Sinabawang Halaan

Filipino Style Recipe: Sinabawang halaan recipe or clam soup is a simple yet delicious seafood dish that’s commonly served by Filipinos. The usual way of eating clams is by using your hands then scoop the meat out of the shell using your mouth. This is usually served during rainy season and it’s a good source of energy for lactating mothers.

Estimated time of preparation: 8 minutes(plus soaking time)
Estimated time of cooking: 15 minutes
Good for 3-5 persons.

1/2 kilo fresh clams(halaan), Wash thoroughly and drain
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 thumb-sized ginger, thinly sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
2 cups water or rice washing
3 tablespoon fish sauce(patis) or salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
butter or cooking oil

Part 1
1. In a large bowl, place clams with water and salt. Cover and set aside for several hours or overnight. (This will allow the clams to expel sand).

Part 2
1. In a wok, melt butter then saute ginger, garlic and onion until translucent.
2. Add tomatoes then continue sauteing for 3 minutes.
3. Add fish sauce and the clams then saute for another 2 minutes.
4. Pour water then cover and let boil.Adjust seasoning with salt and ground pepper.
5. Continue cooking over a high heat until clams open.
6. Transfer to serving bowl then serve with steamed rice.

Sinabawang Tilapia

Filipino Style Recipe: Sinabawang tilapia is a quick and easy fish dish by Filipinos. The fish sauteed in garlic, onion, ginger and tomatoes then simmered until cook together with sweet potato tops.

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

2 pieces medium-sized tilapia, scales removed and cut diagonally into half
3 gloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, sliced
3 pieces tomatoes, chopped
3 cups water
1 bunch sweet potato tops(talbos ng kamote)
3 tablespoons cooking oil

1. In a pan, heat oil then saute ginger, garlic, onion and tomatoes until soft.
2. Add tilapia then cook for a few minutes until slightly brown.
3. Pour water and simmer for 3 minutes then season with salt and pepper.
4. Add sweet potato tops then simmer for another minute.
5. Transfer to serving bowl then serve hot with steamed rice.

Sinabawang Tahong

Filipino Style Recipe: Sinabawang Tahong or Mussel Soup is another seafood dish that usually served by Filipinos. This is similar to Halaan Soup. Another simple recipe but very healthy.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 10-15 minutes
Good for 3-5 persons.

500 grams fresh mussels(tahong)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced
1 thumb-sized ginger, finely sliced
3 fresh tomatoes, chopped
8 oz Sprite Cola
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fish sauce(patis)
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 bundle water spinach(kangkong)

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 garlic, onion and ginger.
2. Add tomatoes and saute until soften.
3. Add mussel and stir fry for 2 minutes.
4. Add sprite soda and simmer until shells are opened. Add water if necessary.
5. Add fish sauce and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
6. Add water spinach and simmer for 2 minutes.
7. Remove from heat then serve.

1. You may also used petchay(bok choy) or chili leaves