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Tinolang Manok (Lemongrass and Ginger Chicken Soup)

Posted by in Chicken, Dinner

This is considered a classic Filipino dish, it’s simple yet flavorful. The original recipe does not include lemongrass, I just added it because I love it’s aroma and flavor and I know it will go well with ginger. To make, heat a medium sized pan with about 2 tbsp. vegetable oil. Add 1 stalk lemon grass that has been smashed and 1 thumb sized ginger cut into slivers, saute until fragrant. Then add 1 medium sized chopped onion and cook until transluscent. To this add 1.5 lbs skinless chicken thighs…read more

Avocado stuffed with Scrambled Egg

Posted by in Brunch

My girls love avocado as much as I do. It just about make anything better and delicious. This recipe is simply easy to make. A couple of days ago I added scrambled egg on top of my avocado toast. This time I decided to stuff it inside. First, slice your avocado in half and remove the pit or seed. Then peel the skin. Scoop some of the flesh out of your avocado to make room for your eggs. After making your scrambled eggs gently scoop it on top of your…read more

Mary Grace Cafe

Posted by in Eat Out

Mary Grace Cafe is hands down my favorite restaurant in Manila. I am a fan of their cheese rolls and ensaimada since this has always been the treat my family would bring everytime they would come to visit me here in the Northeast. Mary Grace started out as a home business selling her famous ensaimadas which eventually grew and expanded into cafes. This was my first time to ever try out their restaurant though this is a regular go to place of my family. The restaurant is very cozy and…read more

Bulgogi Beef Bowl over Squash Rice

Posted by in Beef, Dinner

This is another dish that I whipped up in a hurry last week. I had a pack of thinly sliced rib eye that I got at HMart (our local Asian food store) that I marinated with 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 2-3 tsp. sugar and garlic powder and ground black pepper. I let the meat sit in the fridge for at least one hour and then pan fried it in a little oil until golden brown. I also made kabocha or squash rice to go with it….read more

Oven Broiled Kalbi

Posted by in Beef, Dinner

Kalbi is a Korean style of barbecued short ribs. My family usually order this everytime we go to our favorite Korean BBQ place. It can be quite pricey though. Until I discovered Beef short ribs at Sam’s club sold at a very reasonable price compared to buying at HMart (Korean grocery). It comes in 3-4 lbs pack more than enough for our family of 4. I usually marinate the whole club pack and just divide it into portions. To make, rinse the meat well and pat dry with paper towels….read more

Pesto Pasta with Avocado and Arugula

Posted by in Pasta/Noodles

This is was something I hastily put together one summer evening when I was really not in the mood to cook. It turned out delicious and my family loved it. It’s really more like just putting the ingredients together and not really a recipe. To make, cook the pasta according to package directions. When done drain and place in a deep bowl. Add a generous amount of pesto ( I used the prepared kirkland brand from Costco) or according to taste to the warm pasta, 1 avocado diced and a…read more

Nadai Fujisoba

Posted by in Eat Out

Nadai Fujisoba is a Japanese franchise that specializes in soba and udon. They opened their first restaurant in Shibuya in 1966 and then opened their first international location in Taiwan in 2014. They have further expanded and has made their their way to the Philippines in 2015 and currently has 5 branches in the country. I got to eat at their SM Aura location during my short trip to the Philippines. We were there for lunch with my sisters, nephews and niece. I was excited to try out this restaurant…read more

Tuan Tuan Chinese Brasserie

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My family are such foodies, they know what is new and the best places to eat. My sister took us to Tuan Tuan, the first Chinese Brasserie in the Philippines. They serve Hong Kong style comfort food with a French flair. We already had a big lunch and was looking for a place to have dessert and this place just fits the bill. The restaurant features The Dessert Kitchen which has an extensive selection of decadent and gorgeous treats. My nephews and niece chose these parfaits. Mango Fever is ice…read more