Ensaladang Talbos ng Kamote

Filipino Style Recipe: ensaladang talbos ng kamote is an easy and simple side dish. Sweet potato leaves is usually steamed or blanched for a minute then rinse in cold water to maintain the color, texture, flavor and stop the cooking. This is usually serve with tomatoes and onions as side dish with fermented fish sauce for seasoning.

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

2 bunches sweet potato leaves(talbos ng kamote)
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fermented fish sauce(bagoong na isda)

Part 1
1. In a pot, boil water then blanch sweet potato leaves for a minute.
2. In a strainer, drain sweet potato leaves and rinse with cold water. Drain.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine sweet potato leaves, onion and tomatoes.
2. Season with fermented fish sauce then gently toss and serve as side dish.

Siopao Asado

Filipino Style Recipe: Siopao is a Chinese steamed buns that is become popular for many Filipinos. Asado and bola-bola are the most popular variety of siopao. Siopao asado is made up of pork meat cook in soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce and cornstarch until thickens. Scoop enough asado in the middle of dough then seal on top. Steam for 20 minutes then serve with siopao sauce.

Asado Filling:
500 grams pork loin, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch(dissolved in 1/4 cup water)
3 gloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons oyster sauce

2 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/2 white sugar
2 cups warm water
5 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt

Part 1(Asado Filling)
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic. Add meat then cook until light brown.
2. Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, water and sugar then simmer for an hour or until becomes really tender. Add more water if necessary.
3. Add hoisin sauce and dissolved cornstarch then stir cook until thickens. Remove from heat then set aside.

Part 2(Dough)
1. In a large bowl, dissolved yeast and sugar into warm water then set aside for 20 minutes.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, shortening, salt and yeast mixture then mix until well blended.
3. Knead the combined mixture until becomes smooth and elastic.
4. Transfer in a greased bowl then cover and set aside for 2 hours or until it rises.
5. Knead the dough again then divide into serving pieces.
6. Form each piece into a ball then flatten using rolling pin or your palm.

Part 3(Assembly and Cooking)
1. Scoop enough filling in the middle of each dough then seal on top.
2. Place wax paper underneath of each dough then steam for 20 minutes. Serve with siopao sauce.

Egg White Leche Flan

Filipino Style Recipe: how to make egg white leche flan dessert? Egg white leche flan is similar to usual leche flan but instead of egg yolk we will use egg white. First we have to dissolve and caramelize the brown sugar in a molds then pour the white egg mixture then cook in a steamer until firm.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 60 minutes. Good for 4- 5 llanera aluminum molds.

10 egg whites(puti ng itlog)
1 can(390 grams) evaporated milk
1 can(390 grams) fat free condensed milk
2 teaspoons calamansi juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract(optional)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup water

4-5 Llanera aluminum molds

Part 1
1. In a sauce pan, dissolve brown sugar with water over low heat until golden brown. Swirl gently.
2. Pour the syrup in the aluminum molds then spread evenly.

Part 2
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the other ingredients then whisk well.
2. Strain and pour the mixture on top of the syrup for about 1 to 1 1/4 inch thick.
3. Cover with aluminum foil then steam in medium heat for about 40-45 minutes.
4. Remove the molds and let it cool at room temperature then refrigerate for several hours before serving.

1. To remove the leche flan from mold, run a thin knife around the edges of the mold to loosen the leche flan. Place a platter on top of the mold and quickly turn upside down to position the golden brown caramel on top.
2. Leche flan is cooked by inserting a knife in the center comes out clean.

Steamed Fish with Mayonnaise

Filipino Style Recipe: Steamed fish with mayonnaise is a classic dish that usually served in special occasion. The fish cleaned and steamed then spread with mayonnaise on top. The hard-boiled eggs, carrots and onions minced then used to garnish the fish. This is commonly chilled and served as pulutan or finger food.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 30-40 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

1 large fresh fish(apahap, lapu-lapu, tilapia, etc)
2 teaspoons sweet pickles, relish or minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup mayonnaise

2 hard-boiled eggs, minced
1 small carrot, minced
1 red onion, minced

Part 1
1. Clean fish and remove innards and scales.
2. Rub the skin with salt then sprinkle with ground pepper.
3. Steam for at least 30 minutes. Drain and let it cool.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, pickles, salt and pepper. Mix well.
2. In a large plate, arrange steamed fish then spread the mayonnaise mixture on both sides.
3. Arrange the eggs, carrots and onions on top. Refrigerate before serving.

Kangkong with Bagoong

Filipino Style Recipe: Kangkong(water spinach) with bagoong guisado(sauteed shrimp paste) is an easy and simple side dish. Kangkong is usually steamed or blanched for 2-3 minutes then rinse in cold water to maintain the color, texture, flavor and stop the cooking. This is usually serve during breakfast with sauteed shrimp paste.

Estimated time preparation and cooking: 15-20 minutes
Good for 2-3 persons

1 bunch Kangkong(water spinach), trimmed
5 cups water for boiling

Sauteed Shrimp Paste:
1/2 cup bagoong alamang(shrimp paste)
100 grams pork, cut into small pieces
4 gloves garlic, finely minced
1 onion, finely minced
1 large tomatoes, minced
sugar and vinegar to taste

Part 1
1. In a pan, heat oil and saute, garlic, onion and tomatoes until soft.
2. Add the pork and cook for until golden brown.
3. Add bagoong alamang, vinegar and sugar then simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pot, boil water then blanch kangkong for 3 minutes.
2. In a strainer, drain kangkong and rinse with cold water.
3. Let the excess water drip off then cut into 5 inch.
4. Arrange in a serving plate then serve with sauteed shrimp paste.

1. If you want to skip Part 1, sauteed shrimp paste is also available in grocery stores. I recommend a regular sauteed shrimp paste from Dizon farm.

Steamed Crab

Filipino Style Recipe: Steamed Crab(alimasag) is a simple and easy seafood dish. The crabs simmered in water with salt, I used soda instead to have a sweeter taste. Crabs cooked for less than 8-10 minutes or until the crabs cooked and turns to bring red. This dish is usually served as appetizer or pulutan with toyo-mansi with bird’s eye chili(labuyo).

1 kilo fresh crabs(alimasag), cleaned
1/2 cup soda
2 teaspoons salt

1. In a large pot, combine crabs and the rest of ingredients.
2. Cover and simmer in medium heat for 10 minutes or until crabs color turns to bright red.
3. Remove from heat then transfer to serving plate. Done.

Puto Pao

Filipino Style Recipe: Puto pao is another Filipino delicacy that usually served during meryenda(mid-afternoon snack). Puto Pao is similar to plain puto stuffed with filling same as siopao. There are several versions of puto pao, in this recipe we will make asado for the filling.

Estimated time of preparation: 20 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 30-40 minutes

500 grams all purpose flour
250 grams white sugar
1/4 cup baking powder
2-1/2 cups water
1 cup powdered milk
3 pieces whole eggs
3 tablespoons butter

500 grams ground pork or beef
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 piece laurel leaf
1 piece star anise
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons cooking oil

1/2 cheddar cheese, sliced
4 salted eggs, sliced

Part 1
1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder then pour water, powdered milk and stir well.
2. Add eggs and butter then mix until well blended. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil and saute garlic then add ground meat and stir cook for 3 minutes.
2. Add the rest of the filling ingredients and cook until tender and the sauce thickened.
3. Discard anise and laurel. Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a muffin cups, pour a little amount of batter then add a tablespoon of filling.
2. Cover the filling with another amount of batter until cup is half full.
3. Top with salted egg and cheese then steam for 10-15 minutes or until done.(puto pao is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.)

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!