One of my favorite Filipino foods is embotido. Embotido is a Filipino meatloaf often served during holidays.
I have fond memories of eating embotido at family parties. Now however there is no need to wait for holidays or family parties to have embotido; because The Embotidos ; a Filipino small business is making embotidos for everyone to enjoy at home any time! The Embotidos makes getting embotidos so easy! They travel to different Southern California cities. When it’s in a city near you; you simply place and order online and then you will go to the designated pick up spot!
They’ve got several different types of embotidos to choose from: Classic Porky, Four Cheese Porky, Spicy Nori Porky, Classic Chicken, Four Cheese Chicken, Spicy Nori Chicken and Spicy Nori Chicken. This Lent; they also have a limited special via their Crimp Nori Roll.
The Classic versions are just like the ones I remember at family parties. No extras, simply classic Filipino style meatloaf. This really does remind me of the homemade embotidos my auntie makes. I am a fan.
If you want a little bit of unique; then the Four Cheese or the Spicy Nori is for you. The Four Cheese has a cheesy surprise inside the Classic roll! In the middle is four gourmet cheeses. It’s oh so cheesy and so tasty. It’s my personal favorite.
The Nori Roll is another special embotido that many folks like. It’s the classic wrapped in Nori (seaweed). For those who want a little bit of spice; this one gives you that fiery flavor.
Last but definitely not least for this Lenten Season is the limited edition Crimp Nori Roll. It is the first ever seafood roll in the history of embotido-rolling. It is completely meatless and thus perfect for this upcoming Holy week.
I am such a fan of Embotidos and can’t wait till they roll on over again to my city so I can get more of their rolls. 🙂
Ube love! In the last year or so I’ve been seeing a lot of purple everyone and I’m loving it! I am so happy to see all the products highlighting the purple yam from the Philippines. Because ube is my u-bae for this summer; I wanted to share a few my favorite ube products that I’ve gotten to try!
Trader Joe’s Ube Purple Yam Flavored Ice Cream
Trader Joe’s is stepping up their ube game with offering a few ube products including a ube waffle/pancake mix but my heart still belongs to the very first ube product they offered; Ube Ice Cream. Being Filipino; I’m used to ube ice cream from Philippine brands like Magnolia and I wasn’t quite sure how Trader Joe’s would compare. I was quite pleased to see that TJ’s got it right. Their ube ice cream wasn’t just purple flavor; it indeed had the right purple yam taste. It was sweet, creamy with hints coconut and vanilla…just like ube!
Ube Pandesal has recently become one of the most popular items in the ube craze. One can even order ube pandesal on Etsy! Thankfully for me; there are several different homemade vendors that I’ve found making delicious ube pandesal. DD’s Treats located in Lakewood, California is one of them. She has a variety of different ube pandesals. One can choose from ube cheese filling, yema cheese filling and ube cream cheese. They’re all so delicious that I can’t pick a favorite. Aside from ube pandesal DD’s offers other ube treats such as ube Spanish bread and ube crinkles.
Mom’s Kitchen in Gardena, California also offers ube pandesal along with other tasty ube offerings. Her ube pandesal is also quite tasty. It is filled with cream cheese. My favorite from her ube offerings however is the ube flan cupcakes. These are the best! The bottom of this treat is a soft ube cupcake and then on top is a sweet, creamy flan. It’s two classic Filipino desserts combined in one and it practically melts in your mouth.
Mom’s Kitchen also has amazing ube ensaymada. Soft ube bread is covered with butter and sugar and then topped with lots of grated cheese. It’s a perfect breakfast treat, a sweet snack or a delicious dessert.
Munch Bakery who sells at the Farmers Market in Torrance offers fresh macarons in a variety of flavors! I first wrote about them in a post back in April 2017. They are more popular than ever. Ube is one of the flavors that always sells out. It has the just the right hint of the flavored yam.
I love ube and this summer I am super happy to discover so many different ube treats along with getting to support some local small businesses as well!