Ginataang Hipon at Kalabasa


Ingredients:
500 grams shrimps
1/2 squash(kalabasa), peeled and cut into cubes
1 bundle string beans(sitaw), cut in 3 inches long.
1 tablespoon shrimp paste
1 can coconut milk
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
2 pieces green chili(siling haba)
cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients:
Part 1
1. In a saucepan, heat cooking oil and saute onion and garlic.
2. Add shrimps then stir cook for 2 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a same pan, add shrimp paste and coconut milk then bring to boil.
2. Add the squash then cook 15 minutes or until soft.
3. Put the sauteed shrimps back then add string beans, cook for 5 minutes.
4. Add green chili then season with salt and pepper according to taste. Add water if necessary.
5. Cook for 2-3 minutes then remove from heat. Serve and enjoy.

Szechuan String Beans and Ground Pork


Ingredients:
1 bunch string beans(sitaw), cut into 2-inch lengths and ends discarded
1/4 kilo ground pork
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, sliced
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Szechuan Mixture:
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Procedures:
1. In a box, combine szechuan mixture then stir until well blended. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil then stir fry string beans for 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove and set aside.
2. In a same pan, saute garlic and onion until translucent.
3. Add ground pork then cook for 2 minutes.
4. Put back string beans then pour szechuan mixture. Adjust seasoning according to taste.
5. Simmer for 3 minutes or until almost reduced and thickened.
6. Transfer to serving plate then serve hot immediately.

Adobong Sitaw at Tofu

Filipino Style Recipe: Adobong sitaw at tofu is another variant of Filipino adobo. It consist of string beans and tofu braised in soy sauce, vinegar and spices.

Ingredients:
250 grams firm tofu, cut into serving pieces
1 bunch string beans(sitaw), cut into 2-inch lengths and ends discarded
1 head garlic, minced
1 medium onion, sliced
4 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons of vinegar
1/4 cup water
2 bay leaves
10 whole black pepper
1 tablespoon butter
sugar and salt to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, melt butter then fry tofu until light brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a same pan, add garlic and onion then saute until translucent.
2. Put back fried tofu then pour water, soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaf and pepper then simmer for 3 minutes.
3. Add string beans, stir and simmer for another 8-10 minutes or until string beans in tender.
4. Season with sugar and salt according to taste.
5. Transfer to serving bowl. Serve hot and enjoy!

Sauteed String Beans and Chicken

Filipino Style Recipe: Sauteed string beans and chicken is another simple and quick recipe. It is consist of string beans and chicken braised in soy sauce, oyster sauce and spices. This is almost similar to adobong sitaw without using vinegar. Ideally, sauce should be naturally thick and oily but this is very delicious.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 20-25 minutes
Good for 2-3 persons

Ingredients:
1 bunch string beans(sitaw), cut into 2-inch lengths and ends discarded
1/4 kilo chicken breast, cut into small pieces
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1/4 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic and onion until translucent.
2. Add chicken and salt then stir cook until light brown and tender.
3. Pour water, soy sauce, oyster sauce and pepper then simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Add string beans, stir and simmer for another 3 minutes or until string beans in tender.
5. Adjust seasoning then remove from heat. Serve hot with steamed rice. Enjoy!

Ginisang Sitaw at Kalabasa

Filipino Style Recipe: Ginisang sitaw at kalabasa or sauteed sting beans and squash is a simple yet nutritious vegetable dish, basically it’s a combination of string beans and squash sauteed and simmered until tender. Add with shrimp or pork make the dish more delicious and truly enjoyed by most Filipinos.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 15-20 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

Ingredients:
1/2 squash(kalabasa), peeled and cut into cubes
1 bundle string beans (sitaw), cut into 2inch long
1 cup medium-sized fresh shrimp, remove heads and discard shells
2 tbsp cooking oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
2 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
1 cup water
fish sauce and ground pepper to taste

Procedures:
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic and onion.
2. Add tomatoes then continue sauteing for 5 minutes or until soft.
3. Add shrimp and stir fry until red.
4. Add vegetables and stir cook for a minute, then add water and simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Season with fish sauce and pepper according to taste.
6. Cook until veggies are tender then transfer to serving plate and serve.

Notes:
1. You may also use pork meat instead of shrimps.

Ginataang Sitaw

Filipino Style Recipe: ginataang sitaw or sauteed string beans in coconut milk is healthy yet affordable dish. Normally the string beans(sitaw) cooked with pork in a blend of coconut milk and shrimp paste.

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

Ingredients:
250 grams string beans(sitaw), cut into 2 inches
150 grams pork belly, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 cup coconut milk
1 onion, chopped
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 thumb-sized ginger, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sauteed shrimp paste(I used Dizon Farm Shrimp Paste)
salt and pepper to taste

2 pieces green chili(siling haba), chopped(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a saucepan, cook pork meat until color turns to light brown and start to render oil.
2. Saute garlic, onion and ginger until translucent.
3. Add shrimp paste and continue sauteing until it’s cooked.
4. Pour coconut milk then bring to boil. Add water if necessary.
5. Season with salt and pepper according to taste then add chili and string beans.
6. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until tender then transfer to serving plate and serve immediately.

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa Recipe

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Filipino Style Recipe: ginataang sitaw at kalabasa recipe or string beans and squash in coconut milk is a simple yet tasty and nutritious vegetable dish, basically it’s a combination of string beans and squash simmered in coconut milk. Add with pork or shrimp or crab make the recipe more delicious. This is another mouth-watering vegetable dish that is truly enjoyed by most Filipinos.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 15-20 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

Ingredients:
1/2 squash(kalabasa), peeled and cut into cubes
1 bundle string beans(sitaw), cut in 3 inches long.
1/ 4 kilo pork diced or 1 cup shrimp meat
3 tbsp fish sauce or 1 tbsp shrimp paste
1 can coconut milk
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
2 pieces green chili(siling haba)
cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients:
1. In a saucepan, heat cooking oil and fry pork meat until color turns to light brown.
2. In the same pan, saute onion and garlic. Season with fish sauce then mix well.
3. Pour in coconut milk and bring to a boil.
4. Add the squash and string beans then simmer until vegetables are half-tender. Add water if necessary.
5. Add green chili then season with salt and pepper according to taste.
6. Remove from heat then serve and enjoy.

Kare-kare Recipe

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Kare-kare is a popular Filipino recipe especially in the Pampanga region and any Filipino fiesta. This dish is made from peanut sauce with a variety of vegetables, oxtail and tripe. Occasionally beef meat and innards. Some use goat meat and chicken as alternative meat. It is often eaten with shrimp paste.

Good for 5-7 persons.

Ingredients:
1/2 kilo oxtail, cut in chucks
1/2 kilo tripe or beef sirloin, cut in chucks
4 pieces eggplant, cut in small pieces
1 bundle bok choy(pechay), cut into 2 pieces
1 bunch of string beans(sitaw), cut in 2-inch long
1 banana heart(puso ng saging), sliced diagonally (optional)
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup ground peanuts(optional)
1/2 cup toasted ground rice or rice flour
2 heads garlic, minced or chopped
2 pieces onions,chopped
3 tablespoon cooking oil
8 cups of water
1/2 cup annatto seeds(atsuete)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup shrimp paste(bagoong alamang)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, Boil oxtail, tripe and onions in water for about 1-2 hours until meat is tender. Lesser time if using a pressure cooker.
2. Remove the scums as it rises. Add more water if needed.
Part 2
3. In a bowl, mix peanut butter, ground peanuts, toasted ground rice and annatto seeds with 1/2 cup of water and pour it in the pot, discards seeds.
4. Stir to blend well. Cook for another 5-10 minutes until the sauce is thick.
Part 3
5. In a separate pan, heat oil and saute the garlic, add the vegetables and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Do not over cook the vegetables.
6. Add the cooked vegetables to a large pot. Add salt and pepper according to taste.
7. Serve hot with shrimp paste.

Ginataang suso

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Filipino Style Recipe: Ginataang 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.

Good for 5-7 persons.

Ingredients:
1 kilo snails(suso)
1 kilo shredded coconut
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced
2 tbsp ginger strips
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

Procedures:
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, place the coconut milk(2nd extract) together with the garlic, onion and ginger. Set heat to medium until the liquid comes to a boil.
2. Pour in the snails and bring to a boil once more until it becomes thick.
3. Add the vegetables and green chili.
4. Add the coconut milk(1st extract). Bring to boil.
5. Add salt and pepper according to taste.
6. Continue cooking until the vegetables are tender but not overcooked.
7. Remove from heat. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Notes:
1. You can replace the fresh coconut with coconut milk in can or coconut powder. However, you have to remember that fresh would always give the best results.
2. In taking out the snail’s content from the shell, you can use a fork or a toothpick.
3. If you like it spicy, put few chopped hot chilli.

Pinakbet or Pakbet

Pinakbet or Pakbet (Meat and Vegetable Stew with Shrimp Paste) is a tasty vegetable dish consisting of different fresh vegetables, pork, and shrimp paste. One of my favorite when it comes to vegetables dishes as long as not overcooked. I’m not a fan of bitter melon, so I sliced it into small pieces that I can swallow directly. This recipe is a variation from Ilocos Region called “Pakbet Ilokano”. Happy cooking.

Estimated Preparation and Cooking Time: 40-50 minutes. Good for 3-5 person.

Ingredients:
1/4 kilo pork belly, cut into small cubes
1/4 lbs. shrimp, peeled and deveined(optional)
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
3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 piece onion, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, sliced in strips
3 large tomato, diced
4 tablespoon shrimp paste(bagoong alamang)
1 cup of water
3 tablespoon cooking oil
salt, sugar and pepper to balance the taste

Procedures:
1. In a pan, heat cooking oil over medium heat.
2. Saute the garlic, ginger, onion and tomato
3. Add the pork and cook for about 5-8 minutes or until color turns light brown.
4. Put-in the shrimp and shrimp paste and cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add water and increase the heat to bring it to a boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pork is tender
6. Add the squash and cook for another 5-8 minutes or until texture becomes soft
7. Add in all the remaining vegetables, mix with the other ingredients.
8. Simmer for 5 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked.(Do not overcook the vegetables)
9. Serve with rice. Share and Enjoy!

Notes:
1. Some is allergic to shrimp paste, you may substitute with fish sauce(patis) instead.