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The perfect Breaky to start the day! ( Tapsilog)


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Tapsilog is the perfect breakfast for me. I love the fried cured beef strips( tapa), fried rice(sinangag) and fried egg(itlog)  combination ☺. Tapsilog is also popular in my country Philippines and I must say one of the staple food of all Filipinos. The tapa is usually made by marinating the beef in a special sauce or mixture and then drying it out in the sun. This process gives it that sweet, savory flavor and slightly chewy texture. Of course I skip the drying process since it is not that sunny here but I assure you that it still like the tapa that you’ve craved.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb beef sirloin, cut into very thin strips then tendered
  • 1 head garlic,  minced
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
 For Sinangag or Garlic Fried Rice:
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Salt to taste
For Fried Egg or Pritong Itlog:
  • 4  eggs
  • Salt to taste
Procedure:
1. Put the soy sauce, vinegar, minced garlic, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl or in a freezer bag. Mix it well.
2. Add meat. Let it marinate overnight, or at least 1 hr.
3. When done marinating, drain then fry the meat in a pan, with 2 Tbsp cooking oil, over medium low heat just until cooked through (or if you want, until crispy). Put 5-6 strips per plate. Set aside.
4. Make garlic fried rice in the same pan. Saute the garlic until golden brown. Add the rice. Break it down and mix it well, so the oil gets on all the rice. Add salt to suit your taste. Fill a cup  with rice. Put cup upside down on the plate beside the beef strips then lift.
5. Serve with fried egg and enjoy!
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Chef Boy Logro version of Pata Tim

As I mentioned before Chef Boy  Logro is a well- known chef in my country Philippines. I admire him not just because he is a very good cook but because of his humble beginnings before becoming the popular chef not just in Philippines but also in some countries. Anyway, he has this cooking show that I love to watch. He is very entertaining and the show is very helpful  especially to those people who doesn’t know how to cook a dish and he will teach you to recreate the usual dish  that we used to cook.  I already shared Pata Tim  recipe before but the verdict is I love Chef Boy version 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 1.2-1.5 kilo pork legs (pata front)
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 pcs. star anise
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup rice wine
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorn
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • ¼ cup slurry
  • 5 pcs. baby bokchoy, blanched
  • 10 shiitake mushrooms

Procedure:

  • 1. Place the pata in a casserole with 6 cups of water, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, pepper corns and bring to a boil.
  • 2. Add the star anise and sesame oil, simmer for an hour, or until pork is tender.
  • 3. Remove the pork and set aside, then add slurry to the pot. Let it simmer until sauce is glossy and thickened.
  • 4. Blanch the bokchoy and shitake mushroom in boiling water seasoned with salt.
  • 5. To serve, place the pork in the middle of a serving dish then serve with blanched bokchoy,shitake mushrooms and lastly pour the sauce over the pork and vegetables.
  • 6. Garnish with spring onions and serve with rice.

Recipe from – Idol Sa Kusina 

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Liempo de Balamban( Herb-stuffed Pork Belly)

Another great recipe for those who are fond of eating pork. “Think lechon kawali can’t get any better? Stuff it with a mixture of herbs. Now, that’s a winner!”

liempo de balamban
liempo de balamban

liempo

Ingredients:

3 stalks lemongrass, trimmed,
pounded, and chopped roughly
4 cloves garlic, minced
basil leaves 
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1.2 kilos pork belly, divided into 5 slabs
oil for deep-frying
seasoned vinegar and stir-fried kangkong, to serve (optional)

Procedure:

 Combine lemongrass, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper in a large mortar and pestle; grind to a paste.

2  With a small knife, cut small pockets in pork, between the layers of fat and meat.

3  Stuff the herb mixture into the holes. Tie with kitchen twine.

4  Arrange pork pieces in a pot, skin side up, and cover with enough water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 1/2 hours or until tender.

 Remove pork pieces from pot. Transfer to a rack and let meat dry.

6  Deep-fry pork in preheated oil until golden and crisp. Alternatively, you can roast the pork in a preheated 350°F oven or grill over medium hot coals until golden brown. Serve with seasoned vinegar and stir-fried kangkong, if desired.

Recipe from  Yummy.ph 

 

 

 

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Chicken Humba

Humba is another classic Filipino dish. It is quiet similar with adobo but it has some variations in the ingredients. This is usually cooked with pork but I wanted to try it with chicken.

humba

Ingredients:
1/2 kilo chicken
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
3 tablespoons vinegar
3 clove garlic(crushed)
1  onion
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1cup banana blossoms
Procedure:

1. In a pot put all the ingredients and let it boil over medium heat, once boiling , simmer for 5 minutes before stirring it.

2. Continue to simmer until the chicken is cooked and the sauce thickens.
 I got the recipe from Mely’s kitchen
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Batchoy

Batchoy is a noodle soup made with pork organs, crushed pork cracklingschicken or pork stockbeef  or pork loin and round noodles.[1] Its origins can be traced to the district of La Paz, Iloilo City in the Philippines, hence it is oftentimes referred to as La Paz Batchoy. I can say that this recipe is closed to the taste of the real batchoy.

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Ingredients

500g Miki or Egg noodles
300g pork belly, sliced in small pieces
150g pork liver, sliced in small pieces
2 pcs pork heart, sliced in small pieces
1 medium sized white onion, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
12 cups beef stock or pork stock
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sautéed shrimp paste
fish sauce
chicharon, crushed
fried garlic
3 stalks spring onion, chopped
fresh eggs
oil

batchoy

Method

1. In a pot add oil then sauté garlic and onion, stir fry until onions turn translucent.
2. Now add the broth, pork belly, pork heart, black pepper, sugar, soy sauce and shrimp paste.  Bring to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes.
3. Now add the liver and flavour it with fish sauce (use according to your liking), simmer for additional 10 minutes.
4. Cook the noodles according to instructions.  Then once cooked place in a bowl.
5. Pour hot boiling broth in the noodle bowl together with meat then top it with crushed chicharon, fried garlic, spring onion and raw egg.  Serve immediately and stir in raw eggs while broth is still hot.

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CHICKEN PORK ADOBO WITH LIVER SPREAD

CHICKEN PORK ADOBO WITH LIVER SPREAD
CHICKEN PORK ADOBO WITH LIVER SPREAD

Want to try another version of adobo? then I wish you will try this as well. It taste fantastic and amazing. The recipe came from Chef Boy Logro one of the famous chef in my country Philippines.

INGREDIENTS:

PROCEDURE:

1. In a bowl, marinate chicken and pork with soy sauce, vinegar, water,
sugar and bay leaf for at least 1 hour. Just before cooking, add the
garlic to the marinade.
2. Heat oil in pan, add chicken and pork, pan sear until brown.
3. Add marinade mixture, cover and simmer over medium heat until
cooked.
4. Season with salt, pepper and liver spread
5. Serve hot.

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beef afritada

beef afritada

Another Filipino dish. Afritada usually uses chicken but I just want to try beef . I cooked this using Pinay In Texas Cooking Corner  recipe but I did not put some of the ingredients  as I don’t have it. It is very delicious and my husband loves it. Another  keeper recipe for me 🙂

Procedure:
1. Marinate the pork in soy sauce, pineapple juice and garlic for at least 1 hour. Drain the pork. Save the marinade.
2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté garlic in olive oil until light brown. Add onions and sauté until almost translucent. Add the pork. Saute until it turns light brown.
3. Add the marinade and tomato sauce. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until pork is almost tender. Season with salt and pepper to suit your taste.( Note: I use maggi magic sarap to add a magical taste )
4. Add the potatoes and bell peppers. Cover, lower heat to medium low and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add green peas and carrots and simmer for 5 more minutes. From time to time, check to avoid drying and add water if necessary to attain the desired consistency of the sauce.
5. Remove from heat. Serve hot with steamed rice.
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Fish Cooked in Vinegar ( Paksiw na Isda)

I know the dish is really simple to cook , but to be honest I don’t know how to cook it perfectly. This is one of my favorite viands especially if cooked by my mom, my Lola ( grandmother). I just love the perfect combination of  sourness and saltness.  So when my husband bought some fish he told me that it is  perfect for “paksiw” , so I started searching  for a recipe as I am not confident to cook it with just my estimation. I need the right amount/ measurements of all the ingredients to get the right taste. Luckily I got the winner recipe for this, why I said it so? It’s because I have used this recipe for how many times and I always got compliments from my husband who is very particular when it comes to the sourness & saltness of paksiw. 🙂

Recipe from Panlasang Pinoy.

Ingredients:

2 pieces fish (about half a pound each), cleaned and scales removed

1 knob ginger, sliced and pounded

6 cloves garlic, skin removed

1/2 cup vinegar

1 cup water

1 medium onion, sliced

1 small bitter gourd, chopped (optional)

3 pieces finger chili

2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon whole peppercorn

Cooking procedure:

1. Heat a pan and cooking pot then pour-in vinegar and water.

2. Add salt and whole peppercorn then stir. Bring to a boil.

3. Arrange the fish in the pan along with the ginger, garlic, onion, bitter gourd, and finger chili. Cover and simmer in low to medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes.

4. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving plate.

5. Serve hot with steamed rice. Share and enjoy!

Note: You may substitute salt with 3/4 to 1 tablespoon fish sauce. You can also adjust  the amount of salt/fish sauce according to your taste.

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Just the way I like it ” Calamares” & my husband’s request “Squid in Adobo Style”

My husband brought home some fresh squids and told me to cook it all  in adobo style. It was more than a kilo so I decided to cook it in two different recipes one is adobo style and one is calamares, which is also my favorite especially if dipped in Hellmans thousand salad dressing. I used the recipes from http://panlasangpinoy.com/

calamares

calamares

Recipe: Calamares

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb medium to large sized squid, cleaned and sliced into rings
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 piece raw egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cooking oil

Cooking Procedure

  1. Combine squid, salt, and ground black pepper then mix well. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat a cooking pot the pour-in cooking oil.
  3. Dredge the squid in flour then dip in beaten egg and roll over breadcrumbs.
  4. When the oil is hot enough, deep-fry the squid until the color of the coating turns brown. Note: This should only take about 2 to 3 minutes in medium heat. Do not overcook the squid.
  5. Remove the fried squid from the cooking pot and transfer in a plate lined with paper towels.
  6. Serve with sinamak or Asian dipping sauce.
  7. Share and enjoy!

Squid in  Adobo Style Recipe

Ingredients:

2 lbs medium-sized squid, cleaned and ink separated

1 piece large onion, diced

2 pieces medium sized tomatoes, diced

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup vinegar

1 cup water

5 cloves crushed garlic

1 teaspoon sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp cooking oil

Cooking procedure:

1. Heat a wok or cooking pot them pour-in soy sauce, vinegar, and water then bring to a boil.

2. Add the squid and wait for the liquid to re-boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Turn off the heat then separate the squid from the liquid. Set aside.

4. Pour-in cooking oil on a separate wok of cooking pot then apply heat.

5. When the oil is hot enough, sauté the garlic, onions, and tomatoes.

6. Put-in the squid then cook for a few seconds.

7. Pour-in the soy sauce-vinegar-water mixture that was used to cook the squid a while back. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes.

8. Add the ink, salt, ground black pepper, and sugar then stir. Simmer for 3 minutes.

9. Transfer to a serving bowl then serve.

10. Share and enjoy!