Filipino people may be famous for their sweet and charming ladies, but little is known about Filipino cuisine. But you will be surprised to know that their cuisine is delicious, different and very nutritious too. So, if you have always wondered what the Filipinos eat, here are some classic and modern Filipino cuisine recipes that you can try for your next party gathering.
Filipino Cuisine Recipes
Maes Con Yelo
This one is a very distinct dessert made with crushed ice, corn kernels and sweetened milk. Pureed corn is combined with crushed ice and milk to make a granita, which is then served in a tall glass. It is further garnished with corn flakes for the added crunch and is served chilled.
- 2 1/2–3 cups of corn kernels
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup condensed milk
- 1/4 cup evaporated milk
- 8 Tbsp. granulated sugar, divided
- 1 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
- Cornflakes for serving
- Keep one cup of corn kernels aside and add the remaining in a large bowl. Grind these to a smooth paste in a blender. Now transfer this paste into a cheese cloth and strain vigorously to release corn liquid. Discard the solids.
- Mix cream, condensed milk, evaporated milk, sugar, salt and 2 cups of water to the bowl with corn liquid and whisk thoroughly.
- Pour this mixture into a baking dish and freeze until icy for around half an hour. Then remove, remove the icy flakes and freeze again.
- Now add brown sugar, remaining granulated sugar, salt and a cup of water to boil in a pan. Cook until syrup is glossy, but runny. Add the kept aside corn into this and then cook for a few more minutes.
- Cool and chill.
- Take sundae glasses and first pour syrupy corn, next add granita and then sprinkle with cornflakes before serving.
Ever heard of omelet made from eggplants? Well, this Filipino dish is made in the form of an egg-battered cutlet. It is called Torta in Filipino language.
- 2 large Asian eggplants
- 2 large eggs
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons picked cooked crabmeat (optional)
- Fish sauce, for serving
- Preheat the boiler.
- Arrange the eggplants in a single layer on a baking tray and broil them. You can flip them once or twice but ensure that they are soft and blackened evenly. This should take around 15 minutes.
- Place these softened eggplants in a ziplock bag for 10 minutes to gather steam and make it easier for you to peel off the skin.
- Peel the eggplants and use a fork to flatten its flesh.
- Now add the eggs in a bowl and beat them well. Add salt and pepper for seasoning.
- Now take a large wok and heat some vegetable oil in it. Dip each eggplant into the beaten eggs and then place it in the wok. This way, fry all the eggplants in the wok.
- If you are adding crabmeat, then add one tablespoon of it on top of each eggplant and spread it well with a spoon.
- As soon as your eggplants are crispy on one side, flip them over and cook from the other side.
- Transfer these when done on a paper towel to drain off the excess oil.
- Serve with fish sauce when fresh and hot.
So, try this classic and modern recipe of Filipino dishes and enjoy.