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Fresh Sardinas: Quick Cook and Tasty

Fresh Sardinas: Quick Cook and Tasty

Tuloy, Tamban, Sardine.  A very inexpensive type of fish that most of us Filipinos would normally just fry and eat with the standard soy sauce with sili. I love this fish so much because it’s inexpensive but I admit, it takes time to clean and 

Fluffy & Milky Pancake

Fluffy & Milky Pancake

Who doesn’t love pancakes? Like really fluffy, creamy, milky, pancakes! Most of us home cooks would normally buy the pre-mixed pancake box from a grocery store to achieve such “YUMMY PANCAKES”.  They’re great, but they are NOT really that great for me.  Plus, you actually do not have to buy those boxes also. Making a restaurant-style pancake is actually EASY TO MAKE

Healthy Salad: High Fiber Jicama/Singkamas Salad

Healthy Salad: High Fiber Jicama/Singkamas Salad

I noticed that a lot of fellow Filipino’s fall to this idea that lettuce (most especially iceberg lettuce) is a healthy choice to have when it comes to eating green salads. Although I have nothing against this choice, what most people do not understand is that there are FAR BETTER healthier ingredients out there instead of just lettuce. Most especially if you’re choice of lettuce is the iceberg, which, unfortunately, does not have much nutritional content.  Now add to that the type of dressing that you use that can make it an unhealthy bowl of a “healthy bowl”.  That’s why I’m excited to share with you my go-to salad recipe that’s been my staple at home.

 

 

The star of this dish is the singkamas, also known as jicama. I love this root crop so much because there’s just plenty of dishes you can make of it. Another wonderful thing about jicamas/singkamas is that its packed with nutrients. Have a look at this image. It's totally worth it to have it in your kitchen.

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Ingredients are VERY FILIPINO so it’s easy to find and you won’t need to purchase that western-kind of ingredients just to make a healthy salad bowl. So here’s how you can make this salad at home that serves 3-4 people.

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 medium/large size Jicama/Singkamas – peeled and thinly sliced

2 medium almost-ripe tomatoes (orange in color) – sliced into wedges

1 medium-size red onions – thinly sliced

3 strands of long beans/sitaw – cut into an inch length (optional)

1 salted egg  - sliced thinly

Raisins – ¼ cup

 

 

For the dressing

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

4 kalamansi – squeezed and with seeds removed

2-3 tablespoon of honey

1 teaspoon of salt

Black pepper – crushed

 

 

PROCEDURE:

  1. Slice the vegetables and salted egg according to instructions, then add them together in a mixing bowl.

2. In a separate bowl, add the kalamansi juice, olive oil, salt, and black pepper          together. Wisk vigorously until you the ingredients are fully emulsified.

3.   Add the mixed dressing to the bowl of fresh ingredients, and toss everything        all together.

4. Place a portion of the salad to a salad plate.

5. Serve and enjoy!

Easy to Make Pie Crust (Flaky & Crusty!)

Easy to Make Pie Crust (Flaky & Crusty!)

Before you make a yummy pie, in this case an ube pie. You need to make the pie crust. This pie crust recipe is ideal for sweet pies but if you want to use this for savory pies, just omit the sugar in the recipe.  

Ube Halaya Pie (The Purple Yam Filipino Pie)

Ube Halaya Pie (The Purple Yam Filipino Pie)

The humble ube. Ugly on the outside, damn good in the inside! That’s how I would sum up this humble root crop. Ube is a staple dessert or snack ingredient in the Philippines, and it has especially become famous/trending with other recipes like ube cheese pandesal, 

Cebu Linarang: Is it better than Sinigang?

Cebu Linarang: Is it better than Sinigang?

Linarang has been a staple sour fish soup dish around Metro Cebu. Cooked in large woks in Larangan (sidewalk cafeterias) all across the metro. When there’s a large wok of steamy larang displayed, you are guaranteed that people are lining up to order and indulge in this hearty bowl of fishy-goodness.   I can safely say that Linarang is a native dish of Cebu. I never found anything like it across the country. Not in Luzon, and certainly not in Mindanao as well. It is undoubtedly a CEBUANO dish.  Ok, I might be assuming here, so feel free to correct me. 😀

 

 

Another fascinating thing about this dish is how it is somewhat similar yet so different from the more famous Sinigang na Isda.  Yes both are sour soup dish, but the Linarang if you ask me just has BOLDER flavor profile compared to the later.  Maybe that’s also one reason that we rarely see Cebuano’s cook sinigang na isda. Instead, this sour-flavored soup in a bowl is a more frequent choice amongst Cebuanos.  

 

 

So without further adieu, here’s how you can make this dish that serves 4.

INGREDIENTS:

1 medium size onion – chopped into chunks

3 cloves of garlic – finely chopped

2 thumbsize ginger – sliced in thin strips

Kamias  (2 cups) – roughly sliced

Red tomatoes  (1 cup) – sliced into large wedges

Green chilis /sili’ng haba (5 sticks) – cut into half

½ kilo white-meat fish (I’m using white marlin for this dish)  

1 tablespoon blackbeans

1 tablespoon tomato paste (alternative is 2 tablespoons tomato sauce)

Salt to taste

Cooking oil

1 ½ liter Water (separate ½ cup)  

PROCEDURE:

  1. Use a large wok or pot, drizzle a bout of the cooking oi. Then sautee a portion of the onions, ginger, garlic, tomatoes, and kamias for 30 seconds to a minute over medium heat.
  1. Then add the black beans and tomato sauce. Sautee for a few seconds ‘til all ingredients are well mixed.
  1. Add ½ cup of water and let it cook for 2 minutes or until the spices are soft. Then mash the spices until the broth turns thick or paste like in texture.
  1. Add the remaining liter of water and allow to boil. This will probably take 5-7 minutes.
  1. Then add the remaining spices, then boil again for 3 minutes.
  1. Add the fish meat, and let it cook for a maximum of 5 minutes to retain the juicy and soft texture of the fish meat. Also scoop out the froth/bubbles that you see forming on the top part of the broth.
  1. Once the fish has been cooked, add the spring onions and just turn the stove off and allow the heat of the broth to cook the spring onions.
  1. Serve with a steamy plate of rice or mais na bigs.

Now, if you made this dish. Let me know, if this is better than Sinigang. If not, then at least, you now have a new sour soup dish as your kitchen arsenal. 

Arroz Caldo Recipe: The Filipino Chicken Congee

Arroz Caldo Recipe: The Filipino Chicken Congee

Rice has been a staple of the Filipino diet. Not a meal is served without it. This time I want to take the humble rice to another level using the simplest of ingredients. Most specially at these trying times where a looming uncertainty unfolds and 

Dairy-Free Coconut Milk Fettuccine

Dairy-Free Coconut Milk Fettuccine

With all the pasta recipes online, I bet you are bound to find a recipe that you love to cook. My version comes with using the simplest of Pinoy ingredients. No need to stress on finding Italian or western ingredients for this dish because you 

Chili Con Carne (Slow Cooked Chili)

Chili Con Carne (Slow Cooked Chili)

I always thought that Chili's (also known as Chili con Carne in the Philippines) as a bland and boring dish to eat. Not until I was attending a house party of friend years back. That opened my eyes to give the recipe a try as I simply couldn’t get over the dish! So from time to time, I would make this dish when I know I need to prepare a meal that would cover 2 days because of a busy schedule. 

 

Now, just a warning ahead. Although this recipe is fairly easy to make, it does take time and PATIENCE! Yes, if you are impatient like me, this recipe is perfect to practice patience. And it darn tastes good too! So in terms of time, you will need about 4 to 6 hours to cook it. Another thing, as this recipe takes time, I suggest that you use a slow cooker, or as any typical Asian or Filipino, use the rice cooker as this will consume a lot of gas on your stove. 

 

INGREDIENTS: 

½ kilo kidney beans 

1 cup tomato sauce 

½ kilo ground beef (best to use Australian beef than local) 

1 large onion - chopped 

6 cloves of garlic - chopped 

Medium size pepper - chopped 

Chili - optional 

Salt to taste 

1 tablespoon sugar 

1 liter of water 

Vegetable oil 

 

 

Spice Mix: 

½ tablespoon cumin powder 

½ tablespoon black pepper 

½ tablespoon dried oregano 

1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper 

1/2 tablespoon cinnamon powder (or 1 whole cinnamon bark) 

 

Garnish: 

Grated cheese 

White onion - chopped 

 

 

PROCEDURE: 

 

  1. In a large pot, add the oil, and sautee the onions and garlic for a few seconds. 
  2. Then add the ground beef and a teaspoon of salt, saute for 2 minutes. 
  3. Add the pepper and mix again for another minute.

 

 

In some recipes, they would remove the liquid from the beef, however, I leave it as is. That beef juice is where the goodness is. 

 

 

4.  Add the tomato sauce, spice mix, salt, and water. Mix all the ingredients and let it boil for 20 minutes.

5. Check the chilis and lower the heat of your stove to low. Let it cook for 4 to 6 hours while occasionally mixing the ingredients to make sure that the bottom part doesn’t burn. Add 1 cup of water as well if the liquid has fully evaporated. 

6. Once the kidney beans are soft (a bit mushy already) and the liquid has simmered, turn the stove off. 

7. Garnish with shredded cheese and white onions. 

8. Serve and enjoy! Now, this dish is best served warm and can go very well with toasted bread or biscuits. 

 

 

Another tip, this dish goes BETTER and BETTER for days. So store it in the fridge and reheat. 

How to Choose the Right Frying Pan?

How to Choose the Right Frying Pan?

Frying your food is so much easier when using the right pan. However, there are lots of types on the market and there is much to consider when selecting the right one. What are the actual benefits or the differences between the pans? I will