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How to Prepare and Cook Bamboo Shoots (Labong/Dabong)

How to Prepare and Cook Bamboo Shoots (Labong/Dabong)

Dabong, labong, also known as bamboo shoots. It’s delicious, healthy, and so darn hard to find! And in most cases, you are usually buying it from a tin can from your favorite grocery store. In this video, I will show you how you can easily […]

Chowking Beef Chao Fan Recipe Hack

Chowking Beef Chao Fan Recipe Hack

When Chowking launched their new fried rice offering, the Beef Chao Fan, I thought it was just your typical fried rice that you get from all other Chinese restaurant.  But once I tasted the said dish, it had quite a great taste that I found […]

CAULIFLOWER RICE RECIPE: Keto Rice & Diabetic-Friendly

CAULIFLOWER RICE RECIPE: Keto Rice & Diabetic-Friendly

As a Filipino or Asian who’s heavy on rice eating, going for a healthy diet without the rice is a struggle. I’ve had many attempts to cut down rice, and it was a struggle for me as I always looked for that grain-like texture on my meals. Not until I discovered the awesomeness of cauliflower rice when I started doing a Keto diet also known as a ketogenic diet. One thing I like about this is it has a neutral taste just like any white rice that you eat. Plus, it’s vegetable based which means it doesn’t spike your glucose compared to traditional rice. So this type of “rice” is also ideal for those who are diabetic.

 

Some quick nutritional benefits of this cauliflower rice:

  • It’s packed with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium, Manganese, Magnesium, and more!
  • High in fiber.
  • Helps in weight loss
  • A low-carb alternative to rice and other grains. One cup of this cauliflower rice only has 5 grams of carbs.

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EASY HUMMUS RECIPE WITHOUT TAHINI PASTE (Chickpeas | Garbanzo Beans Dip)

EASY HUMMUS RECIPE WITHOUT TAHINI PASTE (Chickpeas | Garbanzo Beans Dip)

Hummus also known is a Houmus is a Middle Eastern dip or spread paired with Pita bread. Plenty of health watchers have been consuming this dip for the reasons that its ingredients are sooooo healthy! For starters, you have the chickpeas/garbanzo beans which is rich […]

Mang Inasal Recipe Hack | Bacolod Manok Inasal

Mang Inasal Recipe Hack | Bacolod Manok Inasal

Mang Inasal Recipe Hack It hasn’t been a long time since I discovered the flavors of the Mang Inasal Chicken.  There’s too many branches of this restaurant that I never thought of trying it out because I had the assumption that it was just another […]

Best Homemade Beef Shawarma Recipe

Best Homemade Beef Shawarma Recipe

I always have this knack for eating Indian and Middle Eastern food. Since my sister started selling imported spices through her store Molinos dela Especia, I’ve been getting my steady supply of aromatic and healthy spices for my dishes, which then brings me to the reality of finally making my homemade Shawarmas.

 

For some weird reason, Filipinos have adopted to the flavors of this unique Middle Eastern sandwich snack. It’s marinated beef, and shawarma sauces are quite an explosion of flavors to your palate. Shawarma sandwiches in the Philippines are normally bought inside malls or foodcourt stalls where you just basically order and go. No time for sitting here! It’s a great snack to have when you are in a hurry, and want something that is also filling.

 

Another interesting thing about Shawarma is a find it as a great dish to serve up if you are hosting families and friends in your house as you can simply prepare the bread and other ingredients ahead, and you can have your guests make their own sandwiches.

 

Now for this Beef Shawarma recipe, I have simplified the procedure for the sauces and this is also my first GIVEAWAY to you my dear readers and Youtube subscribers. YEHEY!!!!! So make sure to watch the full video so you won’t miss the chance to WIN two of the most important ingredients for this Shawarma recipe. 3 lucky winners will be selected and will win a pair of the Garam Masala Spices from Molinos, and a bottle of Senor Silly from Sapio Trading. 

 

And, I’d like to give a shout out of Molinos for these amazing spices and to Sapio trading specially Mr. Jed Sapio for collaborating with me on this video. So without further ado, here’s your recipe for this easy to make and I should say....the Best Homemade Beef Shawarma.

 

INGREDIENTS:

MEAT MARINADE

½ kilo beef fillet

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon Garam Masala powder – you can order this here

 

SHAWARMA SAUCE

Handful of Coriander leaves – roughly sliced

3 cloves of garlic – peeled and chopped

Tahini paste – you can get the recipe here or substitute of with sesame oil

2 kalamansi – squeezed

Salt to taste

½  teaspoon of sugar

½ cup Greek yoghurt (regular yoghurt will do)  

1/8 cup of water

Senor Silly hot sauce – optional for a spicy kick

 

VEGETABLE PAIRINGS

1 medium size white onion – thinly sliced

Cucumber – sliced thinly

Green tomatoes – thinly sliced

Cabbage – thinly sliced in strips

 

 

PROCEDURE:

  1. Pound the meat until you have a thin layer of meat. This process will also help tenderize the meat.
  2. Then add the garam masala powder and salt, and marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Thinly slice your vegetables and set aside.
  4. For the sauce: Mix the chopped coriander, garlic, yoghurt, tahini sauce, salt, sugar, water, kalamansi, hot sauce into a food processor or blender. Then set aside.
  5. For the bread: make sure to watch my recipe for the Shawarma Bread. Prep the bread and set aside.
  6. Using a flat pan or griddle, turn the heat to medium and drizzle with oil. Then grill/sear the beef meat for 1 minute on each side. Set aside and let it rest for 3 minutes.
  7. Cut the meat into strips.
  8. Time to assemble your beef shawarma sandwich by placing bread in a flat surface. Then in the middle part of the bread, add a layer of the cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, and beef cuts.
  9. Then add the shawarma sauce.
  10. Fold the sides of the bread.
  11. Optional: Use a wax paper as a cover so the Shawarma sandwich stays perfectly rolled.

 

 

To make sure you can get the exact flavors for this Shawarma recipe, you can also get these two ingredients easily by ordering online.  

 

 

 

The Señor Silly hot sauce you can easily order from Lazada.  While the Garam Masala is available from their website. Simply click the pics to redirect you to their stores. Happy cooking! ;) 

How to Make Pita (Shawarma) Bread

How to Make Pita (Shawarma) Bread

When it comes to Shawarma, one important ingredient is the bread. This is kinda confusing because this flat bread comes in many names. You can call it a Nan bread, and Pita bread, and some also call it Chapati. Oh well, since I’m using it […]

Special Pancit Palabok that’s Meaty and Saucy!

Special Pancit Palabok that’s Meaty and Saucy!

For our Western friends, the Filipino/Philippine noodle dishes is not as famous compared to our neighboring Asian countries like Vietnam, Thailand, and China. With this, I’d like to introduce you the a Philippine noodle recipe which very unique to us Filipinos. If there’s a noodle […]

Healthy  Homemade Taro Chips | Gabi Chips

Healthy Homemade Taro Chips | Gabi Chips

Tired of the greasy and unhealthy chips? Cook this alternative taro chips to have that guilt-free snacks. It's easy to make, it's low-carb, and overall a healthier-option for snacking compared to the standard potato chips or crackers.

 

A little backgrounder, Taro is also known as Gabi in the Philippines, and it's a root crop mostly cooked in stews. But I'm using taro/gabi as a healthy alternative to potato chips.  This recipe is still however a fried dish, so feel free to bake the taro chips if you want an oil-free chips.

 

INGREDIENTS:

½ kilo fresh Taro root (peeled and thinly sliced)

¼ cup sugar

1 liter of cold water

Vegetable oil for deep frying

 

PROCEDURE:

  1. Peel the taro root then soak in a bowl of water to avoid the root from turning brown.
  2. Using a food processor/mandolin slicer, thinly slice the taro root.
  3. Mix the cold water and salt into a large bowl until the salt has thoroughly dissolved.
  4. Soak the taro root in the mixture for 1 hour.
  5. Drain the salty water mixture and rinse the taro root 3 times.
  6. Heat the oil in a fryer/deep pan, then add the taro root.
  7. Continuously stir the taro root into the oil until lightly brown.
  8. Remove the taro root from the oil and strain to remove the excess oil.
  9. Serve in a bowl with a pinch of salt to desired taste.

 

Now if you are looking for other delicious snack ideas with a Filipino flavor, watch through my snack's recipe videos...

 

Organic Chicken and Pork: Raising Your Standards to Healthy Diet

Organic Chicken and Pork: Raising Your Standards to Healthy Diet

Having access to organic produce in this heavily-industrialized farming world is still a scarcity. I’ve been on a hunt for organic vegetables and livestock here in Cebu, and I am so happy that I was introduced to this community of modern-day food heroes through a […]