Kanin Turon a la Cubana

My version of the Japanese maki uses lumpia wrapper, rice, ground pork, and sliced plantain banana. It is my take on the classic arroz a la cubana, rolled into one (get it, roll?). Hehe. Yum.

Harry Potter and the Great Feast Platter

Hey, it’s the Boy Who Lived’s birthday — July 31, 1980. What better way to celebrate than a throwback to that time my friends and I visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. After a few hours of touring Hogsmeade, we stopped at the Three Broomsticks for a meal. The Great Feast…

Sisig liempo

We still had leftover roasted liempo (pork belly) in the freezer so today Mom decided to make sisig out of it. Here are the ingredients: 1/2 kilo pork belly, roasted on coal and then minced (authentic Capampangan recipe calls for pig’s ears and jowls) 5 pieces chicken liver, boiled then roasted, then minced 1/2 cup…

Nacho liempo

I got excited over a friend’s post on carne asada so I tried to do a variation. We had leftover roasted liempo (pork belly) that I marinated in some spicy teriyaki sauce, roasted again and then shredded. INGREDIENTS 1 regular pack nachos 1 cup shredded pork 1 cup chili lime sauce 1/2 cup cheese sauce…

Caramelized sweet potato chips

It was so hot the other day I was reminded of summers in the Philippines, hanging out on the papag (bamboo bed), enjoying snacks like Apu’s kamote cue. She used to sell them — huge chunks of sweet potatoes, fried and coated them with brown sugar and skewered with thin bamboo sticks. I can’t count…

Fruit cocktail gelatin

One of the ways we used to cool off during summer in the Philippines was by enjoying this refreshing fruit cocktail gelatin my mom used to make. It’s very simple, really. All you need is a can of fruit cocktail and either gelatin bars (agar-agar) or powder. I haven’t had this in years but when…

Recipe: Pata tim (braised pork hocks)

We’ve posted about this dish several times on this blog. There was even a post “fixing” the dish. But I just realized we never really posted a recipe for it (we seem to have done that a lot, shared about food without providing a how-to, LOL!). So here’s how we make pata tim in my…

Spicy squid and pork

Another entry on the Hmart menu — spicy squid and pork! This is a “dangerous” dish. Sweet and spicy, it’s the type of dish that needs a lot of rice. Piping hot white rice. And Hmart wasn’t kidding by labeling this dish with a red hot chili pepper. Thank God for the air conditioning, because…

Recipe: Crab and mussels in coconut milk

Scrumptious seafood. INGREDIENTS 1/2 garlic, crushed 1 onion, sliced 3 slices ginger 2 pieces green chili 1 leek, sliced 2 kilos crab 1 kilo mussels 3 cups coconut milk fish sauce, to taste 2 tbsp oil for sautéing DIRECTIONS Sauté the garlic, onion and ginger. Add the seafood and chili. Pour coconut milk, then simmer…

Recipe: Tropical chicken

There was no recipe in our previous post on tropical chicken so here is our take on it. 1/2 kilo chicken breast cut in small pieces Garlic, crushed Onions, sliced 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup cream 1 cup cream of mushroom soup base 1 cup corn kernels 1 cup sliced mushrooms 1/2 cup diced carrots…

Recipe: Corn with cotija

Ahhh, the sweetness of the corn, the creaminess of the cheese, the tartness of the lime, the kick of the red pepper and chili — is it any wonder this is one of my favorite snacks? Grilled corn with cheese, or elotes, is a popular street food in Mexico. I first got a taste of…