleep. … Read more

Easy Pork Adobo with Creamy Mashed Potato

Easy Pork Adobo - Forked

I have to share the delicious Easy Pork Adobo Recipe with our readers! It’s a very popular Filipino dish, so as a courtesy I am sharing this dish with the Gourmet Getaways readers. I have also learned that Masterchef contestant John Carasig from the Philippines has made a Chicken Adobo on the show. While in Australia, I … Read more

Ube Haleya – Purple Yam Jam

Ube haleya - closeup1

For today, I am sharing the recipe of a dessert made from a tuber that I really like. Really, the play of words is intentional. Reason being is, I am presenting to you another Filipino treat called – Ube Haleya or Purple Yam Jam. Pronounced as “ooh-beh” this root crop is full of humility, but can incredibly transform into something … Read more

Lumpiang Shanghai Filipino – Spring Rolls


Today I am sharing with you Filipino spring rolls, Lumpiang Shanghai. By its name it is obviously evident that it is influenced by the Chinese. Wikipedia explains that the term lumpia derives from Hokkien lunpia which is an alternate term for popiah or spring roll. The diversity of the multiple cultures that made an impact on the Philippines is great. This explains why … Read more

Filipino Style Callos – Slow Cooked Stew


Filipino style Callos. Never heard of it? Me neither. Callos is a stew that originated in Spain, it can be made with beef, tripe, blood sausage and chick peas. This dish includes tripe, ox knuckle, bacon and chorizo. Today’s dish is a Christmas special to some. It is also a menu item in Filipino-Spanish restaurants and served … Read more

Luscious Leche Flan – Creme Caramel

Leche Flan on the counter

As a follow through to the sisig recipe I have shown you, I thought it would be appropriate to present a dessert that is popular in my country – Leche Flan! Also known worldwide as creme caramel, leche flan is one of the most favourite desserts in the Philippines. It is the star “panghimagas” (Filipino for dessert) in … Read more

Sisig – Arguably the Best Pork Dish

Sisig - With Rice

The title of this post is huge – Sisig – Arguably the Best Pork Dish. Wow, that’s a mouthful and so is this dish! For my first ever published attempt to actually “cook” something, I hope I live up to the title’s reputation. For the love of Gourmet Getaways, its avid readers and constant egging, I’ve mustered … Read more

Ensaimada – Filipino Style Brioche

Mixed Filippino Ensaimada

The Daring Bakers is an international cooking forum which chooses a cooking challenge each month for members to attempt.  This month’s challenge was “Tubular and Coiled Treats” set by Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen.  The examples given were the Spanish Ensaimada and the Romanian Kürtőskalács aka chimney cake. As you may know the Philippines has … Read more

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-Kare – Rich Peanut Stew Recipe

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kari Kari with Rice

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-Kare is a traditional Filipino dish which features slow-cooked oxtail in a thick, tasty, savory peanut sauce with vegetables. The perfect comfort food for Autumn and Winter! Oxtail is a second class cut that our grandparents grew up eating, it often shunned in favor of first-class meat cuts, such as eye fillet … Read more