Ebun buru (salted eggs)

When I visit my parents, they always have longganisa (sweet Philippine sausage) and garlic fried rice ready for breakfast. More often than not, they also have salted eggs with fresh tomatoes. But the salted eggs they buy from the local stores are overly salty. A month ago, I decided to make my own salted eggs. In…

Sinigang na ulang

It was a rainy day today and I craved something hot for dinner. What better way to extinguish that craving by cooking “sinigang” (Filipino sour soup). I went to the wet market and found these “ulang” river prawns. Then I also bought the usual ingredients for this dish: – onions, two pieces – green chili,…

Ginataang mais (rice pudding with corn)

It’s funny how tastes change as we get older. I used to hate — I’m not exaggerating — eggplants, and now I can’t get enough of them, whether as tortang talong or just part of a stir-fry. I wasn’t a big fan of ginataang mais growing up, but now it’s one of my go-to snacks,…

Hot ginger tea (salabat)

The East Coast is getting blasted with a “bomb cyclone” today, which means heavy snow and punishing winds. So I made ginger tea to keep warm and to soothe my sore throat (I’m blaming the dryness in the air inside my home; the heater is working overtime and the humidifier isn’t helping much). All you…

Cho Dang Gol: Post-Christmas dinner

Our homes are packed with all sorts of delicious Christmas leftovers so, of course, my cousins and I decided to go out for dinner the day after. I got to pick so I went with Korean cuisine, figuring it wouldn’t be hard to convince the K Drama-watching ladies to indulge in some banchan (small dishes)…

Adobong Kuhol

Somebody gave my mom some snails today but we didn’t have coconut milk to cook these with so I decided on the classic adobo. INGREDIENTS kilo of snails garlic, minced onion, sliced apple cider or cane vinegar bay leaf (laurel) peppercorns soy sauce oil or butter Sauté garlic and onion in butter. Add snails. Add…

Bistig

We call this bistig in Capampangan and bistek in Filipino. It is a bastardization of beef steak — actually beef chucks marinated and stewed in calamansi juice and soy sauce. INGREDIENTS 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 big onion, sliced into rings 1 kilo beef, cubed (any cut of beef will do) 1/2 cup calamansi juice…

Fiesta fish

I call it fiesta fish because it is usually served on festive ocassions. It is rather easy to make but looks and tastes delicious. Salt a whole fish (any kind of ocean fish) and steam for 30 minutes. You may opt to put slices of ginger or lemon inside the fish before steaming. After steaming,…

Recipe: Chicken tinola

It’s raining and it’s kinda chilly so, of course, I was totally craving steaming hot chicken tinola. Fortunately, I had the makings of the dish/soup in the fridge. The chicken was originally meant to be made into Buffalo wings, but that can wait. This is one of my favorite dishes, easy to make and quite…

Burong mangga (pickled mangoes)

I bought  a couple of green mangoes but they were way too sour so I decided to pickle them instead.  INGREDIENTS 2 green mangoes, sliced salt sugar 1 can of beer Soak the mangoes overnight in boiled water. Drain the mangoes and then add salt and sugar (1 part salt to 1 part sugar). For…

Recipe: Tortang Sili (stuffed bell pepper)

  We have had a number of posts on tortang talong (eggplant omelette) but I don’t think we have one yet on stuffed bell pepper omelettes. These are more like crabcakes except that we use minced pork instead of crab and encase them in a bell pepper shell for deep-frying. INGREDIENTS FOR THE MEAT FILLING…

Recipe: Vegetable lumpia

Let’s talk about spring rolls. Specifically, these super simple veggie spring rolls. Because I can tell you right now they are so much better than the ones you get with your lunch order from the Chinese restaurant. I’ve seen recipes call for cabbage, mushrooms, bell pepper, etc. In the Philippines, the most common ingredients are…