Family Bonding With Goldilocks Bakeshop, A Timeless Filipino Favorite

Many people are surprised to find out that I’m half-Filipino, but once it’s discovered, one of the most common things that gets brought up next is Filipino food. And of course if I cook it and what my favorite dishes are! I just recently started cooking dishes like caldereta, machado, adobo and pancit, since quarantine has allowed me much more time to play around in the kitchen.

That said, when I was younger it was my grandma who did most of the cooking and we absolutely loved it growing up! On special occasions, however, we would go to Goldilocks Bakeshop, which always was an exciting outing since I absolutely LOVED and still LOVE their desserts!

My memories of Goldilocks’ authentic Filipino food always involve my family, cherished moments, and happiness surrounding the table. Fast forward to today and Goldilocks is still one of the places I go for Filipino comfort food and baked treats with my family.

Whether it’s Christmas or Thanksgiving, you can always count on our table having all the Filipino staples! Particularly when it comes to desserts! Ube rolls, ube cake, ensaymada, conchinta, Polvoron, puto, mamon… you name it and we have it!

I couldn’t have been more thrilled to host a Goldilocks feast for my family to celebrate simply being happy and healthy, despite all the chaos that’s happening. We picked up our food at the South San Francisco location where we were greeted with masked smiles and boxes of our freshly made food-to-go.

For those of you who don’t know much about Filipino cuisine, here’s a rundown of what we ordered:

Tocino burgers – a type of Filipino pork patty that is tasty in sliders or bun de sal

Pancit Sotanghon – a thin noodle stir-fry dish with celery, carrots, onion, and shredded chicken

Lumpia – Filipino style spring rolls (almost everyone loves these!)

Empanadas – meat-filled pockets of dough

Beef Kaldereta – a savory beef stew with olives and veggies that include potatoes, carrots, and peppers

Chicken Adobo – a soy sauce, a vinegar-based dish that uses a lot of garlic.

Pancit Palabok – a thick noodle dish with a thick shrimp sauce topped with things like sliced egg, crushed chicharon, and fried garlic

Bangus Sisig – a fish dish with chopped onion, chili peppers, bell peppers, and milkfish

Pinakbet – a mixed veggie dish in a shrimp sauce with pork belly chunks

Chop Suey – a stir-fried vegetable dish cooked with meats such as chicken and pork

Fresh Lumpia – a fresh spring roll made of different vegetables with a soft wrapper garnished with sweet sauce and peanuts

And of course here were just a few of the desserts on the table!

Puto – a sweet, steamed rice cake

Kutsinta – a sweet glutenous rice cake topped with coconut

If you’re looking for a feast to remember, head to Goldilocks Bakeshop for pick-up!

This post was written in collaboration with Goldilocks Bakeshop, however, all opinions are my own.


Chelsea is a San Francisco-based journalist whose passion revolves around exploring the world, immersing herself in foreign cultures, and of course, eating and drinking everything delicious.

Her work can be found in TravelPulse, Forbes, INSIDER, SF Gate and more. She covers all things food, drink and travel and is always up for an adventure, whether that means an adrenaline-pumping excursion or trying a new cuisine.


  1. September 5, 2020 / 3:59 pm

    What a beautiful spread of food. Never tried Filipino food but now I want to try to find some in PHX. Great pics and good for you enjoying great food and family. Be safe.

    • Chelsea Davis
      September 14, 2020 / 3:15 pm

      Thanks! And you absolutely should–it’s delicious!

  2. Myrna Canoda
    September 12, 2020 / 11:40 pm

    You need to move to Dallas Tx, we need a good comfort food here.

    • Chelsea Davis
      September 14, 2020 / 3:13 pm

      I’ve been before! Not in quite some time though 🙂

  3. Evaliente Panganiban
    September 29, 2020 / 11:00 pm

    This was very enlightening and I can relate to her experience while growing up in the Philippines,Goldilocks has and will always be a part of the Filipino way of life.

    • Chelsea Davis
      October 9, 2020 / 1:52 pm

      Hi Val! Thank you so much for your kind words! Isn’t Goldilocks the best??

        October 9, 2020 / 2:20 pm

        Yes and and we couldnt have enough ,too bad they dont have a branch here in New York

        • Chelsea Davis
          October 13, 2020 / 12:25 am

          That’s a bummer! You could get some things delivered though!

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