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‘Bibingka,’ ‘monay,’ ‘escandaloza’ and other curious names of Philippine baked goodies


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TEREN-TEREN of Los Filipinos Bakery in Iloilo

The bibingka set before me at Medina in Misamis Oriental, Mindanao, looked just like most Visayan bibingka I’ve seen.

Posted: August 28th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

CDO’s rice cakes, local ham and fruits; Clark’s ‘chicharon’


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FRIED hito surrounded by fresh mustasa at Binulo in Clark, Pampanga

Every year, Cagayan de Oro (CDO) is a destination for the culinary competition known as Kumbira, organized by the Cohara (Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association). Kumbira celebrated its 18th anniversary this year; I was there in its early period when the venue was held at a small place before moving to a huge atrium.

Posted: August 21st, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Destruction of coconut trees affecting Philippine cuisine


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BINACOL of Panay and Negros PHOTO BY NEAL OSHIMA FOR “KULINARYA”

Walking through the pathway going toward San Pablo, Laguna’s Lake Pandin, our guide pointed to the sparse coconut trees around us. He blamed the coco lumber business for the decreasing number of trees in a province otherwise known as coconut country. With a sigh, he added that absentee landlords don’t seem to care at all.

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Gallery,Food,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Duck from Cagayan, honey from Sorsogon, salt from Guimaras


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“KINAGANG,” a Sorsogon specialty served at Purple Yam Malate

The “tinolang manok” in carved green papaya containers never fails to impress diners.

Posted: August 7th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Atypical, surprising Huaiyang cuisine


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Medley of Huaiyang appetizers

Yang chow fried rice is supposed to be an example of Huaiyang cooking, the cuisine of a region in China. But the food we were served that noon at Shang Palace of Makati Shangri-La Manila was not typical. The appetizers were already surprising.

Posted: July 31st, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Food | Read More »

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