The Ultimate Filipino Cupcake: Ube Cupcake with Leche Flan

Behind the display window. Photo by me

Behind the display window. Photo by me

I’m just as surprised as you. Ube and leche flan are two classics found at the dessert table of every Filipino gathering, yet no one ever thought of fusing the two.

Well, Cafe 86 in Chino Hills, California did just that.

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3 Ingredients That Make Filipino Spaghetti “Filipino”

A plate of my dad's Filipino spaghetti.

A plate of my dad’s Filipino spaghetti. Photo by me

Recently, my father whipped up a batch of his famous spaghetti. It’s a serious guilty pleasure: it’s rich, comforting and, well, sweet. That last term isn’t normally used to describe traditional spaghetti. But for Filipino spaghetti, it’s standard.

Filipino spaghetti is a hybrid dish that shares the same ingredients from its Italian influence. The dish tends to be on the sweeter side and has an uncommon protein, but I promise you it tastes better than it seems.

To be completely honest, it’s not a revolutionary dish. If anything, it’s an unusual take on traditional spaghetti and meatballs that would probably cause celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis‘ Aunt Raffy to scoff at the dish (if you’re a Giada at Home fan, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.)

But there’s just something about Filipino spaghetti that makes it delicious and comforting. I don’t know whether if it’s a play on sweet where savory should be, or the unfamiliarity of the “mystery meat.” All I know is that growing up, Filipino spaghetti was one of those dishes comfort dishes to look forward to for seconds. And thirds. Sometimes fourths.

Here are the three ingredients that converts traditional Italian spaghetti into a Filipino masterpiece.

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“Pork Adobo: Carnitas Style” by Peaches & Puppies

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Pork adobo — with a twist! Photo by Peaches & Puppies.

Adobo can be made with different types of proteins, but I never imagined pork carnitas. Could you imagine tender, shredded carnitas simmered in garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar? Say it isn’t so, Peaches & Puppies! The thought alone is enough to make my stomach grumble.

This is an interesting and mouthwatering take on a signature Filipino dish. I’ve always been a sucker for Filipino fusion, so this recipe gets a thumbs up from yours truly.

Give the recipe a gander, and let me know what you think.

Oh, and to the duo behind Peaches & Puppies, cook a pot of this and send some my way! Much appreciated!