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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 […]

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 […]

Preservative-Free Lechon Sauce | Mang Tomas Sarsa

Preservative-Free Lechon Sauce | Mang Tomas Sarsa

This liver gravy is one of Filipino’s favorite dips for the famous lechon. Other than it’s thick and meaty taste, it provides a flavorful mix to the fatty goodness of the lechon meat. It is also used as dips with lechon manok and lechon kawali. And if you have plenty of leftover lechon meat (roasted pig), it is a must-have ingredient to make a lechon paksiw.  In the Philippines, it’s locally known as the branded Mang Tomas sauce. It’s a Filipino dipping sauce that you can easily grab from your nearest grocery store. 


I’ve always been fascinated on how this saucy and meaty dip is made, but as much as I want to conveniently buy this from my local grocery store, I get a bit worried on the fact that it has preservatives. So with a few trials and errors, I’ve managed to copy this sauce without the preservatives. And if I may add, it’s a great recipe to make for those cheap cuts of liver meat too!


½ kilo pork liver

2 tablespoon ground black pepper

½ cup red onions (chopped)

3 cloves garlic (crushed)

1 tablespoon salt

2 cups of water

¼ cup white vinegar

1/8 cup white sugar

3 tablespoon of vegetable oil




  1. Prep a pot of boiling water to a pot, then add the liver meat once the water starts to boil. Cook for 3 minutes.
  2. Remove the liver meat and roughly slice to cubes, then place in a food processer and the garlic ‘til you get the meat into small chunks. Then set aside.
  3. Using a wok over medium heat, add the vegetable oil, then followed with the onions. Stir until the onions turns translucent.
  4. Then add the grinded pork liver and water and stir for a minute or two.
  5. Add the salt, black pepper, and vinegar. Let it boil for 2 minutes without mixing altogether.
  6. Then mix and add the sugar. Continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Followed by the bread crumbs.
  7. Stir and cook again for another minute.
  8. Place the mixture back to the food processer for a minute or until you have your desired consistency.
  9. Set aside and serve with your favorite pair of meat dish.


For this Mang Tomas recipe, make your meals a complete dish by pairing this with my Lechon Kawali.

Crispy Lechon Kawali | Crispy Deep Fried Pork Belly

Crispy Lechon Kawali | Crispy Deep Fried Pork Belly

Lechon Kawali is literally deep fried pork belly that is a favorite for special occasions across the Philippines.  It is served during fiestas (carnival season) or birthday parties and is mostly enjoyed with a kalamansi and soy sauce dip or Mang Tomas (a liver gravy […]

Pork Menudo | Pork Stew in Tomato Sauce

Pork Menudo | Pork Stew in Tomato Sauce

Pork Menudo is a Filipino Pork Stew recipe that is easy to make using these basic ingredients of pork, carrots, potatoes, hotdogs and tomato sauce. Influenced by our Spanish heritage it has become a staple dish that is paired with rice. In Spanish, this might […]

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