Creamy Clams Carbonara


Ingredients:
500 grams spaghetti or any pasta
800 grams clams(halaan)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 head garlic, peeled and chopped
4 strips bacon, cut into cubes and fried
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup sliced shiitake mushroom
1 big can evaporated milk
2 x 250 ml all purpose cream
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
parsley for garnishing(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare pasta based on cooking instructions. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic, onion and mushroom then saute for 2-3 minutes.
2. In a same pan, add clams then cover and simmer until shells open.
3. Add the evaporated milk and all purpose cream then bring to boil while keep stirring.
4. Add the grated cheese then keep stirring for about 3-5 minutes or until beginning to thicken.
5. Add fried bacon then adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
6. In a serving plate, arrange pasta then add the sauce on top. Sprinkle with grated cheese and garnish with parsley. Serve!

Blueberry Graham


Ingredients:
2 cups blueberry pie toppings
300 grams graham crackers
2 cans (300ml) condensed milk
2 cans (300ml) all purpose cream

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In bowl, combine all purpose cream and condensed milk. Mix well.

Part 2
1. Prepare a rectangular container.
2. Dip the graham cracker into cold water and arrange a layer at the bottom.
3. Spread a layer of cream mixture.
4. Repeat step 2 and 3 up to 3 layer then spread with blueberry pie toppings.
5. Repeat step 2 and 3 up to final layer then spread with blueberry pie toppings.
6. Store in refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight. Serve cold.

Tip: You may also add fresh blueberry on top.

Calamari Salad


Ingredients:
500 grams squid, clean and cut into rings
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon paprika(optional)
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten
cooking oil for frying
1 pack romaine lettuce (greens)
4 pieces cherry tomatoes, halved
6 pieces pineapple chunk
chopped toasted nuts (optional)
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
chopped cilantro for garnishing

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix well.
2. Add squid and dip in beaten egg, deep-fry for a minute or until golden brown. Do not overcooked. Drain on paper towel and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a serving bowl, arrange lettuce, tomatoes, pineapple and toasted nuts.
2. Combine lime juice, wine vinegar, salt and pepper then drizzle into salad.
3. Top with fried calamari and cilantro. Serve immediately.

Filipino Media Noche Favorite Dishes

Just several days more and we will be welcoming a new year!

There are many interesting superstitions and beliefs for Filipinos during New Year’s Eve and New Years Day. They say these will bring them a prosperous New Year. For example, they say if you want to grow taller, you have to jump twelve time when you get up. On the New Year’s Eve, you have to wear polka dots which signifies coins (for wealth). When the clock strucks 12:00 midnight, make as much noice as you can to drive away bad spirits, thus some uses firecrackers, blow trumpets, rev up their engines, and even use the pots as gongs!

When it comes to “Media Noche”, we also believe in serving 12 kinds of round fruits (some also believe that the seeds should not be black), and of course, different dishes for abundance.

We have listed several dishes that we have featured in FSR so you can easily choose which one you want to serve for your friends and family:

Pasta:
Spaghetti Carbonara

Meaty Spaghetti

Pansit Bihon Canton Guisado

Desserts:
Fruit Salad

Mango Float Graham

Gelatin

Rice Cakes:
Biko(Filipino Sweet Sticky Rice)

Sapin Sapin

Maja Blanca

Pork:
Lechon Baboy (Roasted Pig)

Pork Hamonado Roll

Grilled Pork Belly

Beef:
Baby Back Ribs

Beef Caldereta

Fish/Seafood:
Relyenong Bangus

Breaded Butterfly Shrimp

Garlic Cream Dory

Buttered Shrimp with Garlic

Baked Cream Dory

Chicken:
Pininyahang Manok

Chicken Ham and Cheese Roll

Lechon Baboy (Roast Pig)


Ingredients:
1 whole pig (20 kilos), rinse and inside is clean and empty
10-20 bundles of lemon grass, pounded
500 grams spring onions, pounded
15 pieces bay leaves
1 kilo garlic
1 kilo onion
2-3 cups salt and pepper
evaporated milk (glaze)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Pour boiling water inside pig’s belly. Drain.
2. Rub pig with salt and pepper inside and out.
3. Skewer the pig with a long bamboo.
4. Stuff the pig belly with lemon grass, spring onions, bay leaves, garlic, and onions. Secure with cooking thread.
5. Rub the skin with evaporated milk. This will make the skin red and crispy.

Part 2
1. Roast the pig slowly over hot charcoal then glaze with remaining milk from time to time.
2. Roast for 4-5 hours or until skin is red and crispy, and the meat is tender.

Dinakdakan (Pork Belly)


Ingredients:
3/4 pork belly
1 thumb-sized ginger, chopped
4 medium-sized onions, chopped
4 pieces red chili(siling labuyo), chopped
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon peppercorn
3 pieces bay leaves(laurel)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
salt and ground pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a big cooking pot, place water and bring to a boil.
2. Add pork belly then add peppercorn, bay leaves and salt. Simmer for 30 minutes or until tender. Drain and let it cool for a few minutes.

Part 2
1. Cut the pork belly into grilling size and grill until color turns to brown and crispy.
2. Remove from heat then cut into small slices.

Part 3
1. In a big bowl, put the sliced pork belly with ginger, onions, red chili, ground pepper, vinegar and mayonnaise. Mix well and adjust seasoning with salt according to taste.
2. Serve and enjoy!

Salted Egg and Shrimp


Ingredients:
2 tablespoon butter/margarine
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 kilo shrimp, head removed
1/4 cup white soda(sprite,7up,etc)
1 piece salted egg, sliced
2 pieces tomatoes, minced
Salt and pepper to taste.

Procedures:
1. In a pan over medium heat, put butter and let it melt. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant. Add the shrimps and cook until color turns light orange. Add the soda and let it boil uncovered until it is reduced to 1/2. Put the salted egg and tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally to avoid burning, until the sauce thickens and tomatoes are soft. Season with salt and pepper.

Sinigang na Baka sa Pakwan


Ingredients:
1 kilo beef brisket, cut into serving pieces
2 cups tamarind juice or 1 pack sampaloc mix
1 big-sized onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, julienned
1 regular sized watermelon(pakwan), seeded and sliced into cubes
3 medium-sized taro(gabi), peeled and cut into cubes
1 bundle of string beans(sitaw), cut into 2 inches long
1 bundle of river spinach(kangkong leaves)
3 pieces green pepper(siling haba)
fish sauce and ground pepper to taste
1 1/2 liters water

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a casserole, heat oil then place beef and cook in batches until browned. Remove.

Part 2
1. In same casserole, saute garlic, onion and ginger.
2. Add watermelon slices then cook for 5 minutes.
3. Put back beef then cover and simmer in a low heat for 1 1/2 hours or until beef is tender. Add more water if necessary. (Pressure cooker takes less time.)
4. Add gabi and tamarind juice then simmer for 15 minutes or until tender.
5. Add green pepper and string beans then simmer for another 5 minutes.
6. Adjust seasoning with fish sauce, ground pepper then add kangkong.
7. Turn off the heat then let it sit for 1-2 minutes or until kangkong is cooked.
8. Transfer to serving bowl then serve hot with steamed rice.

Garlic and Parsley Shrimp


Ingredients:
1 kilo shrimps, removed head and shells
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons butter
6 cloves garlic, minced well
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine butter, garlic and parsley then mix until well blended.

Part 2
1. In a nonstick pan, heat oil then stir fry shrimps until color turns to pink.
2. Pour butter mixture, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper then simmer until cook.
3. Transfer to serving plate then serve with fried rice.

Crispy Baby Squid


Ingredients:
500 grams baby squid, separate head from the body
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup flour
1 cup breadcrumbs(optional)
salt and pepper to taste
vegetable oil for frying
1/2 teaspoon paprika(optional)
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon spring onion, minced

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine flour, paprika, chili flakes, spring onion, salt and pepper. Mix well.
2. Add baby squid and deep in beaten egg then coated onto breadcrumbs.

Part 2
1. In a frying pan, heat oil and fry the squid for 1 minute or until golden brown. Do not overcooked.
2. Remove squids and drain on paper towels.
3. Serve with sweet chili sauce.