Okoy: Pumpkin and Shrimp Fritters


For those celebrating Halloween, here is a Pinoy dish , a pumpkin-inspired okoy recipe. Here it goes:

4 cups pumpkin, grated
½ k suaje, head on, spiny parts removed
1 pc red onion, finely sliced
1 c carrots, grated
½ c cornstarch
2 pcs eggs, beaten
To taste salt and pepper
Olive oil (for frying)


1. Combine the pumpkin, carrots, onions, cornstarch, agg and salt and pepper in a bowl.
2. Mix in the shrimp.
3. Form the mixture into patties. Place 1-2 pieces of shrimp on each patty.
4. Heat the olive oil for frying.
5. Deep fry the okoy until the patties turn golden brown in color.
6. Drain excess oil on paper towels.
7. Serve with vinegar dip.

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Bico Recipe with Latik

Preparing Bico has got to be the simplest among the Kakanin varieties. There are just a few ingredients. If you prefer to use fresh coconut milk, refer to my tips on Extracting Coco Cream, Coco Milk and Making Latik which you will need for Bico Preparation

2 1/2 cups malagkit Bigas (Glutinous rice)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 pieces coconut magulang- 2-3 cups coconut milk ( see Extracting Coco Cream, Coco Milk and Making Latik )
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Topping is Latik ( see Extracting Coco Cream, Coco Milk and Making Latik )

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Stuffed Rolled Lechon Belly aka Cebu Lechon

To always remember, utilize and propagate native ingredients and to continuously cook Filipino dishes are some of the most important messages of Chef Michael Giovan Sarthou III in his recent demo for The Maya Kitchen Culinary Elite Series. Known as a culinary heritage advocate, Chef Tatung showed his audience how to cook Stuffed Rolled Lechon Belly among many other recipes.


I am sure you have heard of the famous Cebu Lechon . As a Cebuano, no one makes lechon like we do. No worries, you can cook  rolled pork belly lechon stuffed with the flavors of Cebu. Here is the recipe shared by Chef Tatung:

Serves 12

3 kilos whole pork belly, deboned, preferably a wide slab that can be rolled. annatto oil, for brushing


2 cups pineapple juice

3 tablespoons sea salt

6 cloves garlic, crushed


salt and pepper, to taste

2 cloves garlic, sliced

2 cups onion leeks, white and green parts, sliced

1. Marinate pork belly in pineapple, salt and garlic for at least 3 hours or overnight. You may want to poke holes in the inside of the pork belly to allow marinade to seep into the meat.

2. To roll pork belly, first discard marinating liquid. Lay the pork on a board, skin-side down. Rub with salt and pepper. Then arrange garlic and leeks on top of the pork. Neatly roll the meat along the grain of the pork until the ends meet. Tie the joint tightly with butcher’s string at regular intervals to hold the roll together.

3. Preheat the oven to 250°C/475°F, or as high as it will go.

4. Place rolled belly on an oiled roasting tray. Roast for 30 minutes to brown and crisp the skin. Then bring down oven temperature to 177°C/350°F and roast for another 2 hours. Brush with annatto oil every now and then.

5. When pork is cooked, carve into slices. Serve with vinegar on the side.

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Pancit Pusit

Pansit Choco En Su Tinta or Pansit Pusit

I am more familiar with Paella Negra so it was quite interesting to learn about this Pansit Pusit. This classic Caviteño dish, also known as Pansit Choco En Su Tinta or Pansit Pusit is rice noodles bathed in rich squid ink sauce, topped with vegetables, crushed chicharon, squid rings and slices of kamias. Chef Michael Giovan Sarthou III in his recent demo for The Maya Kitchen Culinary Elite Series graciously shared this recipe to us. Some say that this dish is like a combindation of adobong pansit and pansit. It is your choice on the amount of black ink to use..

Pancit Pusit

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