Amboy – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/Canada giveaway to win one of two copies of Amboy: Recipes from the Filipino-American Dream by Alvin Cailan and Alexandra Cuerdo.

Amboy: Recipes from the Filipino-American Dream by Alvin Cailan and Alexandra Cuerdo tells the story of Los Angeles’ Eggslut chef’s rise to fame through recipes. Amboy is the nickname his grandmother gave him, a name for an American-born Filipino. Amboy is also the name given to his latest venture a burger/butcher shop in LA’s Chinatown.

Recipes in his debut cookbook range from Filipino classics such as adobo and lumpia to Thursday-night retreat house chicken (roast chicken marinated in Italian dressing) which was fed to the nuns at his first job (15 years old as a dishwasher) at the Sacred Heart Retreat House. Cailan’s “slut” recipe is shared as well. This dish ignited his rise to fame after Ruth Reichl ate the dish: cage-free coddled egg on top of a smooth potato purée, poached in a glass jar, topped with gray salt and chives, served with slices of baguette.

There is something to love here for everyone from lovers of great food to those who enjoy a great read with their recipes. You can’t help but like this down-to-earth guy. Check out his NPR interview. A few recipes from this book were shared here.

Special thanks to the publisher for offering two copies of this title in our US/Canada giveaway. Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • Tinala523  on  September 27, 2020

    Garlic fried rice!!

  • kmn4  on  September 27, 2020

    Danilo’s Chinese-style noodles (Pancit Canton)

  • ejsimpson  on  September 27, 2020

    Lola’s lumpia Shanghai with pork and shrimp

  • Shelley.b  on  September 27, 2020

    Sweet rolls

  • jveaux  on  September 27, 2020

    Lugaw (rice porridge)

  • DarcyVaughn  on  September 27, 2020

    Patis fried chicken

  • southerncooker  on  September 27, 2020

    Hot dogs with garlic fried rice (Hot-silog!)

  • riley  on  September 28, 2020

    Spanish-style beef stew

  • miznic  on  September 28, 2020

    Champorado (similar to a Samoan dish I grew up with) and pancit bihon

  • Kristjudy  on  September 28, 2020

    Sweet rolls

  • sarahawker  on  September 28, 2020

    Lola’s lumpia Shanghai with pork and shrimp

  • ravensfan  on  September 28, 2020

    Sweet sausage with no casing (Longanisa)

  • hbakke  on  September 28, 2020

    Lola’s lumpia Shanghai with pork and shrimp

  • gilmonster  on  September 28, 2020


  • dbranigan27  on  September 28, 2020

    I would try the Pulled pork adobo.

  • matag  on  September 28, 2020

    Filipino spaghetti

  • paulbroyles  on  September 28, 2020

    I used to go to a farmer’s market that had a stand that served pancit. That was the first time I ever had the dish, and I found it so comforting and filling. The first thing I’ll do is try to recapture that experience by making Lola’s Noodles with Vegetables.

  • MarciK  on  September 28, 2020

    Pork meatloaf with pineapple glaze (Embutido)

  • linmulholland  on  September 29, 2020

    glutinous rice tamales?!

  • LeMinou  on  September 29, 2020

    Garlic fried rice

  • Siegal  on  September 30, 2020

    I want to make the “bone mi”

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  September 30, 2020

    Lola’s lumpia Shanghai with pork and shrimp

  • thecharlah  on  October 1, 2020

    Sacred Heart Retreat House fried rice

  • miggsy  on  October 2, 2020

    Lugaw (rice porridge)

  • Sanyo12  on  October 2, 2020

    Bobby Flay showed me a cool quesadilla

  • t.t  on  October 2, 2020

    Too many to choose from–but either Sinigang or Sweet sausage with no casing (Longanisa)

  • hrk  on  October 3, 2020

    Peanut butter curry lentils (Kare-kare lentils)

  • LaurenE  on  October 3, 2020

    Danilo’s Chinese-style noodles

  • RickPearson54  on  October 3, 2020

    sweet rolls

  • janv  on  October 3, 2020

    Bacon-leek tart

  • luccio  on  October 3, 2020


  • nvernon  on  October 5, 2020

    Calamansi beurre manié

  • moralla  on  October 5, 2020

    Amboy adobo

  • MeerkatSilverleaf  on  October 6, 2020

    Beef Nilaga sounds awesome!

  • debbiehb  on  October 6, 2020

    Spanish-style chicken stew (Putahe)

  • Sfgordon  on  October 8, 2020

    Peanut butter curry lentils (Kare-kare lentils)!

  • Tabby72  on  October 9, 2020

    I’ll try the sweet rolls.

  • NaomiH  on  October 9, 2020

    Fresh lumpia (Lumpia sariwa)

  • stacymarkow  on  October 9, 2020

    The chocolate rice

  • Pizzacat13  on  October 9, 2020

    Really intriguing recipes….I would try Sinigang

  • Steben  on  October 9, 2020

    Patis fried chicken

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  October 10, 2020

    wok-fried pork with calamansi dipping sauce (Lechon kawali) found on page 145

  • oreganoca  on  October 11, 2020

    Rice porridge with chicken chicharon (Arroz caldo)

  • LSanders  on  October 14, 2020

    Filipino spaghetti

  • lpatterson412  on  October 14, 2020

    crispy garlic chips

  • Lora724  on  October 20, 2020

    Cheeseburger lumpia.

  • calguire  on  October 21, 2020

    Danilo’s Chinese-style noodles (Pancit Canton)

  • Lkitchings  on  October 22, 2020

    Lola’s noodles with vegetables (Pancit bihon)

  • virjeania  on  October 25, 2020

    Crispy garlic chips

  • Dannausc  on  October 26, 2020


  • EmilyR  on  October 26, 2020

    Danilo’s Chinese-style noodles (Pancit Canton)

  • banba1  on  October 27, 2020

    Cheeseburger lumpia

  • Leonard5854  on  October 28, 2020

    Crispy garlic chips

  • vhfvhf  on  October 29, 2020

    Chocolatey rice (Champorado)

  • jshippee  on  October 29, 2020

    Dad’s tortang giniling sounds great!

  • choromae1  on  October 29, 2020

    Peanut butter curry lentils (Kare-kare lentils)

  • JessHeilman  on  November 2, 2020

    Peanut butter curry lentils

  • Dhasenkampf  on  November 4, 2020

    Pulled pork adobo.

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  November 9, 2020

    I want to make the beef nilaga.

  • cellenly  on  November 12, 2020

    Pineapple pork loin (Jamonado)

  • KitKatCat  on  November 13, 2020

    Spanish-style beef stew (Mechado)

  • AlejosOven  on  November 21, 2020

    Ratatouille adobo

  • rubytue  on  November 22, 2020

    I’d like to try “Sticky coconut-rice cake (Bibingka malagkit)”

  • orchidlady01  on  November 25, 2020

    Lola’s lumpia Shanghai with pork and shrimp

  • LEKcookbooks  on  November 26, 2020

    I mean, you have to try The Slut first, right?

  • B.Brunelle  on  November 28, 2020

    Other than German food, I’ve never cooked other countries cuisine. I would really like to try this one!

  • ejsimpson  on  November 28, 2020

    Thursday-night Retreat House chicken

  • Shelley.b  on  November 28, 2020

    Patis fried chicken

  • ChicagoJen  on  November 29, 2020

    I have heard about the garlic fried rice so that first, and rice balls in coconut milk for desert.

  • janeh9  on  November 30, 2020

    Garlic fried rice!

  • JSlam  on  December 3, 2020

    the “slut” recipe sounds interesting

  • lselke  on  December 10, 2020

    Lola’s pancit!

  • elsid22  on  December 12, 2020

    Pulled pork adobo

  • ktcupcake  on  December 14, 2020

    Beet-cured hard-cooked eggs

  • auntietina  on  December 16, 2020

    Lola’s noodles with vegetables (Pancit bihon)

  • choppergirl  on  December 24, 2020

    Amboy adobo

  • Robolovesfood  on  December 30, 2020

    Rice porridge with chicken chicharrón

  • Karla123  on  January 2, 2021

    Stewed chickpeas (Kalderetang chickpeas)!

  • Gneissspice  on  January 3, 2021

    Curious what Filipino spaghetti is!

  • ljsimmons  on  January 10, 2021

    Lola’s lumpia Shanghai with pork and shrimp

  • Warchild26  on  January 18, 2021

    Sunday gravy

  • Etrnalhope  on  January 19, 2021

    Bicol express mazeman

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