Dive into the exquisite culture and traditions of the Philippines. In this blog, we’ll take a peek at the flavors, mixology, and arts and crafts of Filipino cuisine!
Home to 7,641 islands, the Philippines is an archipelago in Southeast Asia that boasts a tapestry of cultural wonders. The Philippines is a country where history, tradition and creativity combine to make it a diverse and complex heritage. The country is not only famous for its pristine waters and stunning landscapes but what makes the Philippines truly unique is its ability to blend indigenous traditions with foreign influences. This results in culinary delights, innovative beverages and artistic crafts. The Philippines is a vibrant country with diverse influences from Spanish and American to indigenous cultures, all harmoniously intertwined. Learn more as we guide you through the Philippines, where we’ll let you explore its extraordinary flavors, innovative blends and intricate arts and crafts.
Flavors of the Philippines like no other
At the heart of every Filipino dish lies a story of tradition and innovation. From the aromatic spices of traditional adobo and golden lechon to the sweetness of halo-halo and street food, Filipino cuisine is a symphony of flavors. It is a combination of Malay, Spanish, Chinese and American influences. The art of Filipino cooking lies not only in the ingredients but also in the stories woven into each recipe, reflecting a history of trade, colonization and creativity.
A popular Filipino dish using pork or chicken and stewed with vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, bay leaf and whole pepper.
Also referred to as the national dish of the Philippines, lechon is a whole pig slow-roasted in a charcoal pit, usually seasoned with lemongrass, cloves of garlic, and onions.
When translated, the name “Halo-Halo” literally means mixture. This is an interesting dessert that has different layers of texture with different sweet ingredients, shaved ice and milk.
Cheers to the Pearl of the Orient
Filipino hybridity is based on cultural expression. It is an art, where tropical and local flavors are blended to create stunning elixirs that give one’s taste buds a truly refreshing taste of heaven. From the strong tangy calamansi to the smooth notes of fermented drinks, the Philippines boasts drinks that are innovative yet rooted in culture.
1. Kalamansi juice
The Filipino version of lemonade, calamansi juice is a refreshing elixir made from citrus native to the Philippines that is squeezed into water and served cold or hot.
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Commonly found in different parts of the Philippines, mostly in the provinces/rural areas, tuba is an alcoholic drink made from the sap of various palm trees.
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Named after a Filipino action star and derived from a slang word meaning, “totally spoiled”, the Weng-Weng is a Filipino cocktail similar to the Long Island Iced Tea. Its composition is a mixture of vodka, brandy, bourbon, tequila and rum.
Filipino-made from hand to heart
A testament to the nation’s creativity and respect for Filipino arts and crafts heritage. Indigenous weavings such as the intricate patterns of the Toboli tribe or the delicate crafting of capiz shells display rich cultural diversity. Handicrafts, be it meticulously woven baskets or finely carved wooden furniture, are not just products but heirlooms passed down through the generations. Each piece tells a story, celebrating the essence of Filipino creativity and artistry.
Commonly made in some provinces of the Philippines, the banig is a hand-woven mat traditionally made as a sleeping or sitting mat. It is a unique product made by the locals which is carefully woven in various geometric designs.
Dating back to the pre-colonial era of the Philippines, Palayok is a common kitchen item that is a part of the Filipino household. It is used as a cooking tool or cooking utensil. Its simplicity is not used mainly for aesthetic purposes but for survival.
A symbol of Christmas in the Philippines, Parole is an expression of faith, hope, goodwill and resilience for many Filipinos. It is made from bamboo and decorated with colorful plastic wrap or paper and each one has more symbols added.
Shared Filipino Experience
Did you know that our founder and creative director is Filipino-American?
Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Aimee Mosleres-Aguirre found herself fascinated by the rich cultural tapestry of New York City. This fascination led him to establish a platform that brings culture and corporate teams together through food. “For me, food has always been the universal language of connection. When I meet someone new, we both light up and whet our appetites as we discuss our cherished foods,” shares Aimee.
Now with a multicultural team, Kit by Food Craft Sharing experiences of culture and heritage with people around the world. and shipping DIY kits To foster creativity through experiences in global cuisine, cuisine, and arts and crafts
We are proud to take you into our home, as part of our immersive experience. as Filipina-Owned Small BusinessesWe want to bring our flavors to people who are yet to marvel at the wonders of the Philippines
We invite you to indulge in the exquisite flavors of the Philippines with our virtual Chocolate Truffles Workshop delivered to your door, our kits bring the essence of Filipino flavors to life, bringing out the sweetness of mango, the richness of uber and the juiciness of coconut. With this virtual experience, any group can come together to create delectable treats, enhancing collaboration and creativity. While the kitchen may seem like challenging terrain to some, our kits simplify the process, making it an enjoyable endeavor for everyone!
Join us on this culinary adventure and let the exquisite flavors of the Philippines bring your team together in a truly delectable way!