Philippine Recipe Ingredients

Vegetables

  • Alogbati – Malabar spinach
  • Ampalaya – bitter melon
  • Dahon ng sili – chili pepper leaves
  • Gabi – taro
  • Kabute – fungus
  • Kamote – sweet potatoes
  • Kamoteng Kahoy – cassava
  • Kangkong – swamp cabbage
  • Labanos – white radish
  • Labong – bamboo shoots
  • Malunggay – horseradish tree
  • Munggo – mung beans
  • Pechay – bok choi
  • Puso ng Saging – Banana blossoms
  • Sigarilyas – winged bean
  • Singkamas – Jicama
  • Sitaw – string beans
  • Talong – egg plant
  • Toge – bean sprouts
  • Ube – purple yam
  • Upo – winter melon

Fruits

  • Atis – Sweetsop (sugar apple?)
  • Bayabas – Guava
  • Balimbing – Carambola
  • Cacao -
  • Chico – ?
  • Mangga – Mango
  • Papaya
  • Saging
  • Sampalok – Tamarind
  • Tubo – Sugar Cane

Spices

  • Atsuete – Annatto
  • Kinchay – Asian celerey
  • Luya – fresh ginger
  • Murang sibuyas – spring onions
  • Sili – chili peppers
  • Tanglad – lemon grass

Here are some ingredients or types of foods that only Filipinos could love. :-)

  • Gulaman – agar-agar
  • Bagoong – fermented small shrimps or anchovies
  • Dilis
  • Lumpia WrapperItlog na Maalat – salted eggs
  • Pancit – Philippine pastas
  • Patis – condiment made from fish drippings
  • Balut – embryonated duck eggs
  • Goto – tripe
  • Tainga ng Baboy – pig ears
  • Pata – pig hocks and pig fee

 

Philippine Ingredient Substitutions

From a cookbook entitled, ‘Filipino Cooking Here and Abroad’ by Eleanor Laquian and Irene Sobrevinas. 

  • Achuete, atsuete, 1 tbsp ….. 1/8 tsp. red food coloring or (used in pancit molo) ….. 2 tsp paprika
  • Bulaklak ng saging …. dried lily blossoms available at most Chinese stores
  • Chorizo de Bilbao …. Pepperoni, garlic sausage or oxford sausage
  • Gabi ….. Yam
  • Kalamansi ….. Lime or Lemon
  • Kamias ….. Lemon juice or rhubarb
  • Kangkong …… Watercress or spinach
  • Labanos ….. Red or white radish
  • isua …… Very fine noodles (vermicelli)
  • Singkamas ……. Turnips
  • Talbos ng Ampalaya …… Watercress or spinach
  • Talbos ng sili ….. Spinach

 

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