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My Ultimate Comfort Food Ever!

Updated on June 1, 2013

Wow Sarap!

This is my list of top 10 ultimate comfort food ever exists in my mama's kitchen... It all comes in random!

I must say that when I was a kid I'm a bad picky eater from veggies to meats I just ignored it, a plain simple rule when I was young. But looking back right now I realize how these foods embrace me while growing up filled with fond memories I always cherish.

Since I love food more than ever!

Most especially if it's a comfort food that really does makes me feel better and gets me going so I decided a trip down memory lane and list whatever I can recall.

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The term comfort food refers to a style of familiar, simple food or drink that is usually home-cooked, or consumed in informal restaurants. The idea of "comfort food" is popular in western culture and not part of many other societies including East Asia.

It is typically inexpensive, uncomplicated, and easy to prepare. Many people turn to comfort food for familiarity, emotional security, or as a special reward. The reasons a dish becomes a comfort food are diverse but often include pleasant associations of childhood. Small children often seem to latch on to a specific food or drink (in a way similar to a security blanket) and will repeatedly request it in high stress situations. Adults eat comfort food for a sense of continuity.

Comfort foods are typically composed largely of simple or complex carbohydrate, such as sugar, rice, refined wheat, and so on.

read the rest of the wikipedia article...

Do you have an ultimate comfort food ever? What is it?

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#1 A glass of milk and chocolate cookies

first off the bat!

How can I forget these sweet chocolate cookies and a glass of milk! It comes almost everyday in the morning.

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I love arroz caldo!

It won't be so surprising why it's on my list... My taste of food is so eclectic mostly influence by the eastern culture. This recipe is perfect to ease colds due to the cold weather monsoon. I still enjoyed this every now and then.

Chicken Arroz Caldo Recipe

Recipe Courtesy of Open Source Food

You will need:

• 4 chicken thighs (or drumsticks)

• 2 cups of sticky rice (uncooked)

• 1 qt of chicken stock (fat free, sodium free)

• 2 knobs of ginger (peeled, chopped 1/4 inches)

• 4 cloves of garlic (chopped roughly)

• 1 onion or 2 shallots

• green onions

• 2 tablespoons patis (fish sauce)

• salt and pepper

Cooking Instruction:

Get a big pot hot and add some olive oil, and brown the chicken. This means don't move it until it has sufficiently browned on one side. Salt and pepper.

When you flip over the chicken, add the chopped onion or shallots and let it sautee until the other side of the chicken browns.

Add garlic, give a quick toss and add uncooked rice.

Mix around the rice and add the patis (vietnamese fish sauce works well too). Add ginger. Mix around and add chicken stock.

Cover and bring to simmer.

When simmer, bring heat to medium and continue to stir. Making sure rice doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot.

Continue to check the tenderness of the rice (much like risotto). If mixture is getting too thick, loosen with tepid water.

When rice is cooked just right, serve with chicken in a bowl and garnish with green onions and/or deep fried shallots and garlic and a grind of black pepper (white pepper works well too).

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Pancit is similar to stir-fried noodles dish originated from China. It is made up of very thin rice noodles fried with soy sauce and some citrus and possibly with patis and variation of chopped meats and vegetables.

It is said that there are 15 variations of Pancit every region in the Philippines.

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This is one of many indigenous food in the Philippines which is usually made as a pasalubong or keepsake for a relative or tourist in the country.

Traditionally, a buko pie is a pastry filled with sweetened young coconut. There are also a lot of variations of this pie often they use macapuno, a special type of coconut which is much thicker and sticky.

Click below for free buko pie recipes:

How to Make Buko Pie

Buko Pie Special

Buko Pie a la Marketman - Market Manila

One of the easiest breakfast preparation that I know...

This is how you do it, just in case.

All you need:

Buttered toast

Egg whites

Egg yolks

Seasoning (optional)

Let's get it on!

See to it that the buttered toast well warmed. Beat egg whites as you needed until stiff. Place egg yolks on toast slices, then cover the slices with egg whites. Season well.. if you want and let it brown in the oven or microwave.

That's it!

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# 7 Let's refresh with Halo-halo!

... from the word itself "mix-mix"

...so what's halo-halo?

For sure a lot of balikbayan's really missed this one!

Halo-halo is a traditional Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served cold in a tall glass or bowl.

There is no specific recipe for this dessert, and a wide variety of ingredients are used. The order in which the ingredients are added varies widely. Primary ingredients generally include boiled red mung beans, kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains caramelized in sugar. Other components may include jackfruit (langka), star apple, tapioca or sago, nata de coco, purple yam (ube) or sweet potato (kamote), sweetened corn kernels or pounded crushed young rice (pinipig), leche flan or custard, ice cream and gelatin. Other fruits, such as papayas, avocados, kiwifruit, bananas or cherries, may also be added. Some preparations also include ice cream on top of the halo-halo.

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Halo-Halo

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Philippine cooking is the familiar blended with the exotic. Just as the Filipinos are part Malay, Chinese and Spanish, so is the cuisine of the seven-thousand-island Philippine nation. One can also taste the subtle hints of Indian, Mexican, Arab and American influences. American contribution to Filipino kitchen particularly became heavy following WW II when surplus canned foods became widely available because of the shortages of fresh produce. The Filipinos embraced these 'new foods' and turned them into dishes that taste nothing like canned food. For example, by sauteing canned corned beef with onions and garlic, they created a dish uniquely their own.

Here are some dish suggestions should anyone would like to sample Filipino cooking (whether from recipe or restaurant) - these dishes are fairly traditional and whoever cooks them couldn't go wrong. As one author has put it, exploration of Filipino dishes will not be an arduous trek, because Filipino cooking is easy.

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    • askformore lm profile image

      askformore lm 4 years ago

      I like buko-pie, Salamat!

      I don't like Halo Halo

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Wow, so many new recipes I've never tried!! Everything looks yummy and at least some of your comfort foods are actually pretty healthy! Well done!!

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      GrimRascal 5 years ago from Overlord's Castle

      Yummy and nice.

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      Nancy Graham 5 years ago

      Love your focus on what YOU love and your genuine experience with each and every favorite. I think this is great! You have been blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Those foods look great! However, as much as I LOVE chocolate, I can't have very much :( But, I can still say - it looks great! Great Lens!

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I think I would love to try some of your comfort foods, they sound different, fascinating and something new to try. Excellent lens, it's great to hear about different types of food, blessed.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Fascinating how different our comfort foods are, depending on where you grew up.

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      What great ideas.

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      Good lens to think about the huge range of food that is comfort food for different people and different cultures.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I hope comfort food will be making filipino recipes soon especially chicken adobe. It is my favorite filipino recipe. Do you know of any other famous recipes from Phillipines?

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      BeaGabrielle1 6 years ago

      Makes me wanna head right to the kitchen to cook something. :-) Love all the things you featured here!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      From my childhood to today, the comfort food I like best is 'cocoa & toast'. It always brings back pleasant memories and is warming on a cold day, in addition to being tasty. Take a cup of hot chocolate, perhaps sometimes with a little marshmallow or whipped cream on top, and sip part, then "dunk" your buttered toast in the rest! Yum.

      This was a wonderful list of Your 'comfort foods', many of which were very new to me (as I live on the other side of the world) and therefore fun to learn about. A delightfully done lens. ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~

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      scar4 6 years ago

      I prefer salty food to sweet one, is that healthy?

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      Seeing all this wondeful Filipino food made me long for some of that! Halo halo, how I miss that!

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      poutine 7 years ago

      It has to be homemade macaroni and cheese with plenty of old cheddar.

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      Tyrowen 8 years ago

      Hey nice lens, keep it up!

      Nice recipes you have here!

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      Pat 8 years ago from Midwest, USA

      I'll have to try some of these...esp the coco rice!! mmmmmmm

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens and the way that you have dressed it up makes it very yummy!

      Susie

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I want to buy the Braun MX2050 PowerMax 525-Watt 58-Ounce Jug Blender, but it says the item is currently unavailable.

      Do you know where else I can buy it?

      Great lens, btw. Love the different formatting. Very refreshing.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      filipinotshirts 8 years ago

      cool lens! keep up the good work.

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      Temp_Girl 8 years ago

      I agree with Poutine -- it's gotta be macaroni and cheese for me too. But only if it's homemade. ;)

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      Animalover42 8 years ago

      Really great lens! Very interesting!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Just lensrolled to :

      my 10 most comforting things

      Soup Anyone?

      The Not So Humble Potato

      tim horton donuts

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      cannedguds lm 8 years ago

      kabayan! if you happen to go here at our place in Iloilo City, hanapin mo yung Nang Palang's Buko pie! sigurado, mag uuwi ka ng tone-toneladang buko pie ni Nang Palang! great lens you have here! nagugutom tuloy ako! sarap!

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      Celticozarkian 8 years ago

      this is a fun site, with many unique foods! I'm not sure I'll ever be a fish paste convert, but I wish you could give us a taste of the Arroz Caldo. It looks great! I may have to try to make it!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      My most precious comfort food has to be macaroni and cheese.

      Poutine

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      Barkely 8 years ago

      I enjoyed checking out your comfort foods, and I found a few recipes I may have to try:) Fabulous lens.

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Fun lens...except now I'm hungry :o)

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Fun lens...except now I'm hungry :o)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 8 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you for adding this to the Month of Thanks Challenge.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      You have a really eclectic taste in comfort foods. I have a few myself! Nice job on this lens.

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      GregGiordano 9 years ago

      I love food. Your perspective on your favorites was most enjoyable to read.

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      moneygames 9 years ago

      Very interesting. 5* from me

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      GramaBarb 9 years ago from Vancouver

      A made from scratch blueberry pancake with maple syrup with a fresh cup of coffee. That is my comfort food. :)

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      Moe Wood 9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Wow, so many unique and interesting comfort foods. Thank you for sharing this lens.

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      juliasofia44 9 years ago

      Great and good informative lens.