10 Apr2008

Sea Shore Snacking…

by Marketman


Pinoys are notorious for eating 5 meals a day, including a morning and afternoon merienda. So why am I unable to permanently stick to 5 smaller meals a day as suggested by so many dieticians today to regulate my blood sugar levels and ultimately reduce weight? Because my 4th and 5th “meals” include such calorific wonders as these salty, sweet, crunchy, rich and addictive snacks! This is just a sample of some of the stuff we were munching on at the beach… Up top, some fresh peanuts being fried with whole cloves of garlic and siling labuyo.


Some fried bananas naked or wrapped in lumpia wrappers with some strips of langka…


Bowls of ginataan or benignit…


And a bowl of fried peanuts, glistening with oil! We also had homemade brownies with or without nuts, homemade chocolate chip cookies, homemade butter cake, ensaimadas, silvanas, frozen mango and broas trifles, various ice creams and sorbets, various fruit shakes, bread from the local bakeries and homemade pan de sal, fruit salads, various types of packaged chips, etc. And yes, I had my ever present spicy sampaloc and salty kiamoy as well. :)



  1. corrine says:

    Woohoo! That’s non-stop eating! Do you have recipe for mango and broas trifles? Thanks!

    Apr 10, 2008 | 9:54 pm


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  3. rachel says:

    omg! this one is great.now i’m craving all this.ginataan is my hubby’s fave. i like the turon and fried peanuts.

    Apr 10, 2008 | 10:06 pm

  4. bijin says:

    if these three pictured above are in front of me who cares about calories! ditch the diet!

    Apr 10, 2008 | 10:22 pm

  5. Apicio says:

    Unsalted Virginia peanuts that are close to their expiry date that I pick up from a nearby clearance store for a tenth of their price at the haughty Toronto William Sonoma store is my default pacifier.

    Apr 10, 2008 | 10:28 pm

  6. openonymous says:

    I make my own adobong mani with lots of sliced garlic, thrown in five minutes before the mani is done. several kinds of shelled peanuts that I can get from the chinese grocery, the shelled jumbo peanuts, the regular unhusked peanut, the husked spanish reds, and even the purple/blue chines dried peanuts.
    I have also tried doing cashew nuts adobo, and macadamia, getting the raw nuts from Whole Foods or Trader joe’s. It is always so good, to get a new taste of garlic with the cashews or macadamia.
    with my alpajor, I use the mochiko flour to make the bilobilo, and I buy those powdered ube na dmake those into ube bilobilo also, and there’s always sago in it too.
    I pep up my turon with langka also, but also with pinipig.

    Apr 10, 2008 | 10:46 pm

  7. Dale says:

    Mmmm… calories… Now THOSE are snacks that I miss… My wife tends not to let me snack on Pinoy snacks, since they tend to be so high in cholesterol, but she gives in every now and then. As for the Williams Sonoma, I look but I know that I can get the same things there for much cheaper elsewhere.

    Apr 10, 2008 | 11:00 pm

  8. chunky says:


    Apr 11, 2008 | 12:38 am

  9. maria says:

    another entry of cholesterol heaven! Deeeeeelicious market man! thanks

    Apr 11, 2008 | 3:23 am

  10. natie says:

    the operative word is ”smaller”,MM–hehe..look at all the carbs!!

    they now have garlic chips, and i tend to munch on peanuts and garlic chips 1:1 proportion..you can’t kiss after that snack..

    Apr 11, 2008 | 4:50 am

  11. Quillene says:

    Hi MM! Have you ever tried sprinkling sesame seeds on the turon with langka? Good!

    Speaking of salty snacks, I seem to find less and less Butong Pakwan and Buto ng Kalabasa sold nowadays… Now those are fine examples of “Hypnotic Calories” you know.. the ones that you immediately say that you would only have a handful or so and yet you end up automatically finishing half a bag or bowl of it without even knowing how that came to be? Hehehe!!!

    Yes, MM, would you happen to have the recipe for that broas trifle? I have some broas in the house and have been meaning to make icebox cake or some other cold dessert for this dang heat but have no recipe for it.

    Apr 11, 2008 | 7:04 am

  12. bernadette says:

    I usually munch on adobong peanuts and dilis as my snacks. I fry these myself in coconut oil (which I make also.)

    Ginataan is quite special for us here because I am very picky with the ingredients. Pero, this is one of my favorite snacks!

    Apr 11, 2008 | 7:31 am

  13. carina says:

    now it makes me wonder if it is a wise idea that i have a stock of nuts and raisins here at the office (pangtawid gutom) hehe. they’re filling though. :)

    Apr 11, 2008 | 8:23 am

  14. Jasmine says:

    Bernadette, peanuts mixed with fried dilis and chillies are tops. Try eating the mixture with rice cooked in coconut milk!

    Apr 11, 2008 | 8:55 am

  15. millet says:

    All-day grazing on sncaks like these is the way to diet!

    Apr 11, 2008 | 9:14 am

  16. bagito says:

    Wow, those fresh deep fried peanuts look soooo good. I could almost taste and smell them. By the way, the above-featured snacks (peanuts, ginataan, turon) are all cholesterol-free. Cholesterol can only be found in animal products so unless you used lard to fry these (ewww!), your cholesterol level won’t be affected. Yun nga lang, it’s high in saturated fat but at least it’s not a double whammy w/ the cholesterol factor. :) (I should know, I’ve been struggling w/ a high cholesterol count these past few years and only this past year, after losing 15 lbs, has my cholesterol dropped to less than 200. Woo hoo!)

    Apr 11, 2008 | 11:00 am

  17. dee bee says:

    marketman, can i hang out with you? you’re my kind of ‘barkada’… :))

    openonymous, how do you make adobong mani? thanks.

    Apr 11, 2008 | 11:57 am

  18. CecileJ says:

    I am partial to home-cooked sugared peanuts. Sprinkle some salt for that salty-sweet yumminess!!!…and down with Coke in a glass full of ice! Haaay, ang sarap ng buhay!

    Apr 11, 2008 | 1:59 pm

  19. bernadette says:

    jasmine, I will try your intriguing suggestion…hope my husband eats it too or I may just end up as big as my mother :-)! I think the idea great! Thanks!

    Apr 11, 2008 | 4:59 pm

  20. u8mypinkcookies says:

    I love the fried bananas and guinataan!! Calories galore! :D

    Apr 11, 2008 | 9:00 pm

  21. Daisy says:

    Hi MM,

    mapapa comment ako talaga ngayon dito sa iyo. I never expected you to like kiamoy! I used to really love kiamoy. I still like them :) medyo nag reduce na lang ako ng intake ko ngayon. Bihira lang kasi ako maka kilala ng tao na gusto ang sobrang alat at kakaibang lasa ng kiamoy.

    kakatuwa lang na gusto mo pala yan :)

    Apr 11, 2008 | 11:14 pm

  22. Daisy says:

    At sa sampaloc yata ako pinaglihi ng nanay ko. sobra gusto yan spicy sampaloc. the best i tried from little Quiapo i forgot the brand. But i would go to Divi just to get those thai sampaloc :) ok din yung mga galing ng Lobo :)

    Apr 11, 2008 | 11:20 pm

  23. OziChris says:

    Good luck if you can control your weight with that type of snacking! I have a similar problem, if, in the final anlysis it is a problem.

    Apr 12, 2008 | 7:47 am

  24. lee says:

    baked peanuts from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. yum!

    Apr 12, 2008 | 2:44 pm

  25. dhayL says:

    I always make sure I have my stash of kiamoy at home all the time! When I was younger, after church, I’d always asked my dad or mom to buy me some 100grams or so of kiamoy..I specially love it when my lips turns all red and salty! :)

    I find myself making mini turon every week, it’s such a quick and easy snack!

    Apr 14, 2008 | 1:11 am

  26. Marketman says:

    dhayL, now I prefer the “natural” non-red kiamoy or dried plums that I buy at Aji Ichiban… but I almost always have them around, and especially as “baon” on long flights or road trips. OziChris, yup, this kind of snacking is wicked. Daisy, paborito ko ang kiamoy at sampaloc… I even did a post on these two items, it’s in the archives! :)

    Apr 14, 2008 | 7:54 pm


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