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My Angkong’s Noodles; A Chinese-Filipino Cookbook

By Anonymous Paul on 20 October, 2014

AngkongcoverChina has had ties with the Philippines since the pre-Hispanic 11th century (some say even earlier than that). And it was not uncommon for traders from the Mainland to settle, marry Filipinas and have families; thus giving rise to the Chinoys.  Which makes some facets of Chinese culture, especially food, so ingrained in our systems with or without us even knowing it. Think about it, growing up, when there was a birthday celebration in the family, first option would always be a Chinese-style lauriat. Among others.

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I am of Chinese descent but sadly cannot speak Fookien, the most widely spoken dialect here in the Philippines. Our family has been so Filipinized that most customs are not even practiced. So it’s great to see a book project that seeks to represent and keep these observances, most especially traditional Fujianese recipes, alive. And put together by an impressive personnel: written by Clinton Palanca, photographed by Neal Oshima, kitchen tested by Ginny de Guzman and published by no less than Elizabeth, matriarch of the Gokongwei clan, and daughter Lisa.

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Recipes were gathered from the Chinoy community, transcribed (as these are most often taught and passed on verbally), tested and plated beautifully as seen in the gorgeous pages. There is a wide variety of dishes ranging from the simplest congee, the comforting savoury rice dish kiam peng, more elaborate celebratory dishes to even medicinal soups and tonics.

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As I was reading the publisher’s note I could relate as to how love and loyalty to family was shown through the food served on the dinner table. And how memories will always be remembered while sharing these recipes. Yet the goal is to instil pride and interest; so that future generations of Chinoys continue to prepare and serve these heritage dishes and bring their own families closer. And I believe that is one great power of food, regardless of ethnicity.

My Angkong’s Noodles; A Chinese-Filipino Cookbook launches October 25, 2014 and will be available in leading bookstores thereafter.

*Photo credits: Neal Oshima

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  • OCTOBER 20, 2014 12:04 PM

    Trinim said...

    Wil this be available on Amazon? Thank you.

  • OCTOBER 20, 2014 1:05 PM

    Anonymous Paul said...

    Hi Trinim, no news as of now but hopefully it will.

  • OCTOBER 20, 2014 1:46 PM

    Maya said...

    *Neal* Oshima

  • OCTOBER 20, 2014 3:26 PM

    Anonymous Paul said...

    Thanks for pointing out. Corrected.

  • NOVEMBER 7, 2014 10:21 AM

    Diane Uytengsu Freeman said...

    I would love to order a copy of this book. I grew up eating and cooking Fujian cuisine (recipes handed down by my Ama and Mom) since both sides of my family were originally from Fujian Province before migrating to Cebu City, Philippines.

  • NOVEMBER 7, 2014 2:51 PM

    Anonymous Paul said...

    HI Diane, how lovely to have a personal benchmark for good Fujian home cooking. The book is now available in National Bookstore, which I'm sure there is one in Cebu. Thanks for dropping by.

  • NOVEMBER 14, 2014 2:00 PM

    Anna Banana said...

    Oh, I want this book for Christmas! I hope there would still be stocks when I go home to Pinas in late December!

  • JANUARY 22, 2015 9:24 AM

    Diane Uytengsu Freeman said...

    Thanks Paul! I'll just have to wait till I go home to Cebu on April to buy the book. I hope they will still have stock of this book at National Bookstore. I tried searching Amazon.com for the book but they didn't have it. I wonder if any of the Filipino stores here in the Washington DC area carries them.

  • JULY 29, 2016 11:33 AM

    Rhea Lorraine Tan said...

    where to buy this book and how much?

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