My Filipino Recipes
MyFilipinoRecipes.com is a food recipe website consisting of delicious Filipino recipes. Each of this Filipino food recipe offers an easy to follow cooking procedure and, basically, will guide you with the basics of Filipino cooking.
The establishment of this recipe website was made possible through the communal work or bayanihan effort of the food loving Filipino folks of Los Angeles, California. The website's main objective is to share the traditional and authentic Filipino food recipes to all Filipinos around the world and to anyone who loves cooking. MyFilipinoRecipes.com can be a helpful guide and quick reference to everyday Filipino cooking.
Origin and Influences of Filipino Food Recipes
The origin and influences of Filipino recipes has a colorful background in Philippine history. These delicious Filipino food recipes presented in this website are a mixture of foreign cuisines that evolved over the passage of centuries. Philippine history narrates that in the past, foreign settles, traders, and missionaries brought with them their own recipes and unique ways of cooking. Century's old cooking potteries and culinary artifacts excavated in central and Southern part of the Philippines are proof that the Arabs, Chinese, Indians, Malaysians, Thailanders, Indonesians, and other Asian neighbors came to the Philippine archipelago and shared their ways of cooking to the native Filipino people. These foreigners brought with them seasonings like soy sauce, fish sauce, bagoong, and curry. Filipino recipes like Adobo, Chicken Curry, Pancit, Chopsuey, Binagoongang Baboy, Dinengdeng, Lumpiang Shanghai, and Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls are examples of recipes influenced by these foreigners.
Then came the Spaniards and they colonized the island for nearly four hundred years, beginning from 1521 to 1898. During their colony, they introduced sauteing with garlic and onion, the idea of adding tomato sauce to a dish, and use of chilis. Filipino food recipes like Afritada, Caldereta, Estopado, Escabeche, Lechon, Longanisa, Menudo, Pochero, Picadillo, Relleno, Torta, Tonico, Spaghetti, and Guisado are just examples of dishes introduced by the Spanish colonizer.
However, prior to the arrival of the foreigners and colonizer, the Filipino natives who are the Negritos and ancient Malayo-Polynesian of the Austronesians already had their own ways of cooking by grilling, roasting, steaming and boiling. Irrigation, rice cultivation, and the use of salt and citrus fruit juice were already a common knowledge in the society. Filipino food recipes like Dinakdakan, Kilawin, Dinengdeng, Inihaw na Isda, Papaitan, Bulalo, and Insarabasab are examples of the original Filipino recipes.