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Chicken binakol: it’s like tinola with coconut

It tastes like tinola but it isn't exactly tinola. The similarity is due mainly to the inclusion of ginger among the ingredients. And if we're to talk about cooking method, the traditional way of cooking binakol is nothing similar to the procedure for cooking tinola. In … [Read more...]

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Yema balls

When I met with girl friends from law school for our annual Christmas get-together one night last week, we exchanged gifts and each of them got a container of yema balls from me. The photo above was taken by one of my friends while we were having coffee that night. She … [Read more...]

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Bibingkang malagkit (sticky rice cake)

It's like biko but better. Cook the glutinous rice in coconut milk. Spread in a greased baking dish, top with salted caramel, sprinkle with desiccated coconut and bake. It's so good. But to really do this sweet dish right, it's best to soak the rice for several hours prior … [Read more...]

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Thai chicken curry

Chicken curry is a dish that I grew up with. But the chicken curry of my childhood was just a coconut milk based stew made yellow with curry powder. Homey and really comforting but, well... it lacked fire somehow. Later on, when I learned to cook, I would add combine a … [Read more...]

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How to make buko (coconut) and pandan jelly drink

The term "buko pandan" can mean either of two things. The first is buko pandan dessert with coconut meat and cubes of pandan-flavored pudding (made with gelatin or agar-agar) mixed with cream and sweetened condensed milk. The second is an iced drink made with coconut juice, … [Read more...]