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Filipino Food Favourites from my Mum

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Filipino Food Favourites from my Mum

The Filipino food my Mum taught me: my Mum, Evangelina (Vangie for short) is from Manila living in the UK (and a few other places, we’re an Army family) for over 40 years. She’s the reason I crave ginger, tamarind, soy sauce, endless garlic and tons of black pepper and bay leaves. She’s my inspiration to waste less food and be resourceful myself and giving to others. She is a force of nature, active in her community and my life long teacher in the kitchen and beyond.

Those of you that have followed me for a while have always told me how much you enjoy her Filipino recipes so here’s a round up of some of them to explore:

Filipino Chicken Noodle Soup:
This Filipino Chicken Noodle Soup is a bit of a cross between two Filipino soups, Tinola and Sotanghon. You can swap in any vegetables you have in the fridge.
Get the recipe.

filipino chicken noodle soup melissa he

Chicken Adobo:
Oven baked classic ‘Chicken adobo’ with coconut milk and lots of garlic.
Get the recipe in my cookbook Eat Green, which you can grab a copy of here.

chicken adobo filipino

Bisteak Recipe:
10 minute ‘Filipino Style Steak & Onions’ (bisteak). Swap steak for mushrooms.
Get the recipe here.

Sweet & Sour Tamarind Mackerel & ginger greens:
A recipe from my cookbook Eat Green. Feel free to swap fish for aubergines.
Get the recipe here. 

filipino food

Fish Sinigang Soup:
Aka “Feel Better Soup”; a Filipino classic that my mum used to make whenever i was feeling under the weather. If you like the sourness of a Thai tom yum soup then you’ll really enjoy this too.
Get the recipe here in my cookbook Eat Green.

Filipino sinigang

Filipino Style Mussels:
With coconut milk, lime and coriander. A delicious favourite from my Telegraph column.
Get the recipe here.

telegraph filipino mussels

Veggie Tinola Recipe:
‘Tinola’ a veggie version, my ideal comfort food, lots of garlic, ginger, lemon and broth.
Get the recipe.

melissa hemsley filipino tinola soup

Arroz Caldo 3 Ways:
If you’ve had congee for breakfast before you’ll know how delicious it is and arroz caldo is the Filipino version. A great way to use up whatever you have in the fridge.
Get the recipe in my cookbook Eat Green. 

filipino arroz caldo melissa hemsley

Pancit Noodles:
aka ‘Party Noodles’. Everyone’s favourite Pancit noodles (also known as pansit canton).
In my cookbook Eat Green, you can grab a copy here. 

filipino pancit noodles

Listen to me talk about my Mum and food here from 45 seconds in. Read more & watch here.

And here’s when I went on live TV on Sunday Brunch to showcase 5 of my favourite Filipino foods. No pressure! Head here to read more.

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of Filipino Food, hopefully you can find a local restaurant or supper club near you for the future.  London friends check our Sarap restaurant in Brixton, Luto London food delivery and Bong Bong Hackney who are also doing meal kits with classic famous dishes from the Philippines (a Kamayan feast like kare kare, lechon, adobo, laing, atchara slaw) and many delicious others that you can assemble at home via The Dishpatch.

Thanks for these special pics Maria Bell, Philippa Langley, Malou Herkes, Sarah Malcolm and Eminé Rushton for the wonderful Oh Magazine where my mother and I were interviewed on her thrifty tips and absolutely delicious ways she can whip up something fantastic out of what’s leftover in the fridge.

3 Comments
  • Diana
    Posted at 22:22h, 03 September Reply

    I myself , I am a Filipina and I am passing my recipes to my families and esp. My grandkids. They love my cooking and they add things to it that makes it more delicious. I am so proud of them.

  • Bernadette Lazaro
    Posted at 06:03h, 13 September Reply

    Melissa, Congratulations, you make us Filipinos proud as you highlight our food. I used to follow your tv show here in the Philippines
    What a tribute to your Mum, Vangie! We were officemates back in Manila..The last time I saw her was in London when I was assigned to the Tourism office there. I regret we didn’t have much time to bond as working women. Please tell her we would love to reconnect with her. PS. Before she married your Dad n left the Philippines, she gave me a cookbook of British cuisine. Unfortunately, I don’t have it anymore as I moved from several countries too.

  • Elizabeth fe la Fuente
    Posted at 05:16h, 14 September Reply

    Say Hi to your Mom Vangie. We worked with her in the Dept. of Tourism and Phil. Convention Bureau . We’de love to connect direct with her. Elizabeth de la Fuente .

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