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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Kulinarya June - Only in the Philippines


Late yet again……

A little background about me - I was born in the US and never been to the Philippines.  Unfortunately, I had limited exposure to tradition Filipino cuisines.  My parents did not really cook too much traditional dishes.  The Father loved to try a variety of foods and try (I stress the word try) replicate it.  That is probably where I get it from.  It wasn’t until our favorite bakery closed that The Mother started to experimenting and learning the different treats we used to get at the bakery.  Her first attempt was Pan de Sal.  If you remember my experiment in perfecting my version of pan de sal, The Mother went through the same thing with her recipe.  For some reason I could not get her recipe right, I have no idea why. 

This little story leads us into this month’s theme for the Kulinarya Cooking club…….
Only in the Philippines
Brought you by our hosts - Cherrie of Sweet Cherrie Pie & Tina of Pinay In Texas Cooking Corner.
For my take of a dish only found only in the Philippines, I went with Ube Halaya (at least my version).  I defrosted the froze ube from the store and went to search for The Mother’s recipe (my favorite version) and I came to realize I don’t have it.  I swore I did but after the move, I can’t find a thing at home.  I tried to replicate the recipe by memory.  I may or may not get a call when I post this since to my amazement The Parents read my blog. 
Ube Halaya
1 Package of defrosted Ube (500 g)
½ Package of defrosted Grated Cassava (250g)
1 Can of Coconut Milk (16.5 Oz)
1 Can of Condense Milk (10 Oz)
1 Tsp of Salt
1 Tbs of Butter
  1. Take all of the ingredients and place in a blender.
  2. Puree it until it is smooth
  3. Pour into a large skillet, you could use a wok.
  4. Put it on a low heat to cook.
  5. It needs to be stirred frequently to make sure all of the mixture gets cooked and to prevent burning.  
  6. The mixture will become thicker as it cooks. 
  7. It is cooked once the ube holds its’ shape (This is how I measure it).
  8. Put it on a serving platter and immediate cover in butter.  It will melt immediately. 
  9. Prepare the latik

1 Can of Coconut Milk
  1. Pour the coconut milk in a small sauce pan on a medium heat.
  2. In about 10 minutes the coconut milk starts on brown.  Make sure you are stirring it to prevent burning. 
  3. Slowly, the coconut milk will become brown and crunchy.
  4. Once all of the coconut milk is cooked, remove from the heat and place the latik on a paper towel to drain the oil.
  5. Top it on the ube and serve.





  1. Ube halaya is one of my Kuya's favourite, he use to eat a whole llanera of it whenever my Mom cooks a big batch but alas, she did not keep recipes written down and can't really tell me how to do it, thanks for the recipe...looks fantastic!

  2. I love UBE, esp. the ice cream. Wish I could taste this ube tasty!

  3. Your did well even without a recipe. The haleya looks great. I never thought of adding cassava and serving it with latik though but I'll try both next time I make.

    Regarding finding your stuff in your new home, I hear you. I've moved several times back in the Philippines and then Hong Kong and finally to the US. I lost a lot of weight packing, unpacking, and finding things.:)

  4. Oh my gosh, when I see Ube, my knees cave and I go weak from the cravings! I must make this soon! Thanks for sharing ~ I'm bookmarking this, Joy!

  5. Your halaya looks fantastic, love it but I have never tried cooking it before - the stirring intimidates me.
    I also had the same experience when it comes to moving to new places and losing or letting go of things. From Brunei to Beijing to New Zealand. Not to mention my family's home back in the Philippines where they try to keep my old possesions.

  6. I love halaya eaten as dessert and as pandesal filling!

    another late entry here...