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Famous Native Delicacies and Snacks in the Philippines
Filipinos Native Delicacies and Snacks
Filipino are food lovers and have a sweet tooth.
Filipinos talent of making delicacies and sweets are taken from Philippines bountiful agricultural products such as rice , root crops, fruits and dairy products and commonly sugared (sweetened) by its famous organic raw sugar called "muscovado".
A day without mid or late afternoon snack isn't a happy day. Wives and mothers are expected to prepare and serve snacks for husband after an exhausting day at work and for children after a tiring brain storming at school and prior doing their homeworks.
Busy working Filipino wives and mothers who has a difficult time to prepare the afternoon snacks are worry free because there are wide selection of snacks found in the street side stalls in an affordable prices and peddlers carrying cart or bamboo woven trays and bilums full of various "kakanin" ( native delicacies or dainties ).
I grew up in a countryside and I remember how my mother would wait in the door entrance for us ( me and my siblings) to come home from school . We were very excited and hurriedly came home not only because we were missing mama's smile and hug but also to the snack she prepared for us ( me and my siblings).
Those sweet childhood memories of mine with my brothers and sisters are indeed one of my happiest memories. Even the simplest food cooked by the heart full of love can go farther than merely giving an energy to the body but also strengthening the family relationship and nourishing the souls.
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Sharing food to friends and neighbors are common to Filipinos especially in the villages (barrios).
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No single Filipino doesn't know how to cook , even those Filipinos who were born with " golden spoon" in their mouth has their own specialty and unique way of cooking. In the Philippines, meals without dessert is incomplete and a day without mid or late afternoon snack isn't a happy day.
Piaya/ Piyaya is made of flat, flaky bread with sweet fillings ( with the use of muscovado ) and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Pinasugbo is made of thinly sliced banana, deep fried until crisp , coated in thick caramel and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Bandi is either made of coconut or peanut cooked in crystallized "muscovado " syrup and topped with sesame seeds.
Bukayo is made by simmering strips of young coconut (buko) in water and then mixing with brown sugar .
Maja Blanca is a mixture of coconut milk, cornstarch, sugar , corn kernel, roasted peanuts and topped with " latik"
Pitsi-pitsi is a cassava-based delicacy . It is a mixture of grated cassava, sugar and vanilla steamed and topped with cheese .
Nilupak is made of either, mashed banana or mashed cassava, condensed milk, grated coconut, butter or margarine .
Ube Halaya is a traditional Filipino dessert made of boiled grated and smashed ube , condensed milk, butter and vanilla extract
Palabok is a Filipino rice noodles dish with bright orange thick crab sauce, though, noodles was introduced by Chinese but Filipinos creativity made this delicious snack. It is made of rice noodles topped with hard boiled egg, shrimp, squid and garlic .
Though name derived from the Spanish term " polvo" which means dust, pulboron is made of a mixture of flour, powdered milk, sugar and butter and wrapped in a colorful japanese paper.
Puto Maya is a delicacy that will brighten up your day. It is made of steamed glutenous rice cooked in coconut milk , a dash of salt, topped with " bukayo" and wrapped in a pre-cut young banana leaf.
Cassava Cake / Pudding
Cassava cake is a classic dessert with many different versions through the years. Different regions has its own unique way of preparing pudding. In Western Visayas, it is made of finely grated cassava,milk, steamed and topped with grated cheese.
Banana Cue is a popular snack / dessert found in any street side vendor and peddlers be in the city or in the villages all over the country. It is made banana coated in caramelized brown sugar and deep fried. It is skewered on a bamboo stick before serving .
Kalamay Hati is a sweet delicacy made of floured glutenous rice cooked and stirred for about an hour in coconut milk and "muscovado " ( organic raw sugar) until thick and flavored in vanilla. A laborious yummy delicacy .
Nilugaw is an Ilongo / Hiligaynon term for over cooked rice . A sweet stew of a mixture of glutenous rice and jasmin rice , root crops like cassava, banana, taro, sweet potato, "sago", jack fruit , "buko " (young coconut ) vanilla and cooked in a coconut milk.
My great grandmother used to cooked this food every Good Friday and shared to the the entire family and neighborhood. Her belief that after the traditional fasting, and praying during lenten season, bodies are weak to resist to evil acts and since "nilugaw" is literally sticky , you'll stick to goodness . It was far from being true though but through her belief, we had a chance to bond with other kins from other regions.