Dried Beef Tapa – Cured Beef

Tapa in it’s literal meaning in Spanish is “lid” which have evolved into the tapas genre of Spanish food. In the Philippines tapas are a form of pulutan which in the West we refer to as an “appetizer”. In my opinion it has a closer relationship to the Spanish tapas which are small plates served with your…

Banaue Rice Terrace – The Filipino Eighth Wonder of the World

Located 1,500 meters above seal level in the Ifugao Province on the Philippine Island of Luzon, the Banaue Rice Terraces are considered by many Filipinos as the Eight Wonder of the World. The rice terraces have been in existence for well over 2,000 years and have been managed by the locals using a unique irrigation system…

Sinangag – Filipino Fried Rice

Sinangag is a Filipino breakfast staple that is normally accompanied by fried eggs and a meat such as beef tapa, tocino (sweet cured pork), longganisa sausages or milkfish (daing na bangus). The combinations are commonly known by acronyms like tapsilog which is tapa + sinangag + itlog. Others include tocilog, longsilog, bangsilog, etc. Sinangag –…

Good and Cheap – Chicken Adobo

When I think of comfort food, the dish that comes to mind is Filipino Adobong Manok or Chicken Adobo. The dish is regarded as the Filipino national dish and is considered both a cooking method and a dish itself. Filipino adobo mixes together a marinade of vinegar, pepper, and garlic which will serve as a…