Lechon Kawali

Lechon Kawali

Get this recipe now for this all-time Filipino favorite dish, Lechon Kawali! Deliciously crunchy in every bite! Lechon Kawali is a well-loved pork dish all over the country. Pork belly is boiled and then later deep-fried making the exterior crisp and crunchy while leaving the inside tender and juicy.  I will also share a secret on how to get that pork skin crackling.  I will never tire of eating Lechon Kawali and I will probably do so, if only it is as healthy as it tastes (really) good. But indulging once in a while…Read more→
Pork Asado Kapampangan

Pork Asado Kapampangan

Pork Asado is a common Filipino dish for special occasions. But do not confuse this one with other Filipino Asado recipes you find on the net. This is not the sweet-savory kind that was inherited from the Chinese, like my recipe for Chicken Asado that is usually used also as siopao filling. This, my friends, is the traditional Pork Asado Kapampangan. It is not sweet at all and is cooked in tomato sauce and other stuff that makes it really special. I have a very faint memory of my grandma (papa's mom), Inay, preparing this dish for…Read more→
Cassava Suman

Cassava Suman

Cassava Suman is a Filipino delicacy of steaming a mixture of grated cassava, coconut milk, and sugar in banana leaves. Try this great Cassava recipe now!Cassava Suman is known by various names, depending on where you live in the Philippines. Tagalogs call it 'Sumang Kamoteng Kahoy'. It is 'Suman Balinghoy' for those in Bicol or 'Bud-bud Balanghoy' in Visaya and 'Kurukod' in Samar. I am pretty sure there are other names for it, but they all pertain to this simple but delicious, sticky, sweet delicacy. Originally, it only has three basic ingredients but others…Read more→
Rellenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish)

Rellenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish)

Bangus or milkfish is notoriously known for having a lot of fish bones. They are also known to make a lot of splatters when fried. Therefore, for those who love milkfish but not all the thing I mentioned above, this Rellenong Bangus recipe is the perfect one for you! Rellyenong Bangus is a stuffed milkfish, wherein the meat is removed without breaking the skin of the fish and stuffed back after the meat is seasoned and cooked. Afterward, the whole milkfish is usually fried to golden crisp.    I for one have an aversion to frying…Read more→
Beef Tapa Recipe

Beef Tapa Recipe

Beef tapa is a type of cured meat of thin slices of tender beef. A popular breakfast that is usually served with a sunny-side up egg and fried rice. This trio is then known as 'Tapsilog', that is short for Tapa, Sinangag (fried rice), Itlog (egg). It is not hard to make and ingredients are rather simple. You can do it in advance and store in the fridge for next day breakfast or make more and freeze them after curing so you can enjoy them for some days or weeks to come. I…Read more→
Peach Mango Pocket Pies

Peach Mango Pocket Pies

Wake up to a brighter morning with these delicious Peach-Mango Pocket Pies. This is the easy version using ready-made puff pastry sheets. Peach-Mango Pocket Pies or simply peach mango pie is a popular dessert from a fast-food restaurant in the Philippines, called Jollibee. This is our local version of Mc Donald's. It is truly a delicious treat and one I usually indulged in whenever we go there to eat or even for a take-out.  The combination of peach and mango could not be more perfect and the light, crispy fried crust that encloses is…Read more→
Espasol Recipe

Espasol Recipe

Try this easy Espasol recipe. A hearty and healthy snack that only needs four basic ingredients. Espasol is another kind of rice cake that is made from glutinous rice flour, sugar, and coconut milk. This Filipino delicacy hails from the province of Laguna. It is a popular and usually expected 'Pasalubong' (a homecoming gift to friends or loved ones) if someone goes to Laguna. This recipe actually needs four basic ingredients which you can still cut down into three, skipping the vanilla extract if needed. Its simplicity is probably what makes it appealing but don't be…Read more→
Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Learn the secret on how to make these delicious Chicken Cordon Blue. Fried to perfection with crispy outer breading and juicy chicken inside! Chicken Cordon Bleu is one of Armin's most favorite dish. This is actually what he ordered when he planned a surprise dinner at the beach on our last night of honeymoon trip to Camiguin. It was quite romantic, really! So I only have really good memories associated with this classic dish. Since I know that Armin loves Chicken Cordon Bleu, it is only natural that I would like to know how…Read more→
Pad Thai Easy Recipe

Pad Thai Easy Recipe

Try this easy Pad Thai recipe. Made from simple ingredients. A complete meal in one!I've been wanting to make Pad Thai for a long time and I am not sure why I keep on putting it off. Especially now that I know from first-hand experience how easy it can be done.  This Pad Thai has shrimps and tofu but you can easily remove the tofu if you are not a fan or use other meat like chicken breast. I actually wanted to use tiger prawns or at least bigger size shrimps but since I…Read more→
Garlic Butter Shrimps

Garlic Butter Shrimps

Try this super easy, delicious Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe. It has a secret ingredient that makes the shrimps sweeter and tastier.  What is not to like with this Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe! It is so good and all done under 15 minutes. It goes nicely with toast or any plain bread like Baguet. You will definitely need it to scrape the last smears of the delicious sauce from your plate, believe me, you won't want to put any of that goodness to waste!   The chopped parsley added a nice flavor to it, but you…Read more→
Homemade Spanish Sardines

Homemade Spanish Sardines

Make your own homemade Spanish Sardines with this super easy recipe. Store them in jars to give to your friends or to sell. No pressure cooker needed.Another great find I got from my dear sister-in-law, ate Mia, on our last Paris trip was her Homemade Spanish Sardines.   Back home in the Philippines some years ago, canned Spanish-style sardines became big and everyone fell in love with this spicy sardines in oil and herbs. It was also one of my favorite ready to eat food and we would usually make sure we stock some cans…Read more→
Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken

Get this real simple Teriyaki Chicken recipe. It can never get easier than this! You will love this easy Teriyaki Chicken recipe, I'm sure. Crispy chicken skin and tender juicy meat. The original teriyaki recipes use mirin in making the Teriyaki sauce. It is Japanese rice wine that is widely used in Japanese cuisine. But if you do not have Mirin at home then this is your Teriyaki recipe!  I was not able to get boneless chicken thighs so I had to debone them myself. But it was not all difficult. However, if…Read more→
Gyoza Recipe with dipping sauce

Gyoza Recipe with dipping sauce

You just have to try this super easy Gyoza recipe that includes a simple but flavorful dipping sauce. You will definitely love it!Gyoza is a popular Japanese dumpling. The filling is usually made of meat and cabbage wrap in thin dough wrappers. The process of cooking Gyoza involves frying them first and then steaming afterward. This makes it crispy on one side, soft on the other side and juicy in the inside.  This Gyoza recipe though, which I got from ate Mia, my lovely sister-in-law, when my parents and I visited them last month in…Read more→
Suman sa Lihiya

Suman sa Lihiya

Making Suman sa Lihiya is actually easier than you think. The hardest part is perhaps deciding which topping to enjoy it with. Get the recipe here now! Suman sa Lihiya or Suman Bulagta is a Filipino delicacy of glutinous rice mixed with a bit of lye water, wrap in banana leaves and then boiled in water.  I grew up eating it either for breakfast or afternoon snack. In Pampanga, and mostly the northern part of the Philippines, we usually top it with a mix of 'Latik', freshly grated coconut and sugar.  Latik is…Read more→
Bicol Express

Bicol Express

Bicol Express is a spicy pork stew cooked in coconut milk which is definitely one of the most popular dishes among Filipinos. Bicol Express has it's funny, if not weird, name from the train that travels the Naga(Bicol)-Manila route. I don't really know why they chose to call it after the train but it definitely deserves to carry the name of the province of Bicol. Bicol is known in the Philippines for a lot of things such as the perfect coned, Mayon volcano, Pili nuts and, of course, for their love of spicy food.…Read more→
Quick & Easy Vegetable Chow Fun

Quick & Easy Vegetable Chow Fun

 Try this no-meat, quick and easy, stir-fry Chow Fun! You will definitely love how simple yet flavorful it is!Just got back from a long-month vacation with my parents who came to us to have their first-ever Europe tour. We brought them to see some places here in Germany, like the walled city of Nördlingen; the Hohenzollern Schloss; the beautiful city of Munich and some small trip near our area. We also brought them to Austria to see the Alps up close. Then we spent some days lazing around in Jesolo, Italy and to for them…Read more→
Sauteed Bamboo Shoots (Ginisang Labong)

Sauteed Bamboo Shoots (Ginisang Labong)

Try this healthy and delicious Sauteed Bamboo Shoots recipe. Low in calorie and rich in dietary fiber and a good source of vitamins and minerals.Bamboo shoot is a popular delicacy in the Philippines and is usually enjoyed when in season. You can also find them here in Germany from the groceries but only in jars. The first time I opened a jar of bamboo shoots, I almost threw them away! They stink! But that is normal, says the lady from the Asian store when I asked if she has any bamboo shoots that do…Read more→
Puff Pastry Sticks

Puff Pastry Sticks

Get this super easy 2-in-1 Puff Pastry Sticks recipe that is perfect for snacks or appetizers.  I got the idea for this recipe when I attended a dear friend, Tami's birthday party. She served the bacon and cheese sticks version of it as a finger food. Armin and I loved it so much and I thought it was a brilliant idea for the blog. Simple, easy and very tasty!    Since I made some jars of basil pesto from the newly harvested basils from our garden, I thought it would be a nice alternative…Read more→
Mango Cake

Mango Cake

Try this Mango Cake recipe for a cool, not-too-sweet and with a touch of tanginess treat. A perfect balance of flavors that you will surely love. This article was originally posted on 19th February 2014 and updated today to include new photos.Mango Cake is one of my all-time favorite cakes. I made my very first mango cake  for a friend's birthday two years ago. I used fresh mangoes, although here in Germany it is difficult to get hold of mangoes as they have to import them and they only have these really big ones…Read more→
Spicy Beef Ramen made easy

Spicy Beef Ramen made easy

Get it while it's hot! This Spicy Beef Ramen is so good and really easy to make.  No need to go out to look for a decent Japanese restaurant for you to be able to enjoy a bowl of a delicious Spicy Beef Ramen. Making was surprisingly easy especially if you already have the ingredients at home. I always have a jar of hoisin sauce in the fridge because I use it often for quick stir-fries and, of course, a Filipino kitchen would also always have soy sauce along with the various other…Read more→
Lumpiang Sariwa – Filipino Fresh Spring Rolls

Lumpiang Sariwa – Filipino Fresh Spring Rolls

Get this recipe for Lumpiang Sariwa. A kind of Filipino Spring Rolls that is filled with various vegetables, sweet potato, shrimps, and meat. Wrapped in a crepe-like wrapper and covered with a special sweet savory sauce.Lumpiang Sariwa is another variety of Filipino spring rolls. It literally translates to  Fresh Spring Rolls. The filling is composed of various vegetables, some shrimps, and meat. Firm Tofu may also be added. The filling is then wrapped or rolled in a crepe-like wrapper. We call it fresh because you do not fry it as we do the other spring…Read more→
Puto flan

Puto flan

Two of the most loved Filipino dessert in one! Puto Flan (or Leche Puto) is a combo of Leche Flan and Puto! Get this easy recipe and try it now! I've made Leche Flan and Puto before but this is actually the first time I made Puto Flan. Whoever thought of combining these two Filipino treats is a genius!  I used a totally different recipe for the Puto from the one I posted before for Puto Cheese and procedure is also very different. The Puto batter is made only with egg whites instead…Read more→
Filipino BBQ – Pork Skewers

Filipino BBQ – Pork Skewers

Try this Filipino BBQ on Skewers. A perfect combination of sweet, salty, and sticky! Filipinos like mixing their flavors. That's for sure! One proof of that is our Filipino Pork BBQ. Just like our Filipino Spaghetti which is starting to gain international fame because of its unique flavor. These are just two examples of dishes where salty meets sweet and this combination tickles your senses like nothing else. Now add to that a spicy sour dip of spicy vinegar. Yum!    The first time I made Filipino BBQ for Armin, he actually found it…Read more→
Chicken ala King

Chicken ala King

Chicken ala King is definitely one of those classic chicken recipes you should have in your repertoire. Especially when you do not have much time in your hand because it is really quick and easy to make. It is also very versatile. You can have it as a main dish paired with pasta, bread or rice. It could also be an appetizer or starter by serving it on baked Phyllo shells or tortilla cups.   I invited some of my Filipino girlfriends last week for a moving sale. Yes, we are moving again,…Read more→
Berry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Berry Cheesecake Ice Cream

You've just got to try this no-churn Berry Cheesecake Ice cream! So creamy and delicious with fresh berries!This Berry Cheesecake Ice Cream is not only beautiful, it also has a lovely creamy texture from the cream cheese and refreshing tangy flavor from the lemon and fresh berries. This is just what you need to cool you down this summer! And it is no hassle at all to make. Believe it or not, I was able to make this dessert all under 15 minutes! It was the freezing/waiting time that I find almost unbearable. 😜 But…Read more→
Chili Crab

Chili Crab

Get this easy and simple recipe for this yummy Chili Crab that has the perfect blend of sweet and spicy!I am in heaven! Yes! Crabs are one of the things that make me happy! What makes me more happy about this recipe is how surprisingly simple and easy it is to make. I used blue crabs for this Chili Crab recipe but mangrove (mud) crabs would also be perfect.   It would be better if I could get fresh crabs instead of the frozen one that I was able to manage to get here…Read more→
Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken Chow Mein

Try this restaurant-worthy all-in-one dish, Chicken Chow Mein! Deliciously flavorful and so easy to make! Chow Mein, the classic stir-fried egg noodles, is definitely one of the most popular Chinese dishes in and outside China. This chicken Chow Mein recipe is actually inspired from Marc of No Recipes. I changed some of the ingredients like adding hoisin sauce and omitting the potato starch and Shaoxing wine. The truth is I do not have both so I thought I would improvise. It turned out really well actually, but that is not surprising since I…Read more→
Hainanese Chicken Rice with 3 dipping sauce

Hainanese Chicken Rice with 3 dipping sauce

Get this Hainanese Chicken Rice recipe with 3 dipping sauce! A 3-in-1 dish that you will surely love. This chicken, rice, and soup combo is just amazing! Hainanese Chicken Rice is considered one of the national dishes of Singapore but also very popular in Malaysia and other neighboring countries too. The origin, however, is Chinese, from the Hainan Province to be exact, as the name implies. Early immigrants were said to have introduced it and the locals loved it so much and made it their own.         I am in love…Read more→
Mamon Recipe

Mamon Recipe

Mamon is a Filipino mini chiffon cake that is a popular afternoon snack. Get this simple and easy recipe for that light, airy and fluffiest Mamon ever! Someone has requested for a recipe for Mamon some time ago and I finally found the one that I am quite satisfied with to share here. Mamon ('Mah-mon') if a Filipino chiffon cake usually in a form of muffin. You can find them almost in any bakery in the Philippines. A simple Mamon is just brushed with butter and sprinkled with sugar but you can also…Read more→
Nilagang Baka (Filipino Beef Soup with Vegetables)

Nilagang Baka (Filipino Beef Soup with Vegetables)

Nilagang Baka is a Filipino beef soup cooked until the meat becomes really tender and with vegetables like potatoes, beans, and cabbage that makes this simple soup healthy and flavorful. This dish is one of that 'ordinary day' dish that is served at a Filipino table on a regular basis. It is normally eaten with rice, of course, and I usually make a dip from fish sauce with chili flakes. It is perfect for the rainy days but is usually eaten all year round and even in the heat of the summer. It may…Read more→
Champorado

Champorado

Try Champorado for breakfast. A Filipino sweet porridge made from cocoa and glutinous rice served with evaporated milk. Champorado is a popular breakfast among Filipinos. If this rich chocolatey rice porridge or pudding does not get you up and about in the morning, I don't know what else will. You can also serve it as an afternoon snack for an energy boost.Usually, in the Philippines,  Champorado is eaten along with fried Tuyo, that is dried salted fish. I was not able to appreciate or even comprehend this weird combination while I was a kid.…Read more→
Chicken Afritada

Chicken Afritada

Try this Chicken Afritada recipe. A Filipino chicken stew in tomato sauce with carrots, potatoes and bell peppers.  Chicken Afritada is one of my Mama's specialty. There is this slogan in Tagalog, "Sarsa pa lang ulam na!".  And this dish perfectly fits this phrase. It translates to something like the sauce itself is good enough to be a viand. Does that make sense? As you know, Filipinos eat everything with rice. You do not eat a dish without rice! It is always 'kanin at ulam' ( rice and viand). OK, viand is actually not…Read more→
Chicken Noodle Soup (Sopas) – Filipino version

Chicken Noodle Soup (Sopas) – Filipino version

Try this delicious and hearty Sopas (Filipino Chicken Noodle Soup) recipe that will surely keep you warm and fit for the cold and rainy days!  Note: This article was originally published on March 14, 2014. It was updated to include new photos. The Philippines has only two seasons, the dry and rainy season. So just imagine, that half of the year it is almost always raining. During this season, and especially when classes/work are suspended due to a typhoon or flooding, people usually pass the time staying in bed and/or eating. For many,…Read more→
Pork Adobo Recipe

Pork Adobo Recipe

Try this melt in your mouth Pork Adobo Recipe using pork belly with a perfect balance of saltiness, acidity, and garlicky goodness! Adobo has become the iconic dish that represents Filipino food worldwide. It is always present and usually takes the top place in all the Filipino food list you can find. There was even a movie called 'American Adobo'  back in 2002. Which is not about Adobo really but about the lives of five Filipinos living in the USA. They used Adobo as the title and a dish in the film as a symbol…Read more→
Sauteed Pickled Mustard Greens with Tomatoes and Egg

Sauteed Pickled Mustard Greens with Tomatoes and Egg

Try this Sauteed pickled mustard greens with tomatoes and eggs! It is so delicious and healthy and really easy to make.As promised from my last post where I showed you guys how to make pickled mustard greens, I am now sharing the recipe for pickled mustard that I did with the batch I made. It is really simple but so good! The only regret I have is that I didn't plant more mustards so I can make more of the pickled mustard greens. I sowed some seeds a week ago but maybe it…Read more→
Pickled Mustard Greens (Burong Mustasa)

Pickled Mustard Greens (Burong Mustasa)

Pickled mustard greens (burong mustasa) is where mustard greens are fermented in brine for 3-5 days. Learn how to make them the easiest and simplest way.I've harvested some mustard greens (mustasa) from my pallet planter boxes some days ago. In the photo below, they are the ones with the big leaves on the right side of the box and in front and at the back. I brought the seeds from the Philippines. I do not think they are popularly known to be edible here in Germany, can't even find a German word for it. So…Read more→
Chicken Sotanghon Soup

Chicken Sotanghon Soup

Try this Chicken Sotanghon Soup. A tasty and immune-boosting Filipino chicken soup with slippy cellophane noodles.  Have I told you how much I love soups? I love soups so much I can eat them all year round, even at the peak of summer. Nevermind getting sweaty all over at that. Soups also have to be hot! And I mean straight from the pot steaming hot, I wouldn't have it any other way! And yes, I've burned my tongue (and esophagus) a lot of times too! I think I am a bit of a…Read more→
Sago’t Gulaman

Sago’t Gulaman

Try this Sago't Gulaman drink. A Filipino sweet refreshment made from brown sugar syrup with tapioca pearls and almond jelly. This post is actually a bit overdue because I made this sago't gulaman the same time I made Taho. Well, simply because I have some brown sugar syrup and cooked tapioca pearls left from my homemade taho. I only had to make the almond jelly or gulaman in this case. 'Sago' is what we call the tapioca pearls in Filipino and 'gulaman' generally refers to gelatin.  Aside from the three main ingredients already mentioned, there is…Read more→
Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)

Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)

Get this recipe for Tortang Talong or Eggplant Omelette with ground pork for a hearty Filipino breakfast! Omit the pork and make it vegetarian!I love eggplants, although growing up, I was told that you do not get much nutrition from this veggie...ooopppss, I mean fruit. Yup, eggplant is botanically considered a  fruit, a berry to be exact! Weird I know! Anyways, after doing some Googling, I believe that I may have been misinformed. There are a lot of health benefits you can get from eating this fiber-rich vegetable, I mean fruit.  Still, true or not,…Read more→