Sinigang sa Miso (Salmon Head)


Ingredients:
1 kilo salmon head, sliced into serving pieces
3 tablespoons miso paste
6-8 pieces tamarind(sampalok)
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 litre of water or rice washing
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup vinegar
fish sauce, salt and ground pepper to taste
2 bunches mustard greens(mustasa) or pechay
2 small white radish(labanos), peeled and sliced(optional)
3 green chili(siling haba)(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a casserole, arrange salmon then add vinegar. Bring to boil then drain. Set aside.

Part 2
1. boil unripe tamarind until soften then pound and extract the juice. Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a pot, heat oil and saute garlic, onion, ginger and tomatoes.
2. Add miso paste and fish sauce then stir cook for a minute.
3. Pour water then bring to boil. Add tamarind juice then bring to boil.
4. Add salmon then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
5. Adjust seasoning then add vegetables and simmer for 3-5 minutes.
6. Remove from heat then transfer to serving bowl. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Spicy Tahong


Ingredients:
1 kilo mussels, shelled and drained well
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 head garlic, peeled and minced
1 onion, chopped
5 pieces green chili pepper(siling haba), sliced
7 pieces red chili(labuyo)
4 tablespoons cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
1. In a pan, heat olive oil then saute garlic, onion and chili peppers.
2. Add mussels and stir cook for about 3 to 5 minutes.
3. Add tomato sauce and wine then continue to cook for about 4 to 5 minutes. stirring regularly.
4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Transfer to serving plate. Enjoy

Tinapa Spring Rolls


Ingredients:
12 pieces spring roll wrappers
1 raw egg, beaten
vegetable oil for frying

Filling:
1 smoked milkfish(tinapang bangus), flake and discard bones
1 small bunch parsley, finely chopped
2 salted eggs, scoop out and chopped
1 bird’s eye chili(labuyo), chopped
2 tomatoes, discard the seeds and chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 white onion, minced

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large bowl, combine all the filling ingredients then mix well.
2. Place 1 tablespoon of filling in a line shape at the middle of the wrapper.
3. Fold over the bottom edge of the wrapper to the center.
4. Fold the two sides towards the center and roll. Use a bit egg to seal the last edge.
5. Repeat until all wrapped up.

Part 2
1. In a frying pan, heat oil deep enough that spring rolls is half-submerged.
2. When the oil is hot enough, deep fry spring rolls for 5 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
3. Drain on paper towel then serve with spicy vinegar.

Ensaladang Talong


Ingredients:
4 large eggplants(talong)
2 white onions, cubed
4 medium-sized tomatoes, cubed
2 pieces green pepper
2 tablespoons sauteed shrimp paste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Broil eggplants until skin are charred and blister.
2. Let it cool then peel off the skin and remove the crown and the stem.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, mash lightly the eggplants with a fork then add onions, tomatoes and green pepper.
2. Serve with sauteed shrimp paste.

Classic Pancakes


Ingredients:
200 grams all-purpose flour
1/4 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 raw egg, beaten
300 ml evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Serving:
powdered sugar(optional)
maple syrup
vanilla whipped cream

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt. Mix well.
2. In another bowl, combine milk, eggs, vanilla and melted butter.
3. Combine the two mixtures then whisk until well blended.

Part 2
1. Heat a non-stick pan in a low heat, grease using melted butter then scoop and pour 1/3 cup of batter.
2. Swirl the batter then cook for 20 seconds or until almost set. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
3. Repeat the steps for the remaining batter.
4. Transfer the pancakes to serving plates. Sprinkle with powdered sugar then serve with maple syrup and vanilla whipped cream.

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.

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.

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.

Butterfly Squid


Ingredients:
4 pieces Giant Squid
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup flour
2 raw eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
cooking oil
bamboo skewers

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine cornstarch, flour, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper then mix well.
2. Prepare beaten eggs in a separate bowl.

Part 2
1. Clean the squid and remove the skin.
2. slit a long horizontal line on topside then press to flatten.
3. Slice 2 inch apart on both sides of the squid.
4. Skewered each squid then season with salt and pepper.
5. Dredge squid into dry mixture then shake off to remove excess mixture.
6. Dip in beaten eggs and dredge again into dry mixture to coat all sides.
7. Repeat the steps for the remaining squid. Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a pan, heat enough oil then deep fry each squid for a minute or until golden brown.
2. Drain then serve with dipping sauce.