You are invited to a Filipino Party and you do not know what to expect. Should you refuse to go, or just go blindly; after all, your Filipino friend was really adamant for you to experience how we, Filipinos, celebrate. If you are in a dilemma, STOP, and just dive in because you will be in an experience of a lifetime. Nobody define a real Party than Pinoys… Filipinos are known to be hospitable and are great party hosts, so expect an over abundance of food , laughter, loud noise and of course, Karaoke. Expect dancing and singing until the wee hours in the morning s well. Plus, better pack in your pajamas and toiletries because chances are, you will have so much fun or too drunk , that you will be sleeping over. When the party’s done, better brace yourself for those Ziploc because the host will insist that you take home some party left over or “bring house.” Read these links to know how a Filipino party look like : Filipino Party 1 and What to Expect in A Filipino Party . You will have a laugh!!!
My daughter thought we Filipinos are weird and loud. It is funny because she is 100 % Pinoy but just raised here in the US. Every time, when she goes to a Filipino party, she gets confuse how come she has so many uncles and aunties. She asks, “Is that our relative too? “ And I just whimsically said, “ That is how you call your elders as respect ,while at the same time shoving her to make “mano” ( a common Filipino gesture as a sign of respect for elders. You hold the elders one hand and bring it to touch your forehead while bowing at the same time). She will then be bombarded with questions if she has a boyfriend while the rest of the aunties tells me to be careful and keep an eye on her as she blushes with awkwardness.. . This is just normal for the elders to be involved in someone else’s lives and are never shy to pry about it. She frowns as she makes her way to the table wherein the feast before her unfolds.
In a typical Filipino party, Lumpia, Pancit, Adobo, Afritada, Lechon Kawali, Dinuguan , Pinakbet,Lechon and so many Filipino desserts should be present; and of the example is this FRIDGE CAKE. This non bake cake is usually prepared the night before the party and it sits in the fridge overnight to make it very cold. It sits there waiting for its dramatic entrance. Fridge cake or Regrigerator Cake is always popular staple in Filipino parties. Aside from it being easy to make, it is utterly delicious. The mango exudes an aroma that only a Philippine mango can accomplish. I, however, am sharing with you a version of the Filipino Fridge cake based on the ingredients available for me here in the US. I opted for the non fat Philadelphia Non Fat Cream Cheese, Nestle Cream and a non fat Condense milk. And since I cannot export Mango from the Philippines, I used Mexican mangoes. These mangoes are not as sweet compared with Philippine mango, but they will do… NOW YOU HAVE A DESSERT YOU CAN BRING FOR THE 4TH OF July party .
Oh, and by the way, when you got to a Filipino party, do not forget to leave you shoes in the front door. It is just how it is in the Philippines…
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- 3 large ripe mangoes, separate: ¼ ( or more) cup mashed mango to mixed with the filling, the rest, sliced to layer ( you can add more mangoes if you want, I usually use more than three mangoes)
- 1 can 7.6 fl oz Nestle Table Cream
- 1 pack Graham Cracker (around 32 squares)
- ½ cup ( you can use more if you want it to be sweeter) condensed milk ( place remaining milk into a plastic container and freeze for next use)
- 4 tbsp unsalted sweet cream butter
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 pack 8 oz Fat Free Philapdelphia cream cheese
- ¼ cup water
- 1 envelope Knox Unflavored gelatin
- Using your food processor, crush Graham Crackers and add 4 tablespoon of butter and mix completely. Then divide crushed Graham crackers into 3 - (around 2 cups then ½ cup for the top, you can estimate).
- Press the crackers into the a spring form pan and then top with the sliced mango and add in Cream Cheese mixture. Repeat process then finalize with the crackers on top.
- REFREGIRATE OVERNIGHT OR FOR 4 HOURS BEFORE SERVING
- FOR THE CREAM CHEESE MIXTURE:
- Put cream cheese, ¼ cup crushed Mango ,Nestle cream, Condensed MIlk and vanilla in a medium sized bowl. Mix ingredients Using a spoon or electric mixer until very smooth
- HEat ¼ cup of water for 30 second and add in Knox unflavored gelatin. Mix and pour into the Cream Cheese Mixture. Mix combined ingredients and then add into the layered crust. Divide cream cheese mixture into 3.
- KEEP THIS CAKE REFREGIRATED .
- NOTE: If you do not have a processor, put the Graham Crackers in a huge Ziploc and crush it using a rolling pin.
- IT IS ALSO OK TO USE A SQUARE 8X8 PAN BUT IT WILL NOT LOOK THE SAME