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Bagoong Fried Rice

Here’s What You Need: 

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
1 teastpoon salt
1 cup pork tenderloin, boiled and cut into bite size pieces
3 tablespoons shrimp paste (bagoong)
4 cups day old rice
green mango, cut into thin strips
sliced scallions for garnishing
tomato slices for garnishing

Here’s How: 

In a large pan heat olive oil and saute garlic until it becomes light brown, add onions and season with salt, then add the tomatoes and saute for another 2-3 minutes. Add pork and shrimp paste and stir fry for another minute or two. Add rice and stir well until rice grains are separated and covered with shrimp paste mixture. Cook rice for 5 minutes or until rice are heated through.

Transfer into a serving bowl and garnish with tomatoes, green mango slices and sliced scallions. Serve immediately.

Note: Crispy Lechon Kawali is also a great alternative to boiled pork tenderloin. Just put the lechon kawali on top as a garnish along with mangoes, tomatoes and scallions. Hmmm…hmmm….GOOD!

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Paksiw na Lechon

Here’s What You Need: 

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small white onion, chopped
1/2  teaspoon salt
1 big bottle (19.40 0z.) Mang Tomas Lechon Sauce
3 tablespoons vinegar
1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
6 handful chopped lechon

Here’s How: 

In a medium size casserole heat oil and saute garlic until it becomes light brown. Add onions and season with salt and saute onion until becomes translucent. Add Mang Tomas sauce, vinegar, sugar, water, peppercorns and bay leaf. Stirring once and let it boil uncovered. Mix in the lechon and let it simmer for another 10-15 minutes over low heat.  Add more sugar or salt if necessary according to your taste.

Serve with hot steamed white rice.

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Misua with Patola (Somen Noodle Soup with Chinese Okra)

Here’s What You Need: 

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 of small white onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 chicken bouillon cube
6 cups water
1 bundle japanese somen noodles or misua noodles
1 chinese okra (patola), peeled and sliced
black toasted sesame seeds for garnishing
black pepper to taste

Here’s How: 


Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan and saute garlic until light brown , add onions and cook for about 2 minutes. Season with salt. Add the bouillon cube followed by the water . Simmer for 5 minutes.  Cut the somen or misua noodles in the middle and put in the simmering water along with the sliced patola. Cover and let it boil for another 5 minutes.

Transfer in a soup bowl and garnish with toasted black sesame seeds.

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Ukoy (Shrimp Fritters)


Here’s What You Need: 

12 pieces large shrimps
2 square pieces (3×3) tofu, cut into small cubes
3 cups bean sprouts (togue)
1/2 cup scallions, sliced
1 cup sweet potato, cut into thin strips

Batter

1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1 cup cornstarch, sifted
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 teaspoon anatto powder (achuete)
3/4 cup shrimp broth click here for recipe
1 egg
canola oil for deep frying

Garlic – Vinegar Dipping Sauce 

1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
red chili peppers, optional (labuyo)

Here’s How: 

Wash shrimps thoroughly, remove and set aside the head. Leave the shells and tails on.

in a medium saucepan heat oil. Dilute anatto powder in hot water in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt and black pepper. Add the shrimp broth, anatto water and the egg. Using a wire whisk beat the batter until it becomes smooth. Set aside. In a saucer, arrange a bed of sprouts, yams, tofu, scallions and a shrimp. Add about 1/4 cup of batter and carefully transfer the ukoy mixture into the hot oil. Fry until it becomes crispy on both sides.

In a small bowl combine vinegar, salt, sugar, black pepper and garlic.

Serve immediately with  garlic-vinegar dipping sauce.

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Sinigang na Corned Beef (Corned Beef in Sour Broth)

Here’s What You Need: 

1 (15 oz.) can palm corned beef
4 cups water
1-1/2 tablespoons tamarind soup base powder
2 tablespoons fish sauce (patis)
1 medium red onion, quartered
1 medium tomato, quartered
1 small white radish, peeled and sliced
1 green long chili pepper
1 small bunch of green long beans (sitaw), cut into 2 inch lengths
salt to taste
handful or two of swamp cabbage (kangkong), or spinach


Here’s How: 

In a large saucepan boil water, tamarind soup base and fish sauce. Add onions, tomatoes, radish, green long beans and chili peppers let it boil for 10 minutes. Add the corned beef  and simmer for another 5 minutes then add the swamp cabbage. Cover and remove from heat. Let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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Sinigang na Hipon (Shrimps in Sour Broth)

Here’s What You Need: 

12-15 pcs large size shrimp
5 cups water
2 tablespoons tamarind soup base powder
3 tablespoons fish sauce (patis)
1 medium onion, quartered
1 medium tomato, quartered
1 small white radish, peeled and sliced
1 green long chili pepper
1 small bunch of green long beans (sitaw), cut into 2 inch lengths
salt to taste
handful or two of yam leaves (tablos ng kamote), swamp cabbage (kangkong), or spinach

Here’s How: 

In a large saucepan boil water, tamarind soup base and fish sauce. Add onions, tomatoes, radish, green long beans and chili peppers let it boil for 10 minutes. Add shrimp and season with salt. Simmer for another 3 minutes and add the yam leaves. Cover and remove from heat. Let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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Garlic Tofu with Snow Peas

Here’s What You Need: 

1 package (19 oz.) regular tofu
non-stick cooking spray
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
a handful of snow peas, trimmed
3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce, preferably Kikkoman
black pepper to taste

Here’s How: 

Drain Tofu and place tofu in two layers of paper towel to drain excess water in it for at least 20 minutes. Cut into bite size pieces.

Spay skillet with a non-stick cooking spray  over  medium high heat. Fry tofu until it becomes light brown on all sides. Scoop out tofu and set aside.

Using the same skillet heat olive oil and saute garlic for 2 minutes or until it becomes light golden brown. Add the snow peas and stir-fry for 2 minutes then add the fried tofu, soy sauce and continue stir-frying until the tofu has absorb some of the soy sauce. Season with black pepper. Serve hot.

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