Kusina Maria

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Capampangan Cuisine by Binulo Restaurant

Sisig by Binulo Restaurant

Sisig by Binulo Restaurant

Pampanga has a proud tradition of Filipino cooking. Capampangan Cuisine (alternately Kapampangan) combines local, Malay, Spanish, American, and Chinese influences, techniques, and ingredients to produce a distinct Kapampangan taste. Kapampangan’s best dishes are highlighted in Binulo Restaurant‘s menu. From the appetizers and salads to the desserts, Binulo Restaurant showcases traditional home cooked Capampangan dishes prepared and served elegantly.

Arguably, one of Pampanga’s most popular and universally loved dishes is Sisig. Sisig is a traditional dish made of pig’s ears, cheeks, and livers cooked with onions and chili. Binulo’s sisig is served with Pititian, fried pork rind. The mixture of Pititian with various pig’s meats and liver results to a delicious umami-filled mixture of flavors and textures. It is the perfect way to start a Capampangan meal.

Here are two more Capampangan dishes by Binulo that are sure to whet your appetite for more.

Shrimp Okoy by Binulo Restaurant

Shrimp Okoy by Binulo Restaurant

Paco Salad by Binulo Restaurant

Paco Salad by Binulo Restaurant

Okoy is Filipino fritters, usually made with veggies and seafood. Binulo serves Shrimp Okoy made with Green Papayas and Shrimps. It has the right amount of crunch and saltiness without the oiliness of deep fried dishes. It is best eaten with seasoned vinegar.

Paco is fiddlehead fern. It is a popular The Binulo Paco Salad is served with fresh tomatoes, shrimps, peanuts, and salted eggs mixed in with a vinaigrette dressing.

Binulo also served delicious versions of Kapampangan versions of popular classic Filipino dishes.

Bulanglang na Sugpo by Binulo Restaurant

Bulanglang na Sugpo by Binulo Restaurant

Bulanglang is the Kapampangan take on Sinigang, the Filipino sour soup. Instead of using the traditional sampaloc (tamarind), Bulanglang is made with ripe guavas which gives a sweet, fruity undertone to the tangy, sour soup. It is served with Sugpo (Prawns), Pork, or Bangus (Milkfish). The soup is enriched with malunggay (Moringa) leaves.

Another popular Capampangan dish is Binukadkad na Hito (Butterflied Catfish). Binulo serves deep fried hito with ampalaya (bitter gourd) and mustasa (mustard leaves) and buro.

Binukadkad Hito with Buro by Binulo Restaurant

Binukadkad na Hito with Buro by Binulo Restaurant

Buro by Binulo Restaurant

Buro by Binulo Restaurant


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Yamamomo Cheesecake by The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

Yamamomo Cheesecake by The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

Yamamomo Cheesecake by The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

Every dish at The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge is a feast for all the senses. Each one is the perfect marriage of flavors, textures and temperatures, smells, and even sounds. Every bite is an experience in itself.

One dish that perfectly represents the best that The White House has to offer is the Yamamomo Cheesecake.

We live in a tropical country where berries are considered as exotic and luxurious. Although we are familiar with strawberries and blueberries, Yamamomo is not something accessible to us. Yamamomo is the Japanese name for Myrica rubra. It translates to “mountain peach.” It is also known as Chinese (or Japanese) Bayberry, Red Bayberry, Yumberry, Waxberry, or Chinese strawberry. Yamamomo is a succulent berry that is sweet and sour. It has more crunchy that other berries and has a hint of tartness.

The Yamamomo Cheesecake of The White House is composed of a silky creamy vanilla cheesecake nestled on top of a crunchy, nutty, and subtly flavored green tea dacquoise. It is topped with a compote of mixed berries. The compote has the right amount of sweetness with a texture that blends well with the creamy vanilla cheesecake. On top of the compete are fresh slices of strawberries and a piece of yamamomo. It is garnished white a green tea flavored white chocolate crescent. Adding more excitement to the flavors and textures of the dish are delicate mango caviars and green tea syrup.
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Sab Bistro Desserts

Sab Bistro Desserts: Chocolate Heaven, Cookie Surprise, and Red Velvet Cheesecake

Sab Bistro Desserts: Chocolate Heaven, Cookie Surprise, and Red Velvet Cheesecake

“There’s always room for dessert.” I don’t know who originally said this line but I vigogrously agree and firmly believe in this quote. Even after an awesome meal at Sab Bistro in Angeles, Pampanga, I couldn’t say no to their mouthwatering desserts. Even after eating soup, salad, appetizers, pasta, and several main dishes.

Who could say no to cheesecake, right? Moreso, one that’s married with Red Velvet.

Red Velvet Cheesecake by Sab Bistro

Red Velvet Cheesecake by Sab Bistro

Sab Bistro serves up a mean Red Velvet Cheesecake. Crumbly and moist red velvet cake with creamy, smooth cheesecake, topped with another layer of red velvet cake. The mixture of flavors and textures is sublime.

Then there’s this… Cookie Surprise.

Cookie Surprise by Sab Bistro

Cookie Surprise by Sab Bistro

Your favorite Oreo Cookies dipped in doughnut batter and delicately deep fried. Look!

Cookie Surprise by Sab Bistro

Cookie Surprise by Sab Bistro


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Sushi Special by Nonki Japanese Restaurant

Sushi Special by Nonki Japanese Restaurant

Sushi Special by Nonki Japanese Restaurant

Nothing like good sushi to satisfy anybody’s craving for Japanese food. And if you can’t decide which type of Sashimi you love best, Nonki Japanese Restaurant has the answer… the Sushi Special.

The Sushi Special is a platter of Salmon Sashimi (Shake), Tuna Sashimi (Maguro), and White Marlin Sashimi (Kajiki). Sashimi is a type of sushi served without rice. Sashimi roughly translates to “pierced body.” It is prepared by slicing raw fresh fish. It is traditionally sliced thinly.

Nonki’s sushi chef prepares the sashimi in thick but narrow slices. It is served with shreded daikon, slices of cucumber, and sea grape seaweeds (lato in Filipino). I suggest taking a piece of the sashimi with some daikon or seaweeds and lightly dipping it in soy sauce. Some prefer to eat with wasabi, I don’t but don’t let me stop you if you like wasabi with your sashimi.
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Annipie’s Savory Snacks

Annipie with their tagline “Your Cinnamon Destination” is best known for their cinnamon rolls, cakes, and other desserts. Give your tummy a treat. Visit one of their stand alone branches, order a savory snack before eating a sweet treat. Your tongue and your tummy will thank you.

Here are some of my favorite savory snacks by Annipie.

Cheese Pimiento Sticks by Annipie

Cheese Pimiento Sticks by Annipie

If you like cheese but is bored with regular cheese sticks, this one is for you. Annipie’s Cheese Pimiento Sticks has a generous amount of salty, peppery pimiento stuffed inside a light eggroll (lumpia) wrapper. It is deep fried til crispy and golden brown. The cheese sticks are properly drained of excess oil so it’s not greasy.

Annipie serves awesome Pizatillas which will satisfy your pizza cravings. Especially if you’re a fan of thin crust pizza like me.

Three Cheese Pizzatilla by Annipie

Three Cheese Pizzatilla by Annipie

Pepperoni and Onion Pizzatilla by Annipie

Pepperoni and Onion Pizzatilla by Annipie


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Caitlyn’s Dimsum House Favorites

Very few places live up to their hype. And Caitlyn’s Dimsum House is one of the few. Caitlyn’s Dimsum House was one of the booths that was a hit at the 2014 Kadayawan Bazaar. It instantly started a buzz on social media and this encouraged the proprietors to open a restaurant at their take away store.

Caitlyn’s serves dimsum made from fresh ingredients without any preservatives and extenders and with almost no MSG. The proprietors serve dimsum made from their family recipes so you can be sure their dishes are all plump with quality ingredients. The result is delicious dimsum that’s overwhelmingly salty.

Aside from their best-selling Pork and Shrimp Siomai, I have a few other favorites from their menu.

Chef's Dumplings by Caitlyn's Dimsum House

Chef’s Dumplings by Caitlyn’s Dimsum House

The Chef’s Dumpling has a similar recipe and taste to Shark’s Fin Dumpling. The difference is the Chef’s Dumpling has no shark’s fin. Superb.

Fried Spicy Dumplings by Caitlyn's Dimsum House

Fried Spicy Dumplings by Caitlyn’s Dimsum House

For something spicy, the Fried Spicy Dumpling is a delicious treat. It has a great balance of salty and spicy with a hint of sweetness. Eat with rice!

Xiao Long Bao by Caitlyn's Dimsum House

Xiao Long Bao by Caitlyn’s Dimsum House

And here’s the best value for your money Xiao Long Bao in this corner of the world. Caitlyn’s Xiao Long Bao is tasty with the soup and the stuffing bursting with flavor inside a delicate wrapper. It is best eaten with a dipping sauce of ginger and black vinegar. One serving with 8 pieces of Xiao Long Bao is only P170.
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