food moment: PAKUMBO

Pakumbo

When we had a family outing in Laiya, Batangas, Philippines… I’ve noticed something sweet being sold by the locals on the shores of the beach. Out of curiosity, I came to know by the vendor that it’s called “Pakumbo” or “Pacombo”

pakumbo on the beach

“Pakumbo” is a sweet delicacy with the use of young coconut meat strands as its main ingredient and boiled in coconut juice with brown sugar until done with its translucent form. It is usually recognized for its packaging in a dried banana bark. Locally known and sold in the beaches and nearby towns in the provinces of Batangas and Aurora, Philippines. 

pakumbo vendor

It is sometimes mistaken as “Bukayo”, only that it is served in a dried banana bark and not on the leaf. Nowadays, this yummy treat have evolved with different twist and flavors like being added with ripe langka (jackfruit) strips, peanut, and cashew nuts.

Photos taken by: Sukito San

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food recipe: BUKO PANDAN

buko pandan

“Buko Pandan” which is mainly made out of “buko” or coconut is one of the famous Filipino dessert that completes the table in any occasion.

Here’s a simple recipe of this sweet course eaten at the end of the meal.

Ingredients:

½ cup shredded coconut or fresh coconut strips

1 medium can condensed milk or creamer

1 pack all-purpose cream

1 ½ teaspoon refined sugar

1 box buko-pandan flavored gelatin

1 ripe mango cut into cubes (optional)

¼ cup shredded cheese (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Prepare the buko-pandan flavored gelatin according to package direction and add sugar according to your desired sweetness.
  2. Pour the mixture into a glass container for the gelatin to cool down and set. Then cut it into strips or small cubes when it’s already in its viscous or gummy state.
  3. Combine the shredded coconut, condensed milk, cubed gulaman or gelatin. Then, cheese and mango if you have any.
  4. Chill and serve. 

Enjoy eating!

Photo taken by: Sukito San

food review: RAZON’s of GUAGUA’s “HALO-HALO”

Razon's Halo-halo

Whenever you heard the food place named “Razon’s of Guagua”… the first thing that comes to your mind is their famous “Halo-Halo”.

Compared to the price of other Halo-Halo in town, I can say that it is not budget-friendly as the others. But, when I’ve tasted it… it convinced me that it deserves its price of P100 per tall glass. In my own opinion, what made Razon’s Halo-Halo special  despite the simple, clean, and not so colorful look is its finely shaved creamy ice that when tasted… feels smooth on the tongue. Sweet macapuno and bananas, poured with creamy milk, and topped with leche flan adds up to the said dessert to be more flavorful. Though with less usual Halo-Halo ingredients compared to others… all I can say is that, it’s all in the ice! And you’ll be wanting some more.

Photo by: Sukito San

food photos: CAKE GALORE

I will always cherish my taste encounters with these cakes. And I really love having these slices of heaven over and over again for my dessert!

Mango Cake

Mango Cake

Mediterranean Strawberry Cheesecake

Mediterranean Strawberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Cassava Cake

Cassava Cake

Oreo Cake

Oreo Cake

Mango Graham Cake

Mango Graham Cake

Cookies and Cream Cake

Cookies and Cream Cake

Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

Sans Rival Cake

Sans Rival

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

Ube Cake

Ube Cake

Tiramisu Cake

Tiramisu Cake

Photos by: Sukito San

Other Photo Contributors: Jonelyn Santiago (Cheesecake & Mediterranean Strawberry Cheesecake), Entz Gomez (Strawberry Cake)

 

food recipe: MILKY CAIMITO

milky caimito

Caimito or Star Apple is one the summer fruits in the Philippines. Since its plenty during this hot season… the best way to enjoy eating this fruit aside from tasting it from being freshly-picked from the tree, is when you have it chilled.

Here’s how you can simply make your own “Milky Caimito”.

You’ll need:

  • Caimito
  • Condensed Milk

Procedure:

  1. Cut the caimito in halves. Scrape it with spoon and remove the seed.
  2. Place the scraped fruit pieces in a mixing bowl. Add condensed milk according to your desired sweetness. 
  3. Chill inside the refrigerator for 30 minutes or more of your desired coldness.

milky caimito dessert

Now, you have your homemade dessert ready to be served. Enjoy eating 🙂

Photo by: Sukito San

food recipe: MOCKING CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Mocking Chocolate Mousse

A recipe shared by my brother-in-law… this dessert is so easy to do with easy to find ingredients as well. It’s quite experimental but has the potential to make you crave for eat. More than your sweet dessert, it can also be your midnight snack while watching movies with family and friends.

It’s not technically chocolate mousse based on the ingredients used. Yet, we used some ingredients quite similar to the real thing but not exactly. That’s why I decided to call it the “Mocking Chocolate Mousse”. It has three layers but the main ingredient is chocolate. We did not use any dark chocolate but instead, we alternate it with a chocolate brownie. There’s no egg or whipped cream present but there’s an ice cream that takes place. Anyway, before anything else… here’s how.

Ingredients:

Chocolate Syrup

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Ice Cream (but any flavor will do depending on your choice)

Procedure:

1. Drizzle chocolate syrup in a clean flat plate. You can be artistic and form some abstract in drizzling for presentation.

2. Slice a single brownie horizontally in half. Preheat in the oven for 3-5 minutes. Then, lay it on top of the drizzled chocolate syrup on plate.

3. Scoop an ice cream and put it on top of the sliced brownie. Then serve. Enjoy!

Photo by: Sukito San

food tool: CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN

chocolate fountain

One of the best way to serve chocolates on your table is to let it flow through a chocolate fountain. This appliance will surely be enjoyed by your family and friends… most especially the kids. It will make a lovely effect on your table in any occasion like birthdays, weddings, baptismal, business meetings, parties, and holidays as well. Visually yummy as the melted chocolate flows while being surrounded with all the fruit slices such as bananas, strawberries  and melons, bread sticks, biscuits and marshmallows… waiting to be dipped in this sweet brown treat.

chocolate fountain parts

Its parts consists of the tower (the brown one on the right side), the screw (the black one below the tower) which will be inserted in the middle of the tower, the motor block (the three brown screw head-like on top of the appliance’s reservoir) where the tower will be placed, the heating switch and the motor switch (the two red buttons near the base of the appliance).

You can use pure chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate in the said appliance. AVOID using chocolate with raisins, almonds, and nuts for these will block the rotation of the screw. NEVER use cold liquid in the fountain or even adding it in the melted chocolate for it will stop it from flowing. Just make sure that you are going to use completely melted chocolate. You can add oil if needed to make it really thin. For the chocolate preparation you can melt the chocolate in the microwave oven or in a saucepan or you can buy an already melted chocolate fondue in a pack.

For adult parties and for a different taste, you can add liquor by using a measuring jug. Desired liquor taste such as Kahlua, Grand Marnier, Frangelico, Cre’me de Menthe, and Godiva Liquor to name a few. You can also add chocolate flavors with taste of orange, hazelnut, mocha, mint, and coconut.

chocolate fountain with plug

Buying a chocolate fountain of any brand comes along with a warranty and user’s manual or guide for proper usage that SHOULD BE FOLLOWED for SAFETY use.

Photos by: Sukito San

food tips: FRUIT SALAD from LEFTOVER FRUITS

fruit salad

One of the things that we have to deal with after our New Year’s feast is how are we gonna consume all the food on the table that we have already served before its expiration date. Leftover fruits are one of the main concerns of “should be consumed” before its rotten state. 

Just one tip… slice all the unconsumed fruits in your refrigerator in your desired shapes and sizes. Mix it all in a big bowl. Add enough amount of cream and condensed milk according to your taste. Avoid adding any citrus fruits like oranges and lemons in your salad if there’s any milk ingredients present. Mixing together of citrus fruits and milk may cause vomiting and nausea aside from its not so pleasant taste when combined. Anyway, after mixing the sweet tasting fruits with milk and cream… chill it and serve! Now, you can have it as your appetizer or dessert. Enjoy 🙂

Photo by: Sukito San

food tool: LANSUNGAN

Puto Bumbong Steamer

“Lansungan” plays an important part in making “Puto Bumbong”, a famous pinoy violet or purple-colored rice cake delicacy which is commonly sold during Christmas season specifically every “Simbang Gabi” or “Misa De Gallo”. “Lansungan” is a cylindrical-shaped “puto bumbong” steamer made of stainless steel or tin sheets with three circular holes on top where bamboo tubes filled with glutinous rice will be inserted and then wrapped with cheesecloth for steaming. Other “lansungan” has one, two, and four vent holes depending on the size of the steamer.

Photo by: Sukito San

food moment: CAKE AND DONUTS… A Halloween Treat!

halloween cake

donuts

Thank you for the cake and donuts that set the mood for our little Halloween treat!

Filipinos doesn’t usually celebrate Halloween in a party way. Instead, we spend it in a day of prayer for the loved ones who passed away and visiting the cemetery. But, as the time went by, pinoys tend to adopt the Western culture of celebrating the said holiday in a colorful and festive way wherein colorful and different costumes were worn by the party goers while spending it in a happy mood and not in a too much serious manner. Other subdivisions in town have organized a “Trick or Treat” event within their whole neighborhood.

halloween party

Anyway, in our part… our family used to do it the traditional way with prayers and the like. Yet, at the end the day… we chose to celebrate it in a festive mood. So, we’ve organized a Halloween party unexpectedly for the kids in our mini-family reunion. Since, we have no time in cooking extravagant dishes… we just bought a Halloween cake and lots of colorful donuts that will surely make the kids crave for it. It was such an instant and quickie party but it turned out to be a very enjoyable and memorable celebration that tightened our quality family bonding time with some fun games on the side.

Happy Halloween!

Photos by: Sukito San

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