Caramel French Toast

Filipino Style Recipe: Caramel French Toast is a popular breakfast meal that consisting of sliced bread soak in eggs-milk mixture then coated with sugar. Toast with butter over a low heat then serve with caramel syrup.

8 slices bread
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder(optional)
a dash of salt
2/3 cup brown sugar
unsalted butter
powdered or confectioner’s sugar(optional)
caramel syrup

Part 1
1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, cinnamon, salt then mix until well blended
2. Soak the sliced bread for a few seconds into mixture one at a time then gently turn to coat the other side.
3. Coat with brown sugar.
Part 2
1. In a frying pan, melt 1 teaspoon butter over low heat.
2. Toast each bread until bottom turns to golden brown then turn the bread over and do the same way.
3. Repeat the procedures for remaining slices.

Part 3
1. Transfer toasted bread to serving plate, then dust with confectioners’ sugar.
2. Serve immediately with caramel syrup together with hot coffee.

Fish Fillet Ala Pobre with Tomato-Mango Salsa

Filipino Style Recipe: Fish fillet ala pobre with tomato-mango salsa is an easy and simple dish made of fried fish fillet topped with fried garlic and tomato-mango mixture. I got this idea from one of the morning show when a popular catering Chef executed on how to make this dish.

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

4 pieces fish fillet (tilapia, salmon, snapper)
1 head garlic, grind
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
canola oil for frying

Tomato-Mango Salsa:
4 pieces tomatoes(kamatis), cut into small pieces
1 medium-sized green mango(mangga), cut into small pieces
1 onion, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

1 tablespoon tomato sauce(optional)
1 green bell pepper, cut into small pieces(optional)
1 tablespoon chopped parsley(optional)

1. Season fish fillet with salt and pepper then fry until light brown.
2. Drain on paper towel then transfer to serving plate.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine tomato-mango salsa ingredients then stir well. Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a same pan, reduce oil then saute garlic until light brown.
2. Add butter and soy sauce then stir until butter is melted.
3. Pour the sauce over fish fillet then serve with tomato-mango salsa.

Spicy Shrimp in Coconut Milk and Cilantro

Filipino Style Recipe: Spicy shrimp in coconut milk and cilantro is another quick yet tasty and creamy shrimp stew. The shrimps are cook in a blend of coconut milk, red bell pepper, chili, tomatoes, and cilantro.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 20 minutes
Good for 2-3 persons

12 pieces jumbo shrimps, peeled and deveined
1 1/2 cup coconut milk
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 red bell pepper, sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 cup cilantro(kinchay)
2 pieces red chili(labuyo), chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon chili sauce(optional)

1. In a pot, heat olive oil then saute red bell pepper until soft.
2. Add garlic, cilantro, chili and tomatoes then continue sauteing for a minute.
3. Add coconut milk, chili sauce, salt and pepper then cover and simmer for 5 minutes in low heat.
4. Add shrimp and lime juice then cook for another 3 minutes.
5. Adjust seasoning according to taste and continue cooking until sauce is thicken.
6. Transfer to serving bowl and sprinkle with remaining cilantro. Serve and enjoy!

Spicy Fish Fillet with Tomatoes and Olives

Filipino Style Recipe: spicy fish fillet with tomatoes and olives is another low-carbohydrate dish. It is usually consists of fish fillets fried and cooked with tomatoes, olives, onions, garlic and peppers.

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

4 pieces fish fillet(tilapia, salmon, red snapper)
2 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup black olives, chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced(optional)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons paprika
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Part 1
1. In a bowl, season fillets with paprika, salt and pepper.
2. In a frying pan, heat olive oil and fry fillet for 2 minutes.

Part 2
1. In a saucepan, heat olive oil and saute onion and garlic.
2. Add the tomatoes, bell pepper, chili flakes, salt and pepper then simmer for 3 minutes or until soft. add a little water if necessary.
2. Place the fish fillets, cover and cook for another minutes.
3. Transfer salmon fillets to serving plate with the sauce.
4. Serve hot.

Pasta in Shrimp and Lemon Sauce


Filipino Style Recipe: angel hair pasta in shrimp and lemon sauce is another simple and low-carbohydrate dish. It is usually consist of pasta and a combination of cream, shrimp and lemon juice.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 15-20 minutes
Good for 4-6 persons

350 grams pasta(I prefer angel hair)
500 grams medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
3/4 cup whip cream
1/4 cup chicken stock or water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper
1/2 cup parsley(kinchay),chopped(optional)
1/4 cup spring onions, chopped(optional)
zest of a lemon(optional)

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

Part 2
1. In a sauce pan, pour the chicken stock, cream and lemon juice and simmer in a low heat for 5 minutes.
2. Add shrimp, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until the shrimp is done. Add water if needed.
3. Add parsley and green onions and cook for another minute.
4. Adjust seasoning according to taste.

Part 3
1. In a serving bowl, put the pasta and pour the sauce.
2. Add lemon zest and Parmesan cheese. Mix well and serve.

Creamy Chicken with Mushrooms


Filipino Style Recipe: Craving for something creamy today? This recipe is perfect for you. Serve this creamy chicken with mushrooms over hot cooked rice, biscuits, or toast for a delicious lunch or light supper.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 15 minutes

Good for 4 servings

2 cups chicken, cooked and cut into cubed
1 cup sliced mushrooms
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons corn flour
1-1/2 cups chicken stock
1 egg yolk, beaten
2 tablespoons light cream
salt and pepper to taste

Step 1
1. In a medium saucepan, heat butter and saute sliced mushrooms until browned.
2. Pour in flour mixture, cubed chicken and chicken stock. Stir and simmer for 8 minutes.
3. Adjust seasoning according to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 2
1. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolk, cream and add 1/3 cup of chicken stock, mix well.
2. Pour in the saucepan, stir until hot and bubbly.
3. Remove from heat and transfer to serving plate, sprinkle with dried oregano if desired.
4. Serve hot with rice or bread.

Ginataang Hito


Filipino style recipe: Ginataang hito or catfish in coconut cream recipe is another simple and easy recipe. Usually the catfish cooked in coconut milk, vinegar and other seasonings for 10 minutes.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 10 minutes
Good for 4 servings

1 whole catfish(hito), cleaned and cut into 2 inches
3/4 cup coconut vinegar
3 tsps. annatto powder(achuete),(optional)
1 can coconut milk(gata)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fish sauce(patis)
3 pieces bay leaves(laurel)
4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
2 red onions, chopped
3 tablespoos ginger, chopped
1 tablespoon black pepper corns
salt and pepper to taste
1 stalk fresh spring onions, chopped(optional)
3 pieces red hot chili peppers(optional)

Part 1
1. In a large pot, arrange garlic, onions and ginger at the bottom.
2. Arrange sliced catfish then pour vinegar, coconut milk, olive oil and fish sauce.
3. Sprinkle annatto powder, pepper corns and add bay leaves.

Part 2
1. Cook in medium heat until sauce thickens. Carefully turn each side of fish after the sauce started boiling.
2. Season salt and pepper to taste then add hot chili peppers when it is about to finish cooking.
3. Transfer in serving plate and garnish with spring onions.
4. Serve hot with rice. Enjoy

Ginisang Togue

Filipino style recipe: ginisang togue or sauteed sprouted mung beans recipe is a healthy yet affordable dish. Normally the sprouted mung beans sauteed with fried pork, tofu shrimp, green beans and carrots.

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

1/2 kilo sprouted mung beans(toge)
1/2 cup fried tofu(tokwa), diced
1/4 kilo pork, cut into small pieces
1 small-sized bell pepper, cut into strips
1 small-sized carrot, cut into strips
1/2 head garlic, chopped
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
fish sauce(patis) or salt and pepper to taste
vegetable oil

1. In a frying pan, heat oil and fry pork until golden brown. Set aside.
2. Saute garlic, onions and tomatoes.
3. Add fried tofu and pork then a little water and pork broth cubes. Cook for 1 minute.
5. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
6. Add sprouted mung beans, carrots and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are half-cooked.
7. Remove from heat. Serve with steamed rice.

1. You may also add shrimp, green beans and sayote.

Filipino-Style Steamed Snapper Recipe


Filipino style steamed snapper recipe is another easy and healthy meal dish. It is mainly made up of marinade fish then steamed until done.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 30 minutes
Good for 2 servings

1 (3/4 kilo)whole snapper, scaled, gutted
1 thumb-sized ginger, shredded
4 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally
1 piece red chili(siling labuyo), deseeded and sliced thinly
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon oil(olive, sesame)
1 teaspoon sugar
fresh coriander leaves, chopped(optional)

Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine green onion, ginger, red chili, soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar.
2. Place the fish on large heatproof plate. Pour the mixtures evenly over the fish. Marinate for 15-30 minutes.

Part 2
1. In a wok, add enough water for about 5cm depth. Place the steaming rack over the wok.
2. Place the plate with marinade fish on steaming rack.
3. Bring to boil over medium heat. Steam for 15 minutes or until fish is done.
4. Remove the plate from the wok and drizzle the fish with sesame or olive oil. Sprinkle with coriander.
5. Serve hot and enjoy!

Fish Fillet Curry


Filipino Style Recipe: Fish fillet curry is another variety of mouth-watering curry dish. This is similar to other curry dish. Normally the fish marinade then cooked in a blend of curry powder and coconut milk together with potatoes, carrots and bell peppers. Add half of red chili for more spicy taste. This dish is usually serve as main dish or during Lenten season.

Estimated time of preparation: 30 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 15-20 minutes
Good for 2 servings

1/2 kilo fish fillets(tuna, salmon, lapu-lapu, tanigue)
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 cup coconut milk
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 thumb-sized ginger, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lime or calamansi juice
2 pieces potatoes, cut into cubes
1 pieces carrots, cut into cubes
2 pieces green and red bell peppers, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons cornstarch(optional)
1/2 red chili, sliced diagonally(optional)

Part 1
1. In a bowl, marinate fish with lime juice, pepper and salt for 30 minutes.
2. In a separate bowl, combine curry powder, coconut milk and cornstarch. Mix until dissolved.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil then fry potatoes and carrots until light brown. Drain and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a pan, heat oil and saute ginger, garlic and onions.
2. Add the curry mixtures then stir and bring to boil.
3. Add fish then simmer in a low heat for 10 minutes or tender. (Do not stir but prevent fish from sticking.)
4. Add bell peppers, potatoes and carrots then season with salt and pepper according to taste. Simmer for another 2 minutes.
5. Transfer the fish into serving plate with sauce on top. Serve hot with steamed rice.