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Turon (Fried Caramelized Banana Rolls)

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Turon is “saba banana” that has been coated in sugar and rolled in lumpia (spring roll) wrapper before being fried. In the Navotas-Malabon area where my parents grew up, these are called Valencia. It’s actually wrapped in a more rectangular and sometimes squarish shape compared to the long thin ones that we commonly see peddled on the streets of Manila. What we consider Turon are those stuffed with mashed sweetened monggo (mung beans) instead of bananas. For a more authentic Turon, I made used of the Filipino lumpia wrapper that…read more

Peaches and Cream Fruit Parfait

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Ever since I saw photos of fruit parfaits from Japanese fruit parlors, I have promised to make some for the family this Summer when a variety of fruits will surely be in season. I was torn to either making the berry version or the peach kind. Peach won in the end since it’s the sweetest during the Summer months here in Jersey. You may also use melons, mangoes, or a combination of fruits. There is really no cooking involved here just a matter of putting together your ingredients. For the…read more

Peach Cooler

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It’s the height of peach season in New Jersey which starts early July til end of August. My girls love peaches and I always get some every time I do my grocery shopping. There are several types of peaches: yellow, white, free stone, clingstone, donut and nectarine. Yellow ones are the most common and what most orchards have for pick your own. This Summer cooler is a great way to use your overly ripe peaches. Like the strawberry refresher I made early in May, you will need to make your…read more

Taho (Tofu Pudding)

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Taho is made of silken tofu sweetened with arnibal (dark brown sugar syrup) and tapioca pearls (sago). I have fond memories as a child buying Taho from peddlers who carry two big aluminum buckets suspended from a pole. They would be walking on the streets of residential neighborhoods calling out “Tahooo” early in the morning. Taho is often be served in plastic disposable cups but we like to give our own cup or bowl to be filled up. I should also mention that this are always served hot. Nowadays, there…read more

Sago at Gulaman

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The Philippines have their own version of bubble drinks even before bubble tea drinks have become a craze. It’s called Sago at Gulaman. We call tapioca or boba, “sago”. This is a cooler that you can get anywhere in the country. It’s almost a standard beverage or drink that is ever present in most local restaurant menu. You can also get it from street vendors, fast foods chains and even high end Filipino restaurants have their fancy version of it. It is just sago that has been flavored or sweetened…read more

Strawberry Refresher

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Strawberry season begins in mid May to early June in New Jersey. This is the best time to get the sweetest and freshest berries. This recipe is great for using ripe to overripe berries that you don’t want to waste. Since the weather is starting to get really warm now, this is a great cooler to serve during the Summer months. First, you need to make strawberry syrup. Wash and hull about 7-8 large berries, I used half of a pack of 1 lb. strawberries. Place strawberries in a glass…read more

Avocado with Milk and Sugar

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In the Philippines avocados are eaten as a fruit and is usually served as a sweet or dessert. That is why I when I moved here to the US, I can’t wrap my head around eating avocados in a savory form. It took me awhile to bring myself to eat guacamole. The most popular way to eat avocados for us is just adding milk and sugar to it. Just scoop out the flesh of an avocado and place in a bowl. It’s best if you use chilled avocados for this….read more

Ube Boba Milkshake

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Everyone in our family loves Boba or Bubble tea drinks. We almost always do a weekly run to our favorite bubble tea place in town. You usually chose between milk tea and fruit tea variety, but there are also specialty drinks like slush and smoothies. I prefer the the slush kind that is why I thought boba would really go well in milkshake. First, you have to prepare or make your bubbles, you can buy them in packs at most Asian stores. Just cook according to package directions and place…read more

Ogura Toast

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Ogura toast is a Nagoya specialty. It’s a staple in most coffee shops and is popularly served as part of what they call a “morning set”. It’s a breakfast special where your coffee comes with an egg and toast at no additional cost. It has become so popular that convenience stores nowadays sell ogura-an bread and it’s now mostly available everywhere. So what is Ogura toast ? It’s thickly sliced bread that has been toasted with ogura-an a kind of sweetened red bean paste, usually served with butter or whipped…read more

Souffle Pancake

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I just love Asian desserts, they don’t only taste great but are so instagram worthy as well. SoufflĂ© pancake is just one example. This craze started in Japan and has quickly spread to the west. They are thick pancakes but light and fluffy on the inside. They are different from regular pancakes because of how they are prepared, instead whisking all ingredients together, the eggs are separated and the whites are whipped and folded into the batter. This makes the pancake puff up and at the same time wobbly, the…read more