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Bistek Tagalog (Filipino Beef Steak) Sandwich

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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

Birthday Dinner – Pan Seared Ribeye Steak and Roasted Purple Sweet Potato

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Today is a special day and we are celebrating by having steak. My husband loves ribeye and it was just my luck that Whole Foods has it on sale. The bone in ribeye was going for $9.99 a lb, I got a piece which came just a little over a pound and is more than enough for the two of us. You really need a cast iron pan to cook steak over a stove. I didn’t own one so I had to make do with my thick bottomed stainless steel…read more

Quinoa Bowl with Oven Baked Meatballs

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Quinoa is a great option if you are watching your carb intake or wanting a gluten free diet. Though it looks like a grain, it is actually a seed. It provides essential vitamins, minerals and fiber and is much healthier for you. We now use this as a substitute for rice in our diet. It is very versatile and you can do so much with it. It can be eaten on its own or added to soup, salads, your main dish and even desserts. To make, cook quinoa according to…read more

Loco Moco

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Loco Moco reminds me of Jollibee’s burger steak sans the fried egg. The recipe is almost exactly the same with the exception of the mushrooms in the gravy and of course the egg. This dish has been around since the 1940’s. Story goes that it was made by Nancy Inouye, the wife of the owner of Lincoln Grill in Hilo, Hawaii; at the request of some teenagers who wanted something other than the usual sandwich. This is a true and awesome fusion of Asian and Western cuisine. The combination of…read more

Bulgogi Beef Bowl over Squash Rice

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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

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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

Pork Sarciado in a Pretzel Bread Bowl

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After dining at Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios and having their beef and lamb stew, I was inspired to make this dish. I wanted to make a Filipino version so I subsituted Sarciado for the stew. Sarciado in tagalog literally means sauced or any dish with a thick sauce. My sarciado is a recipe of my grandma which she passed down to me. I usually use beef to make sarciado but I didn’t have the right cut of beef in my freezer so I used pork instead. To make, saute…read more

Prime Rib Tapa

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I served prime rib for our Christmas eve dinner and sure enough we had leftovers. So for Christmas day brunch I decided to make “tapa” from it. Tapa in tagalog is dried/cured meat which is then fried or grilled before serving. I didn’t exactly cure my meat but just quickly marinated it in a bit soy sauce, pepper and garlic powder. These are the seasonings that I use to make beef tapa. Then pan fried it in a little oil until both sides are seared and crisp at the edges….read more

Lengua (Beef Tongue) with Mushroom Gravy

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Our local Sam’s club now carries beef tongue. It costs around 20 dollars for a 3 lb one. I consider lengua as a sort of a delicacy because of the time and effort that goes with it’s preparation. Offal or organ meats is widely used and consumed in the Philippines and most countries in Asia for that matter. This is my first attempt at making this dish. After consulting my mom and several recipes online this is what I came up with. First, rinse or wash your beef tongue really…read more

Ground Beef with Bok Choy

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One of the simplest and most satisfying dish you can serve your family. I must admit I made this one night because I was in a hurry. This is a what you can see on a typical Filipino dining table, some kind of meat sautéed with whatever vegetable on hand. Filipino’s like to season their food with fish sauce but I prefer soy sauce. First, saute 1 medium sized finely chopped onion cook until translucent. Then add 2 cloves of minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Add your 1 lb….read more