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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Filipino's Traditional Native Food during All Saints Day

Ibos, Lihiya, Puto, Palutaw, Valenciana, Ginata-an

It's been a tradition to us Filipinos to cook or prepare something in our table in every occasion. We prepare special dishes during fiestas, Christmas and other special occasions.

Every All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day Filipinos tend to cook and prepare Native Filipino food in our homes to commemorate the occasions of All Saints Day. Most food that are being cooked and prepared are made from Glutinous Rice (locally called "Pilit" or "Malagkit").

Since when I was young (which until now I'm still young, hehe) we always prepare food that is something "Malagkit" (sticky) every All Saints Days. Why something sticky? I don't why?! but this has been a tradition to us many Filipino.

Glutinous rice is a type of short-grained Asian rice that is especially sticky when cooked. It is called glutinous in the sense of being glue-like or sticky and not in the sense of containing gluten. It is also known as sticky rice,  a rice variety that is much stickier and gooey when cooked than the ordinary rice that has become a staple food for many Asian countries.

A perfect main ingredient for making homemade sticky rice desserts either baked, fried, grilled and even boiled together with other mixed of ingredients all together. It is definitely a great alternative for pastry dessert as Oriental cuisine has its version of its own.

Here's some common native Filipino delicacies that are mostly prepared during All Saints Day.

  • Suman sa Ibos is also one great tasting rice cakes originated in the Philippines. It is a mixture of glutinous rice, mixed with salt and coconut milk then poured over young palm leaves locally called Ibos. 
  • Suman sa Lihiya is made from soaked glutinous rice mixed with coconut milk, wrapped in banana leaves.
  • Puto (Rice Muffins) is another Philippines best steamed rice cake. Can be eaten alone or with butter. A savory dishes for breakfast.
  • Palitaw (Glutinous Rice Dumplings) is a small, flat Filipino rice cake coated with grated coconut, sugar and sesame seed. They are made from malagkit (sticky rice) washed, soaked, and then ground. 
  • Arroz Valenciana is Philippines local version of a popular Spanish dish Paella.
  • Bitsu-Bitsu
  • Ginata-an is a taro and sweet potato dessert with added sago and more
  • Kalamayhati is a native delicacy basically made from a concoction of ground sticky rice, sugar and coconut milk.
  • Bayi-Bayi is a bite-sized rice or corn cakes flavored with coconut and wrapped in banana leaf or in a clear plastic.
  • Suman Latik is a delicacy made of glutinous rice (malagkit), steamed then topped with syrup made from freshly extracted coconut milk and sugar cane chunk. 

Valenciana


Share to us on what food do you intend to cook / prepare for this coming All Saints Day by leaving on our comment box.


Check this out: 
All Saints Day in the Philippines
Celebrating All Saints Day
Celebrating All Saints Day and All Souls Day




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