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Welcome to Casa Baluarte. A blog with simple and tasty home-cooking Filipino recipes from your Ilongga Foodie/Cook of Orange County, California. For questions about this blog email

Crispy Smelt

Crispy Smelt or should I call Crispy Dilis but a little bigger and thicker. I don't know the Filipino or Tagalog name of this fish but I know this is one tasty little fish and nutty. What I remember back home we uses this fish a lot in making Kinilaw.

Sweet Mango Rice

Suman at Mangga or Sweet Mango Rice is made with glutinous rice, coconut milk, sugar and ripe sweet mangoes. Simple to make yet very satisfying.


Minatamis na Kamoteng Kahoy

Minatamis na Kamoteng Kahoy or Sweetened Cassava is a simple dessert yet satisfying. Made with slices of cassava, brown sugar and pandan extract.

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Paksiw na Bangus sa Ampalaya at Talong

Paksiw na Bangus or Stewed Milkfish in vinegar has always been my favorite Bangus dish. Not only easy to make but so appetizing.


Lumpia Shanghai Recipe

Lumpia Shanghai or Filipino Spring Rolls is one of Filipinos favorite food during gatherings is made with ground pork or beef or chicken. A Filipino party is not complete without this crispy meat filled crunchy and always the first to go.


Ginataang Langka at Hipon Recipe

Ginataang Langka or Green Jackfruit in Coconut Milk is one of those easy to make Filipino recipe. Made with young jackfruit, chili and cooked in coconut milk. Some recipe calls for fish sauce but with this one I used ginisang bagoong which made it more tastier. You can use daing or dilis (dried fish) instead of shrimps.

Sweet and Spicy Dilis

Sweet and Spicy Crunchy Dilis is a popular Filipino street food and a delicious snack. Best as pulutan or as an appetizer. I remember buying this all the time growing up in the Philippines. It is one of those snack that you can't stop munching once you start. This recipe I found in the web is pretty simple. The taste is close to the Dilis appetizer they serve when you eat at those Korean Barbecue restaurant.


Chicken Inasal Recipe

Chicken Inasal is a popular chicken barbeque that originated from  the Visayan region of the Philippines. Chicken marinated overnight and grilled to perfection. Best served with Papaya Achara and Kalamansi Soy Sauce for dipping.


Chicken Pochero Recipe

Chicken Pochero is a tomato base chicken dish stewed in vegetables. This one is a more simpler version unlike the original recipe which calls for chick peas, beans and pechay. If you prefer you can always add those to ingredients below.


Adobo Rice Recipe

Adobo Rice is one of those easy recipe using left over Chicken or Pork Adobo. This one is from left over Pork Adobo from yesterday. So easy to make and great for breakfast or anytime of the day.