Crispy Fried Calamares (Calamari)

1 kilogram fresh squid, clean and cut into rings
3-4 large eggs, beaten
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups vegetable oil for frying

Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well.
2. Add squid and dip 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 dip.

Crab and Corn Soup

1 cup fresh crab meat
1 cup cream-style corn
1 egg, beaten
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 seafood bouillon cube
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups water
2 tablespoons fish sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley (optional)
3 tablespoons chopped green onions (optional)

Part 1
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute onion and garlic until lightly browned.
2. Pour water then add corn and seafood bouillon then bring to boil.
3. Add beaten egg while stirring.
4. Add crabmeat, parsley and green onions then season with fish sauce, salt and pepper according to taste.
5. Simmer for another minute then transfer to serving plate. Serve

Crispy Garlic Shrimp

1 kilo large shrimps, cleaned
1/2 cup butter
12 medium cloves garlic, pounded and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 raw egg, beaten
1/2 cup cornstarch
3 cups vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste

Part 1
1. In a wok, melt the butter in a low heat.
2. Pour 2 tablespoons oil then saute garlic, onion, and bell pepper for 5 minutes. Transfer to large bowl.

Part 2.
1. Clean the wok with paper towel.
2. Pour remaining oil then heat over medium heat.
3. Meanwhile, In a bowl, combine egg and cornstarch.
4. Add shrimp and toss until well coated.
5. Drop each shrimp into hot oil then cook 2-3 minutes or until crisp.
6. Drain to paper towel then transfer to garlic-butter mixture.
7. Season with salt and pepper then toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Baked Tahong

1 kilo tahong (mussels)
1 thumb-sized ginger
2 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup quickmelt cheese, grated

Part 1
1. In a pan, place ginger and mussels with enough water. Bring to boil until the shells open.
2. Drain then remove the top shell. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, melt butter and saute the garlic for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
2. Brush mussels with butter-garlic mixture then top with grated cheese.

Part 3
1. In a baking pan lined with aluminum foil then arrange then mussels
2. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until cheese in is bubbly.
3. Remove from the oven then transfer to serving plate.

Crispy Crablets

1 kilo crablets
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 raw eggs
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons ground pepper
cooking oil for frying

Part 1
1. Wash and clean the crablets and remove the top shells.
2. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Part 2
1. Heat a wok then pour-in cooking oil.
2. In a bowl, mix flour, cornstarch and eggs until well combined.
3. Dip each crablets into mixture to coat evenly.
4. Deep fry the crablets until becomes golden brown and crispy.
5. Drain on paper towel then transfer to serving plate. Serve with spciy vinegar.

Easy Dinakdakan

3/4 kilo hog head(cheek, nose and ear), cut into 2-3 pieces
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

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 hog head 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!

Shrimps and Scallops Pasta

400 grams spaghetti pasta
250 grams shrimps, peeled, tail intact and deveined
16 units of scallops
8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 large tomato, seeded, diced
1 large onion, diced
4 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

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

Part 2
1. In a nonstick pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil then stir fry shrimps and scallops until color turns to pink. Remove from the pan and set aside

Part 3
1. In a same pan, saute garlic, onion, tomato and parsley then saute for a minute.
2. Put back 2/3 of shrimps and scallops then season with salt and pepper.
3. Add remaining olive oil and pasta then toss until coat evenly.
4. Transfer to serving plate, top with remaining shrimps and scallops then serve.

Beef and Enoki Mushrooms

500 grams beef sirloin, cut into thin strips
200 grams enoki mushrooms
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, grated
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine beef, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt and ground pepper. Mix well and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a sauce pan, heat cooking oil then saute garlic, onion and ginger.
2. Add enoki mushrooms then stir fry for 5 minutes.
3. Add beef and marinade then stir cook for another 5 minutes.
4. Adjust seasoning according to taste. Add a little water if necessary.
5. Remove from heat then served with steamed rice.

Pan-Fried Chicken Gyoza

gyoza or dumpling wrappers
beansprouts (optional)
250 grams ground chicken lean
4 cups cabbage, chopped into small pieces
2 tablespoons green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
salt and ground white pepper to taste
ground white pepper

Dipping Sauce:
2/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili

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, combine ground chicken, 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 pan, heat 1 teaspoon oil then arrange dumplings in it flat side facing down.
2. Cook the bottom for a few minutes until light browned.
3. Slowly pour hot water until half submerged. Cover and cook until the water has evaporated.
4. Transfer the Gyoza into sizzling plate together with beansprouts. Serve with dipping sauce.

Spicy String Beans in Coconut Cream

1 1/2 bunch string beans(sitaw), cleaned and chopped into serving pieces
4 pieces long green chili(siling pangsigang), sliced diagonally
4 pieces red hot chillies(labuyo), sliced into small pieces
300 grams pork, cut into small pieces
1 cup coconut cream(1st extract)
1 cup coconut milk(2nd extract) (optional)
1 teaspoon sauteed shrimp paste(bagoong alamang)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a saucepan, cook pork meat until color turns to light brown and start to render oil.
2. Add garlic and onion then saute until translucent.
3. Add shrimp paste and continue sauteing for a minute or until cooked.
4. Pour coconut milk, simmer until reduced and thick.
5. Pour coconut cream, string beans, green and red chilies, cook for 3 minutes or until tender and crisp.
6. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper then transfer to serving plate then serve.