Pasta Negra

Filipino Style Recipe: Pasta negra or ink pasta is another seafood-pasta dish that commonly served in restaurant. This dish is made of spaghetti pasta, squid and ink sac cooked and toss together until blend. Sometimes we add chili flakes, clams, shrimps and basil.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 10-12 minutes
Good for 4-5 persons

Ingredients:
400 grams spaghetti pasta
500 grams fresh squid, cleaned and cut into rings then reserve ink sac
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 thumb-sized ginger, grated
1 tablespoon cornstarch(dissolved in 1 tablespoon water)
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
3 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup parsley, chopped(optional)
2 tablespoons soy sauce(optional)
1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes(optional)
mussels and shrimps, cooked(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare pasta based on cooking instructions. Drain and set aside.
2. In a bowl, add squid, vinegar and salt then set aside.

Part 2
1. In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil then saute garlic, grated ginger and chili flakes.
2. Add squid, ink sac, soy sauce and cornstarch then simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Add mussels, shrimps and parsley then adjust seasoning according to taste.
4. Add spaghetti and half of cheese then toss.
5. Transfer to serving plate then arrange seafood and top with parsley.
6. Sprinkle with remaining grated cheese and serve immediately.

Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Filipino Style Recipe: Spaghetti aglio olio or spaghetti pasta with garlic and oil is a traditional Italian dish. This dish is made of sauteed garlic in olive oil then toss in spaghetti pasta. Sometimes we add chili flakes, clams and basil to contribute an extra-ordinary taste. Aglio olio is usually serve as meryenda(mid-afternoon snack) or in any special occasion.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 6-8 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

Ingredients:
400 grams spaghetti pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
750 grams clams or shrimps(peeled and deveined)
1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes(optional)
1/4 cup white wine
10 leaves basil, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
grated Parmesan cheese

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

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil then saute garlic, chili flakes until light brown.
2. Add clams and cover and cook until shells open then season with salt and pepper.
3. Add white wine and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until sauce reduce in half.
4. Add remaining olive oil, pasta and basil then toss until coat evenly.
5. Transfer to serving plate, top with grated cheese and garnish with basil leaves. Serve.

Shrimp Tempura

Filipino Style Recipe: Shrimp tempura is another popular Japanese dish made of deep fried battered shrimps. Normally the shrimps peeled but keep the tails intact then dip into the batter to coat. Deep fried until golden brown then serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Estimated time of preparation: 30-40 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 2 minutes

Ingredients:
10 pieces large-sized shrimps
cooking oil for deep frying

Batter:
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons baking powder or cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
1 cup iced water

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Clean the shrimps, remove the head and peel the shell. Keep the tails intact.
2. Fold the tail then cut the tip diagonally to form a “V” shape.
3. Devein the back of shrimps and make a couple of slit underside.
4. Arrange and straighten the shrimps in a flat surface then sprinkle with baking powder. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt then mix well.
2. In a separate bowl, mix egg yolk and iced water then pour into flour mixture.
3. Stir slightly and leave some flour unmixed. Add some ice to keep the batter icy cold.
4. Dip the shrimp one at a time into the batter to coat. Do not coat the tails.

Part 3
1. In a frying pan, heat enough oil then deep fry shrimps for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
2. Drain on paper towels then serve with dipping sauce.