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.