Creamy Chicken Sopas

3 cups uncooked macaroni(elbow or shell)
2 pieces chicken breast
2 cups evaporated milk
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onions, minced
3 pieces hot dogs, sliced
1 medium carrot, sliced into strips
8 cups water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small cabbage, roughly shredded
1 piece chicken bouillon(optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Part 1
1. In a pot, pour water and boil chicken, chicken bouillon and onion until chicken is tender.
2. Remove the chicken and let it cool down. Save the broth.
3. Shred the chicken into small pieces using your fingers. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a large soup pot, heat vegetable oil and saute garlic and onion.
2. Add the sliced hot dogs and the shredded chicken meat and saute for about a minute. Stir constantly.
3. Pour the chicken broth and bring to boil. Add water if needed.
4. Add celery, carrots and macaroni pasta. Simmer until the macaroni is almost done.
5. Add evaporated milk and cabbage and continue stirring until simmering.
6. Season with salt and pepper according to taste.
7. Remove from heat and transfer to serving bowl. Serve hot!

Pakbet with Bagnet

1/4 kilo bagnet, cut into serving pieces
1/2 squash, chopped into 2×1 inch cubes
1 large eggplant, cut in halves and sliced diagonally
1 bunch string beans(sitaw), cut in 2-inch length
6 pieces okra, cut diagonally
1 medium-sized bitter melon(ampalaya), cut in half seeded and slice diagonally
1 bunch winged beans(sigarilyas), sliced
3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 piece onion, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, sliced in strips
3 large tomatoes, diced
4 tablespoons shrimp paste(bagoong alamang)
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

Part 1
1. In a pan, fry bagnet until crispy. Put into a strainer and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a same pan, remove excess oil then saute the garlic, ginger, onion and tomatoes.
2. Add shrimp paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add water then bring to a boil.
3. Add squash and cook for another 3 minutes or until texture becomes soft.
4. Add the rest of the vegetables, then season with salt and pepper. Add water if necessary.
5. Cover and simmer over low heat until vegetables are tender. (Do not overcook the vegetables)
6. Transfer to serving plate then serve with bagnet on top. Share and Enjoy!

Crispy Fried Calamares

500 grams squid, clean and cut into rings
1 lemon, juice
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste
2 raw eggs, beaten
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
vegetable oil for frying

Part 1
1. In a bowl, marinate squid in lemon juice for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine flour, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Mix well.
2. Add squid then dip in beaten eggs. Dredge it with bread crumbs then place on a plate.

Part 3
1. In a frying pan, heat oil and fry the squid for a minute or until golden brown. Do not overcooked.
2. Remove squids and drain on paper towels.
3. Serve with garlic dip or tomato salsa. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

For Garlic Dip:
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fine sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt and white pepper

1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients.

For Fresh Tomato Sauce:
1 cup chopped tomatoes, seeded
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons fine sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons olive oil

1. In a sauce pan, heat olive oil then saute garlic, onions and tomatoes until soften.
2. Add parsley, water, salt and sugar then simmer for 5 minutes.
3. In a blender, transfer tomato mixture then process until smooth.
4. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil then mix well.

Tahong and Chorizo

500 grams fresh mussels(tahong)
1 chorizo sausage, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced
1 thumb-sized ginger, finely sliced
2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
4 cups rice water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fish sauce(patis)
salt and pepper to taste
1 bundle young pepper leaves(dahon ng sili)
1/2 teaspoon saffron

Part 1
1. Wash the mussel thoroughly and drain.
2. Place the mussel in a bowl with water and salt.
3. Cover for several hours or overnight. This will allow the clams to expel sand.

Part 2
1. In a large pot, heat oil then add chorizo. Cook until starts to brown and crisp.
2. Add garlic, onion and ginger then saute for 2 minutes.
3. Add tomatoes then cook until soften.
4. Add mussel and stir fry for 2 minutes.
5. Add rice water and simmer until shells are opened. Add water if necessary.
6. Add fish sauce and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
7. Add young pepper leaves and saffron then turn off the heat.
8. Transfer to serving bowl then serve hot.

Kalderetang Pata ng Baboy

3/4 kilo pork leg (pata), cut into serving pieces
250 grams tomato sauce
1 large onions, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 large potatoes, cubed
2 large carrots, cubed
2 red and green bell peppers, diced
3-4 cups water
1 can (85 grams)liver spread or peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2-3 hot chili(labuyo), chopped(optional)
1/4 cup cheese, grated or cubed(optional)
1 cup soda(7-up or soda)(optional)

Part 1
1. In a pan heat oil and fry potatoes and carrots until golden brown.
2. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pot, heat oil and saute garlic and onions.
2. Add pork leg, continue sauteing until color turns to brown.
3. Add tomato sauce, soda, bay leaves and water then simmer until pork is tender. Add water if necessary.
4. Add carrots, potatoes, bell pepper, liver spread and chili. Simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Adjust seasoning with sugar, salt and pepper according to taste.
6. Add cheese and simmer for another 2 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
7. Transfer to serving plate and serve with steamed rice.

Ginataang Laing

25 pieces taro(gabi) leaves, dried and shredded
1/2 kilo pork, diced
1/4 cup shrimp paste(bagoong alamang)
1 cup 1st extract coconut milk(kakang gata)
2 cups 2nd extract coconut milk(gata)
3 pieces green chili pepper(siling haba), sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 onions, chopped
2 tablespoons ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2-3 pieces red chili(labuyo)
1/4 kilo shrimp, boiled and peeled(optional)
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a casserole, saute garlic, ginger and onions.
2. Then add the pork, continue sauteing until color turns to light brown.
3. Add in the taro leaves. Pour in the coconut milk(2nd extract) but do not stir. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Add green chili pepper, red chili, shrimp and shrimp paste.
5. Season with salt and pepper then cook for 2 minutes.
6. Add the remaining coconut milk(1st extract) and continue to simmer until oil comes out.
7. Transfer to serving bowl then serve with steamed rice.

Tender Braised Beef and Tendon

500 grams beef brisket, cut into serving pieces
500 grams beef tendons, cut into serving pieces
1 thumb-sized ginger, grated
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 small onions, chopped
7 cups beef stock
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 pieces star anise
a bunch of bok choy, trimmed
3 stalks spring onions, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
fish sauce and pepper to taste
1/4 cup cooking wine(optional)

Part 1
1. In a large wok, heat oil then stir fry beef and tendon until brown.
2. Pour cooking wine then toss and let it evaporate.
3. Remove everything from the wok and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a same wok, heat oil then saute ginger, garlic and onion.
2. Pour beef stock, soy sauce, oyster sauce, star anise and sugar then stir and bring to boil.
3. Add tendon then cover and simmer in a low heat for an hour.
4. Add beef then simmer for another hour or until tendon and beef are tender. Add more water if necessary.
5. Adjust seasoning according to taste then add bok choy, spring onions then simmer for a minute.
6. Turn off the heat then transfer to serving bowl. Enjoy!

1. You may add 3 teaspoons of cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup water to thicken the sauce.

Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon, seeds removed, cut into chunks (for 2 cups juice)
Lemons (for 1 cup lemonade)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup water
mint for garnishing (optional)

Part 1 (Syrup)
1. Dissolve sugar in a boiling water. Transfer into glass container and let it cool in an ice bath. Set aside.

Part 2 (watermelon juice)
1. In a blender, puree watermelon until smooth. Transfer into a separate bottle.

Part 3 (lemonade)
1. Squeeze lemons and strain into a pitcher. Add syrup and stir until well blended.

Part 4 (Assembly)
1. In a tall glass, add ice then pour lemonade (half of the glass).
2. Place spoon over the edge then pour slowly the watermelon juice over the spoon.
3. Garnish with mint and serve.

Patatim (Ilokano Style)

1 pork leg(pata), slice into serving pieces.
3 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon peppercorn
6 cloves garlic, pounded
2 onions, chopped
2 cups soda(sprite, 7-up, lemonade or root beer)
5 cups pork broth
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup oyster sauce
2 bay leaves(laurel)
2 pieces star anise (optional)
1/4 cup dried banana blossoms(puso ng saging)
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch(dissolved in 1/2 cup water)
2 bundles steamed bok choy(Pechay)(optional)
cooking oil for frying

Part 1
1. In a pot, place pata then pour enough water to cover the meat.
2. Add salt and peppercorn then bring to boil for 15 minutes. Drain and reserve the broth.

Part 2
1. In a pot, heat oil then fry pork pata until golden brown. Drain.

Part 3
1. In a pot, heat oil and saute garlic and onion.
2. Add fried pata, broth, soda, soy sauce, oyster sauce, bay leaves, banana blossoms, star anise and brown sugar.
3. Simmer over low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until pata is tender. Add water if necessary.(Cook in pressure cooker takes 30 minutes).
4. Add dissolved cornstarch and adjust seasoning according to taste.
5. Continue cooking until the sauce thickens and a few sauce is remaining.
6. Transfer to serving plate then serve with steamed bok choy and rice.

Rigatoni and Meatballs

350 grams rigatoni pasta
18 pieces beef meatballs

1/4 cup tomato paste
1 can(28 oz) crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup basil, finely chopped
1/4 cup red wine
1 beef bouillon
1 tablespoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare the pasta based on cooking instructions. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a frying pan, heat cooking oil and fry meatballs for about 5-10 minutes depending on the size or until color turns to golden brown. Drain and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a sauce pan, heat olive oil on medium heat. Saute onions and garlic.
2. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, basil and parsley then stir to blend.
3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
4. Add red wine, beef bouillon, Parmesan cheese, adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and sugar according to taste.
5. Add meatballs and gently stir then simmer for another 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

Part 4
1. Prepare pasta on pasta tray, add sauce and meatballs, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, garnish with remaining parsley. Serve.