17 April 2020

We Don’t Have to Do All the Cooking

The first few weeks of lockdown opened new possibilities for us in the kitchen. We’ve tried the recipes we haven’t cooked in a while like Kare-Kareng Gulay and Pochero. With leftovers squid ink sauce from Adobong Pusit, we’ve made our own version of Pancit choco en su tinta, while reminisci...

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4 April 2020

How Planning Meals Can Help Us Save Money and Time during Quarantine

These days when trips to the groceries are not convenient and leisurely anymore, and when we are uncertain up until when our budget will last before our next pay, our mission as cooks is to manage our budget and food supply well. We must make these goods last for a week or longer if we can. If you...

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30 March 2020

Now We’re Home

Finally, we’ve slowed down and are spending more time at home. Although Mama Sita’s Kitchen has been closed, we’ve taken home with us our crafty cooking skills. It has helped us focus on what matters most—our family and health. Cooking at home helps us put our time to good use and for a whil...

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20 March 2020

Cooking through Difficult Times

We hope that by this time, you still have something to cook with in your pantry. A lot of shops have run out of supply, and many food establishments have closed, reduced staff and limited services to takeout/takeaway. If we’re to read the signs, the worst is yet to come. But we strive to live and ...

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6 March 2020

Memories of Sun-kissed Guavas

It’s the season of guava, the native one, which is small—smaller than pear or apple, but can be just as crunchy, and not as small or as soft as berries. When ripe, they become pink inside and quite fragrant, at least to those people who are fond of it. For the uninitiated to Filipino cuisine, pa...

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28 February 2020

Folksy Steamed Okra Salad

As it is probably one of the least liked vegetables next to ampalaya (bitter gourd), we’re writing this with a glimmer of hope that those who are not fond of it might give awesome okra a chance. Yes, bitterness is to ampalaya, as slime is to okra. It’s that unique texture that can put some peopl...

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14 February 2020

Cooking with Cabbage

Thinking of what to cook every single day—three or more meals plus snacks per day—can sometimes exhaust us, cooks. There are days when we have all the energy and inspiration. But there are days, too, when we feel like robots working in the kitchen, mindlessly cooking, mistaking sugar for salt, a...

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10 January 2020

Stepping Out of Our Comforts

This week, in an effort to start the year right, we ought to take the time to do something different, and somehow in our own little ways make a fruitful difference. How about reading beyond our FB and IG feeds, and relishing the neglected treasures made with paper? A classic, and we must say, mus...

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3 January 2020

Off to a rough start?

Over the holidays, while most people were celebrating and enjoying a feast, storms and earthquakes hit the islands. On the other side of the world, there’d been bushfires which burned vast lands affecting homes of people and wildlife. We spend a moment to remember all these occurrences--the curren...

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30 December 2019

This New Year, Take A Glass of Kindness

This old New Year’s song never fails to get us sentimental about the passing year, along with all the people we met, the recipes, and memories we made--all or some of them, good or bad.  Although the new year is a great opportunity to make new changes and promises, take on bigger challenges and d...

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19 December 2019

Love, Peace, and Paella

And so the holiday season is upon us. In spite of the fun and cheers, some of us are left feeling exhausted. In Manila, traffic worsens to the nth level, and yet here we are, trying to make our way to the mall to complete our shopping list, do last-minute gift wrapping, and scurry to the most-awaite...

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12 December 2019

All We Want for Christmas: What Gifts to Give Filipino Foodies?

For commercial reasons, Christmas comes early in the Philippines. Carols start playing in shopping places as early as September! We have no idea if there’s a science to it but most shops perhaps find that Mariah Carey or Jose Mari Chan’s classics induce shopping behaviors, with feelings of desir...

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5 December 2019

Food, Art, and Passions

Many of us at Mama Sita’s Kitchen have been here for a decade or more (no, we’re not revealing our age!). In all those years, through stressful or boring times, we did what we had to—cooking, writing, drawing, taking pictures, traveling, selling—thankfully, without killing each other! Perhap...

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28 November 2019

Thanksgiving Handaan Hangover Cures

That's the thing about Thanksgiving, and handaan in general: when it's over, there's a feeling of fatigue from all that kitchen preparation, and eating a bit more than the usual. And yes, the hangover from alcoholic drinks and intoxicating conversations.  Next morning's mood be like eating lefto...

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21 November 2019

Delightful Filipino Soups and Stews for Thanksgiving

Roast chicken or turkey always gets the attention as the centerpiece and focal point of Thanksgiving meals, but truth be told, without a soothing soup or stew, the table feels incomplete.  It can be daunting, especially when we got little time and Thanksgiving dinner is just around the corner. ...

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14 November 2019

Adobo-Spiced Roast Chicken for Filipino Thanksgiving

Salamat—Filipino word for ‘thank you’, is what we want to say to you, our dear foodie followers, for continuing to read us.  In the Philippines, celebrating "Thanksgiving" is not a formal tradition. We do, however, have various fiestas throughout the year in different cities and regions—...

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8 November 2019

Book Feature: What Kids Should Know About Filipino Food

Other than food, what we love at Mama Sita's Kitchen are books about, well, still food. So much so that in 2017, when we celebrated the 100th birth anniversary of our culinary (and life!) inspiration, Teresita Reyes, Mama Sita Foundation honored her through a special centennial edition of this fanta...

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4 November 2019

New Spicy Filipino Recipe to Try This Week: Fiery Labuyo Chicken Wings and Jicama Papaya Slaw

With the recent chili sauce hype, including the Chili Festival that you might have chanced upon in Makati a few weeks ago, and the insatiable appetite of our followers for anything hot and spicy, we thought of making a special sauce that celebrates our native chili pepper, Labuyo. And no, we're not ...

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29 October 2019

TESDA and Mama Sita Foundation recognize 25 graduates of Traditional Filipino Cookery Class

A new batch of graduates recently completed a Cookery NC II class at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Women’s Center (TWC) last October 19, 2019. Focused on traditional Filipino food, the specialized curriculum designed in cooperation with the Mama Sita Foundation (...

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21 October 2019

Mama Sita’s Singkamas- Papaya Ensalada and other specialties at Kain Na

The Department of Tourism continues to put the spotlight on heritage dishes and farm-fresh products with Kain Na!, a food and travel festival that aims to promote the Philippines as a center of food and gastronomy. From its successful initial run last year, the premise behind this year’s Kain Na! ...

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15 October 2019

Try this Time-Saver Homemade Tocino

A small eatery typically on the roadside, accessible to commuters, tapsihan offers affordable set meals of tapsilog and its variations. The aroma of the hot fried rice is enough to make hungry passersby line up for a quick satisfying meal.  Tapsilog is a set meal made of trio 1) tapa beef strips...

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26 September 2019

Creative Ways to Savor Sisig

With a swirl of citrus-peppery flavors, it’s no wonder why sisig is a crowd favorite among Filipinos and foreigners alike. Traditionally, the pork version from Pampanga is the first thing that comes to mind, but you can explore alternatives as you desire. Tofu Sisig - Diced Fried Tofu, fin...

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4 September 2019

Heirloom Rice Champorado and Other Rare Local Finds Served at the 6th Philippine Harvest

The diversity of local agriculture is celebrated once more with the latest Philippine Harvest at the Central Square, Bonifacio Global City last August 30 - September 1, 2019. Now on its 6th edition, the Department of Tourism (DOT) hopes to attract more tourists through artisanal products and organic...

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22 August 2019

All-Natural Vinegars and Labuyo Hot Pepper Sauce Featured at the 2019 World Food Expo

The recent World Food Expo (WOFEX) took the ultimate food show experience to the next level, gathering different sectors from the Food, Beverage, and Hospitality Industries. This year’s theme of evolution shook things up with sector-centric trade shows that tackled trends, issues, challenges, and ...

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5 August 2019

Experience the Richness of Local Fare at the 2019 World Food Expo

Mama Sita’s invites everyone to savor fine Filipino flavors at the 2019 World Food Expo  (WOFEX) this August 7-10, 2019, at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Seashell Ln, Pasay City. Now on it’s 19th year, WOFEX Manila is all set to live up to this year’s theme of  "Evolut...

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24 July 2019

All-Natural Vinegars Get the Spotlight at the Philippine Harvest

The Philippines is home to an abundance of sauces, dips, and condiments - with every region having a distinct source or base ingredient for vinegar alone. To celebrate and promote the richness of one of its favored dips, Mama Sita’s through the Department of Tourism’s (DoT) Philippine Harve...

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3 June 2019

Mama Sita Foundation Takes Traditional Filipino Food to the Modern Era with a Cook-Off Challenge

Taguig City, Philippines - Rich, savory, and diverse. These are just some of the words that describe the country’s culinary heritage which was celebrated last May 27, 2019 through a cooking competition held at the Women’s Center of the Technical Education and Skills Development Autho...

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27 May 2019

All-Natural Vinegars Attract Attention at the 2019 International Food Exhibition

No synthetic acetic acid, no cloudifiers: Mama Sita’s celebration of vinegar’s regional diversity draws crowds at this year’s IFEX Filipino food gets the international limelight at the 13th International Food Exhibition. The three-day event, which ran from May 24-26 at the World Trade C...

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9 August 2018

Filipino Flavors Debut in New Zealand

Mama Sita’s participates in the Auckland Food Show. AUCKLAND – Mama Sita’s brand of Philippine sauces and mixes presented its line of favorite Filipino dishes to an international audience at the biggest food show in Auckland, New Zealand, held on July 26 to 29, 2018 at the ASB Showgroun...

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3 July 2018

Kusina ni Mama Sita Introduces Adlai Paella Kit

Adlai Paella was served during the three-day exhibit in Pasay for the fair-goers to taste this rare kind of grain. In the recent International Food Expedition (IFEX) at the World Trade Center and Trade Training Center, Kusina ni Mama Sita showcased a wide range of Filipino flavors along with...

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9 February 2018

Mama Sita Foundation Participates in DOT-LA Tour

Round table dinner discussion with (clockwise) Charles Raymund Olalia of RiceBar, Nana Ozaeta of Food Magazine, Kim Trac, and Wyatt Conlon of Eggslut, Chad Norman Valencia of Lasa,  Crystal Coser of Eater LA, Author Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, Angela Gomez, and Alvin Cailan of Eggslut. The...

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1 February 2018

Philippine Postal Corporation Issues Mama Sita Commemorative Stamps

PHLpost and Mama Sita Foundation presenting the official first day cover of Mama Sita's birth centennial commemorative stamp. Teresita 'Mama Sita' Reyes commemorative postage stamps were recently issued by Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), gathering Mama Sita family and relatives, st...

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6 October 2017

Harana Para Kay Mama Sita: Birth Centenary Tribute for Country’s Favorite Ina

From left: Maestro Jerry Dadap with 3-year-old Eumi Maurin, Leonarda Tulao, Mama Sita Foundation President Clara Kalayaan-Reyes Lapus, Adolfo Reyes, Rosie Lardizabal, and Aida Rejano. This year marks the 100th birth anniversary of Philippine culinary icon Teresita "Mama Sita" Reyes. On Sept...

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31 July 2017

Mama Sita Extends Cookbook Donation to Vancouver Library

(From left) Mama Sita Foundation representatives Neil, Jessica, Sabrina, and Rosalinda Luis Macdougall with Philippine Consul General Neil Frank Ferrer, Chief Librarian of the Vancouver Public Library Ms. Sandra Singh, and Manager of Collections and Technical Services Ms. Christine Middlemass duri...

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6 June 2017

What Kids Should Know about Filipino Food: Mama Sita’s Centennial Edition

Mama Sita Foundation launches a special centennial edition of “What Kids Should Know About Filipino Food” together with Adarna House Publishing last May 27. In celebration of Teresita “Mama Sita” Reyes’ 100th birth anniversary, the Mama Sita Foundation has collaborated with Adarna H...

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1 February 2017

Mama Sita’s Filipino Food Mission in Madrid

A few weeks before Madrid Fusion in Spain, Corrie Salandanan, who lives in Paris, received a call from Mama Sita’s in Manila, inviting her to represent the Filipino heritage brand in the prestigious food event in Madrid. Figure 1: Corrie Salandanan, A Filipina who lives in Paris represents ...

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4 November 2016

Mama Sita’s represents Philippines at the ASEAN Culinary Festival

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA- Kusina ni Mama Sita, represented by culinary director Joyce Sandoval (far right), joined the recently concluded ASEAN Culinary festival along with other Southeast Asian culinary experts. As each country representative prepared dishes of their cuisine, the Philippine team serv...

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4 November 2016

Stamp and Cookbook Donation to National Library of Korea

We recently donated Mama Sita's Stamp and Cookbooks to the National Library of Korea. According to the Vice Consul of the Philippine Embassy in South Korea, the National Library's Chief Executive, Mr. Lim Wonsun welcomed the addition of the cookbooks to their vast collection of 4. 3 million b...

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26 September 2016

Mama Sita’s Brings Philippine Flavors to Russia

The Mama Sita Foundation recently travelled to Russia to formally turnover Mama Sita commemorative stamps and cookbooks to the Russian State Library in Moscow, while bringing Philippine Flavors to the Russian market as well. Russian State Library president, Dr. Victor Fedorov, Centre of Orien...

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8 June 2016

Mga Kuwentong Pagkain 2016 Call for Entries

We’re rounding-up a potful of food stories from kitchens around the Philippines’ scattered islands. Like a great cook selects her ingredients to bring out the best of flavors. These stories reveal an ocean of knowledge about Philippines rich culinary history. Take out your best sandok and ...

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