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Ube (Purple Yam) Halaya

Posted by in Sweets and Treats

Ube or Purple Yam is a uniquely Filipino ingredient. I don’t know of any culture who uses and eat this as much as Pinoys. Aside from the ever popular halaya, these have been made into ice cream, hopia, ensaimada, puto, tart, cheesecake – the list could go on. However, ube has recently taken the world by storm. It has suddenly become so popular and sought after food here in the United States when New York’s Manila Social Club created the Golden Cristal Donut. For me Uba Halaya is synonymous to…read more

Ensaimada

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Ensaimada reminds me of Christmas. This is one my favorite Filipino holiday food. This however is not soley served or available during the holiday season. You can buy this anytime anywhere back home in Manila. It’s just one of those gifts that almost everyone receives and enjoys the most. My standard for the best ensaimada is the one sold at The Peninsula Manila Bakery. I discovered this during the late 80’s as this was my go to place for artisan or whole grain breads, they have the best selection then….read more

Smoked Salmon and Egg Toast

Posted by in Brunch

I guess you know by now how much I love smoked salmon and avocado. I have had several blog post on these the past months. There are endless possibilities on what and how you can combine it with other ingredients. This egg and salmon combo is one of the most common or popular one out there. Simply toast your choice of bread. Then slather a good portion of smashed avocado on top. Then layer in your smoked salmon and top it off with a fried egg. This is not just…read more

Pasta with Garlic Oil and Tuyo

Posted by in Pasta/Noodles

I wrote a blog post on tuyo awhile back. As I have mentioned Filipinos almost always eat this with rice. However, in the past decade Filipinos have been very open and adventurous when it comes to food. Pasta tuyo is nothing new, have seen restaurants back home offering it on their menu and housewives making it in their own kitchen. This recipe was adapted from epicurious. I made some changes on the ingredients and measurements used. Cook spaghetti according to package directions (I used half of a lb box). Drain…read more

Bistek Tagalog (Filipino Beef Steak) Sandwich

Posted by in Beef

I love to think of non-traditional ways to serve Filipino food. This is one of those, a creative way of serving Bistek or Filipino Beef Steak which is usually eaten with rice. I got the idea from the Vietnamese Banh Mi and just knew this would work. Using a baguette would be ideal since this would hold up the fillings and give that perfect crisp crust but you can always use hoagie rolls. I made the meat filling by using the traditional recipe that my family has been using for…read more

Filipino Sopas from leftover Turkey

Posted by in Poultry

The day after thanksgiving I always make soup from the turkey carcass. It’s always the Filipino style chicken noodle soup or what we call “Sopas”. I just place the bones in a big stock pot and cover it with water and add celery, carrots and onion and let this simmer for about 20 minutes. Then I strain the broth and set this aside. Before throwing away the the bones make sure to pick the meat from it. In another pot saute 2-3 cloves minced garlic and 1 medium chopped white…read more

Tim Ho Wan

Posted by in Eat Out

My sisters brought me to Tim Ho Wan-BGC during my visit to Manila last Summer. This is a Michelin star dim sum restaurant from Hong Kong which has numerous locations across Asia, Australia and now have their first New York City location which opened December 2016. I haven’t tried their restaurant in East Village since I have heard waiting times there is horrendous and the food does not really compare to the ones they serve in Asia. My experience in their BGC location in Manila was great however. Their menu…read more

Green Tea Almond Milk Spread and Green Tea Milk Spread

Posted by in Sweets and Treats

I wasn’t aware when I saw bottles of these spreads at H-Mart last Spring how popular and sought after they were. I contemplated getting the Green Tea Almond Milk Spread then but quickly changed my mind thinking it might taste overpowering. Fast forward to Fall, after reading a review online and seeing tons of images in social media. I immediately went to H-Mart and was able to purchase the last remaining bottle of the Feliz Green Tea Almond Spread. The Osulloc brand was harder to find when even a trip…read more

Breakfast Bowl

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I have made several blog post on Rice bowls on this blog, usually Asian or Filipino inspired. Decided to make something different this time using quinoa. I have been substituting quinoa for rice for a healthier option and it’s nutritional value. This is a meatless breakfast bowl inspired by the dish I had at Cookshop in Chelsea. Simply cook your quinoa according to package directions and place about 1/2-3/4 cup of the cooked quinoa on a wide bowl. Then place a fried egg on top seasoned with pepper and some…read more

Seafood Doria

Posted by in Rice, Seafood

This dish is best described as a rice casserole topped with b├ęchamel sauce and cheese then browned under a broiler. Story goes that this dish was invented by an Italian living in France. But wherever it originated it became widely popular in Japan. It is considered Yashoku or what you call modern Japanese cuisine or western influenced Japanese cooking. I used this recipe to make this dish, the only difference I made is using frozen seafood mix instead of just plain shrimps. You can bake it in individual serving dishes…read more