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Soy Garlic Pork

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I really don’t know how to call this dish as I kind of made it up. I have some boneless country style pork ribs in the freezer which was meant for the grill, but it has been raining in our area for two days now. I wanted to make something quick and easy. So here is what I did. I cut into cubes my pork (1.5 lb) and marinated it for 30 minutes in the following : 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 2 tbsp. worcestershire sauce, 2 tbsp. knorr liquid seasoning,…read more

Asian Lettuce Cups

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With the weather getting warmer, I find myself constantly thinking of something light and easy to make for dinner. This recipe is just perfect for those times you don’t want to stay too long in a hot kitchen and be able to fix dinner in no time at all. To make, you will need a head of iceberg lettuce or boston lettuce. We prefer using iceberg lettuce because of it’s crunchy texture. Separate and wash each leaf and dry with paper towels. Keep in the fridge to chill while you…read more

Tonkatsu

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Tonkatsu is Japanese style deep fried pork cutlet. This is typically served with finely shredded cabbage and tonkatsu sauce. My family loves eating tonkatsu but we usually get to enjoy this only when we eat out or buy it “to go”. My excuse is that I dislike deep frying because of the clean up you need to do after. I bought some pork cutlets last week as it was on sale and wasn’t really sure what to do with it. But one weeknight I was inspired to finally make tonkatsu…read more

Filipino Style Meatballs in Lettuce Cups

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I think I get most creative in cooking when I have limited options inside my fridge and pantry. I had a lb of ground meat in the freezer, I know I wanted to make meatballs but I don’t want to make the sweet and sour kind nor the ones with gravy on it. The weather is getting warmer here in our neck of the woods and I wanted to make something light. My first thought was to make a wrap or tacos but I didn’t have tortillas and then I…read more

Menudo

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Menudo is one of the most popular tomato based dish in Filipino cooking. By the name itself you would know that it has Spanish/Mexican influence. In my mom’s side of the family, menudo is always cooked by par boiling the meat and other seasonings first. In Tagalog this is “sangkutsa”. My Lola (grandmother) used to say that this will not only help tenderize the meat but give it more flavor and eliminate unwanted smell of meat sometimes. To make, place 1 lb of cubed pork (I used pork butt) in…read more

Grilled Pork Chops

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Summer means barbecue season for us. It’s not fun to cook dinner when it’s hot and humid. That is why I don’t use my stove and oven that much during the summer months. I prefer to make something that is quick and easy with little to no preparation needed. This pork chop is a perfect example of a fuss free dinner. I used the center cut pork rib chops because it has a good ratio of meat and fat. It is not too lean that it makes your chops chewy…read more

“Nilaga” with a Twist

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I don’t really know how this dish is called. I just remember both my maternal and paternal grandmothers serving this on occasion when we come to visit for Sunday lunch. My mom also makes this for us at home. When I got married, this was one of the very first dish I served my husband for dinner. I chose it because it was the easiest to make with very few simple ingredients. I have not made this in quite a while. I was just really pressed for time in making…read more

Adobo

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If the Philippines has a National dish, that would be Adodo. It is the most popular and well loved comfort food of all. Every Filipino family has their own recipe and way of cooking adobo. The basic ingredients for this dish are – chicken or pork or a combination of both, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, peppercorns and dry laurel leaf. The ratio of soy sauce and vinegar really depends on one’s personal taste and preference. Some like it cooked a bit dry and some with more sauce. You can get…read more

Pork Afritada

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Afritada is a Filipino tomato based stew. I believe this is one of the many Spanish influenced dishes that we have. It is meat (pork and chicken are commonly used) braised in tomatoes, onions, garlic with a couple of tablespoons of vinegar. Tomato paste is then added with broth or water. Lola (my maternal grandmother) does not like to use tomato sauce as she finds it too sour. Bay leaf, salt and pepper are used to season. My family always include vinegar in our “afritada” recipe, I remember my mom…read more