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Chicken Nilaga (Filipino Chicken Soup)

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Chicken Nilaga I think was the very first dish I learned to cook. It is the easiest I think because it’s just practically boiling meat and adding vegetables. Making a flavorful a tasty Nilaga is another matter. I cook nilaga during the Autumn and Winter season when the weather is a lot cooler. Nothing beats a warm bowl of soup on a cold night. Since our weather is starting to get chilly, I made some chicken nilaga for dinner. First, make sure to use bone in chicken to create a…read more

Chicken Kare-Kare

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Leftover rotisserie chicken in our household often turns to chicken noodle soup or the Filipino style sopas. Sometimes, when the mood strikes I make some kind of pasta dish out of it. Those didn’t quite appeal to me this time. Kare-Kare was in my menu for the week but I was hesitant to make a new dish since we still have leftover roast chicken. This was where inspiration struck. Making Kare-Kare usually starts with boiling some kind of meat, what is great with this recipe is that your cooking time…read more

Tinolang Manok (Lemongrass and Ginger Chicken Soup)

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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

Chicken Adobo

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If you are Filipino, you probably grew up eating adobo. This is a staple in most Filipino homes and each family usually have their own way of making it. As I have mentioned before this is flavored by a combination of soy sauce and vinegar. To make this recipe work you need to get the Filipino brand soy sauce, I use Lauriat because this is what my mom and grandma has been using. There are different brands of Filipino soy sauce in the market and you can choose any you…read more

Five Spice Meat Roll (Quekiam)

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Five Spice Meat Roll is a dish that is usually served in Hokkien speaking parts of Asia. It is known as Ngoh Hiang in Singapore, Loh Bak in Malaysia, Quekiam in the Philippines and Gohyong in Indonesia. It is made up of a mixture of ground meat (usually pork and shrimps) and spices and then wrapped in bean curd sheet. I remember the only time we would have this is when my parents would get some from our favorite Chinese deli in Greenhills. Since, this isn’t something that I can…read more

Chicken Inasal (Bacolod style grilled chicken)

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Inasal means to roast in the Visayan dialect of the Philippines. It is also derived from the Spanish word asar meaning to grill. Chicken inasal was popularized in Bacolod city the capital of Negros Occidental located in the central part of the country. What differentiates it from other barbecued meats is the use cane or coconut vinegar in the marinade and annatto oil giving it the orange hue its known for. We were first introduced to this dish in 2006 when we visited Manila and ate at the chain restaurant…read more

Oven-Fried Chicken

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This is a very easy recipe for those of you like me, who love fried chicken but hate frying, the spatters and the messy clean up after. I have been making fried chicken this way since my kids were little. I find it hassle free and would not require you to be at the stove 100% of the time. Make sure to use bone in chicken for this recipe. I used chicken thighs and marinated it with the juice of one lemon and about 1 tsp of salt and 1/2…read more

Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

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Roast chicken is my go to recipe on a busy school night. My original recipe only uses salt, pepper and garlic powder as seasoning. During a trip to Montreal, I got to taste their Portuguese style roast chicken. It was the best chicken I have ever had. Since then I have searched the web for the closest recipe for it to recreate it’s flavor. This is my own take on it. I think it needs more spices and garlic but my family loves this so I’m keeping it this way…read more