Ampalaya Con Carne with Mushroom


Ingredients:
300 grams pork belly, cut into small pieces
1 medium-sized bitter gourd(ampalaya), cut in half then removing the seeds and sliced crosswise
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, julienned
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon sesame oil(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil, sugar, salt and pepper then mix well.
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 saute garlic, onion and ginger.
2. Add pork then continue sauteing until light brown.
3. Pour 1/2 cup water then simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Add bitter gourd and mushrooms then stir cook for a minute.
5. Add soy sauce mixture, and oyster sauce then simmer for 5 minutes or until tender. Add water if necessary.
6. Adjust seasoning according to taste.
7. Remove from heat then serve with steamed rice.

Stir Cooked Tofu and Spinach


Ingredients:
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)

Procedures:
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.

Sauteed Ampalaya with Chicharon

Ingredients:
1 medium-sized bitter gourd(ampalaya), cut in half then removing the seeds and sliced crosswise
1 cup pork rind(chicharon), crushed
200 grams pork, cut into small pieces
1/2 squash, chopped into 2×1 inch cubes
2 tablespoons shrimp paste(bagoong alamang)
1/2 cup water
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, julienned
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
2. In a 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 saute garlic, onion and ginger.
2. Add pork continue sauteing until light brown.
3. Add shrimp paste and then squash, stir cook for 3 minutes.
4. Add bitter gourd, water then simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Add pork rind then season with sugar, salt and pepper according to taste.
6. Turn off heat then serve with steamed rice.

Tomato and Basil Salad with Crouton


Ingredients:
200 grams croutons
6-8 ripe tomatoes, diced
1 red onions, chopped
1 tablespoon capers
3 tablespoons black olives, sliced
a bunch of fresh basil, torn into pieces

Dressing:
8 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, ground pepper, and sugar. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine croutons, basil, tomatoes, onions, capers and black olives.
2. Pour dressing over the salad then toss before serving.

Spicy French Bean Stir Fry


Ingredients:
1/4 kilo french beans, trimmed
1/4 kilo ground pork
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon dried chopped chili
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
fish sauce, salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic and onion.
2. Add ground pork, fish sauce then stir cook until light brown.
3. Add french beans, oyster sauce, soy sauce and water then simmer for 3-5 minutes.
4. Add chili flakes, salt and pepper according to taste then simmer for another minute.
5. Transfer to serving plate then serve immediately.

Baguio Beans Gising Gising


Ingredients:
450 grams baguio beans, cleaned and chopped thinly
300 grams ground pork
1 cup coconut cream(1st extract)
1 teaspoon sauteed shrimp paste(bagoong alamang)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
salt and pepper to taste
4 pieces red hot chillies(labuyo), sliced into small pieces
1 cup coconut milk(2nd extract) (optional)

Procedures:
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, cumin powder and continue sauteing for a minute or until cooked.
4. Pour coconut milk, simmer until reduced and thick.
5. Pour coconut cream, baguio beans and chopped chili, cook for 3 minutes or until tender and crisp.
6. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper then transfer to serving plate then serve.

Pakbet with Bagnet


Ingredients:
1/4 kilo bagnet, cut into serving pieces
1/2 squash, chopped into 2×1 inch cubes
1 large eggplant, cut in halves and sliced diagonally
1 bunch string beans(sitaw), cut in 2-inch length
6 pieces okra, cut diagonally
1 medium-sized bitter melon(ampalaya), cut in half seeded and slice diagonally
1 bunch winged beans(sigarilyas), sliced
3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 piece onion, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, sliced in strips
3 large tomatoes, diced
4 tablespoons shrimp paste(bagoong alamang)
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, fry bagnet until crispy. Put into a strainer and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a same pan, remove excess oil then saute the garlic, ginger, onion and tomatoes.
2. Add shrimp paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add water then bring to a boil.
3. Add squash and cook for another 3 minutes or until texture becomes soft.
4. Add the rest of the vegetables, then season with salt and pepper. Add water if necessary.
5. Cover and simmer over low heat until vegetables are tender. (Do not overcook the vegetables)
6. Transfer to serving plate then serve with bagnet on top. Share and Enjoy!

Ginataang Laing


Ingredients:
25 pieces taro(gabi) leaves, dried and shredded
1/2 kilo pork, diced
1/4 cup shrimp paste(bagoong alamang)
1 cup 1st extract coconut milk(kakang gata)
2 cups 2nd extract coconut milk(gata)
3 pieces green chili pepper(siling haba), sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 onions, chopped
2 tablespoons ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2-3 pieces red chili(labuyo)
1/4 kilo shrimp, boiled and peeled(optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
1. In a casserole, saute garlic, ginger and onions.
2. Then add the pork, continue sauteing until color turns to light brown.
3. Add in the taro leaves. Pour in the coconut milk(2nd extract) but do not stir. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Add green chili pepper, red chili, shrimp and shrimp paste.
5. Season with salt and pepper then cook for 2 minutes.
6. Add the remaining coconut milk(1st extract) and continue to simmer until oil comes out.
7. Transfer to serving bowl then serve with steamed rice.

Sweet and Sour Cream Dory


Ingredients:
500 grams cream dory fillet, cut into serving pieces
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 cup pineapple chunks
2 onions, quartered
2 tablespoons ginger, julienned
6 cloves garlic, minced
salt to taste
cooking or vegetable oil for frying
1 small carrot, peeled and sliced diagonally(optional)

Coating:
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water

Sweet and Sour Sauce:
1 cup water
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2/3 cup vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch(dissolved in 1/4 cup water)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine the cornstarch, egg, ginger powder, water, salt and fish fillet then stir to coat evenly.
2. Let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature.

Part 2
1. In a frying pan, heat cooking oil and deep fry fish pieces for 3 minutes or until golden brown.
2. Drain on paper towel and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a pan, heat oil and saute ginger, garlic, onion, bell peppers, pineapple chunks and carrots until done. Remove and set aside.

Part 4
1. In a same pan, combine water, sugar, vinegar, pineapple juice, ketchup, soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix well.
2. Let sauce boil over medium heat.
3. When boiling, add dissolved cornstarch and continue stirring until thickens. Adjust seasoning then turn off the heat.
4. Put back fish fillet and veggies then mix.
5. Serve immediately with steamed rice.

Ginisang Sayote with Shrimp


Ingredients:
300 grams shrimps, peeled and deveined
2 pieces chayote(sayote), peeled and cut into small pieces
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, cut into cubes
5 stalks cilatro, chopped
2 1/2 cups water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
fish sauce, salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, heat oil then add shrimps.
2. Season with salt and pepper then cook until starts to turn pink. Remove and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a same pan, saute garlic, onion, cilantro and tomatoes.
2. Add chayote then stir cook for a minute, pour water then cover and bring to boil. Add water if necessary.
3. Season with fish sauce and pepper then simmer for 3-5 minutes or until tender.
4. Put back the shrimps then cook for another minute.
5. Transfer to serving bowl then garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve.