Fresh Lumpia (Lumpiang Sariwa)


Ingredients:
Filling:
1/2 cup ground pork
2 cups carrots, shredded
2 cups cabbage, shredded
2 cups water chestnuts(sayote) or turnips(singkamas), shredded
1 cup baguio beans, shredded(optional)
1 tablespoon onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup ground peanuts
Lettuce leaves
Lumpia wrapper
butter or cooking oil
Salt to taste

Sauce:
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup chicken broth or water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic; minced

Procedures:
Cook the Filling:
1. In a saucepan, heat butter and saute garlic and onion.
2. Add ground pork, simmer until it changes color.
3. Season with soy sauce and sugar.
4. Add vegetables and continue cooking until it is half-done.
5. Adjust seasoning with salt according to taste. Set aside.

How to make the Sauce:
1. In a saucepan, pour chicken broth and bring to boil.
2. Add sugar and soy sauce then mix well.
3. Dilute the cornstarch in water and pour in the saucepan.
4. Boil in a very low fire, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens.
5. Add the garlic. Set aside.

To Wrap the Filling:
1. On top of the lumpia wrapper, place a leaf of lettuce and 3 tablespoons of the mixture.
2. You may roll up folding one end and leaving other open or just roll up and place in the platter.
3. Garnish with sauce and minced peanuts.

Classic Beef Tapa


Ingredients:
500 grams beef sirloin, sliced thinly
3 tablespoons cooking oil

Marinade:
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons lime or calamansi juice
3 tablespoons brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon oyster sauce(optional)
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine beef and marinade. Mix well then cover and marinate overnight inside the fridge.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat vegetable oil.
2. Add marinated beef in a single layer, cook for 3-5 minutes each sides or until color turns to lightly browned and tender.
3. Transfer to serving plate. Serve with mashed potatoes and veggies.

Note: Traditional beef tapa served with fried rice and egg.

Mussels in Ginger Soup


Ingredients:
500 grams fresh mussels(tahong)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, sliced
2 thumb-sized ginger, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 to 6 cups water, add more water if necessary
patis (fish sauce) to taste
ground black pepper to taste
chili leaves(dahon ng sili)

Procedures:
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 pot, heat oil and saute ginger, union and garlic.
2. Pour water then bring to boil. Season with fish sauce and pepper.
3. Add mussels then simmer for another 3 minutes or until shells are opened. Discard shells that did not open.
4. Adjust seasoning according to taste.
5. Add chili leaves and simmer for 2 minutes.
6. Remove from heat then serve.

Steamed Pork Dumplings


Ingredients:
250 grams ground pork
1 cup cabbage, chopped into small pieces
20-25 pieces gyoza or dumpling wrappers
2 tablespoons green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
salt and ground white pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large bowl, combine cabbage and 1/2 teaspoon salt then let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Squeeze the cabbage firmly to discard excess water.
3. In a large bowl, ground pork, combine cabbage, green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and ground white pepper then mix evenly with your hand.

Part 2
1. Scoop a spoonful of mixture then place in the center of wrapper.
2. Moisten the entire edge of wrapper with water then fold in half.
3. Seal and crimp the edges then press against bottom into sheet pan.
4. Repeat the procedures to remaining mixture.

Part 3
1. In a steamer, arrange the pork dumplings lined with cabbage leaves. 2. Cover and steam for 10 minutes.
2. Serve with dipping sauce.

Easy Chicken Teriyaki


Ingredients:
500 grams chicken thighs deboned, skin-on
salt to taste
sesame seeds for garnishing
fresh spring onions, chopped (optional)

Marinade:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Lightly rub chicken thighs with a little salt.
2. In a non-stick pan over medium heat, pan-fry chicken thighs(skin-side down first) until both sides are light brown and tender. The skin should be almost crispy. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl.
2. In a sauce pan over low heat, pour marinade then bring to boil.
3. Add chicken thighs then stir to combine. Simmer until the sauce thickens.
4. In a serving plate, transfer and slice then chicken thighs then drizzle with the sauce. Sprinkle sesame seeds and fresh spring onions.
5. Serve immediately with steamed rice.

Crispy Fish Fillet


Ingredients:
750 grams fish fillets(I used cream dory), cut into serving pieces
1/2 cup flour
2 raw eggs, beaten
1.5 cup breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
cooking oil for frying

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper then mix well. Set aside.
2. Prepare beaten eggs into a separate bowls.
3. Dredge fish fillet into flour mixture then shake off to remove excess flour.
4. Dip in beaten eggs and dredge into breadcrumbs to coat all sides.
5. Repeat the steps for remaining fish fillets. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat enough oil then deep fry each fish fillets for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.
Drain on paper towel and set aside.
2. Transfer fish fillets into serving plate then serve with garlic-mayo dip.

Tuna Pasta in Garlic and Oil


Ingredients:
250 grams spaghetti pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 can (8 oz) spicy tuna flakes in oil
2 tablespoons dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes(optional)
basil leaves for garnishing (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

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 olive oil then saute garlic, dried basil, and chili flakes.
2. Add tuna flakes and oil and stir cook for 3 minutes then season with salt and pepper according to taste
3. Add pasta then toss until coat evenly.
4. Transfer to serving plate, sprinkle with dried basil then serve with garlic bread.

Grilled Chicken, Apple and Almond Salad


Ingredients:
1/4 kilo chicken breasts or fillet
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika
salt and pepper to taste

1 fresh apple, sliced thinly
1/4 cup unsalted roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
lettuce leaves, cut into serving pieces
1/4 grated Parmesan or cheddar cheese (optional)
3/4 cup salad dressing(Dijon, honey mustard or any dressing)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Pound chicken breasts then season with salt, garlic powder, cumin, paprika and ground pepper.
2. Grill for 20 minutes or until cooked.
3. Let it cool then cut into strips. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a large bowl, arrange lettuce then top with sliced apple, almond and grilled chicken.
2. Pour the salad dressing then toss to combine.
3. Sprinkle with grated cheese then serve cold.

Tuna Flakes Nuggets


Photo credit to www.sickchirpse.com

Ingredients:
2 packs of sky flakes, crushed
1 can tuna flakes in vegetable oil, drained and chopped
1 red onion, minced
1 raw egg, beaten
1 tablespoon flour
salt and pepper to taste

Coating (optional):
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 raw egg, beaten

Cooking oil for frying

Procedures:
1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients then mix until well blended.
2. Scoop a tuna mixture, dip in beaten egg then roll in bread crumbs.
3. In a frying pan, heat oil then deep fry the mixture over low heat until golden brown. Drain.
4. Transfer to serving plate then serve with dipping sauce.

Tuna Aglio Olio


Ingredients:
400 grams spaghetti pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 can spicy tuna flakes in oil, drained
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 tablespoons capers
1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes(optional)
basil leaves for garnishing (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

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 1 tablespoon olive oil then saute garlic, dried basil, capers and chili flakes.
2. Add tuna and stir cook for 3 minutes then season with salt and pepper.
3. Add remaining olive oil and pasta then toss until coat evenly.
5. Transfer to serving plate, garnish with basil leaves then serve.