Sinigang na Bangus Belly


Ingredients:
3/4 kilo bangus belly, cut into serving pieces
6 tamarind(sampaloc) or 1 pack(22grams) sampaloc mix
8 cups water or rice washing
3 pieces tomatoes, quartered
1 onion, chopped
1 medium-sized white radish(labanos), peeled and sliced
4-5 pieces okra, cut diagonally
2 pieces green pepper(siling haba)
1 bundle kangkong leaves or sweet potato leaves
Salt or Fish Sauce(patis) to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pot, pour water and add onion and tomatoes. Bring to boil.
2. Add bangus belly, cook and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Add tamarind juice or sampaloc mix, bring to boil.
4. Add vegetables then simmer for 5 minutes. Add kangkong leaves.
5. Season with salt or fish sauce according to taste.
6. Serve hot.

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.

Chicken Arroz Caldo


Ingredients:
4 pieces chicken thighs or drumsticks
2 cups sticky rice(malagkit), uncooked
5 cups water or chicken stock
1 thumb-sized ginger, cut into strips
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fish sauce(patis)
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 chicken broth cube(optional)
safflower(kasubha)(optional)
spring onions for garnishing(optional)
4 pieces eggs, hard-boiled(optional)
toasted garlic, chopped(optional)
calamansi or lemon juice(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, heat oil and saute garlic, onion and ginger.
2. Add chicken, chicken broth cubes, pepper and fish sauce.
3. Cook until chicken is tender and color turns to golden brown.
4. Transfer everything into a large bowl then set aside.

Part 2
1. In a same pan, Add rice then saute for 2 minutes.
2. Pour water then cover and simmer while stirring occasionally until the rice is cooked. Add water if necessary.
3. Adjust seasoning according to taste then simmer for a few minutes.
4. Transfer to serving bowl then add hard-boiled eggs and chicken.
5. Sprinkle with safflower, toasted garlic and spring onions then serve with calamansi.

Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs


Ingredients:
1 kilo pork ribs, cut into serving pieces
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
2 green chili peppers(siling haba), sliced
1 red chili pepper, chopped
salt and grind pepper
cooking oil for frying

Marinade:
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
2 tablespoons rice wine

Coating:
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, grind
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large bowl, combine marinade then add ribs, marinate for 2 hours inside the fridge.
2. Add coating then toss until well coated.

Part 2
1. In a deep cooking pot, heat oil then deep fry ribs for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and drain.

Part 3
1.In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic, onion, and chili over low heat. 2. Add fried ribs the toss to combined. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper according to taste. Remove from heat and serve.

Sweet Sticky Rice


Ingredients:
2 cups sticky rice(malagkit)
4 cups coconut milk(gata)
2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups water

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a cooking pot, boil sticky rice and water and cook until the rice is done and almost dry. Set aside.
Part 2
1. In a big wok, boil the coconut milk in low heat, stir occasionally until most of the liquid evaporates and the oil separating from the milk. Continue stirring until brownish residues are formed. Drain the brownish residues and set aside. This will serve as toppings(latik) for biko.
Part 3
1. Then dilute brown sugar in the remaining oil, keep stirring until the texture becomes thick.
2. Add the cooked sticky rice in the mixture then mix well, continue cooking until all the liquid evaporates but do not overcook. Remove from heat.
3. Transfer the cooked biko in a serving plate then flatten the surface.
4. Spread the toppings over the surface and slice into serving pieces. Enjoy!

Adobong Manok


Ingredients:
500 grams chicken, cut into serving pieces
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup vinegar
3 gloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon peppercorns
3 pieces bay leaves(laurel)
1 tablespoon sugar
salt to taste
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 cup water

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pot, combine chicken, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns and soy sauce. Marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
2. Drain garlic and chicken then reserve the sauce. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a sauce pan, heat oil and fry marinated chicken for 3 minutes or until golden brown.
2. Pour marinade and add water. Simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken is tender. Add more water if necessary.
3. Pour vinegar and simmer for another 5 minutes then season with salt and sugar according to taste.
4. Remove from heat then transfer to serving bowl. Serve with steamed rice.

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.

Ampalaya Con Carne with Egg


Ingredients:
300 grams beef sirloin, cut into thin strips
1 medium-sized bitter gourd(ampalaya), cut in half then removing the seeds and sliced crosswise
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespooon oyster sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, julienned
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 pieces eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon sesame oil(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine beef, soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil, sugar, salt and pepper then marinate for an hour.
2. In a separate bowl, combine bitter gourd, 1/4 cup salt and enough water then soak for 15 minutes. Rinse, drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil then stir fry marinated beef for 5 minutes. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a same pan, saute garlic, onion and ginger.
2. Add bitter gourd, water and oyster sauce then simmer for 5 minutes or until tender.
3. Put back beef then season with salt and pepper to according to taste.
4. Add beaten eggs then stir cook until eggs are firm.
5. Turn off heat then serve with steamed rice.

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.

Chop Suey


Ingredients:
1/4 kilo pork, cut into small cubes
1/4 kilo chicken liver and gizzard, sliced to small pieces(optional)
1/4 kilo shrimp, boiled and peeled
1 dozen quail eggs, boiled and shelled
12 pieces baby corn, sliced diagonally in half
100 grams snow peas(sitsaro)
1 piece medium carrot, sliced thinly
1/4 kilo cabbage, chopped 1 1/2″ squares
1/4 kilo broccoli or cauliflower, break into flowerettes
2-3 stalks leeks(kutsay), chopped 2″ long(optional)
2-3 stalks celery(kinchay), chopped 1″ long
1 piece red bell pepper, cut in strips
1 piece green bell pepper. cut in strips
2 to 3 tablespoons corn oil or vegetable oil
5 cloves garlic, diced
1 medium onion, minced
2 cups meat broth(Pork or Chicken stock)
1 teaspoon soy sauce or fish sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
3 teaspoons sesame seed oil(optional)
2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in 1/4 cup of water
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper, as needed

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Simmer pork and remove scum that rises to the surface. Save the broth and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, saute the garlic and onion.
2. Add the pork, chicken liver and gizzard.
3. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
4. Continue sauteing until pork and chicken giblets is slightly brown.
5. Add 1 cup meat broth, simmer for 15 minutes or pork and chicken giblets are cooked.

Part 3
While waiting, prepare the sauce:
1. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame seed oil, cornstarch and sugar.
2. Add the remaining cup of meat broth and dissolve the cornstarch.

Part 4
1. When the pork and chicken giblets is tender, add the shrimp and quail eggs.
2. Add the carrot, baby corn and then all the vegetables.
3. Add the sauce, stirring until it thickens.
4. Cook for about 10 minutes or until vegetables are done.
5. Add salt and pepper according to taste.
6. Serve hot with rice.