Anton Amoncio
Anton Amoncio

I love one thing more than cooking, and that is to eat. Also an avid gamer, I love to sing while cooking. Anton Amoncio is the winner of the Asian Food Channel's Food Hero competition back in 2016, and is a Filipino chef and restaurateur.

Noche Buena with Anton Amoncio


Puto Bumbong

It’s hard to miss Puto Bumbong in the Philippines due to its bright purple color. While the origin of this popular Noche Buena snack is not known, it is believed that it dates back to the early Spanish era - brought over from Mexico by Legazpi and Urdaneta. Though it is traditionally cooked in bamboo steamers, Anton Amoncio has found an easier yet equally tasty way to make this chewy rice cake, giving you the same signature texture and shape! Perfect for you to enjoy with your wholesome Christmas Eve dinner.

Cassava Cake

Cassava cake is a popular dish that is eaten throughout the year as a merienda (afternoon snack). Sweet and slightly chewy, grated cassava and a mix of sweet condensed, evaporated and coconut milk come together to give you this unique slightly salty and sweet treat. It’s a definite Noche Buena favorite for many families and is also commonly seen in every household during special occasions, including mine!


Bibingka is a sweet Filipino treat that actually originated in China. Brought to the Philippines by the Chinese, this humble rice cake is now a well-loved dish among locals and is traditionally served on Noche Buena, a special Christmas Eve dinner celebrated in the Philippines. I love this Bibingka recipe - with the classic flavors of rich creamy coconut mixed with a slight saltiness from the cheese and salted eggs. Usually cooked in clay pots and banana leaves, this soft spongy delight is a festive addition to any holiday menu.

Christmas with Anton


Chicken Afritada

Looking for a festive dish for your holiday party? Check out this Chicken Afritada recipe by Anton Amoncio. Afritada was derived from the Spanish word “fritada” which means “fried” The common vegetable ingredients used in this dish are potato, carrot, and bell pepper, but you can substitute bell peppers with celery and carrots with other root vegetables like beetroot or turnips for a different twist. The star of this Filipino dish is none other than the marinated chicken, which is stewed in tomato sauce and seasoned with fish sauce to give it that nice umami taste. Whip this up for Christmas dinner for a hearty feast!

Beef Morcon

The Beef Morcon is a definite showstopper. When this famous Filipino dish is served on the table you know that there is a celebration about to happen. While it may seem a bit tedious to make, it is surely worth it. Tomato and beef always make a mouthwatering combination and this dish takes this classic mix to the next level with its colourful presentation. There’s no better way to brighten up your Christmas dinner party than with this hearty Beef Morcon.

Lumpiang Shanghai

Looking for an easy crowd pleaser to make for your Christmas holiday party? Lumpiang Shanghai is one of my all-time favorite Filipino dishes. You can’t go wrong with this crispy deep fried snack which consists of minced meat and vegetables stuffed into bite-sized golden brown spring rolls. Dip it in chili sauce or banana ketchup for the ultimate addictive party snack that tastes super heavenly when served hot!

Leche Flan

Anton Amoncio shares the recipe for one of his favorite Filipino desserts - Leche Flan! A caramel custard consisting of milk, sugar, and eggs, and flavored with vanilla essence or beans, it was originally brought over to the Philippines during the Spanish colonization, and is believed to have origins in the regions on the border of Spain and France. You will absolutely love its velvety texture and the blend of sweetness from the custard with slight hints of bitterness from the caramel. If you’re looking for something quick and easy to make for a sweet ending to your Christmas meal, Leche Flan definitely takes the cake!

Get Cooking with Anton's Delicious Family Favourite Filipino Recipes


Ube Buko Pie Pockets

A sweet purple puff pastry that you can nibble at, ube, the Filipino purple yam, is mashed with juicy buko (coconut flesh) to get a double delight pastry perfect to satisfy any of those in-between meal hunger. The earthy sweetness of its filling is made merrier with buttery swirls of thick coconut milk, vanilla and creamy condensed milk that makes this deep-fried chewy triangle a winning treat for everytime.

Anton’s Banana Turon 2 Ways

It’s like a spring roll, but sweet. The famous afternoon snack is traditionally stuffed with plantain (banana) and dusted with brown sugar here in the Philippines. I learned about this food because of a street vendor who consistently passes by our house to sell just that. I love its simplicity, and how it is well-loved by almost all Filipinos. This crunchy snack can be made in two ways –original style with plantain or a crunchy chocolate one, drizzled with caramel. Both are equally addictive! P.S. A famous shopping mall in the Philippines turned the humble turon into a million peso enterprise!Ingredients

Jollibee Inspired Crispy Fried Chicken with Gravy

Move over KFC, in the Philippines, it’s all Jollibee. My love for this fried chicken goes way back to my childhood days. My grandmother would bring buckets and buckets of this when I celebrated my birthday at school, and that would instantly make me the coolest kid in class. Go around and ask Filipinos, and I am sure that this has always been part of their celebrations and milestones.A party is not a party without it! With this recipe, you can re-create Jollibee’s famous Chicken Joy with its iconic brown gravy to feed your addiction at home.

Filipino Beef Inasal Korean BBQ Wrap

In recent years, many Korean pubs and grilled places have opened in the Philippines, and it got me thinking about Samgyupsal. That’s Korean grilled pork that many order when they sit down for delicious BBQs. Here, I’ve combined this grilled Korean affair with our own Filipino BBQ. You’ll be biting into a mouth-watering streaky Korean cut with Filipino Beef Inasal that often goes with a typical sinamak dip –a kind of pickled, vinegary dipping sauce.
Under 60 mins

Hearty Pork Binagoongan with Green Mango Salsa

My love for Binagoongan started when my aunt introduced it to me back when I visited them in the province. It instantly became one of my favorite Filipino classics. This is the reason why I tried to recreate it with my own version when I first started my restaurant Antojos. I’m very pleased to share that this turned out be our best seller, which eventually found its way on local television because of the rave reviews we’re getting. Now I’ve added a bit of zesty sweetness to it –so enjoy my take on one of the most popular Filipino food-Pork Binagoongan with Green Mango Salsa!

Ube Macapuno Pandesal

Pandesal or Pan de sal (bread roll) is the most popular bread in the Philippines, and almost everyone grew up eating it. While good on its own, infusing it with other flavors just makes it even more amazing! This is my own iteration on the famous marriage between Ube (purple yam) and Macapuno (soft coconut meat). It’s so easy to make and when you bite into this fluffy bread, all the naturally sweet Macapuno oozes out.

Flavorsome Corned Beef Tortang Talong

I have to admit Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette), was not my favourite food as a kid. But I’ve learned to appreciate it growing up because of how easy it can be made, and now it has become my breakfast staple. I fell in love with its complex flavors and how versatile this dish is. Now I’ve added some tasty corned beef to this all-time Filipino favorite, which is best served with pickled red onions and carrots.

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Home Cooked Philippines with Anton Amoncio: Beef Kaldereta

All in a pot, this Filipino Beef Kaldereta's simmered to perfect tenderness, then sizzled with spices of bay leaves and a magic liver spread that will make you an instant addict.

Home Cooked Philippines with Anton Amoncio: Bicol Express

Not to be mistaken for the name of a train - Bicol Express, straight from Manila, is an intensely stewed coconut-milk pork belly dish that really is just heaven in a bowl.

Home Cooked Philippines with Anton Amoncio: Chicken & Pork Adobo

It's believed that no two Filipinos cook Adobo the same way. What’s true though, is that this vinegared chicken and juicy pork belly recipe is lip-smackingly tasty and a delicious double-act!

Home Cooked Philippines: Sopas

If you think your chicken noodle soup's too basic, try dropping plump smokey sausages in it. Then, you'll see why this Filipino Sopas recipe is the only chicken noodle soup recipe you'll ever need.

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