8 Internationally Reinvented Pinoy Food
By Therese Aseoche
A halo-halo topped with gummy bears and popcorn, a deconstructed polvoron, and an ube donut coated in edible gold… who knew such wild reinventions of the Pinoy food and sweet treats we know and love are being sold halfway across the globe? Some may be mouthwatering while the others cringe-worthy, but it doesn’t take away the amazing fact that our cuisine is somehow getting international acclaim.
Here are just some of the hatest and greatest reimagined dishes we’ve found:
8. Ode to Halo-Halo
Bon Appetit Magazine’s Ode to Halo-Halo attempts to marry the different textures in one cold cup—the icy, chewy, crunchy, and creamy. It caters to the American taste, switching out key ingredients for gummy bears, popcorn, and fresh berries. In doing so, though, it has earned flak from Filipino netizens as a result. I guess they mistook our beloved dessert as a theater treat.
Find the recipe here.
7. Golden Cristal Ube Donut
Yep, that’s a gold-flecked ube donut you’re seeing right there. And yes, it really is being sold in a Filipino restaurant in Brooklyn. Ridiculous as it looks, New Yorkers are actually lining up to purchase a dozen of Manila Social Club’s $100 Cristal champagne-glazed donut filled with ube mousse and champagne jelly. Good for them that they can afford that 24-karat magic; but I’d rather stick to our Php 100 ube halaya, thank you very much.
6. Savory Kakanin
Imagine our humble kakanin served as a gourmet dish. Pretty hilarious, but that’s what LA-based restaurant Lasa does, and with other reimagined Filipino dishes as well. Their kakanin takes a savory route, being made with seared brown rice cake, shiitake mushrooms and its broth, and browned butter. Try making that at home with your suman.
5. Cassava Cake
Mountain Province Espresso Bar in Brooklyn likewise serves well-known Filipino pastries but without all the glitz and glamour. One of the popular items on their menu is the cassava cake made with grated yucca, coconut milk, coconut cream, and topped with a layer of organic condensed milk. It pairs well with a cup of their Philippine-sourced coffee!