SARAP! Make Your Favorite Karinderya Recipes At Home With These Recipes

IMAGE Patrick Martires | Styling by Lady Badoy

What makes the dishes you look for at the karinderya so appealing? We think all of those dishes share the same characteristics: each is a delicious, hearty, and comforting ulam dish that feels like it was a home-cooked meal even if you're not at home. 

That's exactly what these cover recipes for October strive to be! Not everyone has the time or energy to make baon every day so people who frequent the karinderya probably have certain favorite ulam dishes they look forward to. It's on these certain days when you can skip your morning baon-making ritual. 

However, if there's no schedule, you might miss eating your karinderya favorite ulam! That's where these karinderya favorite recipes will come in handy. From adobo with a simple twist to an affordable fish paksiw recipe, these ulam recipes are sure to be satisfying to both your cooking confidence as well as your appetite:


1 Adobong Puti Recipe With Pork And Chicken

chicken and pork adobong puti on a plate with aesthetic karinderya background
This adobong puti recipe combines both pork and chicken so you don't ever have to choose which meat to pick!
Photo by Patrick Martires | Styling by Lady Badoy
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For the most basic adobo recipe, try this adobo puti recipe that uses only vinegar and salt as its main flavoring ingredients. Not only does this adobong puti recipe with pork and chicken take full advantage of those who love the tangy taste in their adobo; it also uses both kinds of favorite adobo meat choices!


2 Paksiw Na Tilapia Recipe

paksiw na tilapia on a white plate and a bright yellow abaca placemat
This paksiw na tilapia recipe is a dish using a more affordable fish.
Photo by Patrick Martires | Styling by Lady Badoy

What kind of fish do you use for your paksiw na isda? It's common to use bangus for this recipe but for this recipe, we use the humble tilapia. We think in a country surrounded by seas and an ocean, seafood options such as fish can be as diverse as there are fish in the sea. Plus, here's another reason to try this asim-kilig paksiw na tilapia recipe: the tilapia is cheaper than the bangus at the palengke


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3 Easy Pancit Canton Recipe With Squid Balls And Kikiam

pancit cacnton topped with squid balls and kikiam on a colorful table setting
This hearty pancit canton is loaded with flavor and chunky squid balls and kikiam slices.
Photo by Patrick Martires | Styling by Lady Badoy

When merienda time comes around, some may look for the hearty and filling pancit canton but that doesn't mean that it's only good as a snack meal! This easy pancit canton recipe with squid balls and kikiam is a flavor-packed dish, and it's made affordable and easy to cook with the addition of squid balls and kikiam. So no matter when the craving hits, you can make a homemade pancit canton.


4 Menudo Recipe With Hot Dog And Liver

menudo with hotdog and liver chunks on an abaca placemat
Menudo recipes at your local karinderya might include hot dogs and chunks of pork liver, too.
Photo by Patrick Martires | Styling by Lady Badoy

Menudo is not only one of the most basic Filipino recipes a Pinoy cook should know, but it's also one of the easiest pork recipes to make. That's because the pork are cut into small cubes, meaning it takes less time to tenderize these chunks than larger pieces of meat. We add hot dogs to bulk it up  (and appeal the kiddos out there!) and pork liver to make it extra meaty and chunky! 


Here's an extra tip: make sure to have extra rice on hand because this menudo recipe with hot dog and liver has an irresistably delicious sauce that will make you reach for seconds!

5 Bopis Recipe With Carrots

bopis with carrots on a turquoise bowl
This bopis recipe is one of your favorite karinderya staples.
Photo by Patrick Martires | Styling by Lady Badoy

Bopis is a unique dish that many karinderya have on their menu. It's not your typical pork ulam dish but it's one that is looked forward when it's there! For this recipe, we suggest you try it the way some karinderya cooks cook it: with lots of carrots. 

The carrots not only bulk up the bopis but also lends its color to the dish. This budget-friendly bopis recipe with carrots is a great way to introduce the dish to first-time cooks and eaters, too. 

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6 Lumpiang Togue Recipe 

lumpiang togue piled on top of each other with the top one sliced open
This lumpiang togue recipe is loaded with togue and other veggies.
Photo by Patrick Martires | Styling by Lady Badoy

One of the most popular Filipino food is lumpia, and it's no wonder that karinderyas everywhere have this dish in their display case no matter what time of day: lumpiang togue. It's a simple recipe that stuffs sautéed togue or bean sprouts into lumpia wrappers. It's a great veggie option and side dish. 

This lumpiang togue recipe however uses a secret ingredient to add a punch of umami: dried alamang or small shrimps. It adds a burst of umami flavor without the filling becoming too salty or overpowering that bagoong might add if that was used instead. You can try it with or without the alamang. Just remember to serve it with the spiced vinegar on the side! 

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Did any of these karinderya favorite recipes make you want to try one out and see if you can recreate it at home? Let us know what you think of these recipes and if you do make it at home, give us a shout out! 



Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

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