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

food photos: VERY STRAWBERRY

The Strawberry Festival is a week-long event that was celebrated in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines every March. In relation to this, I am about to share on this entry some photos of strawberries in its many forms as our favorite fruit, food ingredient, and flavor.

strawberries

Strawberry Fruit

strawberry sundae

Strawberry Sundae

strawberry ice cream

Strawberry Ice Cream

strawberry-filled wafer

Strawberry Wafers

strawberry taho

Strawberry Taho

strawberry jam

Strawberry Jam

strawberry sticks

Strawberry Sticks

strawberry cinnamon roll

Strawberry Cinnamon Roll

strawberry candies

Strawberry Candies

strawberry-filled biscuits

Strawberry-filled Biscuits

strawberry rolls

Strawberry Rolls

strawberry jelly

Strawberry Jelly

strawberry doughnuts

Strawberry Doughnuts

mediterranean strawberry cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

strawberry cream cheese croughnut

Strawberry Croughnut

strawberry ice cream-filled chocolate bar

Strawberry Ice Cream-filled Chocolate Bar 

Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

strawberry farm

Strawberry Farm

Photos Taken By: Sukito San

Strawberry Cake Photo By: Entz Gomez Alcaraz

 

food spot: JOLLIBEE

Jollibee

     Ask every Filipino kid in town if where they would want to eat. “Jollibee” will always be the first response that you’ll hear.

     Popularly known as Jollibee (Jollibee Foods Corporation). This largest fast food chain in the Philippines today was founded by its current CEO, Tony Tan Caktiong. It started out as an ice cream parlor in Cubao, wayback 1975. Now, it operates over 750 stores nationwide and still growing. The humble beginning of this burger restaurant became a source of pride among the Filipinos and a well-loved brand that values customer satisfaction. The operation in stores were then developed with drive-throughs for a more convenient and accessible food service.

chickenjoy jollibee mascot

     Jollibee serves burgers like yum with cheese and champ, chicken or what they call as “chickenjoy”, rice meals with burger and pork steak or with grilled pork tenders , noodles like spaghetti and palabok fiesta, sandwiches like their famous “jolly hotdog” and with sides such as french fries or crisscut fries and peach mango pie, beverages like softdrinks and desserts such as coffee float or chocolate float. Breakfast are also available like garlic bangus and chicken sausage with garlic rice and sunny side-up. Longganisa or hotdog with pancake are also being offered to morning persons. For kids and toy collectors, they came up with meals that comes with a toy.

     Jollibee as a fast food chain might be American in style but the restaurant itself made it a point that their specialty dishes were influenced with Filipino taste. Maybe that is why pinoy youngsters would never have a complete childhood without any memory of his or her family having a quality moment while eating together in an affordable burger chain. Personally, I can regard myself as a “jolly kid” who grew up with Jollibee  over the years while having a simple burger and eating it with my family after hearing a mass in the church every Sunday.

     In all that sense, Jollibee earned its spot as it played its part in Pinoy culture by winning not only the taste of Filipinos and other folks abroad but the hearts and family values of dining together and good service as well 🙂

Source: http://www.jollibee.com.ph/

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jollibee

Photos by: Sukito San

sukitoSPOON: 2012 in REVIEW by WORDPRESS

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog, namely, “sukitoSPOON”.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 13,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

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food photos: CHOCOLATE LOVER

Chocolate lovers including myself would surely love my photos of these sweet delights! Enjoy the cravings.

(Click each photo to view in full size)

sukitospoon

Chocolate Sponge Cake

sukitospoon

Tablea Tsokolate or Cacao Chocolate

sukitospoon

Chocolate Brownies

sukitospoon

Chocolate Sundaes

sukitospoon

Chocolate Sponge Bread Snack

sukitospoon

Champorado or Chocolate Rice Porridge

sukitospoon

Chocolate Candy Balls

sukitospoon

Chocolate-Flavored Doughnuts

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Chocolate Wafers

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Chocolate Cereals

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Chocolate Marshmallows

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Chocolate Margarine

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Chocolate Suman

sukitospoon

Chocolate Sticks

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Chocolate Syrup

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Chocolate Cake

(Photos taken & owned by: Sukito)

food moment: MALANDI and MAYABANG Bread

     Whenever I am having these two breads, ‘Malandi” and  “Mayabang”, as merienda every afternoon or for breakfast with coffee or juice on the side, I can’t help myself but laugh a little and smile. It does not only take away my hunger but also removes my stress in down moments just by remembering the names of these pastries. It’s like you’re eating the most flirtatious and the most arrogant food in town. Although their aliases doesn’t necessarily speak for their tastes and characteristics. In fact, it presents itself  humbly which were being sold in small bakeries and not in extravagant stores.

     “Malandi” is a Filipino term for “Flirt” and “Mayabang” is a Filipino term for “Arrogant”. Actually, I have no idea if why these two local Pinoy breads where named that way. I see no connection aside from their distinctive colors. The “malandi” bread has this red color of spread in the middle while the “mayabang” bread has this bluish violet spread within it. These oval pastries which is as the size of any ordinary bread specifically the “pandesal” tastes sweet and yummy at the same time. They were sold in small bakeries in town and it can’t be seen in any branded or commercial bakeshop. You can buy them for the price of two pesos each (Php 2.00). Presently, their names have evolved and were seldom called this way anymore. Filipinos has really this weird, funny, and humorous ways of naming anything under the sun most especially with the native food found in our country. For me, this behavior of giving funny names only shows the happy side of being a Filipino despite its economic problems which is now in the process of recovery.

     The “Malandi” and “Mayabang” bread is definitely not only good tasting but fun tasting at the same time. It’s a classic pastry which will make you smile every bite. Happy eating 🙂

(Photos taken by: Sukito)

food news: COKE BUS

 

The famous cola in town, COCA-COLA, is in search for the next singing and dancing sensation. Open to all amateurs ages 13 up to 21 years old. The promo and the talent search will run from February 2011 until December 2011. They will be holding live auditions and live digital auditions for the interested persons. They will be strolling around the metro and in some barangays, in public parks and places to do their promotional activities and their talent search through a big roving COKE Bus. Inside the COKE Bus you will experience their 3D mini theater wherein you can watch Roadfill and Moymoy Palaboy promoting the mentioned cola while wearing a headset and a 3D eyeglasses. For the second part of the bus, you can watch their product’s commercials and history with some memorabilias which will also require you to do a little dancing to the tune of the present Coca-Cola theme song. For the last part, you will have the chance to be the star in your own photo shoot of your chosen and original pose as you hold the coke while modelling it. The photo is for free! And the best part, while waiting for your picture to be developed and to be edited… you can have a free taste of Coke and enjoy it with your company. It’s your chance to show what you’ve got! Enjoy drinking. 🙂

Photos taken by: Sukito

food people: TING LLEDO of KITCHEN SUPERSTAR

Congratulations to Teresa “Ting” Lledo of Pangasinan as the first grand winner of  “Kitchen Superstar” to take home 1 million pesos tax free and an Asian Cruise Package for four plus a chance to star in her own cooking show!

“Kitchen Superstar” is a reality cooking game show in the Philippines aired on GMA channel 7  every weekdays to run from April 04, 2011 until July 01, 2011, hosted by actor and restaurateur Marvin Agustin. The cooking program aims to find the best non-professional cook in the country. Those people who just love to cook without any formal training from any cooking school.

As quoted from Ting’s Facebook fan page, “In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a grandmother♥”.

Photo courtesy of: Ting Lledo’s Facebook Fan Page photos.

food tips: TOP 10 24/7 TSIBUGAN (Food Stop)

Looking for a place to eat? Check out this list of restos! For all the food lovers and busy persons out there who’s looking for a food stop to satisfy their hungry tummies… here are some tips for food express to go to that was suggested from the TV show, “ANG PINAKA” in GMANews Channel (11) on their June 05, 2011 episode with the topic, “TOP 10 24/7 Tsibugan. By the way, “Tsibugan” is a Filipino slang term for food stop or food express from the rootword “tsibog” or “chibog” which is a Filipino slang term for “food”.

TOP 10 24/7 TSIBUGAN

1. The Aristocrat Restaurant

– 432 San Andres Street, Malate, Manila along Roxas Boulevard

2. Bulaluhan sa España

-2166 España Blvd. corner Josefina St., Sampaloc, Manila

3. Rufo’s Famous Tapa

– 4736 Kalayaaan Avenue corner Salamanca Street, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City

4. R & J Bulalohan, Tapsilogan, ATBP.

-600 Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City

5. Tapsi ni Vivian at Bulaluhan

– 32 Gil Fernando Avenue, San Roque, Marikina City

6. Bulalo Fiesta

– Block 75, Lot 14, Neopolitan Sitio Seville, North Fairview, Quezon City

7. Original Partners Pares & Mami House

-54 Kamuning Rd. cor. Judge Jimenez, Kamuning, Quezon City

8. Sinangag Express

– Makati Cinema Square, Pasong Tamo corner Pasay Road, Makati City

9. The Original Pares & Mami House

-2024 España Boulevard corner Basilio Street, Sampaloc, Manila

10. Noodle King (Pares & Mami House)

-1533 Dimasalang St. cor. Laong Laan St., Sta. Cruz, Manila

I’ve also added some link in each restaurant for supporting details. My apologies for some of the links because some of them doesn’t have their own website or page.

food recipe: EASY STEAMED LAPU-LAPU

We traditionally avoid eating meat during Holy Week specifically the Catholics. Basically, there’s no other choice what to serve on the table other than vegetables or fish dishes. This lent I’ve tried an easy “steamed lapu-lapu” recipe of my mom.

For the ingredients: Lapu-Lapu fish, rock salt, onion, ginger and water for steaming.

For the procedure: First, you have to clean the fish. Second, rub the whole fish with rock salt. Then, insert sliced ginger and onion inside the fish head to help reduce the fishy smell. Last, steam the fish in the steamer for 30 minutes or until cooked. Chill for a while then sprinkle it with sliced onions and ginger on top… and serve.

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