Pinoy merienda has been part of our day to day lives in the Philippines. Surely, a day isn’t complete without indulging into delicious and tasty Pinoy merienda. Merienda is a Filipino word for light meal or snacks. In the Philippines, Filipinos eat merienda twice a day between breakfast and lunch, and between lunch and dinner. It’s vital to most Filipino Moms to serve snacks in the table aside from meals.
To give you a bit of information, merienda is actually a Spanish legacy. Filipinos adopted this culture to their Spanish colonizers who lived in the Philippines for over 500 years. It’s not surprising that we got so many traits from the Spaniards as we were colonized that long.
Merienda Favorites in the Philippines
Since we are all under home quarantine due to the current pandemic (COVID-19), here are the top 10 Pinoy merienda for you to try in your house! Most of the recipes are new and some are recipes that evolved from the former merienda we had back in the days.Check out the list below and feel free to comment if you have anymore suggestions that we can try.
1. Dalgona Milo Coffee
Dalgona Milo Coffee is probably the most trending merienda in the Philippines right now. Viral photos and videos on how to make a Dalgona milo coffee went up online. In addition, netizens has been posting their own home-made dalgona coffee to join the bandwagon.
2. Filipino Halo-Halo
Halo-halo is a very famous merienda in the Philippines since day 1 until today. This is the merienda that will ever go out of style in the country. Wherever you go, you will see halo-halo being sold in the streets. There are different styles and ways of making a halo-halo depending on what place you are going.
The Halo-halo snack consists of combined jellys, tapioca, fruits like banana and langka, sweetened beans, leche flan, shaved ice, milk and ice cream on top. The typical Pinoy ice cream has a signature ube ice cream on top.
I have mentioned that there are different styles and ways of making a halo-halo depending on the place that you are currently in in the Philippines. Well to share with you the most weird halo-halo I’ve tasted is in Zamboanga. The milk they used to make a halo-halo is not the traditional evaporated milk but an actual powdered milk placed on top. Cute but really weird for me! Lol.
3. Banana Cue & Turon
Another all time favorite merienda of filipinos aside from halo-halo is the Banana Cue and Turon. These are sweetened bananas using brown sugar and frying it in hot pan with oil.
Banana Cue is put in a stick while Turon is wrapped in a shianghai wrapper.
4. Mango Tapioca
Mango Tapioca is definitely good for merienda and as a dessert as well. This is a combination of condensed milk, sugar, tapioca and mango sliced in cubes. After that, all that is left to is to put it in the refrigerator and it’s ready for serving.
This merienda is not a Filipino-original snack. It actually originated from the Chinese which eventually evolved as a primary merienda in the Philippines.
5. Mango Ice Candy
Can’t get enough of the mango merienda recipes? Here is an easy recipe to suit the summer season in the Philippines! Most ice candies made are out of powdered juice and water. If you want to take your ice candy merienda to the next level, try making a mango ice candy for your family!
6. Lugaw & Arrozcaldo
Lugaw and arrozcaldo are not just popular local food in the country. But it has also been a long time favorite comfort food and merienda of Pinoys. Lugaw and arrozcaldo is a rice and chicken gruel that is also known as food for people who are sick. I guarantee that every Filipino mother knows this.
The name arrozcaldo literally means warm rice.
7. Oreo Dessert
The Oreo Dessert is a new merienda that is famous and circulating online! It’s actually a no-bake recipe needed which is why this merienda recipe is famous. Although it is not a long-time favorite, most filipinos do this at home as it has an exciting recipe. Since no baking and oven is needed, oreo dessert is truly a must-try home-made merienda!
8. Pinoy Empanada
Another famous Pinoy merienda in the Philippies is the empanada. An empanada is another type of baked snack where it consists of pastry and a filling. This snack is one of the food that we adopted from the Spaniards during the colonization period. It is especially famous in Vigan where the empanada is a must try food. The Spaniards have resided in Ilocos Norte and as a result, we got this snack as one of the oldest snacks in the Philippines.
An empanada has different kinds of filling. Some of the faous fillings are chicken, vegies and pork meat.
9. Mango Graham Float
The mango graham float is a newly discovered type of snack and it also rose to fame in social media just like the Dalgona coffee. It’s one of the recipes that evolved. From mango graham as a very common snack all over the world, it evolved into a mango graham float.
As the trend continues to live, the demand for a home-made mango graham float rises. Millennials on Facebook would continue to join the bandwagon to create and post their own mango graham float.
10. Pinoy Style Hot Cakes
And last but not the least, to complete our top 10 Pinoy merienda list is the Pinoy style hot cakes. As a child born in the 90s, we used to make this when we were kids. It’s a popular snack in the house and packed snack in schools too.
The Pinoy style hot cake will not be complete without the star margarine as the top spread. Making hot cakes the Filipino way is very easy and you only need a few basic ingredients that are mostly available in the kitchen.
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