Mongolian Beef Easy Recipe

Mongolian Beef Easy Recipe

This is a quick and easy Mongolian Beef recipe where beef is first stir-fried and then the thickened sauce is added later. All done under 20 minutes.   My Mama used to cook this every day as part of her daily menu when we still had a canteen. But I did not get the recipe for this Mongolian Beef from her...sorry Ma✌️. I wanted to make a quick version of it so I made some changes. Her's is the only Mongolian Beef I've ever known and tasted before and though I got the…Read more→
Homemade Taho Recipe (Soft tofu with syrup and tapioca pearls)

Homemade Taho Recipe (Soft tofu with syrup and tapioca pearls)

Try this Taho recipe (Soft tofu with syrup and tapioca pearls) and learn how to make Taho at home easily. This method uses Epsom salt and instant soy milk.  We grew up on this! Taho is a favorite after breakfast treat back when we were small and when we were not so small anymore. I remember having it every morning at weekends and like almost every day during school summer vacation. Our regular Taho peddler would usually come mid-morning and once we hear him shouting "Tahhoooooo" in his big melodious voice, we would…Read more→
Steamed Fish with Black Bean Sauce

Steamed Fish with Black Bean Sauce

Try this savory Asian dish of steamed fish with black bean sauce. It is easy to prepare and is done in less than 20 minutes. It is like a long forgotten memory that has resurfaced as I knock my brains out thinking of what to make of the Cream Dory fillets sitting on the bottom shelf of our freezer. Then a picture suddenly flashed in front of my eyes and I remembered it from a food magazine that a friend gave me 5 years ago as a going-away present when I was just…Read more→
Wonton Soup Easy Recipe

Wonton Soup Easy Recipe

Try this wonton soup easy recipe. Classic Chinese dumplings filled with minced pork and shrimps and soup loaded with vegetables to keep you fit and warm! I love wontons, either fried or steamed and wonton soup is my soup of choice whenever Armin and I frequent our favorite local Chinese diner/takeaway. This is actually inspired from theirs. It is then usually followed by a crispy duck in sweet and sour sauce with steamed rice or fried noodles. Yummy!   This wonton soup is also loaded with vegetables, which makes this soup really healthy…Read more→
Steamed Fish with Mayonnaise

Steamed Fish with Mayonnaise

Level up your simple steamed fish into this colorful and tasty Steamed fish with Mayonnaise! Perfect for Lapu-lapu (grouper) Maya-maya (snapper) or Tilapia! It's actually been ages since I last had a taste of this steamed fish with mayonnaise dish. It is almost like a forgotten memory that suddenly resurfaced while I was brainstorming for ideas on what to do with the fish that has been sitting in our freezer for far too long.  My mama used to make this dish using Lapu-lapu or red grouper at special occasions like Fiesta or Christmas when we were…Read more→
How to make Kimchi

How to make Kimchi

Learn how to make kimchi  with this simple recipe so you can enjoy this popular Korean delicacy  at home any time!  When I think of Korean food, Kimchi is the first thing that comes to mind. This fermented or pickled, spicy napa cabbage and daikon radish is not only popular in Korea but is now also well loved in the Philippines. And as the demand for English schools in the Philippines for Koreans continues to grow, so are the Korean restaurants and food shops. But they are not only for the Koreans who come…Read more→
How to make salted eggs

How to make salted eggs

Learn how to make salted eggs, using only brine solution. Salted egg is a popular delicacy both in the Philippines and China that is widely used for various dishes.    Salted eggs or 'itlog na maalat' in Filipino are normally made using duck eggs but chicken eggs also work just as well. In the Philippines  they are also called 'itlog na pula' which means 'red egg' because they are usually dyed in red or more like dark fuchsia. This is done so you can tell them apart from regular chicken or duck eggs.…Read more→
Easy Chop Suey Recipe

Easy Chop Suey Recipe

Try this Chop Suey recipe for an Easy stir-fry of colorful vegetables with thick sauce. A great vegetable dish for a dinner party or just for everyday healthy meal.   The good thing about cooking Chop Suey is, you can use as much variety of vegetables as you like. You can choose whatever you want or omit the ones you do not like so much and even when you just have three kinds of vegetables, it could still come out great.  You cannot really go wrong with Chop Suey, unless you over-cook your veggies…Read more→
Thai Pandan Chicken / Gai Haw Bai Toey

Thai Pandan Chicken / Gai Haw Bai Toey

You've got to try this aromatic and savory Thai pandan chicken recipe! Gai haw bai toey is a Thai dish of fried chicken wrapped in pandan leaves. Each piece of chicken is wrapped in pandan or screw pine leaf that give them this wonderful taste and aroma and keeps the meat juicy even after being deep fried. The popularity of this Thai dish has also reach the Philippines in the recent years. Not surprising, since we're practically neighbors and cooking with pandan or screwpine leaves, which is abundant in most South East Asian countries,…Read more→
Shrimp in chili crab sauce/ Aligue

Shrimp in chili crab sauce/ Aligue

Indulge yourself with this delicious and decadently rich shrimp recipe cooked in chili crab sauce. Yet another quick and easy recipe to love!I was able to get hold of these lovely fresh shrimps from a local fish store (sadly, we do not have fish market :-( ) and I knew exactly what to do with them. I have been saving a can of crab fat paste just so I can make this shrimp with chili crab sauce and I am glad I did.  If you have read and tried the recipe from my old…Read more→
Braised Beef – Filipino/Chinese style

Braised Beef – Filipino/Chinese style

Get this simple recipe for braised beef for that savory-sweet tender chunks of beef that is rich in flavor and spices. This is a Filipino-chinese version of braised beef similar to Chowking's. The first thing that pops into my mind, when I think of braised beef, is "Chowking". It is a favorite Filipino-Chinese fastfood restaurant among Filipinos (myself included) back home in the Philippines. My favorite dish to order is their famous braised beef rice topping accompanied by Kangkong with bagoong (water spinach with shrimp paste) and hot soup (which used to be free but is now…Read more→
Pastel de Nata or Portuguese Egg Tarts

Pastel de Nata or Portuguese Egg Tarts

Yaaaayyyy!!! I cannot believe that I was able to make these Pastel de Nata or Portuguese Egg Tarts. They are so amazingly good, just like how I remembered them...light and smooth egg custard with crisp flaky puff pastry.  The first time I had these was on my very first out-of-the-country trip to Macau back in 2007 with two good friends, Romina and Leony, it was quite an adventure and so much fun and it was also at this time that  I mastered (somehow) using chopsticks out of necessity (and hunger).  Portuguese Egg Tart…Read more→
Siopao -Asado (Steamed buns with chicken filling)

Siopao -Asado (Steamed buns with chicken filling)

Siopao is a kind of steamed buns usually filled with meat. Steamed buns are really popular around Asia although it may be called differently in every country. Filipino Siopao Asado is similar to the Chinese Pork steamed buns 'Char Siu Bao' and not surprisingly because Chinese were the one to introduce us this wonderful treat. Back home, Siopao is one of the favorite snack and  the usual choice is  Asado or Bola-bola. Asado is  a way of cooking meat that has a sticky sauce that is both sweet and salty, it can either be pork…Read more→
Buchi Recipe

Buchi Recipe

Buchi or Butsi are glutinous rice balls  covered in sesame seeds filled usually with sweetened red bean paste which are then deep fried.  In the Philippines they are usually served at Chinese restaurants as dessert but it could also pass as a snack as they could be really heavy and filling.  This Buchi recipe has extra ingredient for a  crispier Buchi!  I wanted to give Buchi a try for some time now and because I have nothing much to do last weekend, I thought to make an experiment. I tried making a bean paste from…Read more→
Japchae

Japchae

Japchae is a popular Korean dish of sweet potato noodle, stir fried in sesame oil with vegetables, meat and sweet-savory sauce. What I find unique with this dish and what I like most about it, is the translucent, slippery and elastic-like noodles made from sweet potato.  It is definitely nothing like other noodles.  The process involve in preparing traditional Japchae means each of the ingredients will have to be stir fried separately then mixed together in the end which could be a lot of work, if you ask me. I read that stir-frying the…Read more→
Char Siu

Char Siu

Char Siu is basically roasted or barbecued pork from Cantonese cuisine that is very popular in Hong Kong and I would say in most Southeast Asian region commonly served at Chinese restaurants. It is usually sticky, sweet and savory. I do not remember exactly when I got my first taste of Char Siu but it was definitely on one of the trips I made to Hongkong. It could be actually from my first (Hongkong-Macau) trip  with friends, Roms and Leony. One of the highlights of our trip to HK, aside from going to Disney and  Ocean…Read more→
Miso Soup Recipe with tamarind

Miso Soup Recipe with tamarind

This Miso Soup recipe is a combination of Japanese and Filipino cuisine. Miso is basically  fermented soy bean paste and it has many different variety, most popular of which is red, white and mixed miso. In the Philippines though, our miso is usually yellow in color. Yes, we also have miso in the Philippines. From what I read (Wikipedia) Miso was brought to the Philippines by Christian Japanese refugees during the Edo period (1603-1868). The locals then learned to use miso to add to our Sinigang (Sinigang sa Miso), a sour tamarind soup usually using…Read more→
Beef Bulgogi

Beef Bulgogi

Beef Bulgogi is a classic Korean dish of grilled marinated beef but it is also great stir-fried. Back home in the Philippines, Korean food has become a fad as proven by the numbers of Korean restaurants that are opening everywhere. In Pampanga, where I grew up, there is a place that is now known to be a 'Korean Town' because of the many shops and other businesses owned by Koreans who decided to settle down in the Philippines. This place is nearby where I used to work, in Clark, and in those days,…Read more→
Crabs in Coconut Milk (Ginataang Alimango)

Crabs in Coconut Milk (Ginataang Alimango)

Another favorite of mine, crabs cooked in coconut milk made thick and creamy by adding squash and a bit spicy from red or green chili peppers. One of the good things about coming home to Philippines...seafoods! They are easier to get and so much cheaper and most of all you get them fresh too! Specially in our province of Pampanga, where crabs are easily available all year round. Although my mama said that the best time to get really good fatty crabs are on the month of August, you can still get lucky if you know…Read more→
Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

I have been dying to try to make these Vietnamese Spring Rolls for a long time. However, I was a bit skeptic because they seem difficult to make specially with the delicate-looking rice paper wrapper to work with. But I was totally wrong. They were not that hard to do after all.  The first time I had these was in a small Vietnamese restaurant next to the building where I used to work when I was still in the Philippines. That was some years ago, but even now I cannot forget how cool and…Read more→
Chicken Curry Kebab

Chicken Curry Kebab

This is our first summer in our apartment since we  moved here last year and we are just happy to have a big terrace space that we are trying to enjoy it so much as we can. And what better way to do this than having friends over to have a barbecue and chatting nonstop over food and drinks. Although it seems that, this year, summer came too early and is going too soon, Armin and I are still trying to make the most of it every chance we get.  Every time the sun shines and gives us…Read more→
Chicken Broccoli Rice Toppings

Chicken Broccoli Rice Toppings

A quick healthy recipe for when you are in a hurry or do not have enough time to cook an elaborate lunch or dinner for your everyday meal.  This Chicken Broccoli is great as rice topping with sauce that is a touch of sweet and salty.  A complete meal in  a bowl, my husband and I enjoy it as "TV dinner" on our movie nights. I prefer to have broccoli a little undercooked so it remains crisp and not all soft and mushy and you get more of the  nutrients eating them this way,…Read more→
Egg Roll Recipe (Tamago)

Egg Roll Recipe (Tamago)

There are lots of different ways to cook eggs, I know. But if you are tired of having them scrambled, sunny side up, pouched, fried , boiled or omelette, then here is another easy way to make them - Egg Roll. And they look much nicer too. I usually make them when we are  having Asian-themed dinner, like Korean, Chinese  or Japanese as they are so simple to make and add to the variety of the dishes. It is also good to have whenever my husband is having a diet. They do look appetizing…Read more→
Beef Teppanyaki made Easy

Beef Teppanyaki made Easy

Teppanyaki is a Japanese style of cooking using a 'teppan'- a flat iron plate or griddle -to grill or broil or fry food which is 'yaki' in japanese. How to cook beef teppanyaki without  a teppan? Well, this is a bit of a cheat since I do not own a teppan , I only use  regular frying pan but it works...   Add stir-fried vegetables for a complete meal.   5.0 from 1 reviews Print Beef Teppanyaki made Easy Author: Bebs Prep time:  1 hour Cook time:  15 mins Total time:  1 hour 15 mins Serves: 2-3…Read more→