Baking Stores in Metro Manila: Where to Buy Baking Ingredients

Years ago, we remember having to drive up and down the Metro just to find baking ingredients like real vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, or walnuts. It even took one of our old writers an entire month just to get her hands on 9×9-inch baking pans! Nowadays, we’re happy to see that several baking stores have popped… Continue reading Baking Stores in Metro Manila: Where to Buy Baking Ingredients

Flour Guide: 7 Types of Flour and How to Use Them

You stock up on all-purpose flour and think: this should be good right; it’s all I need? It’s “all-purpose” anyway. But then you walk along the baking aisle and see bread flour, cake flour, almond flour, you can’t help but wonder: wtf is all this, then? Well, all-purpose flour is true to its name, it… Continue reading Flour Guide: 7 Types of Flour and How to Use Them

Types of Tofu: Tokwa, Silken Tofu, Soft Tofu, Egg Tofu, and Firm Tofu

So you’ve decided to make a tofu recipe. Now you’re in the supermarket staring at over three types of tofu, not knowing which one to pick. And there’s even tofu in a tube—what even is that?! The first thing you need to know about tofu is that it’s not a one-all ingredient. It comes in… Continue reading Types of Tofu: Tokwa, Silken Tofu, Soft Tofu, Egg Tofu, and Firm Tofu

3 Tofu Recipes: Tofu Scramble, Agedashi Tofu, and Chocolate Mousse

Sometimes, we have too much of what we need. And that’s fine, really. But when it comes to food, this can mean a lot of wasted ingredients. So in our new series, we show you different ways to use a single ingredient to maximize it—to make sure that none of it goes to waste. And… Continue reading 3 Tofu Recipes: Tofu Scramble, Agedashi Tofu, and Chocolate Mousse

How to Make Gata at Home: Coconut Extraction Basics

Canned gata makes it convenient for all of us. But the tradeoff in this manufactured version is enough to make us consider slaving over manually extracting gata ourselves. “Slaving over” is an over-exaggeration, especially in the Philippines where several households have kabayos. A kabayo is a coconut grater that’s named because you mount it like… Continue reading How to Make Gata at Home: Coconut Extraction Basics

Pepper’s English-Filipino Cheat Sheet: Bahay Kubo Vegetables

We all know the song. It’s been ingrained in our minds ever since we were children, “Bahay kubo, kahit munti, ang halaman doon ay sari-sari…” But let’s be real, there’s still some confusion as to what these bahay kubo vegetables are; even more so as to what they’re used for. So we’ve made this cheat… Continue reading Pepper’s English-Filipino Cheat Sheet: Bahay Kubo Vegetables

Pepper’s English-Filipino Cheat Sheet: Common Beef Cuts

Drop us in a supermarket and we’d have no issue telling tenderloin and short-rib apart. But, as much of a shame it is to admit, a trip to our traditional wet market will have us tongue-tied. And if you don’t know what kalitiran, paypay, and tapadera are, then you’re probably on the same boat. FYI,… Continue reading Pepper’s English-Filipino Cheat Sheet: Common Beef Cuts

Starches Guide: The Breakdown of Corn, Tapioca, Potato, And More

You’ve probably Googled “alternatives to tapioca starch” once or twice. (We know we’ve gotten people asking for it when making our pao de quiejo recipe.) And you’ve likely gotten a list of different starches. So then you use something else, but it doesn’t give you the result you’re hoping for. That’s because although starches are all… Continue reading Starches Guide: The Breakdown of Corn, Tapioca, Potato, And More

What’s in Garam Masala: A Breakdown of the Indian Spice Blend

There’s a lot going on in those tiny bottles of garam masala. The spice blend, which is used extensively in Indian cuisine, is made of up to 11 different spices. So it’s no wonder that it packs a punch when used in stuff like curries and soups. But what’s exactly in it? Well, there’s really… Continue reading What’s in Garam Masala: A Breakdown of the Indian Spice Blend

Banana Bible: 12 Varieties Worth Seeking Out in the Philippines

The Philippines is brimming with a massive agricultural landscape, of which one of its most important crops is the banana. It is said to be native to Southeast Asia with the Philippines as within its center of origin and diversity. Bananas are a staple fruit on many a Filipino’s diets, finding their way to many… Continue reading Banana Bible: 12 Varieties Worth Seeking Out in the Philippines