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Favorite Filipino Food of the Year

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In my Instagram feed, the most popular Filipino food photos my readers liked in 2019 were those from my three cookbooks. Majority picked my classic Philippine dishes cooked in the Instant Pot, a multicooker that cooks either in high or low pressure.

The most liked dessert was my Ube Haleya (purple yam jam), and recipes are in my two cookbooks: Instant Filipino Recipes (which has Instant Pot Filipino recipes), and How To Cook Philippine Desserts, Cakes and Snacks.

Overall, my readers revealed they are in constant search of Filipino home cooking that is quick, easy and classic, cooked in the least amount of time – without losing the soul of mom’s dishes. And this is what you’ll find in most of my cookbooks (all sold on Amazon in paperback or Kindle), or this blog Asian In America.

We are constantly evolving, maturing, changing. It is the way life is. I find it hard to keep up with New Year’s resolutions. It is unrealistic to expect perfection from ourselves and others. I used to get frustrated with my own results, when I failed miserably at keeping resolutions to stay fit and healthy by the third week of January. Nothing is perfect. The best I can do is to be mindful of the health aspect of each dish. Is there too much oil in the recipe? Did we eat enough vegetables and fruits today? Did I use all-natural ingredients or support local produce? Did I use organic fruits and vegetables ? Is there too much saltiness to the dish? Am I balancing the amounts of pork, chicken, fish and beef in our meals? This is the best way I can take control of our health issues — by being mindful of every ingredient, every procedure, one dish at a time.

Letting go of unrealistic goals and resolutions frees us to live and love more – ultimately gives us the freedom to be a better person, for ourselves and for those around us.

Happy New Year, dear friends! Thank you for giving me your support and friendship year round. Here’s to a great 2020 and a magnificent decade to come, for all of us.


In the photos: (First row; top)  Pork Siomai, Chicken and Pork Adobo recipes are in My Mother’s Philippine Recipes Cookbook, and Instant Filipino Recipes Cookbook.

(Second row; left to right) Banana Bread with Mango;  Pork Asado Kapampangan; and Filipino Spaghetti- Recipes are in my Instant Filipino Recipes Cookbook and My Mother’s Philippine Recipes Cookbook.

(Third row; left to right) Arroz Caldo; Chinese Roast Pork Barbecue; and Ube Haleya recipes are in my cookbooks. The Chinese Roast Pork is on this blog AsianInAmericaMag.com

Did you like these photos and want the recipes? I have more Filipino Instant Pot recipes in my newest cookbook Instant Filipino Recipes: My Mother’s Traditional Philippine Cooking in A Multicooker Pot by Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino. I also have more classic recipes inspired by my mother’s cooking in my popular cookbook: My Mother’s Philippine Recipes. and HowTo Cook Philippine Desserts, Cakes and Snacks. If you’re learning how to cook Filipino food or a fan of Philippine cuisine, buy my cookbooks and books on Amazon.com sold worldwide in paperback and Kindle format.

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