IFEX Philippines, Asia’s Ethnic Food and Ingredients show introduces a new special event, the Culinary Craft Spots, a live demonstration of the meticulous preparation of some of the country’s traditional delicacies, such as:

The Art of Pili Nut Cracking

The Pili is a fruit bearing tree indigenous to the Philippines especially in the Bicol Region of Luzon Island. It is a great source of nutrients such as potassium, protein, magnesium, calcium, and more. However, cracking the Pili Nut requires precision that even machines fail to do. Bicolanos call the age-old tradition as “Pagtilad” which means cracking the shell precisely and accurately using a bolo.

Ilocos Empanada from Laoag, Ilocos Norte


A pastry stuffed with seafood, meat, cheese, vegetables, or fruit, the Empanada can be found in: Spain, Portugal, the Carribean, Latin America, and the Philippines. Filipino Empanadas usually contain a filling flavored with soy sauce, ground beef or chicken, chopped onions, and raisins wrapped in flour dough.

In Ilocos, the Empanada consists of green papaya, monggo (mung bean), and chopped Ilocano longganisa (sausage) and/or an egg yolk and deep-fried rather than baked.


A Filipino delicacy primarily made of sticky rice and coconut milk. These are the different types of suman featured at the show:



Patupat from Pangasinan is a variation of Suman that uses one key ingredient – organic glutinous rice. The organic glutinous rice called Inani that underwent the process of bayo or the traditional way of hand-pounding rice grains that makes the grains a lot stickier.



A popular northern delicacy, Tupig is made from rice, coconut juice, coconut meat, and white sugar. What sets Tupig apart from the other variations of Suman is that it is grilled over hot coal.

Pastillas Wrappers


Boiled milk and sugar until thickened, Pastillas de Leche is a delicacy of the Philippine province of Bulacan. Its capital, Malolos, presents Pastillas wrapped in a special paper called pabalat, a creatively cut Japanese paper done using a pair of scissors. An icon of creativity, Pastillas wrapped in pabalat is a common giveaway during special occasions.

Get a taste of these tasty treats at the 9th edition of IFEX Philippines 2013 on 16-19 May 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines.


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