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Friday, February 26, 2010

A day at Corniche

Corniche typically refers to a road on the side of a cliff or mountain, with the ground rising on one side of the road and falling away on the other.

In Middle East countries  like Qatar, the word typically describes a waterfront promenade usually paralleled by a main road, such as the renowned Doha Corniche.

Me and my kids went out to Corniche, one of the attractive place in Doha .It was a fine Saturday morning, the weather was good ,no sand storm and not too cold. There was no traffic along the way. The place was so quiet and peaceful. People of different nationalities were enjoying the nice weather by just sitting on the cool green lawns underneath the palm trees, hang out with friends and relatives, work out at the broad pavement, buying fresh fish or just simply watch the calm water.

My children had fun playing while I enjoyed taking pictures of them. In one part of Corniche fishermen were selling their freshly catch fish off the boat at a very reasonable price .I got  almost 4 kilos of fish plus 1 added lobster for just QR 15.

At the far end of the Corniche is a pyramid shaped building Sheraton Hotel, one of Doha's most iconic buildings where my husband and me had our very first date 6 years ago.


Qatar was my home for  7 years, a small but rich country in GCC. A place full of hope and dreams among OFW like me. I first landed in this country on July 28, 2003, fell in love, got married on 2004 and the rest was history. My favorite shopping mall is City Center, Villagio Mall and of course for food stuff  Lulu Hypermarket  followed by Family Food Center.

Qatar also known as the State of Qatar or locally Dawlat Qatar is headed by Emir H.H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and  his son Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani. Doha is the capital of Qatar and the largest city.The country is boarded by Saudi Arabia to  the south  and surrounded by the Persian Gulf which separates it from Bahrain. Qatar is an  oil- and gas-rich nation, with the third largest gas reserves and the highest GDP per capita in the world.

An absolute monarchy, Qatar has been ruled by the al-Thani family since the mid-1800s and has since transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues.During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Qatari economy was crippled by a continuous siphoning off of petroleum revenues by the Emir, who had ruled the country since 1972. His son, the current Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, overthrew him in a bloodless coup in 1995. In 2001, Qatar resolved its longstanding border disputes with both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.(wikipedia)

Giant Ory in Doha corniche


Doha Port

The Aspire Tower, built for the 2006 Asian Games and the Doha Sports City

Women's Hospital offers Obstetrics and Gynecological care.This is where my youngest son was born.

Doha port, a place where you can buy fish and other sea food fresh from the sea.

Giant Pearl along corniche

Monday, February 22, 2010

Someone that I Used to Love

 Does this song sounds familiar to you? It's an old song sung by Natalie Cole and Barbara Streisand  during  the 80's.I just don't know if there is a revival .I read it from one of my niece's shout out in Friendster (I know,FS is out and FB is in or is it twitter or tumblr?) and brings back memories of the past.Someone who was a  part of my life.We couldn't help but think about them sometimes,right?Men who became a part of our life and made us think that we wont survive the life without them. But that was the thing of the past .We already moved on  and found the right one.One thing is for sure ,we still remember them but the feeling has gone.Which reminds me of another song "I remember the boys but I don't remember the feelings anymore".

Oh, sorry for feeling sentimental this morning !probably the result of not having enough sleep last night,my baby did not let  me  go back in bed with hubby .He wanted me to stay beside him all night long.The following morning, me and my eldest son woke up late at 7 am .Good thing was,I still have some left over pancakes in the ref for his breakfast.The youngest woke up at 7:20 am ,just in time for me to take the eldest to school with him at the back of the car strapped on a car seat..

School is few blocks away from our house and one minute drive only, so there is no way for us to be late.

Someone That I Used to Love

When I wake up each morning
Trying to find myself
And if I’m ever the least unsure
I always remind myself
Though you’re someone in this world
That all always choose to love
From now on you’re only someone
That I used to love
As for me
It’s getting down to the last
Unspoken part
When you must begin to ease
The pain of a broken heart
Tell me why should I even care
If I have to lose your love
From now on you’re only someone
That I used to love
I wish it was enough for you
All the love I had to give
And I did my best
To keep you satisfied
I guess you’ll never know
How much I tried
I really tried
And if ever our paths
Should cross again
Well, you won’t find me
Neath the one to get lost again
Once I had so much to give
But you just refused my love
From now on you’re only someone
That I used to love
And I did my best
To keep you satisfied
I guess you’ll never know
How much I tried
I really tried
When I wake up each morning
Trying to find myself
And if I’m ever the least unsure
I always remind myself
Though you’re someone in this world
That all always choose to love
From now on you’re only someone
That I used to love
From now on you’re only someone
That I used to love
Though you’re someone in this world
That all always choose to love
From now on you’re only someone
That I used to love
From now on you’re only someone
That I used to love...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Some of my Favorite Faceboook Quotes and Comments

Facebook is one of the best social media that happened in the worldwide web. My day is not complete without logging in. The one thing I like most from it is I got the chance to get connected with my long lost friends, relatives and school mates. I enjoy reading  other status posts and comments. I guess posting status on FB makes life easier for us. You can burst your anger out,your frustration, daily routine, food and place you visited. Most are into games and application especially Farmville and Farmtown but unlike others, I am not addicted with any of them. Sorry for those invites that I rejected.

Here are some of my friends status updates that I gathered that I really like.

1. Don't Fall for someone unless they're willing to catch you ..
2. hate me now, love me soon...
3. I don't run away from you, I walk slowly. And it kills me that you don't care enough to try and stop me.
4. LOVE is not in the desire to lay with SOMEONE, but in the need to SLEEP next to SOMEONE.
5. DON'T JUDGE PEOPLE BASED ON YOUR IGNORANCE.... "why some people are bitter, loser & bi*ch?" ow sorry for the word ;)
6. How will you notice that you are important to your special someone? hmmmmm
7. Is it hard to say this to the people you loved? "I'll never gonna let you go"
8. How do people deal with their feelings when it comes to LOVE?
9. It's hard to believe in MAGIC... am I right guys?
10. MISS YOU a LITTLE.... I guess you could say... a LITTLE TOO MUCH and LITTLE TOO OFTEN and LITTLE MORE each day!!!!=)
11. "Well done is better than well said"
12. I believe that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
13. Do you know how bad it hurts losing your bestfriend over something you thought was your everything? Who am I supposed to tell things to now? Who am I supposed to cry to now?
14. kung nasa bahay ka,walang magawa... pagdito naman sa office mas lalong walang magawa.... ok sana kung pwedeng matulog dito... hayyy!!!anung klaseng buhay ba to...
15. aanhin pa ang GASUL kung wala namang BIGAS...


Friday, February 19, 2010

Oklahoma Trip

I have no idea what to right today .It's a Friday,hubby's day off. We had breakfast in bed while watching his favorite tv show"The Bill Cosby Show". Pancake and bacon was pretty good. My Children was in their room playing with the computer and watching "Sesame Street".

What else to do during Fridays, aside from going to church at 10 am to 12 noon ?Go home, prepare our lunch and at the same time do the laundry.

And of course my day is not complete without surfing the net.And while reading others blog, I got the chance to look into my old photographs and just found out some nice view in one of our US trip back in 2007 at Oklahoma. These were the 3 different lakes that we visited during our vacation and one of them is the Gary and Raymond lake, one of hubby's  favorite fishing spot.

Gary and Raymond lake


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Today is my Wedding Day !

At last after a long days and sleepless nights of preparations from wedding dress to entourage to reception here comes the much awaited Wedding Day.

This it! There is no turning back and we are going to marry the love of our life. But no matter how happy you both are on the special day you cannot help but worry .The groom waiting uneasily inside the church, worried that the bride might change her mind and won't show up anymore while the bride on the other hand is worried of being late on the wedding ceremony because the wedding gown doesn't fit well and the make up didn't turn out to be as perfect as she want it to be.

How was your wedding day? How excited or worried were you during that day? Please share your experiences here. Have you had any regret being married to her/him?

Note" This bog was posted in Qatar living/Filex group on Sat, 30/08/2008 when one of my friends got married in Doha, Qatar. My oldest son was the coin bearer while my youngest one was only 1 month old then. And of course my family is not complete without my handsome husband on his blue polo shirt .

The bride looks gorgeous on her white wedding dress and the equally good looking groom on his black suit. The wedding was simple yet elegant with only few closed friends and some relatives as witnessed on their very special day.The reception was held in a hotel function room and attended by more friends who shared with their happiness and at the same time enjoyed the good food and programs prepared by the wedding coordinator. The couples eyes was filled with love and joy and was indeed a night to cherished ."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What a Dream !

Ang ganda ng panaginip ko last night. Nakaka nose bleed.
Napanaginipan ko ba naman na tatay ko si Barack Obama at ako ay First Daughter with Security Service escort pa.At syempre since father and daughter kami ay nag usap kami kaya nose bleed ako sa ka iinglis.Sayang nga lang at di ako nakapunta ng White House dahil nagising ako sa pagsigaw ng anak ko.

This is one of the best dream I ever had.

Share naman din nyo kakaibang panaginip nyo.

Naipost ko ito dati noong Feb. 2009 ,kasagsagan noon ng pangangampanya ni then Presidential candidate Barack Obama sa pagka Presidente,kakabasa at kakapanood sa kanya kaya hanggang sa pagtulog ay kasama ko siya.

kahit sa panaginip man lang ay maging First Daughter ako.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentines 2010

I have 2 sick kids on Valentines day.My both has cough and cold.I brought them at the Children's Hospital .The oldest was prescribed with Zyrtec and Paracetamol and one day sick leave while the youngest with Augmentin , Zyrtec and Paracetamol.Being out for school for one day makes my eldest so happy . For a long time ,he was praying and begging me to allow him to take time out from school like most of his classmate does and this is it.This kids really amazed me ,they took medicines and did not feel dizzy or sleepy at all. R was on his computer and Nintendo DS all day long while J played like he is not sick at all.

I called hubby at the office just to let him know what is going on with the kids but he was at the meeting and promised to call me back as soon as he is free .After an hour ,he called back and hang up without mentioning about the Valentines day.Hubby came home ,I fixed his lunch while he watched his favorite TV show.Then he asked me,"What is the date today?".I answered,"13 or 14?why? ".And that was when I realized that it is A Valentines day and said sorry for not remembering the Hearts day. Hubby answered back ,"me too, Happy Valentines dear!"and held my hand as I greeted him back.

Just an ordinary day ,no flowers for me this time!Oh ,well,what can I do.Anyway ,we celebrates Valentines everyday and it is the thoughts that counts.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Reminds me of Jozhil,ang babaing walang pahinga(a woman without rest),QL/Filex certified Miss Curacha,2008 and KP's most active member awardee and Rozana Roces for her movie with the same title, playing the role of a dancer,a woman without rest.But there is one curacha that is truly mouth watering and truly hard to resist.

Curacha-A local Chavacano name given to this sea crab species that is uniquely found in the waters around Zamboanga, and no where else in the world. It is popularly described as a high bred crustacean, with crossbreed characteristics of a large sea crab and the big spiny lobster. Thus, it is unusually large [reddish-pink in color] for a hybrid crab and quite meaty, and oh so delicious! A special Zamboanga City treat.

Cooking Instructions:
Steam or boil in plain water, until cooked to desired level. Curacha is best experienced in its natural exotic flavor, cooked minimally so as to preserve its original taste.

If you care to add a touch of local flavor to it, mix in some lemongrass and about 3-5 cups of coconut milk to sauce, and boil until done. Sauce topping could be enhanced with ginger, grated coconut meat, sea salt, pepper, red chilis, and choice vegetables.

Serve with: Steamed rice and fresh Latu (seaweed/sea grapes) or salad.

Why don't you Share your favorite recipes or your towns very own dish and we might try it in our house one of these days.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Seafood and Barbecue Feast

Doha, Qatar

My 2 sons woke up this morning not feeling well because of cough and cold. I gave them both cough syrup and hopefully will be better later on. My youngest son Julian, did not sleep well last night because of clogged nose so I had to stay up beside him all night.

Yesterday was entirely a good day, me and my eldest son went out for a seafood and barbecue feast at a beach with my friends. He jumped straight into the water once we got there while I did chat with some of my friends who came earlier at the place to save the area and prepare the barbecue grills. It was really fun seeing those friends with their families and children who enjoys swimming at the cold sea water of the rich Country of Qatar.

The place is just around the city right beside the Intercontinental Hotel, no cottage to rent, no stores to buy food, no vendors around, no electricity, just trees and a view overlooking the City Center shopping mall . People of different nationalities were having fun with picnic baskets, chairs tables and mats with them and some even enjoys music from their car stereos. The only thing that protects us from the sun lights are Dates trees and thick clothes. The weather was perfectly cool and fresh without even a trace of air pollution yet. I wonder what would become of this place 10 years from now. Food was superb and overflowing especially crabs. Lunch was ready at 12 noon and each one of us enjoyed our plate full of food especially when fish, squid and pork ribs barbecue were served straight from the grill. And of course what is a barbecue party without hot dogs on stick.

It was indeed one of my unforgettable weekend but we need to go back home early for my youngest son who stayed home with his father.

Looking forward for another fun filled days with my friends again. And what would be the next event? Probably a group's 3rd year Anniversary at the beach again ?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Home Along the Riles...

                                                           photo by Danny Y. Go

Kaninang umaga,habang pinapatulog ko ang anak ko at pinanunuod ang asawa ko sa paghahanda patungong trabaho, bigla na lang pumasok sa isip ko ang "HOME ALONG THE RILES" tv show nila Dolphy at Claudine Barreto. Napakapopular nitong comedy show noong araw at pinakaaabangan ng lahat every week.Isa ito sa mga favorite show ko noon. Nakakarelaks kasi at talaga namang nakakakatuwa ang script at kakulitan ng mga artista.

Syempre sino ba ang makakalimot kina Marimar, Mara Clara, Ana Liza at Flor De Luna at sa kontrabidang si Lola Agueda noong araw. Yes, naabutan  ko ang mga ito at walang pinalagpas na episode  at kahit nuong isapelikula ang Flor De Luna, college na o non pero pinanood ko talaga sa sinehan. Saliod pa nga ng UERMMC, kung saan ako nag aral  at kumukuha ng mga pasyente ang location shooting nila.

Nowadays, iba na ang mga soap opera at masasabing ang laki na ng pinag iba. Kung noon ang mga show ay inaabot ng 2 years sa ere at kung saan saan na napunta ang storya at kung sino sino ng mga karakter ang nagsilabasan pero sige pa rin na inaabangan ng mga tao habang inis at halos isumpa na ang mga kontrabida sa buhay ng mga bida.

Naalala ko yung diary ng Tiyo Kardo ng  Mara Clara na kung sinu sino at kung saan saang malalayong lugar na napadpad pero nakikita pa rin at di lumalayo sa kanila at naging susi para malaman nila ang katotohanan. Imposible pero nagging possible sa soap opera.

Ngayon naman ay mabibilis ang istorya at talaga namang susundan mo if not ay may mamimiss kang big scene.

Habang nasa Qatar, ito ang mga napanood ko, "Aqua Bendita", a story of twins, isang normal at isang taong tubig. Nandyan din yung kay Kris Aquino at Gabby Concepcion na "Kung Tayo‎'y Magkakalayo" at as usual same old love story na masalimuot, "Dyesebel" na kung saan ay ilang artisat na ang gumanap pero masarap pa ring panoorin, "Rubi" na pinangungunahan ng magaling na aktres na si Cherry Pie Picache. Mabibilis ang takbo ng mga istorya at masarap panoorin lalo na pag malapit na ang ending.

Sa mga katulad kong housewife ito ang isa sa pampalipas ko bukod sa pag iinternet.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Food Trip

Filipino's are known to be food lovers kahit saang bansa pa mapunta.We will try every food that is new to our sight regardless of the price Kaya naman kabi kabila ang mga kainan sa iba't ibang sulok ng Pilipinas at kulang ang isang department store kung walang fastfood area na punung puno lagi ng tao.Sa dami nga nila ay di mo na malaman kung ano ang pipiliin.Nung buntis ako sa panganay ko ,madalas kong puntahan sa kahit anong fast food center sa mga mall ay Goto King's special arrozcaldo with lumpiang prito .Ewan ko ba sarap na sarap talaga ako don na sasabawan ko pa ng pinaghalong tamis at asim ng suka at toyo ng lumpia sauce. At kapansin pansin na di nawawala ang magkalabang Jollibee at Mc Donald kahit saang lugar ay talaga naming puno palagi.Mahal na ang franchise nila!magkano na kaya ngayon?

I like Jollibee more than Mc Donald .I love their crispy chicken joy,palabok and hotdog sandwich.But here in Qatar whenever I crave for hamburger I go for Mc Donald's fillet o'fish meal or cheese burger with french fries and small soda
When it comes to fried chicken,Max's is the best for me plus their fresh lumpia .Paano kaya nila niluluto yon?simple lang pero sarap to the bones.
Masarap din daw ang Mary brown with gravy but I haven't tasted it yet.Kenny Roger's has its chicken and ribs with side dishes na pwede na rin if you feel like eating affordable American foods .Chowking has a wide variety of good tasting Chinese food but don't try it here in Qatar because their taste and servings are not as good as in the Philippines.Hmmm,KFC ,pwede na kung type mo kumain ng friend chicken with gravy on the side. .Dito kasi sa Qatar ,no gravies kaya parang bitin ang kain so magtyaga ka na lang sa ketchup.
At pag tinatamad naman akong mgaluto ,nadyan ang Pizza hut for home delivery.Medium super supreme and lasagna with garlic bread for me and hubby , hawaiian pizza and spicy chicken wings naman for my son.

More than 3 years na rin pala kong di umuuwi ng Pinas .last time I went back home ay nung kunin ko ang anak ko and I stayed there for 1 month .And of course ,vacation is not complete without visiting these fastfoods and restaurants.Unahin ko na ang Henlins for their siomai na may masarap na chili sauce,,syempre di ko makakalimutan yan kahit pa nakatayo lang ako sa gilid gilid.And of course, Pancake house for plain and flavored pancakes and waffles for breakfast .
Dencio's with their best selling sisig, ,crispy pata ,sinugba , bulalo and grilled foods.

At heto pa :
Gerry's Grill pinoy food na kung saan lahat ay gusto mong orderin at unahin mo na ang sisig crispy pata, tuna belly, pinaputok na tilapia dahil talaga naming masarap.
Kung malakas ka naman kumain at kaya pa ng budget, punta ka ng Dads eat all u can at sulit ang tyan at bulsa mo, lalo na at mahilig ka sa inihaw ,try their boneless wagon wheel steak,stuffed squid,giant shrimps ,lengua,paella at marami pang iba.
Casa Ilongga, the best ang La Paz Batchoy ever.
Barrio Fiesta - kare-kare and crispy pata at meron din silang eat all you can.
Goldilocks – ensaymada, dinuguan matching with puto pao
Red Ribbon – cakes and pastries.
Panciteria- Pancit Malabon sa bilao...
lumpia house - fish balls, tempura, squid balls
ice cream castle – halo halo
Greenwich- lasagna with garlic bread and pizza.
Wendys-iced tea and burger and garden sensations salad.
Anu ano pa ba? Kung isa isahin natin ang ma fastfood and restaurants sa atin ay talaga nga namang masasabi nating mahilig talaga sa pagkain ang mga Pinoy


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Street Food

I am an OFW for 11 years now, I left Philippines in 1999 to work in a Military hospital in Saudi Arabia and then to Qatar in 2003 to get a better chance of giving my son a good life. Being an OFW there are a lot of things to do in order to survive like cooking your own food, doing the laundry which we don't usually do back home. We have our loving mother or housemaid who takes care of everything for us. Cooking is not an easy job but we have to do it in order to survive. But even if we do know how to cook, we still miss our mothers home cook meal and our old time favorites street foods .

I really miss the street food back home such as green manggo, singkamas with shrimp paste, fish ball with sauce and of course the balut from the vendors that walking down the street at night. I still remember the sweetness of the freshly cooked banana cue and crunchy turon outside of our neighbor's house in Pasay during my childhood days. When I was in college, me and my friends would buy adobong mani at cornick na binudburan ng mantikang may sili on our way home.

Those were the days with the street food.Anyway, here is the list of street food that I found through  internet with anonymous writer.Whoever you are, thank you for the compilation you had made. This really helps us a lot.

Dictionary of Philippine street food:
  • Abnoy - unhatched incubated duck egg or bugok which is mixed with flour and water and cooked like pancakes
  • Adidas - chicken feet, marinated and grilled or cooked adobo styleArroz caldo - rice porridge or congee cooked with chicken and kasubha; see also Lugaw
  • Atay - grilled chicken liver
  • Baga - pig’s or cow’s lungs grilled or deep-fried and served with barbeque condiments
  • Balat ng manok - see Chicken skin and Chicharon manok
  • Balun-balunan - grilled chicken gizzard
  • Balut - hard-boiled duck egg with fetus
  • Banana cue - deep-fried saba (banana) covered with caramelized brown sugar
  • Barbeque - marinated pork or chicken pieces grilled on skewers
  • Batchoy - miki noodle soup garnished with pork innards (liver, kidney and heart), chicharon (pork skin cracklings), chicken breast, vegetables and topped with a raw egg; origin traced to La Paz, Iloilo
  • Betamax - curdled chicken or pork blood, cubed and grilled
  • Bibingka - glutinous rice flour pancakes grilled with charcoal above and below in a special clay pot
  • Biko (also Bico) - glutinous rice cake with grated coconut topping
  • Binatog - boiled white corn kernels, sugar, grated coconut and milk
  • Bopis - minced pig’s heart and lungs sauteed with garlic and onion and seasoned with laurel, oregano, bell pepper and vinegar
  • Botsi - chicken esophagus, deep-fried or grilled
  • Calamares - deep-fried squid in batter
  • Calamay (also Kalamay) - glutinous rice cakes; varieties all over the country
  • Camote cue - deep-fried camote (sweet potato) covered with caramelized brown sugar
  • Carioca (also Karyoka, Karioka) - deep-fried glutinous rice flour cakes served on skewers
  • Cheese sticks - deep-fried cheese wrapped in lumpia (spring roll) wrapper
  • Chicharon baboy - pork skin cracklings, made from pork rind boiled and seasoned, sun-dried and deep-fried
  • Chicharon bituka - pork or chicken intestine boiled, seasoned and deep-fried
  • Chicharon bulaklak - pork omentum boiled, seasoned and deep-fried
  • Chicharon manok - chicken skin cracklings
  • Chicken balls - balls made with chicken meat, deep fried and served in skewers with a sweet, sour or spicy sauce
  • Chicken skin - chicken skin battered and deep fried
  • Cutchinta - see Kutsinta
  • Day-old chicks - literally day-old chicks deep-fried to a crisp, served with sauce or vinegar
  • Empanada (Batac) - pork longganiza, egg and grated green papaya in a rice flour shell, deep-fried and served with vinegar
  • Fishballs - balls made with fish meat, most often from pollock, deep fried and served in skewers with a sweet, sour or spicy sauce
  • Goto - rice porridge or congee cooked with beef tripe
  • Halo-halo - translated as “a mix of many things” or “an assortment,” it is a dessert topped with shaved ice that may contain sweetened saba (banana), camote, macapuno (young coconut), kaong, nata de coco, pinipig (rice crispies), gulaman (agar), sago (tapioca balls), brown and white beans, garbanzos, ube (purple yam), and leche flan (creme brulee), with milk and sugar
  • Helmet - grilled chicken head

  • Hepalog (also Toknonong) - hard-boiled duck eggs dipped in orange batter and deep-fried
  • Isaw - collective term for different types of grilled chicken and pork innards; varieties include isaw manok, isaw baboy, atay, goto, botsi, balun-balunan, and tenga ng baboy
  • Isaw baboy - grilled or deep-fried pork intestines on a skewer, served with sweet, sour or spicy sauce
  • Isaw manok (aslo IUD) - grilled or deep-fried chicken intestines on a skewer, served with sweet, sour or spicy sauce; also referred to as IUD because it resembles an intra-uterine device
  • Iskrambol (also Scrambol) - frostees; shaved ice, diced gulaman, sago and condensed milk
  • IUD - see Isaw manok
  • Kakanin - collective term for snacks made with kanin (rice), particularly malagkit (glutinous) rice; varieties include puto, kutsinta, calamay, sapin-sapin, suman, palitaw, biko or sinukmani, and espasol among many others
  • Kalamay - see Kalamay
  • Kamote cue - see Camote cue
  • Kikiam - the special ones are made of ground pork and vegetables wrapped in bean curd sheets, deep-fried and served with sweet, sour or spicy sauce; those in the street are seafood-based, usually made of fish meat and cuttlefish
  • Kudil - deep-fried pork skin
  • Kutsinta - steamed bahaw (boiled rice) with lye and brown sugar; has a gelatinous consistency
  • Kwek kwek - see Quek quek
  • Lomi - noodle soup made with thick fresh egg noodles or lomi
  • Langoniza - pork sausage grilled or fried on a skewer
  • Lugaw - rice porridge or congee; varieties include arroz caldo (with chicken and kasubha) and goto (with beef tripe)
  • Lumpia - spring rolls; varieties include lumpiang basa; lumpiang hubad - fresh spring rolls wothout the wrapper; lumpiang prito; lumpiang sariwa - fresh srping rolls; lumpiang shanghai; lumpiang ubod; and turon
  • Mais - boiled sweet corn seasoned with salt, butter or margarine
  • Mais con yelo - sweet corn, milk and sugar topped with shaved ice
  • Mami - noodle soup
  • Manggang hilaw - green mango served with bagoong (shrimp paste)
  • Mani - peanuts either boiled, roasted or deep-fried and seasoned with garlic and salt
  • Maruya - banana fritters
  • Nilupak - mashed kamoteng kahoy (cassava) or kamote (sweet potato) with brown sugar and served with butter or margarine
  • Palitaw - glutinous rice flour pancakes topped with grated young coconut, sugar and roasted sesame seeds
  • Panara - deep-fried crab and grated green papaya empanda sold in Pampanga during Christmas season
  • Pancit - noodles; varieties are batchoy (Iloilo) - see Batchoy; batil patung (Tuguegarao) - local noodles topped with hot dogs, chicharon, ground meat, fried egg, and vegetables; pancit bihon; pancit canton - a kind of pancit guisado flavored with ginger and soy sauce; pancit guisado, pancit habhab (Lucban) - sautéed miki noodles served on and eaten straight from banana leaf sans utensils; pancit lomi - see Lomi; pansit luglog (Pampanga and Tagalog Region) - it has a distinct orange shrimp-achuete sauce and is topped with chicharon, tinapa, wansoy and shrimp; pancit malabon (Malabon) - made with thick rice noodles tossed in shrimp-achuete oil topped with shelled oysters, squid rings, suaje or hipong puti and wansoy; pancit molo (Iloilo) - clear chicken broth with wonton, garlic and crushed chorizo; pancit palabok; pancit puti (Manila); and pancit sotanghon among many others
  • Pandesal (also Pan de sal) - breakfast roll; rounded bread
  • Pares - translated as “pair,” means the pairing of rice with beef; beef pares is characterized by very tender meat, usually with a lot of litid (ligaments)
  • Penoy - hard-boiled duck egg without fetus
  • Proven - hard portion of chicken entrails that is either marinated and grilled, battered and fried or cooked adobo style
  • Pusit - squid grilled on skewer
  • Puto - steamed rice cake
  • Puto bumbong - purple glutinous rice snack cooked in a special steamer
  • Quikiam - see Kikiam
  • Quek quek (also Toknanay) - hard boiled chicken eggs dipped in orange batter and deep-fried; also used for quail eggs but some say the correct term for the quail egg version is tokneneng; the balut version is sometimes referred to as hepalog
  • Sapin-sapin - layered glutinous rice and coconut milk cake usually topped with grated coconut and latik (residue from coconut oil extraction); different flavor per layer such as ube (purple yam), macapuno (young coconut), kutsinta and langka (jackfruit)
  • Scrambol - see Iskrambol
  • Sinukmani - see Biko
  • Siomai - steamed pork dumplings
  • Siopao - steamed pork buns
  • Sisig - roasted pig’s head, chicken liver, onions and chili, chopped and flavored with calamansi served on a hot metal plate
  • Sorbetes (also Dirty ice cream) - street ice cream made with local fruits and ingredients; common flavors include ube (purple yam), mango, avocado, queso (cheese), chocolate, langka (jackfruit), buko or macapuno (coconut); strawberry is common in Baguio City
  • Squid balls - balls made with squid or cuttlefish meat, deep fried and served in skewers with a sweet, sour or spicy sauce
  • Suman - glutinous rice snack steamed in banana or coconut leaves; varieties include binagol (Leyte) made with glutinous rice, gabi (taro), coconut milk and chocolate; budbod sa kabog (Tanjay, Negros Oriental) which uses millet instead of glutinous rice; Taho - bean curd snack topped with arnibal (liquefied raw sugar similar to molasses) and sago (tapioca balls)
  • Tenga ng baboy (also Walkman) - marinated pig’s ears grilled on skewers; see also Kudil
  • Toknanay - see Quek quek
  • Tokneneng - hard boiled quail eggs dipped in orange batter and deep-fried; also called kwek kwek by others
  • Toknonong - see Hepalog
  • Tupig (also Itemtem) - glutinous rice, grated mature coconut, coconut milk and molasses rolled in banana leaves and grilled; varieties in Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte (Batac) and Isabela
  • Turon - saba (banana) with with sugar and sometimes langka (jackfruit) wrapped in lumpia (spring roll) wrapper and deep-fried
  • Walkman - see Tenga ng Baboy