A Filipino Fiesta

It was a Fiesta, alright.  The table was laden with delicious food and guests were all eager to have their very first bite into the Filipino cuisine.

I am well aware that Filipino cuisine has yet to cross into the mainstream but Filipino Food bloggers like myself and Adrian are more than happy to at least make our friends and readers aware of it.

Adrian and I hosted a Filipino Fiesta for our friends who have never had Filipino food and do not know much about it.  We wanted to cook every day dishes that our mums made for us when we were growing up so they could have a little taste of our child hood.

We shared our love of our culture and food and hopefully we have spread some of our passion for it too.

Adrian and I decided on a menu and and excitedly cooked up a storm.

To start with, I had some of my mum’s chicharon (pork crackling), of course served with vinegar with garlic, chilli and black pepper. Recipe here.

And Kat made a White Sangria

The mains consisted of :

Adrians chicken tinola with lemon grass and corn. You can get his recipe here

Adrian’s pork tocino

My lumpiang Shanghai (mini spring rolls).  This was air fried in Shellie’s Air fryer.  You can get recipe here

My Chicken adobo. ( I have a recipe of adobo here, without the soy sauce.  If you want soy sauce in it, add a quarter of a cup)

My mum’s dinuguan (pork blood stew)

My Ginataang Kalabasa (Pumpkin in coconut milk).  You can get the recipe here.

For Dessert :

Adrian’s palitaw. (a sweet rice cake with fresh coconut, sugar and toasted sesame seeds)

My Leche Flan.  Recipe here

My coconut jelly.  Recipe here.

Shellie also brought along Pandan Chiffon Cake.  Recipe here.

At the end of the night, we played around with Shellie’s air fyer.  We made chocoalate bar spring rolls.  We wrapped Mars Bars, Bounties, Cherry Ripes, Twirls and Boosts. So goooood.  🙂

It was a night full of eating and a lot of laughter.   The guests left with a full tummy and hopefully a bit more knowledge and appreciation of the Filipino cuisine.  (and oh yeah, left overs)

Bon Appetite,



20 thoughts on “A Filipino Fiesta

  1. Wowww what a feast! I haven’t tried Filipino food before too. The Pork Tocino, Chicken Abodo, Dinuguan, Palitaw, Leche Flan and Pandan cake look so good!!

    Where to get a good one in Melbourne (of course I will be happy and honoured if you cooking me on =p).

    Would like to learn more about Filipino food too =)

  2. To be honest I have not had much Filipino food even though I’ve been dating one for over 10 years. His mum is actually not a great cook and the foods I’ve been exposed to have been hit and miss for me. I do love leche flan and brazo de mercedes (and most of the desserts) and don’t mind the lumpias and adobo. But most of the Filipino food I get to eat is when I attend a big party with them. Otherwise it’s very basic cooking. Might have to fly down to Melbourne and pay you guys a visit some day 😉

  3. Sarap!! What a delicious feast — a fiesta, indeed! I love that you showed your friends the classics like adobo and the more exotic dinuguan. Were they too squeamish to try the pork blood stew? Well done, Cherrie!

  4. Thanks so much for the invite and cooking all that wonderful Filipino food for us, as well as opening up your house!

    As you already know, I loved the pumpkin in coconut milk and had a good time eating the leftovers 🙂

  5. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO jealous that I couldn’t be there! Thanks for the write up, and thank goodness we can’t smell anything over the internet because I would be dying of hunger!

  6. Ooh, I feel a little bad for being the reason I-Hua missed this decadence! It all looks so wonderful! Would so love the palitaw and coconut jelly… the chocolate air fryer goodies are what I’ve been planning to do ever since I got mine 😛

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