Stir Cooked Tofu and Spinach

300 grams tokwa (firm tofu), cut into cubes
100 grams pork belly, cut into small pieces(optional)
a bunch of water spinach, trimmed
4 tablespoons oyster sauce
1/4 cup water
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
4 tablespoons cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste
a dash of chili flakes(optional)

Part 1
1. In a pan, heat oil then stir fry pork until light brown. Remove and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a same pan, saute garlic and onion.
2. Add tofu then stir cook for 3 minutes. Put back the pork then add oyster sauce, water and chili flakes.
3. Adjust seasoning according to taste then cook for a minute.
4. Add spinach then simmer for another minute. Serve.

Squid Ball Pancit Guisado

500 grams miki noodles
200 grams squid balls, cut into half
100 grams pork belly, slice into small pieces
100 grams pork liver, slice into small pieces
2 pieces carrots, sliced
1 cabbage, chopped
1/4 kilo green beans or snow peas(sitsaro)
1 cup celery(kinchay), sliced
6 gloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
4 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 cups hot water or chicken broth
2 tablespoons cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup spring onions, diced(optional)

Part 1
1. Wash miki noodles in running water. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a wok, heat oil then saute the garlic and onions.
2. Add squid balls, pork liver and pork belly then cooked until color turns to brown.
3. Add oyster sauce and hot water then stir and bring to boil.
4. Add vegetables then stir fry until the vegetables are half-cooked.
5. Add miki noodles then stir and cook for 3 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed.
6. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper according to taste.
7. Transfer to a serving plate then garnish with spring onion. Serve and enjoy.

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.

Kinilaw na Atay ng Baboy

1/2 kilo Pork Liver(atay)
2-3 onions, chopped
4-5 red chili(labuyo), chopped
1/2 cup cane vinegar (sukang iloko)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Rub pork liver with salt then grill brown. Let it cool.
2. Chop into serving pieces then place into bowl.
3. Add onion, chili, vinegar, salt and pepper.
4. Toss and serve together with cold beer.

Marshmallows and Hotdogs

Hotdogs, sliced each side
Marshmallows(assorted color)
Bamboo Skewers

Part 1
1. In a pan, combine water and oil then bring to boil.
2. Add hotdogs then cook for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. Skewered each hotdog then add marshmallow on top.
2. Repeat for the remaining pieces.

Button Mushroom in Coconut Milk

400 grams button mushrooms, whole
1 cup coconut cream
4 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 gloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
parsley or spring onions for garnishing(optional)

1. In a pan, heat oil and saute garlic and mushrooms until lightly browned.
2. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Pour vinegar and simmer for 1 minutes.
4. Add coconut cream and simmer until thicken. Stir constantly.
5. Transfer to serving plate and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

Watermelon Salad

1/2 head green ice Lettuce, remove leaves and tear into serving pieces
2 slices watermelon, cut into cubes
200 grams grilled meat(pork, beef or lamb), cut into small pieces
6 pieces cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons olives(optional)
2 tablespoons capers(optional)
1/2 cup balsamic dressing

1. In a large bowl, arrange lettuce, watermelon, cherry tomatoes, olives and capers.
2. Add grilled meat then drizzle with balsamic dressing. Serve immediately.

Oysters in Adobo Sauce

500 grams fresh oysters(talaba), cleaned and drained
3 tablespoons canola oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
12 pieces peppercorns
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 green chili(siling haba), sliced
salt and pepper to taste

Part 1
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic, onion and peppercorns.
2. Add oysters and vinegar then cook until almost dry and brownish.
3. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a same pan, pour soy sauce and water then bring to boil.
2. Add green chili and simmer until liquid is reduced.
3. Put back the oysters then adjust seasoning according to taste.
4. Simmer for a minute then turn off the heat. Serve with steamed rice.

Ginataang Kuhol with Sitaw at Kalabasa

Filipino Style Recipe: Ginataang kuhol or suso(snail with coconut milk) is an exotic dish that you will find surprisingly delicious. Snails cooked in coconut milk that you will enjoy the richness flavor together with vegetables. You can try this dish if your looking for a mouth-watering recipe that will surely agree to your taste.

1 kilo snails(kuhol or suso)
1 kilo shredded coconut
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced
1 thumb-sized ginger, cut into strips
2 pieces green chilli(siling haba)
1 bunch string beans(sitaw), cut in 2-inch length
1/2 squash, chopped into 2×1 inch cubes
salt and pepper to taste

Part 1
1. To clean the snails, place the snails in a bowl with water and salt. set aside for a few hours.
2. Rub the shells in water to remove the residues and crack a small opening on the end of the snail.

Part 2
1. Place the shredded coconut in a mixing bowl and pour in 2 cups of hot water.
2. Separate the milk from the shredded coconut by squeezing from the mixture(Use a strainer or a clean cloth). Place in a bowl and set aside.(1st extract)
3. Repeat the procedure, place the milk(2nd extract) to another bowl.

Part 3
1. In a casserole, heat oil then saute garlic, onion and ginger.
2. Pour the coconut milk(2nd extract) then bring to boil over medium heat.
3. Add in the snails and bring to a boil once more until it almost absorbed.
4. Add the vegetables and green chili.
5. Add the coconut milk(1st extract) and bring to boil. Season with salt and pepper according to taste.
6. Continue cooking until the vegetables are tender but not overcooked.
7. Remove from heat. Serve hot. Enjoy!

1. In taking out the snail’s content from the shell, you can use a fork or a toothpick.

Baked Bacon Oysters

Filipino Style Recipe: Baked Bacon Oysters is another easy and simple dish made of fresh oysters, steamed until the shells open then baked together with bacon and cheese.

24 fresh oysters
8 bacon strips
1 tablespoons chopped parsley
100 grams cheddar or mozzarella cheese

Part 1
1. In a pan, cook bacon over medium heat until shrunk but not crisp. Drain on paper towel.
2. Chop bacon into pieces and tidbits. Set aside.

Part 2
1. Rinse and brush oysters to remove dirt.
2. Steam oysters for 3-5 minutes or until shells open.
3. Remove top shells using a knife.

Part 3
1. Arrange oysters in a baking pan, add bacon tidbits then cover each oyster with cheese.
2. Bake in a preheated oven over 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is melted.
3. Transfer to serving plate, top with bacon pieces then sprinkle with parsley.
4. Serve immediately.