Halo-Halo Recipe (w/ Leche Flan)

Razon’s style of halo-halo is different than the traditional–and it is DELICIOUS. It’s a collaboration of sweet and icy layers of caramelized banana sauce, rich coconut strings of macapuno jam, refreshing shaved ice, sweetened evaporated milk, and topped with slices of creamy leche flan. Halo-halo in Tagalog means “mix mix” as in this dessert is meant to be mixed together…

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Biko Recipe (Filipino Sweet Rice Cake w/ Latik Topping)

There are many variations on biko, but this biko recipe will give you a sweet dark brown-sugared sticky rice cake topped with a caramelized coconut sauce and latik (crispy coconut curds). Each decadent bite of this traditionally Filipino dessert is filled with flavors of palm sugar, dark brown sugar, and rich coconut.  Glutinous rice vs. jasmine rice Like Vietnamese Chè…

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Pork and Shrimp Shumai Recipe

Dumplings come in many shapes and sizes, but plump pork and shrimp shumai with their unmistakable combo of Asian aromatics and seasoning are a staple in dim sum carts around the world. These dumplings are the perfect shape for dipping into a mixture of soy sauce and chili oil. Shumai, also known as siumaai, siomai, or shaomai, are traditional Chinese…

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Soup Dumplings (Chinese Xiao Long Bao)

I will never turn down a dumpling. Xiao long bao–these plump pouches of meaty dumplings encased in a delicate wrapper have extra appeal with its seemingly magical soupy filling. Also known as Chinese soup dumplings, xiao long bao pack a punch of flavor in every bite and are world famous thanks to restaurants like Din Tai Fung. This recipe gives…

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Char Siu Bao (Steamed BBQ Pork Buns)

Fluffy steamed buns filled with a savory, and slightly sweet and oozing char siu pork filling–it’s everything you would want from char siu bao and brings back memories of my dad buying these little pieces of heaven for me as a kid along with the Filipino version, siopao asado. These steamed pork buns are not only a popular dim sum…

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Easy Spring Roll Wrapper Recipe

Layers of ultra crispiness and browned to a golden perfection–spring roll wrappers are one of the most important (and favorite) parts of spring rolls and lumpia. These homemade spring roll wrappers will give you a new type of appreciation for that extra crunchy outer layer of spring rolls. Spring rolls historically came from ancient China and should not be confused…

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Bánh Canh Giò Heo Tôm Recipe

Bánh canh giò heo tôm might be a lesser known Vietnamese soup compared to the highly popularized phở, but its hearty flavor paired with springy tapioca noodles, and a load of meat and shrimp makes it just as delicious. This dish can seem similar to bún bò Huế, but it uses different noodles, is less spicy and quite a bit…

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Lumpia Shanghai Recipe (Crispy Filipino Spring Rolls)

Hot and crispy fried spring rolls filled with seasoned ground pork and dipped into a sweet and sour sauce–lumpiang Shanghai, or lumpia, is my go to snack at any Filipino party and it never disappoints.  What is lumpia?  My girlfriend’s family throws a lot of parties (par for the course with many Filipino families though) and lumpia is always the…

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How to Cook Rice in a Microwave w/ Perfect Results

While there are many ways to cook rice, using a microwave is a practically hands-off technique to make rice and sometimes it takes a shorter amount of time than a cooking in a rice cooker or on the stove. It’s also a good option if you don’t have a rice cooker at home and you’re not too keen on cooking…

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Cassava Cake Recipe

Also known as cassava bibingka, this cassava cake has a thick, but tender layer of fresh cassava root, condensed milk, evaporated milk, sugar, and coconut cream with an extra topping of silky custard. And it’s allllmost flourless, except for two tbsp for the topping! After eating cassava cakes at many Filipino restaurants and family parties throughout the years, I’ve come…

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