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Bistek Tagalog (Filipino Steak and Onions)

Posted by in Beef, Dinner

This is a very simple dish that requires just a handful of ingredients: soy sauce, lemon, ground pepper and of course your meat. The ratio of your seasonings and marinade is the key to the success of this dish. Of course how much one uses is very subjective and this why the flavor of this dish could differ among Filipino families. Preparation is easy, the key is to not overcook the meat which most cooks are prone to do. It’s really delicious when done right. My late grandmother or “Lola”…read more

Filipino Style Pork Chops

Posted by in Dinner, Pork

This pork chop recipe uses patis (fish sauce) as seasoning. Our family have been using fish sauce to marinate fried chicken and pork chops as far as I can remember. I’ve seen my mom and my Ninang Aveling who is really my aunt do this since I was a kid. Our family is from Navotas which is known as the fishing capital of Manila. It’s also where good quality patis can be found. I grew up using non-commercial patis, we get ours instead from small manufacturers in Navotas. These are…read more

Chicken Longanisa Rice Bowl

Posted by in Poultry

Preparing meals at home than eating out is not only healthier in my opinion but also cheaper. You don’t need to spend a lot to eat well. This longanisa rice bowl that I made for my family of four costs roughly fifteen dollars, excluding the rice. If we were to order this rice bowl in a restaurant in NYC or downtown LA it would have set us back 12 dollars per person. A pack of chicken longanisa from our local Asian grocer was $3.79, the cherry tomatoes from our local…read more

Wontons

Posted by in Pasta/Noodles

My girls wanted me to teach them how to make dumplings. I have been giving them cooking lessons the past several days which will come handy once they go back to University in the Fall. I wanted to make dumplings that leans more to the Filipino palate. So I searched the web for several recipes and came up with this. The filling for this dumpling is similar to that of the Filipino Siomai. To make you will need the following: 1 lb ground pork, 1 onion finely minced, 3 stalk…read more

Chicken Katsu

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The word katsu is short for katsuretsu in Japanese which means “cutlet”. Chicken katsu is breaded fried chicken cutlet. In Japan the first katsu that was created used beef and eventually pork. It was only later on that chicken was used. I got this recipe from my youngest sister. She served chicken katsu in one of the dinners she hosted for us during our visit to Manila. It was so good that I have to ask for the recipe. To make, rinse and pat dry 4 pcs boneless skinless chicken…read more

Spaghetti Napolitan

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Spaghetti Napolitan is another popular Yoshuku (western style Japanese cuisine) dish. It was invented by Shigetada Irie, the head chef of Hotel New Grand in Yokohama after World War II. He got this idea from the spaghetti with ketchup that was part of US military rations. He did not use ketchup in his original recipe, but instead used tomato puree. This became so popular and was recreated by other restaurants in Japan. Since tomato puree and fresh tomatoes were expensive then, ketchup was used in its place. The dish that…read more

Green Rice Bowl with Beef Tapa

Posted by in Beef

We have been on a month long vacation that is why my blog was put on hold. It’s hard to get back to cooking when you stopped doing it for a while. I used a simple recipe in an attempt to get back to cooking – Beef Tapa Rice Bowl. Beef tapa, is a Filipino dish of fried beef slices that has been marinated or cured. Rice bowls are very forgiving and there is very little room for error in making one. Start by marinating a pound of thin slices…read more

Oven Broiled Butterfish

Posted by in Seafood

We love fried fish, what stops me from making it is the smell and the spatters it leaves my kitchen. What I do when we have the craving is use the fry service our local 99 Ranch. Recently I discovered oven broiling is the perfect solution to my dilemma. You can achieve the taste and texture of fried fish without all the hassle. Turn on your oven broiler to high. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels your butterfish (I had it cleaned and gutted at my local Asian store)….read more

Wafu Pasta (Japanese Style Pasta with Shimeji Mushrooms)

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Wafu pasta means Japanese style pasta. Simply defined it’s a pasta dish with Japanese ingredients. I was introduced to wafu pasta by my sisters during a visit back to Manila in 2013. They brought me to Yomenya Goemon, a Japanese/Western noodle house based in Japan. We ordered among other things a pasta dish with mushroom having a unique Asian flavor. This recipe is my take on wafu pasta with Shimeji mushrooms. It’s not as good as the one served at Yomenya Goemon bit it will do for now. You will…read more

Beef Gyudon (Beef Rice Bowl)

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I had my very first taste of Gyudon when Yoshinoya opened a franchise in the Philippines back in 1992 at Robison’s Galleria. I didn’t become a fan since I found it bland and lacking in taste. The reason maybe because of poor preparation or even presentation. That franchise didn’t last long and closed it’s doors after less than an year of opening. Since moving to the the United States, I have had bowls of beef gyudon at various restaurants which left me with a better impression of this dish. I…read more