Kinamatisang Giniling na Baka

Filipino Style Recipe: Kinamatisang Giniling na Baka or ground beef tomato stew is a another simple yet delicious tomato-based dish. This dish is consisting of ground beef cooked together with tomatoes and delicious spices.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 30-40 minutes
Good for 2-3 persons

Ingredients:
500 grams ground lean beef
4 large tomatoes, sliced or tomato sauce
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon fish sauce(patis)
1 beef bouillon (optional)
1 tablespoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Preparation
1. In a pot, combine all the ingredients then mix and crush the tomatoes using hand.
2. Bring to boil for 20 minutes or until meat is tender. Add water as needed.
3. Adjust seasoning with salt and fish sauce according to taste.
4. Remove from heat then transfer to serving plate. Garnish with parsley. Serve.

Szechuan Chicken

Filipino Style Recipe: Szechuan Chicken is a popular chicken dish originate from China that has become popular in Filipino cuisine. The chicken coated in cornstarch and egg then fried until light brown. Cook in a spicy and pungency sauce together with vegetables and delicious spices.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
500 grams Chicken fillets, cut into serving pieces
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 egg whites
2 cups broccoli, cut into pieces
1 green bell pepper, cut into cubed
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, julienned
1/4 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
chopped spring onion and parsley for garnishing
vegetable oil for frying

Sauce:
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine cornstarch and egg white then whisk well.
2. Coat chicken into cornstarch mixture. Set aside.
3. In a pan, heat oil then fry coated chicken until light brown. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. Clean out the pan, heat 1 tablespoons vegetable oil then saute ginger, garlic, onion and sesame seeds.
2. Add broccoli and bell peppers then stir fry for a minute.
3. Add sauce mixture then simmer until vegetables are slightly cook.
4. Adjust seasoning according to taste then return the chicken.
5. Stir cook for another minute then turn off the heat.
6. Transfer to serving plate then garnish with parsley.

Asian Style Steamed Cream Dory

Filipino Style Recipe: Asian Style Steamed Cream Dory is another simple and quick fish dish that consists of cream dory cooked in Asian sauce made of light soy sauce, oyster sauce, water, sugar, ginger and sesame oil.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 15 minutes
Good for 2-3 persons

Ingredients:
500 grams cream dory, sliced
1 thumb-sized ginger, sliced
salt and pepper to taste
2 stalks onion leeks, sliced diagonally
2 pieces chili pepper, sliced

Sauce:
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 cups water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon sesame oil

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Rub the fish with salt and pepper.
2. In a steamer, line with parchment paper so the fish won’t stick to the bottom.
3. Arrange fish then top with ginger then steam for 10 minutes or until cooked.

Part 2
1. In a sauce pan, combine the sauce ingredients then bring to boil.
2. Add onion leeks and chili pepper. Turn off the heat.

Part 3
1. In a serving plate, arrange fish then pour the sauce on top then garnish with remaining onion leeks. Serve with steamed rice.

Paksiw na Bagnet

Filipino Style Recipe: Paksiw na Bagnet is another simple and easy Filipino pork dish. This is similar to lechon paksiw but instead of roasted pork we used bagnet. Bagnet is a popular delicacy in Ilocos made from pork belly deep fried until crispy and blister on skin.

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

Ingredients:
1/2 kilo bagnet, cut into serving pieces
1/4 cup lechon sauce
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 teaspoon peppercorn
1 bay leaf(laurel)
2 tablespoon vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
salt to taste
1/4 cup liver spread(optional)

Procedures:
1. In a pan, heat bagnet until start to render oil.
2. Add garlic and onions then saute until translucent.
3. Pour water, peppercorn and bay leaf then bring to boil.
4. Pour vinegar and simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Add the sugar, liver spread and lechon sauce then simmer for another 5 minutes.
6. Adjust seasoning with salt according to taste.
7. Remove from heat and serve with steamed rice. Enjoy!

Spicy Pork Tomato Meat Sauce

Filipino Style Recipe: Spicy Pork Tomato Meat Sauce is a simple and easy recipe that consists of ground pork cooked in tomato sauce, bell peppers, cumin and olives then season with salt and pepper.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes.
Estimated time of cooking: 30 minutes.
Good for 3-4 persons.

Ingredients:
1/2 kilo ground pork, pre-boiled
1 green bell pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
2 pieces bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 small pack tomato paste
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons black olives
1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1 tablespoon capers (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
1. In a casserole, heat oil then saute garlic, onion and bell pepper.
2. Add ground meat then continue cooking until light brown.
3. Add tomato sauce, water, cumin, bay leaves and parsley then simmer for 8-10 minutes.
4. Add olives, capers, chili flakes, salt and pepper then mix well.
5. Transfer to serving bowl then garnish with parsley. Serve immediately with steamed rice.

Spicy Wings in Tomato Sauce

Filipino Style Recipe: Spicy Wings in Tomato Sauce is another mouth-watering dish that consists of a chicken wings cooked in tomato sauce together with potatoes, carrots, herbs and seasonings.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 40 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

Ingredients:
500 grams chicken wings, cut into serving pieces
1 large-sized carrot, cut into serving pieces
1 large-sized potatoes, cut into wedges
1 large-sized tomatoes, chopped
115 grams tomato sauce
1/2 cup chicken stock
a dash of dried rosemary
a dash of dried chili flakes
a dash of dried basil
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste
cooking oil for frying

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Season chicken wings with salt and pepper.
2. In a frying pan, heat oil then fry chicken wings until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
3. In a same pan, fry potatoes and carrots until light brown. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a sauce pan, heat oil then melt butter. Saute garlic, rosemary, and tomatoes until soft.
2. Pour chicken stock, tomato sauce, cumin, chili flakes and basil then simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper according to taste.
4. Add chicken wings, carrots and potatoes then simmer for another 2 minutes.
5. Transfer to serving plate then serve with steamed rice.

Chicken Mechado

Filipino Style Recipe: Chicken mechado is another chicken stew that consists of a chicken meat cooked in tomato sauce together with potatoes, carrots and bell peppers then seasoned with soy sauce, bay leaves and vinegar. This dish is similar to other tomato-based dishes such as kalderata, menudo and afritada.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 45 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons.

Ingredients:
750 grams chicken, cut into serving pieces
150 grams tomato sauce
1 onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 bay leaves(laurel)
2 large potatoes, quartered
1 bell pepper, sliced
4 cups chicken stock or chicken bouillon dissolved in water
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons fish sauce
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 carrot, cut into cubes(optional)
1/4 cup green peas(optional)
2 tablespoons vinegar(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, heat oil then fry potatoes and carrots until golden brown. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pot, heat oil and saute garlic and onions.
2. Add chicken and fish sauce then continue sauteing until color turns to brown.
3. Pour tomato sauce, soy sauce, bay leaves and chicken stock then simmer until tender. Add water if necessary.
4. Add vinegar and boil again for 2-3 minutes. Do not stir.
5. Add carrots, potatoes and bell pepper then simmer for 3 minutes.
6. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper according to taste.
7. Transfer to serving plate and serve with steamed rice.

Spicy Chicken Paprika

Filipino Style Recipe: Spicy Chicken Paprika is a spicy chicken dish made from fried breaded chicken then tossed to coat in spicy paprika sauce.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes(plus chilling time)
Estimated time of frying: 30-40 minutes.
Good for 3-5 persons

Ingredients:
1 kilo chicken, cleaned and cut into serving pieces
cooking oil for frying

For Breading Mix:
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon salt

For Paprika Sauce:
1 teaspoon paprika pepper
1/2 cup hot sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 teaspoon garlic powder

Dipping Sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
6 cloves garlic, minced

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine flour, paprika, cayenne and salt then mix well.
2. Place and toss chicken with the mixture until evenly coated.
3. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

Part 2
1. In a deep frying pan, heat enough oil to cover the chicken entirely.
2. Fry chicken for about 10-15 minutes in medium heat or until color turns to golden brown.
3. Drain and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a sauce pan, melt butter in a low heat then add butter, hot sauce, garlic powder, sugar and pepper. Stir well then turn off the heat.
2. In a large bowl, place the chicken then add sauce and mix until all the chicken coated evenly.
3. Serve immediately with dipping sauce and steamed rice.

Pata Tim: The Western Way

Filipino Style Recipe: PATA TIM (CHINESE-FLAVORED STEWED PIG’S FRONT HOCK PROCESSED THE WESTERN WAY) Of Chinese origin, PATA TIM has been modified into various presentation, ingredients’ mix and cooking style.

I grew up in a family where one of its variations “Paksiw Na Pata”(Filipinos’ vinegar based stewed hock) was served once a month. Succeeding recipe will NOT make use of “bulaklak ng saging” (banana blossom) but just carrots & shiitake mushroom that Westerners love. This recipe has been adopted by many friends-cooks, adding little tweaks, for their signature secrets.

Pangs (my spouse) and I labored on these 2 dishes: a different “PATA TIM’ & the technologically innovated U.S. BEEF MECHADO, (for next posting) nights before, to serve to our kids and grandkids out on weekend of June 28 & 29 to Subic Bay, Olongapo City, Phils. for their 5i50 triathlon. In mind, well prepared offerings over steamed rice will surely perk their stamina up in time for next day’s arduous match. Try. Your family will love this “DIFFERENT PATA TIM”.

INGREDIENTS:
1 piece fully cleaned pig’s front hock – with still a little of trotters attached but hooves cut off (USA and Canadian front hocks command higher prices than back for they are meatier)

ANTI-FOUL SMELL BOILING SOLUTION:
Enough tap water to cover entire hock in a casserole.
20 ml. any red wine
3 grams salt dissolved well

PRESSURE COOKER SOLUTION:
Enough tap water to cover pre-boiled hock.
40 ml. soy sauce
3 grams salt
20 grams brown sugar
3 grams crushed black pepper
6 cloves crushed garlic
5 pieces star anise
2 pieces sliced “labuyo” (bird’s eye chilies)

OVEN TOASTER’S SEARING MIX:
15 ml. palm oil (or palm olein)
6 cloves crushed garlic, finely chopped

FINAL SAUCE MIX:
200 ml. of left over Pressure Cooker Solution
1 medium carrot sliced
5 pieces sliced shiitake mushrooms soaked in water for 30 minutes
10 grams corn starch dissolved in 30 ml. water (slurry-thickener)
3 grams chili powder (NOT chili pepper powder. Chili powder contains 5 or more spice-herb combination plus salt while Chili Pepper Powder is just the powder presentation of that particular chili pepper).
20 ml. soy sauce
15 grams brown sugar

PROCEDURES:
Part 1
1. Bring to boil your well blended anti-foul smell boiling solution.
2. Once boiling starts, set timer and boil for 20 minutes. Discard water. Set aside hock.

Part 2
1. In pressure cooker, add in ALL ingredients tumble thoroughly until no lumps are evident.
2. Lay pre-boiled hock, cover, attach nozzle and start under medium heat. When whistling starts, pressure cook for 30 minutes.
3. Done…subject pressure cooker to running tap water, when whistling stops slowly remove nozzle-open cooker.
4. Remove hock set aside including pressure cooker solution.

Part 3
1. Rub palm oil of the oven toaster’s searing mix unto all sides of hock. Rub crushed garlic as well. Lay unto toaster pan.
2. Set toaster to high temp, ensuring top heating rod is in fiery-red state, wedge toaster pan in topmost slot for quick searing. Toast for 10 minutes each side.
3. While you are on this searing stage, in a pan, heat the 200 ml. leftover pressure cooker solution.
4. Add in sliced carrots, drained shiitake mushrooms, chili powder, soy sauce and brown sugar. Boil for 2 minutes.
5. While boiling pour in slurry and stirring constantly, continue for few seconds until sauce thickens. Make your desired adjustments on saltiness & sweetness level, should you wish.
6. Lay seared hock unto plate and pour in your sauce. Garnish. Serve. Watch your family’s happy smiles.

Cream Dory in Sweet Soy Sauce

Filipino Style Recipe: Cream dory in sweet soy sauce is another simple and quick fish dish that consists of cream dory cooked in sweet soy sauce made of soy sauce, oyster sauce, cornstarch and sugar. This can be serve together with steamed rice.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 10 minutes
Good for 2-3 persons

Ingredients:
1/2 kilo cream dory, cut into cubes
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, grated
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch(dissolved in 1/4 cup water)
1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
salt and pepper to taste
chopped spring onions for garnishing

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, arrange fish and ginger then pour enough water. Bring to boil for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a sauce pan, heat oil then saute garlic and onion.
2. Pour soy sauce, oyster sauce, water and sugar then bring to boil.
3. Add fish then simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Add dissolved cornstarch then bring to boil while keep stirring.
5. Add ginger powder, chili flakes then adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
6. Transfer to serving plate then sprinkle with spring onions. Serve hot!