Tag Archive: Filipino food in USA

Pinoy Arroz De Valenciana

An all time Filipino favorite, a Filipino adaptation of the famous Spanish dish that makes a satisfying one-pot meal.  Being the staple food of Filipinos, rice is cooked several ways and Arroz Valenciana is just one of the most favored because you don’t have to think of any other dishes to pair it with.  Arroz Valenciana is fondly dubbed as Poor Man’s paella.  The Valenciana is basically stove-top cooking whereas, paella is more of baking and uses more seafood ingredients.

Arroz Valenciana is great for Christmas, Fiestas, weddings, birthdays, and available in restaurants in Philippines.  It’s a complete meal, and is healthy, too.  Recipes vary for each and every household and some people add shrimp, soda, or coconut milk as water substitute which enhances the taste of this dish.


Arroz Valenciana is fondly dubbed as Poor Man’s paella

A Filipino adaptation of the famous Spanish dish


  • 1 1/2 cup white rice
  • 1 1/2 cup glutinous rice (malagkit)
  • 1/4 kilo pork liver
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 kilo chicken
  • 1/2 kg pork loin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 small can green peas
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 pcs dried bayleaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppercorns
  • salt to taste
  • Onion leaves


1. Boil the pork & chicken in 6 cups of water – with onions, bayleaf and peppercorns, add 1 teaspoon of salt

2. Once the pork & chicken are cooked, separate the stock and set aside

3. Slice pork and chicken to bite sizes

4. Mix glutinous rice with white rice then boil the rice mixture with 3 1/2 cups of pork & chicken stock. Stir once in a while to prevent burning

5. Fry Pork liver and set aside

6. Fry in hot oil, Saute garlic, and the remaining onions. Season with salt and pepper.  Add the cooked pork meat & chicken, bell pepper, green peas and simmer for a few minutes

7. Add the cooked rice mixture; blend well, then add the rest of the ingredients and combine lightly

8. Arrange on a platter and garnish with sliced hard-boiled eggs, strips of onion leaves

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Sapin Sapin

One famous Filipino dessert which is made up of glutinous rice and coconut milk is Sapin Sapin, meaning “layer by layer”.  There are different versions and you can use different colors for each layer but the common colors are the white, purple, green, and yellow combination. Sapin sapin is very easy to prepare and can be eaten anytime, anywhere. It also served during special occasions like fiestas and other religious events in Philippines such as Undas and Holy Week.

1 Can Condensed Milk
1 Can Coconut Milk
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
1 3/4 Glutinous Rice
Food Coloring (Yellow, Purple)


  1. Mix all ingredients together except the food coloring.
  2. Divide the mixture into 3 portions – white, purple, yellow.
  3. Grease the round pan and steam the white mixture first for 15 minutes.
  4. Then, put the yellow mixture on top of the white mixture and steam for 15 minutes. After that..add the purple mixture and steam.
  5. Let it stand for 15 minutes to cool down before serving with fried grated coconut or Latik.

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Jeepney Bistro

2390 N. Alma School Rd. #103, Chandler, AZ 85224

Tel. No. 480 726-2668 or

480 748-3017

Looking for delicious Filipino food? Come dine at Jeepney Bistro! Established in 2005, proudly serving the Valley with all of your favorite Filipino dishes. The daily Turo-Turo style (ready to serve) menu consists of over 20 dishes including Adobo, Sinigang, Menudo, Dinuguan, and much much more! They also have dishes cooked to order such as Lumpia, Crispy Pata and all varieties of Pancit.

Need Catering? Have Jeepney Bistro cater your party or gathering! With over 100+ dishes to choose from, the Party Tray menu offers the largest and most delectable selection of Filipino dishes for your catering needs.

Is your pantry empty? Come stock up at jeepney bistro! They have recently opened up a sari-sari store adjacent to the dining area where you can find a wide variety of Philippine imported goods to fill your shelves. Jeepney Bistro is located on the West side Alma School Road, Chandler, Arizona.

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 10:30am to 8:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8:00am to 8:00pm


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Euclid Plaza
615 N. Euclid Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 635-4400 phone

In 1996, when Kapit Bahay Filipino Fastfood opened for business in Anaheim, CA it began satiating the area’s craving for affordable, delicious, Filipino cuisine. The brainchild of a successful computer programmer and local pharmacist, Kapit Bahay Fastfood Restaurant: Euclid Plaza was just the beginning of the couple’s American Dream.

Labor Day weekend of 1999, Kapit Bahay Filipino Fast Food: Chinatown Plaza opened for business in Las Vegas, NV. Although just a family run restaurant, it has grown to be an epicurean destination not only for Las Vegas residents, but also for hungry tourists missing the flavorful foods of their homeland.

In 2007 Kapit Bahay Filipino Fastfood: Hawaiian Marketplace became the first Filipino food establishment on the famous Las Vegas Strip! It continues to be a repeat must-eat-at establishment for Las Vegas tourists. Visiting Filipino celebrities and legendary Filipino athletes can be found enjoying the delectable delicacies of Kapit Bahay Filipino Fast Food.

The Restaurant offers a wide selection of authentic Filipino delicacies daily. It also offers catering services and is open 7 days a week.


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1270 Diamond Springs Rd. Unit 109
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
(757) 460-4893 (business)
(757) 618-5837 (cell)

Susan’s Kitchenette is a family-owned restaurant operated by Fely T. Galang specializing in authentic Filipino food. Fely T. Galang was a store manager at the former Philippine Mart (along Indian River Road), an Oriental fast food and grocery store, from 1980-1982. During the early 1980’s Fely pioneered the introduction of a growing Filipino fast food business in the Tidewater area. Her authentic Filipino cooking has gained her acclaim in the area and includes delicious dishes like lumpia (egg rolls), pancit (rice noodles), and siopao (steamed sweet buns). Her cooking skills were honed in another family-run restaurant prior to her emigration to the United States.
Fely runs Susan’s Kitchenette with her husband Elmer, a retired US Navy Chief Petty Officer who supports the business full-time with family and relatives to ensure quality food and a family-friendly atmosphere.
Susan’s Kitchenette is located at the Diamond Springs Shoppes shopping center near Norfolk International Airport, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Airport Industrial Park, and neighboring residential areas such as: Wesleyan Chase, Cypress Point, and Sajo Farms. Susan Kitchenette’s central location between Diamond Springs Road and Northampton Boulevard makes it an easy stop for anyone looking for great food, at a quality price, on the go!
Susan’s Kitchenette’s mission is to provide our customers with the three principles of business philosophy: respect for individuals, the best possible customer service, and the pursuit of the best quality of food handling service.
Open: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m (Monday -closed)


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3650 South Jones Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Tel. (702) 878-7256
Fax (702) 871-7256
Hours: Sun-Sat 11:00am – 10:00pm

There is a need out there for a restaurant catering to Filipino-Americans, offering food that they’re truly familiar with, tasty yet reasonably priced and served in a clean professional restaurant environment.
A restaurant that Filipino-Americans can be proud of, showing their pride in it by bringing their non-Filipino friends along. They’ll come in groups to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and those special occasions in the traditional way of sharing food or “salu-salo.”
The convivial atmosphere in a town fiesta is chosen as a theme of the restaurant, reflecting the world-renowned Filipino hospitality. This feeling is captured in the mural one will find in any of its location.
Salo-Salo Grill and Restaurant serves Filipino appetizers, soups, ihaw-ihaw, mula sa kawali (wok) and other meat specialties, seafood selections, vegetables, noodles, rice combination, beverages, desserts, and an all day breakfast.
The first Salo-Salo Restaurant opened in November 1, 1999 in West Covina, followed by the Artesia branch beside the popular and trendy Cerritos Mall on October 1, 2001. The highly successful branch in exciting Las Vegas soon followed on October 10, 2003, serving the huge Filipino-American market there. The Salo-Salo Glendale franchise opened it’s doors on January 16, 2006 near the fabulous Glendale Galleria. As good locations become available, new stores are planned to be built on known Filipino-American population centers in California.


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Elena’s Restaurant – Las Vegas
Francisco Center
2534 East Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Tel: (702) 791-7912

Remember 1974?That was the year of the oil embargo and the gasoline lines, when George Ariyoshi became the first Japanese-American Governor and Richard Nixon resigned his Presidency.During these historical times, history was also being made in a small kitchenette housing a counter and six stools in the old Nabarette Café in Waipahu where Elena and Theo Butuyan founded Elena’s Restaurant.

The Butuyan Family immigrated from Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Philippines in 1969 to the Island of Oahu. The Sugar Plantation town of Waipahu, Hawaii is where Elena’s Home of Finest Filipino opened its doors for business. Under the entrepreneurship of Elena and Theo Butuyan, Elena’s Restaurant in Waipahu expanded its operations to 3 lunch trucks, Caterings, Expos and Craft fairs. Known for its Trademarked Original Fried Rice Omelet, Popular Pork Adobo Fried Rice OmeletTM, and Sari-Sari, Elena’s is truly the “Home of the Finest Filipino Foods”.

Elena’s Restaurant has won many accolades and the prestigious ILIMA Award for the “Fifth” time as the Best Filipino Restaurant in Hawaii. Best of the Best Filipino Restaurant, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008 and Hawaii’s Best Filipino Restaurant 2006 & 2008.

In 2002, Theo and Elena retired and knew right away that Las Vegas was their final destination to enjoy their golden years. After many years in business, competition, and demographics, Elena’s has withstood the test of time and is currently operated by the second generation of the Butuyan family.

After many requests and pleads to open a location in Las Vegas, Daughter, Mellissa & Husband, Adrian opened Elena’s Las Vegas on 08/08/08. Just minutes off the Strip, Elena’s is located at the Francisco Center (Northest Corner), 2534 E Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas, (702) 791-7912. Elena’s home style Filipino dishes are now available to the hungry Kama’ainas locals of the 9th island.


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9131 Pembroke Road, Pembroke Pines
Florida, 33025 Tel # (954) 435-2772
Open : Monday to Sunday from 10 AM to 9 PM

Mr. Amay Rimpos, chef and owner of Amay Restaurant proudly serves Filipino Food based on the native cuisine from his hometown, Negros, which is dubbed as the food capital of Philippines. The menu is all about simplicity and freshness. He believed that he has the social obligation to share his culinary talent to his kababayans and to the world, spread the richness and experience of delicious and authentic Filipino cuisine. His wife, Grace, is the architect of the Restaurant’s success, who have greatly endured throughout the years to achieve things greater than what they had expected. Her unwavering commitment to preserving food quality and costumer satisfaction, propelled Amay’s Filipino Restaurant reputation as the best Caterer of Filipino food in town.

The menu consists of Filipino authentic dishes such as the mouth watering chicken adobo, pork adobo, pork and chicken barbecue, chicken curry, fried fish, mixed noodles, inasal, and lechon kawali.

Amay’s Restaurant is readily available as a venue to cater to any special occasions. They provide the finest and quality Filipino food in town. They also provide free delivery for a sufficient amount of food ordered. You can also sing at Amay’s Restaurant because there is Karaoke every night if you are in the mood for singing.

The restaurant assures that quality of service and satisfaction is their number one priority.




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9671 Bissonnet Houston Texas 77036
Tel. No.: (713) 272-8888

BEST OF FILIPINIANA Restaurant was established in July 2006, serving the people of Houston and nearby areas their meticulous taste of sumptuous Pinoy cooking. Since then, Filipiniana, as the restaurant is nicknamed, has continuously been serving as a backdrop for everyone’s most-cherished celebrations.

Best of Filipiniana boasts of an all-day 32-dish-at-the-least buffet fiesta served hot and fresh. It’s a showcase of the best genuine Filipino cuisine in a homely and casual setting. Their goal is to serve you the freshest, most authentic and of highest quality Filipino dishes!

The menu consists of traditional Filipino recipes made with beef, pork, chicken, fish and seafood, vegetable, soups, noodles, and delectable desserts to suit your palate.

Operating Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday – 11am to 6pm
Friday – Saturday – 10am to 6pm
Sunday:10am to 4pm
Monday: CLOSED




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143 Water St.
Quincy MA 02169
T. 617 471 8876

JNJ Turo turo started in June 2007. A year before that it was JNJ Cater, a food catering business of Authentic Filipino Food. Many friends and customers encouraged Jervin(cook and owner) to expand and put up a Filipino restaurant or a store since there’s none in the area. Construction and renovation started in March 2007 and the store opened up in June 22, 2007.

The menu reflects the evolution of Filipino cuisine due to its colonial history from the varied dishes of simple to rich. From vegetables to seafoods, pork to beef menus, from desserts to noodles and rice, you will find Filipino cuisine to suit your appetite.

JNJ has earned a steady and loyal following since its inception two years ago. From small family events to larger group receptions, JNJ will continue to provide great dishes at great prices!

Menus changes daily. What is on the board, is what they serve through out the day.6-10 dishes are available in the store everyday. All servings are usually good for 1-2 persons depending on your appetite.They do not serve any type of alcoholic beverages.

Hours of Operation

Monday & Tuesday { closed }
Wednesday to Saturday { 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. }
Sunday { 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. }


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