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…

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…