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Chicken Longanisa Rice Bowl

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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

Locavore

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Locavore is restaurant that showcase Filipino classic dishes that is given a new twist. They source local ingredients from around the country and try to get the freshest possible. We were able to dine at this restaurant when close friends of our invited us for dinner here. This is located at Forbestown in BGC just a walk away from the place we were staying. They have several locations in Manila and have been in business for several years now. I love how the restaurant is decorated, in wood tones and…read more

Piaya a la Mode

Posted by in Sweets and Treats

I had my first taste of piaya in high school back in the early 80s. Piaya is best described as a flatbread or some would say pastry filled with muscovado sugar. Back then this sweet delicacy is hard to come by in Manila. Someone would have to bring it to you all the way from Negros. Negros a province in the Visayas region is known as the “Sugar Bowl of the Philippines” since majority of the sugar plantation in the country can be found here. That is why it’s not…read more

Marugame Udon

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Marugame Udon or Marugami Seimen is a Japanese franchise that first opened it’s shop in 2000 in Kakogawa City. It’s a self-service style restaurant that specializes in Sanuki Udon. They have several locations all over world and just recently opened their first shop in the Philippines last August 2017. They are located at High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. During our recent vacation in Manila, we noticed the long lines outside this restaurant almost everyday when we would walk along High Street to scout for restaurant options for dinner. We…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

Posted by in Pasta/Noodles

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

26th St. Bistro by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

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I just love Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Manila. We went there for breakfast on our first morning in Manila. This particular location has a full service restaurant as well as counter service. What I love about this CBTL is how cozy and inviting the place is. It’s decorated in warm tones and the furnishings is reminiscent of a Filipino home. It’s floor to ceiling glass walls also adds to its charm since it makes the room bright and gives it a modern feel at the same time. They…read more

Shrimp and Avocado Sandwich

Posted by in Lunch

This is another easy and fuss free lunch idea specially in the Summer months. For the shrimp, I used frozen Boom Boom shrimp (fully cooked) I got from Whole Foods and I just quickly heated this in the oven toaster until warm and a bit crisp. Peel and dice an avocado and combine this with the shrimp. Add a couple of tablespoons of Japanese Mayo and mix to combine. I also added some dill to the mixture for flavor. I then toasted a couple of slices of country bread I…read more

Overstuffed Egg Salad Sandwich

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I love making these overstuffed sandwiches, they are not only filling but also appealing to the eyes. To make these sandwich, I used pumpkin and sesame bread from Paris Baguette. It provides a nice color and contrast and it also the thick slice kind which works well for making overstuffed sandwiches. First, prepare your egg salad by roughly chopping three hard boiled egg and adding about 2-3 T Japanese style mayo. Mix to combine and season to taste. Next cut in half two hard boiled egg and set aside. To…read more