Chili paste (sambal)

We had a good harvest of chili peppers so I thought of making sambal (chili paste). The ingredients are: 2 cups chili peppers 2 heads of garlic 2 red onion 1 piece turmeric ginger 4 tbs sugar 2 tsps salt 1 beef cube (optional) Boil chili peppers until soft. Put in food processor together with…

Seafood pasta

  We had these leftovers: mussels in tomato soup (with lots of garlic, onions, and green chili) shrimp 1/2 cup white wine 1/3 cup black olives olive oil butter So I made a sauce to mix in pasta. Sarap!

Recipe: Tortang talong

We’ve written about tortang talong a few times on this blog but I just realized we’d never actually shared a recipe for it. What’s tortang talong? It’s basically grilled eggplant soaked in egg batter then fried. Think eggplant parm without the sauce and the cheese. I’ve also seen it referred to as eggplant omelette. My…

Bibimbap

Grabbed a quick lunch at the Hmart food court before starting my grocery shopping because, according to the Snickers commercial, “You’re not you when you’re hungry.” In my case, I end up buying way too much food. Anyway, the bibimbap was pretty good, though I, given the choice, probably would have added more beef than…

Tom yum goong

My Thai adventure continues with tom yum goong. The ingredients are: 5 tbs tom yum paste 1/2 kilo prawns 3 cups coconut milk 3 cups water 1/2 cup mushrooms cilantro chili tomatoes, sliced Mix everything together and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve hot. You can replace the tom yum paste with…

Bagoong rice

  We had leftover pork adobo somewhere and I found a mango lying in our backyard and our chili plants had lots of fruits so I thought why not make Thai bagoong rice? 1 cup shredded pork 1 sliced onion 1 tbs crushed garlic 6 cups rice 1 egg 3 tbs bagoong (shrimp paste) red…

Potato Croquettes

What to do with: leftover pastel lengua (ox tongue) old potatoes Parmesan Carabao’s milk Half a can of tuna? Mix everything in a bowl. Bind with flour and egg. Deep fry in vegetable oil. Yum!

SPAM tocino

Did your jaw just drop? Mine certainly did when I  came across this SPAM tocino at my local Fil-Am store. I knew the SPAM from our childhood is a far cry from the SPAM available these days — which comes in a variety of flavors, including garlic, jalapeño and even teriyaki. But tocino?!? That sweet and…

Pata tim

  Mom asked me to “rescue” this dish because the pata tim (braised pork hock/knuckles) she cooked yesterday turned out rather bland. This is because she only cooked it in soy sauce and oyster sauce. So today, I added the following ingredients: 1 head of garlic 3 leeks 2 pieces star anise 3 tbsp Chinese…

No fry, no splatter lechon kawali

Lechon kawali, or pan-fried pork, is very easy to make. But it’s also a dish I try NOT to make, on account of the hot oil, the splatter and the tinikling I unavoidably perform in front of the stove. However, I think I’ve figured out a way to avoid the hot oil altogether but still get that just-fried,…

Cafe Un Deux Trois: A little taste of Paris in the Theater District

Had a blast last night at Concert for America at Town Hall in Manhattan. How could I not with Barry Manilow, Vanessa Williams and a Playbill of Broadway stars performing? But before the show, my friend and I had a lovely dinner at the nearby Cafe Un Deux Trois (West 44th Street, near Sixth Avenue). It’s…