Filipino food traditions are important in the life and culture of most Filipinos. In almost all special occasions in the Philippines, gathering would not be complete without foods being served in the table. Filipino food is a means to connect families, friends, or communities together. During holiday seasons, foods are served in the eve of Christmas and New Year where families dine, chat, and celebrate. By tradition, members of Filipino family would do their best to come and gather together on this season to be able to unite with other members of the family, even if it would mean traveling from a far distance place. Those from abroad would fly back to the Philippines so their sons and daughters can meet their respective grandpas and grandmas. Those who are studying and working in the cities would go back to their own hometowns and provinces to unite with their mamas and papas. On birthdays, Filipino dishes like pancit are cooked to be served for the party goers. Beers and finger foods (pulutan) are also common on such special gatherings. During town fiestas, roasted pigs, goat and beef foods, and other meaty Philippine dishes are prepared for the whole community to celebrate. Filipino food recipes are a part of Filipino tradition. It represents the warm embrace and unity of family, friends, and community. It represents the pride and culture, past and present, of the Filipinos.
There are Filipino recipes that originated indigenous from the island of Philippines and there are those that were adapted and developed due to the influences of foreign food traditions, cultures, and cuisines. Boiling, roasting, and steaming were the cooking methods used by the early settlers in the Philippines. Prior to 15th century, commerce and trade with the Chinese, Malay, Hindu, and Arabs took place. Noodles, shrimp paste, curry, use of coconut milk, and other spices were introduced by these foreign traders. In 15th century, the Spaniards arrived and sautéing, use of tomato sauce, and other Hispanic cooking methods were introduced. Later on, the Japanese and Americans also contributed to the cooking and influences of Filipino cooking.
The Filipino recipes in this website are traditional Filipino dishes, commonly prepared and served in special gatherings and to almost all Filipino home meals. These Filipino food recipes are made up with simple and easy to follow cooking instructions and ingredients that are not hard to find in groceries both local and abroad. Moreover, these Filipino recipes are very flexible in a sense that if you cannot find the ingredients you want, you can always vary the dish and make a substitution of ingredients. Ultimately, you will be cooking a very similar Filipino dish.
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