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Malunggay Pesto Pasta with Longganisa

Posted by in Pasta/Noodles

Malunggay a common backyard plant is now getting international attention and is acclaimed to be the next superfood. Aside from having high nutritive value and it also provides a lot of healing properties. Malunggay is widely used in cooking not only in South East Asia but in South Asia and the Caribbean as well. Fresh malunggay leaves is hard to come by here in the Northeast, though I know that you can get these in most Asian grocers in California. I chance upon a bottle of Malunggay Pesto at Legaspi…read more

Homemade Tocino

Posted by in Breakfast, Pork

This has unintentionally become a breakfast series. I first started with a beef tapa recipe. It’s a meat dish that has become a Filipino breakfast staple because of the popularity of Tapsilog a coined term for Tapa, Sinangag (garlic fried rice) and itlog (fried egg). This then led to the many silog combinations such as Longsilog where long stands for longanisa (Filipino sausage); Tocilog – Toci is Tocino (a sweet savory cured meat usually made of pork); and spamsilog for spam the canned meat. I made two versions of Tocino…read more

Skinless Longanisa (Filipino Sausage)

Posted by in General, Pork

This skinless longanisa is so easy to make, you won’t ever buy the pre-made ones at the store. Making homemade lets you control the ingredients you put in your sausage thus making it a healthier option for your family. I do have a recipe for longanisa which I used for my Filipino Burger, you can definitely use that too to make skinless longanisa. For this recipe, I used 1 lb ground pork to which I added the following: 1 Tbsp. salt, 3 Tbsp. white vinegar or cane vinegar, 1 Tbsp….read more

Beef Tapa

Posted by in Beef

This is a revised recipe of my beef tapa and by far this is my favorite one. My original recipe has lemon juice. I think lemon juice makes it more like the Filipino bistek (beef steak). For this recipe vinegar was used which I believe gives it that distinct flavor of tapa. To make, slice your beef (about 1.5 lbs.) into thin strips (a personal preference for faster cooking time). Then add 4-5 cloves minced garlic, 1 Tbsp. salt, 1 tsp. ground black pepper, 2 1/2 Tbsp. white vinegar, 1-…read more

Crispy Adobo Turkey Flakes

Posted by in Poultry

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and as expected we have leftovers. I did something totally new with it this time, I made adobo flakes. I had my first taste of adobo flakes at Via Mare Cafe, where it was originally created by the owner Glenda Barretto. They serve this with garlic rice and egg. It’s like toasted chicken adobo that is extra crispy, crunchy and flaky. One usually makes this from leftover adobo. Since I didn’t have adobo just leftover turkey meat, I had to cook it into adobo first…read more

Beef Mechado

Posted by in Beef, Dinner

Authentic Filipino beef mechado is a larded piece of beef that is braised in a mix of soy sauce, calamansi, tomatoes, ground pepper and bay leaf. The meat resembles that of a roast and when done it’s sliced into rounds. In our family this is served most often for Sunday lunch at my maternal grandmother’s house or at home. Meals are always extra special during Sunday’s when everyone gathers after church services. Nowadays, mechado has evolved into a kind of beef stew where meat is cut up into chunks. Probably…read more

Filipino Chop Suey (Vegetable Medley Stir Fry)

Posted by in Dinner, Vegetable

Filipino chop suey is just a colorful medley of vegetables that has been stir fried. Most often chicken, pork or shrimp is added. In my family chicken is the protein of choice. You can use any kind of vegetables you want; cabbage, carrots, celery, cauliflower, bell pepper and chicharo (snow peas) are the most popular. For this recipe I didn’t add any kind of meat, instead I opted to use quail eggs and some fish cake. To make, in a large skillet or wok saute in 2 tbsp. oil 1…read more

Tofu Nanban

Posted by in Dinner, Tofu and Egg

Nanban dishes are found in Japanese cuisine. It simply refers to anything that has or soaked in sweet and sour sauce. This has greatly evolved though and as with many Japanese dish it has foreign influence or roots, specifically Portuguese. They probably introduced sweet and sauce where vinegar is heavily used as a seasoning. It’s taste is similar to their escabeche. To make you will need a block a of tofu. I used extra firm for this recipe because I prefer it’s texture. Cut into rectangular blocks, drain and pat…read more

Miso Glazed Broiled Salmon Head

Posted by in Seafood

Fish heads are considered a delicacy are are eaten by most people in Asian countries. Unlike North America and Europe where clean and boneless filets are the preferred choice. Most fish heads are just thrown and are considered scraps. I have never seen fish heads sold in American groceries. Asians however don’t let anything go to waste and learn to use all parts of the fish. In the Philippines, we always serve fish whole and very rarely have I seen fillets. So I learned to appreciate to eat seafood this…read more

Tuna Pasta with Basil and Tomato

Posted by in Pasta/Noodles

One of my favorites things to do in the Summer is going to our town’s farmer’s market. Tomatoes and Fresh basil are it’s best during this time of the year. I got a pint of cherry tomatoes for less than 4 dollars and a big bunch of basil for 2 dollars. The vendor suggested that I freeze the basil if I won’t be able to use most of it. I already have pasta in mind when I bought all those produce from the farmer’s market. To make, cook a pound…read more