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November 08, 2009


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ohhhhh. now i'm craving for champorado. haha. mom brought Tableas from her vacation in Sorsogon, Bicol, i have to buy some glutinous rice later and start making champorado.

i usually cooked champorado then after, keep it refrigerated. i want it cold. yummy.

Just like your grandfather, I've satiated my need for something champorado-esque by adding cocoa to my oatmeal! Not even close but now that I have tablea, real champorado is just a pot of malagkit away. A drizzle of sweetened condensed milk is my preference but I'll have to make my way up to trying tuyo!

Oh Champorado is the best. Its so delicious. Especially when you load it up with Evaporated milk... yumm

hi marvin
sadly, i have never tried champorado before. our parents never made it for us. we never even knew what it was until years later. i've got to make it one day. your version looks pretty damn good.

Forgot to mention the dried fish traditional toppings and the crispy bacon American Saturday morning topping. There has to be a fried crispy hot sprinkle over it. Or is this just something unique to my family.

Oh no excuse me, the dried fish was mentioned just not the bacon. Seriously,bacon and chocolate rice is the greatest dish ever.

Hello, there, I've been a follower of your blog for a few months now and always enjoyed your posts.

I love your pictures of champorado above. Champorado is a staple in our household, my mother makes it almost every morning. I like it best with condensed milk and paired with Spam.

This is definitely a childhood fave! My grandmother used to make it for us and I loved it with condensed milk :) My mom never made it though -- she would put Milo in our oatmeal and try to "trick" us into thinking it was champorado! It kinda worked because my brother doesn't like proper champorado to this day -- preferring oatmeal with Milo! I knew better though ;)

I remembered when I woke up and went to our trusted breakfast stand and ordered a hot steaming bowl of chocolate champarado. There were other breakfast items (sopa, sphagetti with hotdog, palabok) but champarado was definitely my favorite. I especially liked it when there was extra evaporated milk on it...I would always try to get the daugther of the owner to pour it because she gave me extra (her mom is a condensed milk Nazi).

I haven't had champarado in over 10 years. I see the boxes in the aisles at the asian store but I just imagine them having the taste of those mashed potato in a box...bland and emesis-worthy.

I've been so unproductive at work today because of your blog. I saw it this morning and I couldn't stop reading. Burst of laughter comes out of my office...people are starting to look at me funny since I'm supposedly reviewing through cochlear implant manufacturing documents. I started in the Archies. I'm at June 2007...love the Ube pancakes article...it makes so much sense! Kudos to your blog.

And this is why I love being Mexican and Filipino -- we have a Mexican champurrado, but it's made with Mexican chocolate, masa and milk and it's more of a drink!

Now, I've never had the Filipino version, but since I've been on a big Filipino food kick since my sister moved back to San Diego, I know I'm going to pick up some tablea when we're in National City this Wednesday visiting my Mexican grandparents. Yum and THANK YOU, Marvin, for expanding my culinary horizons!

my favorite champorado partner since I was a teenager is sunflower crackers plain (original flavor). And I add A LOT of powdered milk before eating, no sugar.

It's me again...can't stop reading. I love this blog!!! Best one I've seen. Thanks Marvin!

christiaan, yep. Filipinos love to pair salty with sweet, and it works. Dried fish with champurado ... YUM! Hotdog with champurado ... YUM! Bacon with champurado ... YUM!

You are seriously killing me. My Mom's best friend when I was growing up was a Filipina lady who made me all kinds of treats. This is like what she used to make me. Ouch.

this sounds both frightening and awesome at the same time. Kind of like when my BFF in grade school made the trifecta of chocolate sauce, Coco Pebbles, and chocolate milk.

It all of a sudden got hot this week in San Diego, but this is perfect for those cold days! One of my best friends introduced me to eating it with fried spam since I snobbed the whole tuyo idea! :P It's pretty delish.


this is my favorite breakfast paired with crusty pan de sal..I've tried the boxed ones before..not as good if you make it yourself..you know using old-fashioned rolled oats in place of malagkit and dutch-process cocoa if tablea is not available, work too :)

When I was a kid, I'd use Hershey's syrup since we our Asian Market didn't carry tableas. Great post--so perfect for this time of year!

i got hungry just looking at that pic! omg! yummy yummy!
my aunt makes champorado with coconut milk, though im not particularly crazy about that flavor i still think its mighty tasty!
when i was younger i used to put milo on my oatmeal (well, actually i do it til today and my daughter likes it too!) so that i eat healthy is what my grandma used to say and i cal it champorado... i call any chocolate soup-y concoction champorado.
i make it once a month, though the tablea bought from the filipino store is not up to par with the ones we used in the philippines, but i do ask people coming back from the islands to bring me back some. and then... heaven...

Two words:
They rhyme too.
Very timely for cold autumn mornings, or any time for that matter.
Thanks for posting this.

Yum, I'm been craving this now that it's autumn! My parents never made this for breakfast - my mom would usually make it on cold and rainy afternoons. She uses unsweetened baking chocolate squares in hers. I thought my dad was being weird for putting toasted, dried anchovies in his (he'd stick them in the bowl, ends up, and let us have a gander before he dug in), but I now understand the salty-sweet combination. Methinks I have a request to make for our next get-together :9

Thanks Jeff. I've never had champorado cold, I like it warm right out of the pot.

Tuyo is good stuff Tangled Noodle. Just think of it as fish jerky;)

I agree Katherine. It's probably the only time I have evaporated milk.

My parents never made it before for me either, pinkcandles. But it's never too late to make it for yourself;)

I've never tried it with bacon before christiaan, but I'm sure it's just as good than tuyo.

Thanks for reading, Dea. Oooh, spam! Now that sounds like a good pairing!

Hi joey. It wasn't a childhood fave of mine, but now it's an adulthood fave!

Hehe, condensed milk Nazi! And I'm glad you're enjoying my blog, Cha-cha. Keep reading!

Hey Lorena! Yeah, I forgot to mention the mexican champurrado, but I assume Filipino champorado somehow evolved from that.

Crackers and powdered milk, Cel? I'll have to try that version too sometime.

Hotdogs and champorado?!! Now I've heard it all Beth!

Thanks Rebecca! You're lucky to have been exposed to Filipino food when you were younger.

Your BFF sounds awesome wasabi prime!

Hi Min. All this spam talk is making me hungry!

Thanks aaron.

Thanks Olive. I'm sure more people have oats and cocoa powder than they do malagkit and tablea, so it would be an OK substitute.

Thanks very much, Jan.

I agree ahnjel, I'm sure the tablea I get here are very different than the ones in the Philippines. Hopefully someone can bring me real tablea someday.

Hey there Yarn Hungry! Nice rhyme.

Champorado for rainy afternoons sounds so comforting, Dee.

Was craving Champorado and came across your blog :) Made me smile.

I'm going home to the Philippines next month and I am asking my Lola to show me how she cooks Champorado!

I'm not the best cook, but this is one dish I am willing to master!

Thank you thank you for posting the recipe! For the past 28 years I've been on this earth I've been eating the instant stuff! Thanks again!!


hi marvin,
I just started my food blog 3 weeks ago so call me a newbie, or a late bloomer, but boy am i discovering a whole new world of food blogs on the blogosphere... I'm so thrilled to come accross BURNT LUMPIA, to tell you honestly I'm so impressed. For someone who didn't grow up in the Philippines, yours is soooo genuine!!! Great Job!
I am cooking champorado for merienda today but Im using jasmine rice and cocoa balls and top it with nuttella and whip cream...yum! I love creating dishes and I usually put my take on traditional Pinoy food. I would like to invite you to come visit my blog.. there's not much in it yet but you're most welcome to check it out!

This is probably my second favorite Filipino breakfast, next to tocino :) I think I'm going to need a bowlful of this tomorrow morning (if I'm not yet super-stuffed from Thanksgiving :)

I'm 7 months pregnant and highly suggestible and now I MUST HAVE CHAMPORADO. Last time I had it was from a box. I'm so using your recipe.

And combined with bacon sounds like BLISS.

I have never eaten champorado growing up. Being a Chinese-Filipino, dad served me a different snack. Would you I believer I only had champorado this year? But I'm really like it a lot and I think there's no excuse for making your own instead of buying the ones in boxes. I should try it with coconut milk next time. Although some people find the addition of saltiness such a tuyo or beef tapa weird. But I'm willing to try that.

yummy! weird though, i like it chilled! haha! :D

I didn't read through the entirety of the comments, but I'm loving this blog. As a result, I'll be making champorado soon. The dried anchovies you all refer to is dilis, right? My mom would make it on the side, and I'd snack on it like bacon to accompany the champorado. My favorite memory is my mom dribbling a cursive "R" with the evaporated milk on top of the brown champorado in the bowl for me, Ricky. I've got a great recipe for fried dilis with peanuts, chilies, and cilantro similar to what they used to serve at Betel Nut restaurant here, in San Francisco.

Wow y'all are some hardcore Filipinos! As a kid, I don't know why I was never a fan of Tsamporrado. However, about 10 years ago, my uncle made a different kind of Tsamporrado made with coconut milk and pirirutong (purple sticky rice). I think it was still called Tsamporrado because it had the same color (from the purple rice), and milk (gata this time). Travelling through Vietnam I found the exact same thing at a French-y Vietnamese cafe in Hanoi and thought about how this version of Tsamporrado was truly Southeast Asian, despite having nominal roots in the Americas.

My Filipino mother made us an american version growing up. We had chocolate oatmeal. A lot of other of my friends made the same americanized version.

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