Goto (congee with beef tripe) with coconut milk. Winner!

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Lugaw (congee; rice porridge) is ubiquitous in Asia and there are so many ways to enjoy it. Mostly, it’s the toppings and accompaniments that vary and give the plain lugaw a unique flavor and look each time. But what if it’s the lugaw itself that’s given a new twist?

On a whim, I added coconut milk to my goto (beef tripe congee) and the result was surprisingly good! »

Bibingkang malagkit (sticky rice cake)

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It's like biko but better. Cook the glutinous rice in coconut milk. Spread in a greased baking dish, top with salted caramel, sprinkle with desiccated coconut and bake. It's so good. But to really do this sweet dish right, it's best to soak the rice … »

How to make: Pearl balls

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If you've never seen nor heard of pearl balls, they are meat balls rolled in soaked glutinous rice and steamed until the rice grains puff and create a sticky crust. Pearl balls, like most dim sum food, are sized to be eaten in one go. Lift one up … »

Is machang, lo mai gai or zongzi?

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It's sticky rice filled with chicken (or pork) and black mushrooms, sometimes with peanuts or chestnuts or both, wrapped in leaf then steamed. In the Philippines, it is known as machang and it is often listed under the dimsum items in Chinese … »

How to cook: Suman (rice cake in a tube) in three flavors

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To say that the English translation for suman is rice cake is a bit confusing since the term "rice cake" encompasses more than suman. When cooked in a tray or dish, rice cake is called bibingka, kakanin or kalamay. If cooked to achieve a bread-like … »

How to prepare: Nian Gao (tikoy), a Chinese New Year tradition

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Known as tikoy in the Philippines, nian gao is a traditional Chinese New Year dish. Why it is so has many aspects. One account has it that it is an offering to bribe the Kitchen God (a reference in Amy Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife) who reports … »

Champorado, chocolate risotto and Thai black sticky rice

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A story goes that, in an attempt to turn his bowl of day-old rice into something more appetizing, a very young Jose Rizal poured a cup of chocolate into the bowl and invented the dish that would become popularly known as champorado. It may or may not … »