Filipino Food We’ve Been Making

A bowl of pancit with squid in it.

Adobong Pusit Pancit

Andrea found this adobong pusit pancit recipe from Bon Appétit over the holidays, so we thought it would be fun to try making it ourselves. Pancit is a rice noodle dish, but I’ve never had it with squid and cuttlefish ink. It was delicious.

A bowl of pancit with fried squid and green onions.

Arroz Caldo

Arroz caldo is what our family would eat during Christmas and New Year. It’s easy to make, it’s cheap, and it’s great when it’s cold out. Arroz caldo is rice porridge with chicken and ginger. You can find the recipe that we used here.

A bowl of arroz caldo. Don’t forget to top it off with fried garlic.


My favorite Filipino candy is probably yema. I love the hard exterior and the custard-y insides of this candy. It was easy to buy yema in the Philippines because it’s a common street food, but I’m definitely not running into it in Philadelphia. So we tried making it ourselves. It was tasty, but it unfortunately didn’t have the texture that I was looking for. I’ll have to try making it again next time.

Yema is a custard candy made with egg yolks and condensed milk. You can find the recipe that I used here.

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