regine may be Asia’s Songbird, but she is also Bongga Sa Kusina, as her cookbook is entitled. The book is a compilation of the recipes demonstrated in her celebrity cooking show, Sarap Diva. Regine has often said that she only started cooking to impress her husband, Ogie Alcasid, but then discovered that she had a deep affinity for it. “I realized that when I am cooking, I am in the zone.” She also confesses, “Even when all the recipes and ingredients are in front of me, I’ll end up not following the recipes and just doing whatever! I love cooking beef bourguignon, but I simplify it so it doesn’t take so long and it’s not complicated.” Her current comfort food is pasta puttanesca. “I can go through a phase of eating the same food every day and then I’ll get sick of it. But I always love Italian food, pasta, salads and cheese. Of course, Tokyo has the best food in the world. But I would love to really explore Spain because of course, I love Filipino food and we have so many influences from Spain.”
When asked if she has any food rituals, she thinks for a minute and says, “I always have this mix of patis and suka, the saltiness and the acid really balance each other. Is that a quirk or a ritual?”
For her Preview.ph video, Regine belts out the folk song “Bahay Kubo” and makes it sound like a love ballad and an anthemic hymn all at once. Just as she can blur musical genres, she has mastered mixing the ingredients of being a wife, mother, singer, actress and host, and make it all work together.