My Angkong's Noodles Returns in Fresh New Edition

The new edition is a tribute to the author and publisher, the late Clinton Palanca and Elizabeth Gokongwei.
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My Angkong’s Noodles, the groundbreaking Filipino-Chinese cookbook from writer Clinton Palanca, chef Ginny Roces de Guzman, and photographer Neal Oshima, has returned to print in a brand-new edition.

Originally published in 2014, My Angkong’s Noodles features more than a hundred recipes, collected from the kitchens of Chinese-Filipino families. The word angkong means grandfather. The recipes in the book are treasured heirlooms that have been passed from generation to generation. Within these pages are the hearty, homey staples of Fujianese cooking, as influenced by Filipino culture and ingredients and tastes—oyster cake, pata tim, roast pork asado, lumpia, fried misua, almond jelly, and more.

Award-winning author Clinton Palanca, who earned a doctorate in food anthropology in London, took on the momentous task of researching for and writing the book, which would turn out to be one of his last major works before his death in 2019. Ginny Roces de Guzman, founder of Sugarhouse restaurant, synthesized each recipe, which was then photographed by master lensman Neal Oshima.

From Left: Neil Oshima, Clinton Palanca, and Elizabeth Yu Gokongwei

Photo by Summit Books.
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“If this book can introduce a new generation of Chinese Filipinos to the cuisine of their parents and grandparents, then we’ll be happy enough, but we have written and photographed this book in the hope that anyone with the inclination to browse and try a recipe or two will find something they like in this undeservedly neglected cuisine,” wrote Palanca.

Also collected in this book are insightful essays on food and culture from Mara Coson, Rafa Ongpin, Jeffrey Yap, and the late Doreen Fernandez.

Included in this new edition is a new introductory essay from L. Ling-chi Wang, professor of Asian-American and Asian diaspora studies in the University of California-Berkeley, which praises the book as a “major and lasting contribution to Filipino culture and cuisine.”

Also in the 2023 reprint is a tribute to both Clinton Palanca and publisher Elizabeth Yu Gokongwei, who both passed away in 2019.

My Angkong’s Noodles (Third Edition) is out now for P1,500. It’s now available on Shopee and select book stores. All proceeds from the sale of the books will go to the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, the education-focused foundation of the Gokongwei Group.

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