Filipino Media Noche Favorite Dishes

Just several days more and we will be welcoming a new year!

There are many interesting superstitions and beliefs for Filipinos during New Year’s Eve and New Years Day. They say these will bring them a prosperous New Year. For example, they say if you want to grow taller, you have to jump twelve time when you get up. On the New Year’s Eve, you have to wear polka dots which signifies coins (for wealth). When the clock strucks 12:00 midnight, make as much noice as you can to drive away bad spirits, thus some uses firecrackers, blow trumpets, rev up their engines, and even use the pots as gongs!

When it comes to “Media Noche”, we also believe in serving 12 kinds of round fruits (some also believe that the seeds should not be black), and of course, different dishes for abundance.

We have listed several dishes that we have featured in FSR so you can easily choose which one you want to serve for your friends and family:

Pasta:
Spaghetti Carbonara

Meaty Spaghetti

Pansit Bihon Canton Guisado

Desserts:
Fruit Salad

Mango Float Graham

Gelatin

Rice Cakes:
Biko(Filipino Sweet Sticky Rice)

Sapin Sapin

Maja Blanca

Pork:
Lechon Baboy (Roasted Pig)

Pork Hamonado Roll

Grilled Pork Belly

Beef:
Baby Back Ribs

Beef Caldereta

Fish/Seafood:
Relyenong Bangus

Breaded Butterfly Shrimp

Garlic Cream Dory

Buttered Shrimp with Garlic

Baked Cream Dory

Chicken:
Pininyahang Manok

Chicken Ham and Cheese Roll

Baked Stuffed Squid

Ingredients:
3-4 pieces medium-sized squid, cleaned
2-3 cups cooked rice
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
300 grams beef sirloin, slice thinly into small pieces
1 white onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup tomato puree
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste

Marinade:
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, marinate beef for 30 minutes. Set aside.

Part 2
1.In a pan, heat oil then stir cook beef over high heat for 3 minutes.
2. Add cooked rice and parsley then mix until well blended.
3. Season with salt and pepper according to taste. Let it cool.

Part 3
1. In a separate pan, heat oil then saute onion, bell pepper and tomato puree for 3 minutes. Set aside.

Part 4
1. Stuff squid with rice mixture then insert the head. Close opening with toothpick.
2. In a baking pan, place squid in a single layer then pour over the sauteed tomato puree. Cover with aluminum foil.

Part 5
1. Bake in a preheated oven over 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
2. Remove foil then bake uncovered for another 30 minutes or until tender.
3. Transfer into serving plate then cut into rings.

Smoked Salmon Nigiri

Filipino Style Recipe: Smoked Salmon Nigiri is one of the most common type of sushi. Nigiri is consist of a piece of raw salmon layered on top of a small roll of rice.

Ingredients:
1 smoked salmon fillet, slice into serving pieces
Wasabi (spicy Japanese paste)

Rice:
Sushi Rice
sugar and salt
rice vinegar(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Cook sushi rice with a little salt added.
2. Dissolve sugar into a rice vinegar.
3. When the rice has cooked, add the dissolved sugar and mix thoroughly. The rice will now become even more sticky and clumpy.
4. Let it cool and set aside.

Part 2
1. Moisten your hands with water, scoop 2 tablespoons of rice then roll and squeeze until it firm shape.
2. Grease one side of fish slice with small amount of wasabi.
3. Place on the rice with wasabi side on the rice.
4. Serve with dipping sauce.

California Maki

Filipino Style Recipe: California Maki is the most common type of sushi. Sushi is generally made with either nori(seaweed sheets), rice and can be filled with any desire ingredients inside the roll.

Ingredients:
1 Nori sheet(Dried Seaweed Sheet)
6 crab sticks
1 large mango, sliced
1 small cucumber, sliced
Masago (Capelin roe)
Mayonnaise

Rice:
Sushi Rice
sugar and salt
rice vinegar(optional)

Sauce:
Soy Sauce
Wasabi

Utensils:
Bamboo rolling Mat
Sharp knife

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Cook sushi rice with a little salt added.
2. Dissolve sugar into a rice vinegar.
3. When the rice has cooked, add the dissolved sugar and mix thoroughly. The rice will now become even more sticky and clumpy.
4. Let it cool and set aside.

Part 2
1. Wrap bamboo rolling mat with plastic wrap, this is to prevent rice from sticking to the mat.
2. Place 1 sheet of nori into the bamboo rolling mat.
3. Cover the nori of rice about 5/6 of the way up, just enough to cover the nori.
4. Sprinkle with Masago evenly over the top of rice then flip facing down.
5. Add a row of fruit and meat on a small portion on one side of the sheet.
6. Add a little mayonnaise over the fillings to hold meat together.
7. Then roll the nori sheet. Add enough pressure on the bamboo mat to make sure sushi is firm. Don’t include the bamboo mat when you roll the nori sheet.

Part 3
1. Place the roll on a cutting board. Then slice 1-inch interval using a wet sharp knife.
2. Transfer into serving plate then serve with mayonnaise or dipping sauce.

Baked Cheesy Chicken Rice Mixed

Filipino Style Recipe: Baked Cheesy Chicken Rice Mixed is another easy and simple yet delicious complete meal. It is mainly made up of leftover rice, chicken and veggies mixed together and cooked in margarine. Topped with Cheese then bake until cheese is melted.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 40-50 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

Ingredients:
3 cups cooked or leftover rice
1 cup chicken fillet, cut into serving pieces
2/3 cup broccoli florets, steamed
2/3 cup cauliflower, steamed
1/2 carrot, cut into cubes and steamed
76 grams baby corn, cut into serving pieces and steamed
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons margarine
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
Mozarella or QuickMelt cheese for toppings
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
salt and ground pepper to taste

Marinade:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon peppercorn

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine chicken, soy sauce, sugar, peppercorns then marinate for 30 minutes. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil then fry marinated chicken over low heat for 3 minutes or until light brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a pan, melt margarine then saute garlic until light brown.
2. Add cooked rice then toss until well coated.
3. Add chicken, veggies and Parmesan cheese then toss. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
4. Seasoned with salt and pepper according to taste.

Part 3
1. In a baking pan, lined with aluminum foil.Transfer the rice mixtures then spread evenly.
2. Top with grated Mozarella cheese then bake in a preheated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
3. Transfer to serving plate then serve immediately.

Easy Fried Rice

Filipino Style Recipe: Easy fried rice is a simple way to cook left-over rice. This dish is commonly served during breakfast together with other dish. Fried rice is made up of leftover rice stir fried with shrimps, scrambled eggs, sausages, peas, carrots and other vegetables.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 10-12 minutes
Good for 6-7 servings

Ingredients:
6 cups cooked rice(preferably leftover)
1 cup Chinese sausages, sliced
200 grams prawns, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup sweet peas
1/2 cup carrot, diced
2 raw eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons soy sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 stalks green onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons sesame oil

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In the pan, heat oil then stir fry sausages for a minute.
2. Add garlic, green onion and carrots then saute for another minute.
3. Add shrimps and sweet peas then stir cook for another minute.
4. Add cooked rice and soy sauce then mix until rice is well coated.
5. Pour beaten egg then continue stirring until the egg is cooked.
6. Season with salt and pepper according to taste.
7. Transfer to serving plate and garnish with chopped spring onions.

Adobo Fried Rice

Filipino Style Recipe: Adobo fried rice is another easy and simple rice dish. It’s another way to recycle leftover chicken or pork adobo. The dish is made up of leftover rice stir fried together with adobo and other seasonings. This can be serve during breakfast together with your favorite dish and soup.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 20-30 minutes
Good for 4-5 servings

Ingredients:
5 cups left-over rice, leftover
1 cup left-over chicken or pork adobo, shredded or cut into small pieces
1 head garlic, slice thinly
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon adobo oil or cooking oil

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, heat oil then stir fry garlic until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
2. In a same pan, put adobo then stir cook for 3 minutes.
3. Add cooked rice then cook for 10 minutes. Toss occasionally.
4. Add fried garlic then season with salt and pepper. Cook for another minute.
5. Transfer to serving plate then serve.

Suman sa Ibos

Filipino Style Recipe: Suman sa ibos is a popular Filipino delicacy made from glutinous rice, coconut milk and salt then wrap in buri leaves. Cook in a boiling water until done then serve with latik sauce.

Estimated time of preparation: 30 minutes(plus soaking time)
Estimated time of cooking: 1-2 hours

Ingredients:
3 cups glutinous rice (malagkit)
2 cups coconut milk
1 tablespoon salt
young coconut or buri leaves for wrapping

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large bowl, place glutinous rice, coconut milk and salt then leave it for at least 20 minutes or until the rice absorb the coconut milk. Set aside.

Part2 (To make a buri wrapper)
1. Fold the end of buri leaf by half inch then fold the bottom edge into a triangle.
2. Swirl the buri leaf in an overlapping manner to make a tube then lock to prevent from swirling back.
3. Scoop the mixture into mold then seal then end with toothpick and tie with buri strips. Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a big pot, arrange the pieces then pour enough water to cover the wrapped rice mixture.
2. Bring to boil in a low heat for at least 1 1/2 hours or until done.
3. Remove from the pot then let it cool.
4. Unwrap then transfer to serving plate. Serve with latik.

Pandan Suman

Filipino Style Recipe: Pandan Suman is another variety of Filipino delicacy from glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves together with sugar, salt, coconut cream and pandan extract. This delicacy is cook in a boiling water for 2 hours then serve with your favorite dip.

Estimated time of preparation: 40 minutes(plus soaking time)
Estimated time of cooking: 2-2.5 hours

Ingredients:
4 cups glutinous rice(malagkit)
2 cups white sugar
a dash of salt
1 teaspoon Pandan extract
2 tablespoon coconut cream
banana leaves, cleaned and cut into bigger sized
cotton strings or any food-safe string

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, place glutinous rice and water then soak for at least 3 hours.
2. Singe the banana leaves into flames for a few seconds but do not burn. Let it cool then wipe with clean cloth.

Part 2
1. Wash and rinse the glutinous rice then drain excess water.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine glutinous rice, sugar, salt, pandan flavoring and coconut cream then mix until well combined.
3. Arrange 2 pieces banana leaf on a flat surface then scoop 3-4 tablespoons of rice mixture, fold the leaf to wrap the rice mixture.
4. Grab 2 pieces of wrapped rice mixture then tie with folded sides together using cotton string.

Part 3
1. In a big pot, arrange the pieces then pour enough water to cover the wrapped rice mixture.
2. Bring to boil in a low heat for at least 2 hours or until done.
3. Unwrap then transfer to serving plate. Serve with your favorite dip.

Bacon Fried Rice

Filipino Style Recipe: Bacon fried rice is another easy and simple rice dish. It is mainly made up of cooked rice stir fried together with bacon, green peas and other spicy seasonings. This can be serve during breakfast together with your favorite dish and soup.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 20-30 minutes
Good for 3-4 servings

Ingredients:
3 cups cooked rice, leftover
150 grams cured bacon
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 white onion, chopped
2 tablespoons spring onions
2 tablespoons green peas
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 pieces raw eggs, beaten
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In the pan, heat oil then fry bacon over medium heat until crisp.
2. Drain on paper towel then cut into small pieces. Set aside.
3. Reduce and reserve the excess oil. Leave at least 2 tablespoons oil in the pan.

Part 2
1. In a same pan, saute garlic, onion and green peas for 2 minutes.
2. Add cooked rice and 2 tablespoons reserved oil then stir cook for 3 minutes. Add eggs then set for a minute.
3. Add 1 tablespoon spring onions then stir, scramble and break them into small pieces.
4. Add bacon then season with salt and pepper according to taste.
5. Transfer to serving plate then serve with other dish. Enjoy!