9 Filipina Home Cooks Share Easy Recipes and Tricks for Newbies

Quarantine has taught us to appreciate the little things in life— like a home-cooked meal, for example. It’s nourishing, and tasty in its own right. However, if you’re a newbie who wants to learn your way around the kitchen, these home cooks can teach you a thing or two— no culinary certificate needed.

9 Filipina Home Cooks Share Easy Recipes and Tricks for Newbies

9. Karla Bernales (@iamkarlaloo/ @pigletskitchen)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pigletskitchen

A mom of two girls, Karla’s love for cooking started when she was 19 years old— the age when she decided to live on her own. Her first memory of cooking was during her third year in high school, where they cooked pork sinigang for their home economics class. From there, Karla’s love for cooking grew. She honed her cooking skills by reading cookbooks in National Bookstore, where she would memorize recipes— just because there were no smartphones during her time. From there, she would go straight to the farmer’s market, buy the ingredients, and cook in her boarding house. Eventually, Karla started selling food trays in 2014 after her friend asked if he could order a dish that she posted on Facebook.

Karla is currently the Marketing Manager of a boutique hotel in Boracay. Aside from that, though, she manages a cloud kitchen in Maginhawa, handles club DJs, and owns PigletsKitchen— her ongoing food business. A dreamer and a cook, Karla’s future is bright. Whether it includes opening her own cafe, giving cooking lessons, or becoming an influencer who encourages people to cook; the possibilities are endless for her.

Recommended Recipe: Tinapa Rice

8. Ria B. Pe (@ria_litybites)

Ria is a former banker who loves eating out. When at home, she likes making super easy and quick meals that still taste good. To do that, Ria mostly uses ingredients that she finds in groceries. All this and more can be found in her Instagram account. Since she believes that butter makes everything better, she recommends her baked butter garlic chicken recipe for starters. She has shared this with friends and they can all attest to how easy it is to make— plus, the results are delicious!

Recommended Recipe: Baked Garlic Butter Chicken

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BAKE it ‘til you make it! ???? . . . Been eating at home more often these days because of the COVID scare. ? I’ve lost count how many times we’ve made this Baked Garlic Butter Chicken and we’re still not tired of it. Soooo good (and easy to cook)! ? This time we had it with a side of cheesy corn too. Both the “Baked Chicken” and “Cheesy Corn” are saved in my IG Highlights in case you want to check them out. Tag me when you make ‘em! ? #rialitybites? #bake #chicken #butter #garlic #corn #cheese #home #welovetoeatph #foodtrip #foodie #fun #good #foodgram #ilovefood #igdaily #igers #yummy #instafood #instagood #eeeeeats #dailyfoodfeed #spotmyfood #yum #love #WLTEPlus #foodoftheday #food

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7. Cristina Beltran-Del Villar (@burstingflavorsph)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/burstingflavors

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCcx1QixaaJZBK–ZvTPaeg

Cristina is a home cook and a digital marketer by profession. She loves bringing together herbs and spices in her dishes because she thinks that they can further enhance the flavors in every dish. Tina believes that preparing good food doesn’t necessarily need to be costly— rather, you can use anything you have at home. All you need is some creativity.

Recommended Recipe: Honey-Glazed Chicken

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Honey Glazed Chicken for breakfast and baon. ? Honey Glazed Chicken Recipe ?1/2 cup soy sauce ?2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar ?3 garlic crushed ?1 medium sized ginger or turmeric ?1 teaspoon paprika ?1 teaspoon cayene ?3 tablespoon honey ?Pinch of salt ?Pinch of pepper ?6 pcs chicken thigh Combine all the ingredients together and marinate for at least 30 minutes. Fry the marinated chicken and add the sauce and simmer. Pro tip: adding the sauce at the end will remove the crispiness of your chicken skin so you may opt not to add the sauce or re-fry it after simmering. ?? Happy Humpday. Ingat! 🙂 #burstingflavorsph #burstingflavors #eatsplorations #eatsasmallworld #seemslegeat #whengutomstrikes #wheninmanila #wimyummy #tastydelightsph #homecooking #homecookedmeals #kusinera #foodie #foodporn #foodgrammerph #yassbaldbaker #foodie #foodstagram #honeyglazedchicken

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6. Nix Jasmin (@ieatandiwander)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rainbowanders

Website: https://www.ieatandiwander.com

Nix is a Recruitment Specialist by day and a Korean English Tutor by night. When she isn’t working, she’s a part-time food reviewer, solo budget traveler (when time and money permits), and a fur-mom. Nix also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen by following recipes on YouTube. She cooks based on two things: what she’s craving for and based on what her sisters ask for.

Recommended Recipe:Homemade Choco Butternut Munchkins

5. Ish Caparras (@isheatsworld / @ishmeetsworld)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ishmeetsworld

Website: https://www.ishmeetsworld.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ishmeetsworld

Ish is a sports and entertainment production executive whose passion includes traveling around the world and going on gastronomic adventures. She recreates dishes from her travels at home and shares them on her blog. While her dishes will really make you feel like you’re in a fancy restaurant or somewhere exotic, she’ll show you that they’re not that hard to make! Follow her and expect to see restaurant hacks and recipes for some unique dishes that you don’t normally make at home.

Recommended Recipe: Galbi Jjim

4. Tina Punzal (@hungrytravelduo)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hungrytravelduo

Website: https://www.hungrytravelduo.com

Tina is a Real Estate Broker / Digital Marketer by profession and one half of the food blog Hungry Travel Duo. She loves exploring the world one plate at a time. Aside from traveling, Tina enjoys cooking anything that she sees and likes on social media along with dishes she’s picked up along her travels. She usually prepares cuisine-themed meals, and her favorite cuisines are Korean, Indian, Chinese, Filipino, and Mexican.

Recommended Recipe: Sizzling Bangus Sisig

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And now, here are 3 more awesome home cooks that you should follow for easy recipes:

3. Kat S. Marin (@haingpinoybynekokat)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/haingpinoybynekokat

A simple lady who loves to travel and cook for her family, cooking is when Kat is at her happiest. To showcase her recipes, she started her Instagram account last 2012 as a hobby. This was where she chronicled the delicious food she encountered in her travels, which she would then recreate at home. From there, she was able to meet a lot of people who have the same passion as her. According to Kat, food and traveling really helped her build relationships with others, making it an integral part of her life.

Recommended Recipe: Paksiw na Pata

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Paksiw na pata po tayo, isa ka rin ba sa gustong habhabin ang mga litid litid ng pata tapos may patis kalamansi na sawsawan di ba ang sarap?! Sayo na ang laman akin ang litid??? Happy Monday everone!!❤?❤ . . . . Uploaded na po sya sa aking YT channel sa gusto pong pumasyal please like and subscribe. Maraming salamat po❤❤❤ . . . Paksiw na Pata Recipe: Ingredients: . 1Kl Pork hocks/ pata sliced 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup vinegar 1/4 cup brown sugar 3 cloves garlic minced 1 onion chopped 3 pcs bayleafs 1 cup banana blossoms 1 tsp whole peppercorn 3-4 cups water 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground pepper . Procedure: . 1. Boil the pork hocks for 5 mins. remove, rinse and set aside. 2. In a pot heat oil, saute garlic and onion then add the pork hocks. 3. Pour in water, vinegar and soy sauce then add the bay leafs and peppercorn. 4. Let it boil, lower the heat and simmer for 1.5 hrs until the meat is tender. 5. Add brown sugar, season with salt and pepper. 6. Add the banana blossoms and let it simmer for 10-15 mins. Remove from heat. Enjoy. . . . #haingpinoy #welovetoeatph #adobonation #dmfoodseries #parangtotoo #whattoeatph #tarasasouth #pinoyfood #lutongbahay #foodies #influencerph #ilovetoeatph #filipinofood #wimyummy #comfortfood #igfoodies #followforfollow #healthyfood #yummyfood #cuisine_captures #foodinfluencerph #foodstyling #foodphotography #foodph #homecooking #thankful #foodporn #paksiwnapata #blessed #grateful

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2. Bebs and Armin (@foxyfolksy)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foxyfolksy

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/foxyfolksy

Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/foxyfolksy

Website: https://www.foxyfolksy.com

A former Lead Financial Process Analyst, Bebs was a career woman until she left the Philippines to spend six years with her husband Armin in Germany. She then started her blog because she missed Filipino food so much. Surprisingly, it became so successful that both Bebs and Armin decided to become full-time bloggers now that they’re both back in the Philippines.

Bebs is passionate about baking and cooking dishes from the Philippines, especially from her hometown, Pampanga. She is also interested in trying different cuisines, which she hopes to impart to her millions of viewers.

Recommended Recipe: Homemade Buttery Pandesal

1. May Rigor-Arancon (@my_kusina_ph)

May is a corporate executive by day. In her free time, she is most likely in her kitchen, garden, or art space. As a visual artist, she takes her culinary adventure to a different level by styling simple dishes in an enticing way. While traveling, May also loves taking cooking classes to learn more about their local cuisine. Of course, Filipino food will always be her favorite!

At an early age, May learned how to cook heirloom recipes from her Kapampangan mom and Lola, which she proudly showcases on her Instagram page. Whether May is holding a paintbrush, a gardening tool, or a ladle; she puts her heart in everything she does.

Recommended Recipe: Tanigue Steak in Lemon Butter Sauce, Adobong Hipon sa Aligue, Black Rice served in Bamboo, topped with Toasted Garlic Bits

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Tanigue Steak in Lemon Butter Sauce, Adobong Hipon sa Aligue, Black Rice served in Bamboo and topped with Toasted Garlic Bits. ?❤️ . TANIGUE STEAK IN LEMON BUTTER SAUCE Ingredients: 3 Tanigue Steaks 5 slices of Lemon Juice of 1 Lemon 1/2 cup Soy Sauce 2 to 3 thumbs Ginger,  julienned 100 grams of Butter 3 tbps Cooking Oil In a pan, heat a cup of water then add about 1/4 of the julienned ginger (set aside remaining ones). Then add in Tanigue Steaks, this is just a quick cook (turn each side once) to remove fishy taste and to keep meat tender. Then remove tanigue steaks from pan (liquid discarded) and set aside. In a separate pan with cooking oil, saute remaining julienned ginger and sear each side of the lemon slices. Remove seared lemon slices from pan then set aside. In the same pan with sauteed ginger, pour in soy sauce, lemon juice and 1/8 cup of water. Stir well. Add butter in pan, followed by the Tanigue steaks. Baste steaks with the lemon butter sauce. Serve while hot and top with seared lemon slices. . ADOBONG HIPON SA ALIGUE : Ingredients: 10 pcs Prawns 8 to 9 tbsp Aligue/Crab Fat (Taba ng Talangka) 5 tbsp Cooking Oil A dash of Ground White Pepper 1 bulb Garlic, minced 1/4 cup Soy Sauce 2 tbsp Sugar A dash of Ground White Pepper . In a pan with cooking oil, saute minced garlic. Pour in soy sauce, vinegar, water and season with ground white pepper. Add in Aligue (Crab fat). Mix well. Then lastly, add in the prawns. . . #seafood #homecooking #pinoyfood #filipinofood #foodph #my_kusina_ph #kusinera #lutongbahay #homemade #foodgrammerph #foodstylingph #whattoeatph #foodstyling #eatpilipinas #foodinfluencerph #lutongpinoy #forkspoonmanila #foodphotographyph #foodie #filipinofoodmovement #panlasangpinoy #instafood #pinoyfoodie #filipinofoodlove #itsmorefuninthephilippines #wimyummy #kainpilipinas #discovermnl #thefoodiestation #welovetocookph

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