Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cassava Cake Make Over

My dad has been hospitalized for a few days and undergone a non-surgical procedure.  He is doing good now.  Our neighbor gave him a box of cassava cake as a get well soon gift.

Cassava cake is a Filipino dessert made of cassava and other ingredients which I do not know of.  I am not a big fan of cassava cake, though.  Cassava cakes are selling like hot cakes here in the Philippines.  You will see different stores selling different cassava cakes with various toppings.  This particular brand of cassava cake has a very soft, almost like pichi-pichi texture, another Filipino rice cake dish.  It is different from the traditional cassava cake with a firm chewy texture.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

French Toast Apple Pie

I love the aroma of cinnamon.  It has this distinct scent that really makes me hungry or crave.  The taste, combined it with brown sugar and you can't go wrong.  Cinnamon, sugar and green apple, that's heaven.  The mixture of flavors are simply amazing.  The sweet spiciness of cinnamon, sweetness of brown sugar and the tartness from green apples just bring all the flavors together.  I love them with apple pies.
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pancit Canton Face-off

Instant pancit canton is an all time favorite of Filipinos, that's in my case.  It was launched in the 90's and eating this instant noodle just bring backs my childhood memories.  I enjoy it as is but I love it with plain white rice.  You can also enjoy it with hot pandesal.  It is my childhood afternoon snack and a good way to ease my hunger.  Have a hard boiled egg on the side and it's perfect.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Pork Ribs and Young Jackfruit Soup

My dad woke up early and went to the market to buy some ingredients for our lunch today.  My mom told me that he will be cooking pork ribs and langka soup.  Langka or jackfruit is a sweet delicious fruit found in tropical countries and luckily Philippines is one of them.  But did you know that young jackfruit can be incorpprated into main dishes?  The most common dish is the ginataang langka or jackfruit in coconut milk.  I love it spicy and paired with fried fish.  However, my dad being a pure blood Ilonggo likes it in soups.  He cooked it with kadios and pork and its equally tasty.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Roasted Hainanese Chicken

I have not yet tasted any Hainanese Chicken and only cooked this dish once about two  or theee years ago.  My family does not like it maybe because the chicken is boiled and we prefer our chicken fried or roasted.  Few weeks ago, I saw a video in facebook on how to cook a one pot chicken Hainanese and it got me drooling.  The dish is so easy to cook and in just under 30 minutes.  However, the chicken, specially the skin is boiled and seems raw.  As I said, I love my chicken fried or roasted.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pancit Palabok with a Twist

Pancit palabok is my favorite Filipino noodle snack.  I first got to taste this dish at Jollibee when they first introduced it in their menu and from that point, I fell in love with this dish.  I just love its mixture of flavor with the savory taste from the pork cracklings to the pungent flavor of the tinapa or smoked fish and of course, the shrimps that comes with it.  To balance everything off, a good drizzle of calamansi juice is a must.
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Buttered Garlic Prawn

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.  This Father's Day, I decided to cook buttered garlic prawns.  It's so easy to cook and I don't have to stay in the kitchen that long. Though the preparation is tedious, the meal is awesome.  You can add some chili if you want that added kick but in my case, just a pinch of dried chili will do.  My dad does not like chili and this is his day.
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pata Tim

Pata tim is a popular Filipino-Chinese dish.  The pork hock is braised slowly in soy sauce, garlic, onion, rice wine, star anise and brown sugar to balance the savoriness of the dish.  It's a typical Asian dish, sweet and savory.  Pata tim also includes vegetables like baby bok choy, mushroom and in the Philippines, we add dried banana blossom.
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Radish Cake

Only this year that I had tasted Radish Cake in Binondo.  Yup, it's at Wai Ying again.  I don't usually experiment tasting other Chinese dish in this restaurant but without fail, I always love their dish.  One night after work, my friends and I decided to eat at Wai Ying after work.  It's our way to catch-up and relieve ourselves from stress.

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