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…

Recipe: Mango granita

It’s 82 degrees out — perfect time to chill, literally, with a frozen treat. I’ve got ice cream in the freezer but I’m more excited to try the mango granita I made last night. What’s a granita? Think Italian sorbet, except slightly coarser in texture. This is due to the granita being made by hand…

Bulgogi (Korean grilled beef)

Years ago, if you wanted bulgogi you have to go to a Korean restaurant. Not anymore! With more Korean supermarkets getting established — where the specific beef cuts and sauces are sold — this delicious marinated grilled beef can be made at home. I have the marinade, and one of these days I’ll actually buy…

Recipe: 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…