10 All Time Filipino Favorite Snacks

Filipinos are exposed to different kinds of foods now being that they are diversified all over the world but they still love the traditional Filipino snacks. No matter where they are and no matter what they have become in the modern world; Filipinos still eat their favorite snacks and talk about these foods.
Aside from the main meals that every Filipino family is so concerned about, there is also their favorite snack food that they always have in between meals. These kinds of food can also be served for breakfast. Here are the 10 all time Favorite snacks of Filipinos. 1. Puto Puto is one of the specialty foods of Filipinos. Puto is made from rice flour mixed with baking powder to rise and sugar then steamed in molders. To enhance the taste, some top them with sliced salted eggs or cheese. But most putos are plain and white in color. 2. Kalamay Kalamay is often served in special occasions. This is not easy to make so mostly, only the business people are patient enough to make this for commercial purposes. Kalamay is made from ground glutinous rice flour which needs continuous mixing while it is boiling to maintain the gummy consistency. It is also mixed with coconut milk. Mixing this is very hard because it is sticky but it is needed to maintain a smooth texture. 3. Biko Biko is also made from glutinous rice mix with thick coconut milk. Some add star anise to give aroma or shredded jackfruit. In order to have that gummy texture, biko also needs to be mixed continuously until the water has dried. The fire is lowered to very low to allow for slow cooking. 4. Pancit Pancit was introduced by the Chinese thousands of years ago to the Filipinos. There have been changes being made and many Filipinos are making their own pancit specialty versions with many variations in how to prepare and also the ingredients. But the traditional way of making pancit is to soak the noodles in warm water to soften the threads. The next step is to sauté all the vegetables such as Chinese cabbage, cabbage, carrots, string beans, mushrooms, etc. (as desired). Then set aside. Next, prepare the oil and brown the garlic, add chicken slices and pork and cook. Add also shrimp if desired then add the soaked noodles. When done, top the noodles with the vegetables. Squeeze with calamansi juice or lemon when ready to eat. 5. Lumpia Lumpia is another food inherited from the Chinese many, many years ago. This is what we call spring rolls. It has evolved and took many changes so there are vegetable lumpia, pork lumpia and fresh lumpia. They are all used as snacks in the Philippines. Vegetable lumpia is made from pure vegetables like; mungbean sprouts, Chinese cabbage, carrots, spring beans, etc., wrapped in lumpia wrapper and deep fried. Fresh lumpia is made from ubod or the center of special palm used specially for the purpose and lettuce and wrapped in lumpia wrapper. The sauce is made from cornstarch, soy sauce and brown sugar. 6. Suman Suman is made from half-cooked glutinous rice with sugar and coconut milk. This is wrapped with banana leaves then boiled again in a big casserole to cook further. 7. Botsi Botsi is made from glutinous rice flour. The flour is mixed with a little sugar and baking powder to rise. Make balls using the glutinous rice flour then fill it with red beans cooked in sugar. The red beans will be the filling. Deep fry the balls. 8. Maja Blanca Maja Blanca is made from rice flour mixed with shredded young corn. First, boil water then add the diluted rice flour, add the young corn and mix with sugar. 9. Halo-halo The reason why it is called halo-halo is because it is a mixture of different foods plus when you eat it, you have to mix it so that all the ingredients will all be mixed together. You need white beans cooked in sugar, banana cooked in sugar, cooked sago, gelatin (sliced to small pieces). Put all the ingredients in a big glass and add crushed ice then top it with a scoop of ice cream or leche flan and add evaporated milk. 10. Bibingka Bibingka is one of the best snacks that Filipinos could offer to tourists. This is made from glutinous rice flour. It is mixed with pure coconut milk, brown sugar, margarine and sometimes orange if desired. Add water to the mixture until it can be poured. Prepare the molder. This is an earthen pot lined with banana leaves at the base. Pour pure coconut milk first then pour the mixture. Pour pure coconut milk again at the top before covering. The cover should be flat and made of iron because you have to put burning charcoal on top to cook the top part. All these are delicious Filipino snacks.


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