Empanaditas

Mini empanadas, “empanaditas,” are a really popular street food throughout the world, and the shapes and fillings vary from country to country. An empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry, and its name is derived from the Spanish/Portuguese verb “empanar,” meaning to wrap or to coat. Many countries with Spanish influence like the Philippines have…

Birthday Hot Pot

Hot pot is a style of cooking that originated in Mongolia, China. Due to Japanese influence, we now have the popular sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. It consists of a simmering pot of stock at the center of the dining table; ingredients are gathered round the simmering pot, and thinly sliced beef sirloin or pork belly, noodles,…

Beef Wonton Mami

Mami is a very popular soup containing noodles and chicken, or beef, or pork dumplings. It was originally prepared by Ma Mon Luk, a school teacher from Guangzhou, China who imigrated to the Philippines in 1918 and built his restaurant, named after himself in Quiapo, Metro Manila; it became an iconic Chinese restaurant in our…

Paksiw na Pompano (Poached Fish)

This is a Filipino style of cooking where a fish like milkfish or Pompano is poached in vinegar, ginger, garlic, and onion, but mine is with a twist and I will show you all later. This is usually eaten with Jasmine rice and bagoong. Bagoong is a sautéed shrimp fish. As chutney is to Indians…

Asian Five-Spice Ribs

This is a really popular Chinese short rib recipe using five-spice powder; my friend gave me this recipe but it was too salty for my taste, so I revised it and added 1.5 tablespoons of lime juice and prepared my own personal five spice herb mix, different from the ready-made, store-bought powder. With a mortar…

No Bake Mango/Pineapple Cheesecake

I just love ripe mangoes, and I’m always trying to incorporate mangoes into my desserts so here comes a Mango/Pineapple cheesecake, no kidding and no baking needed. Yeah! I posted a Layered Mango Cheesecake before and its texture is soft but this one is more firm and won’t melt fast. No need for freezing, just…

Vanilla, Mango, Ube Ice Cream Cake

  Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! I attended my friend’s birthday and I admired her new kind of dessert despite the cold weather, she gave me the recipe and said that I can do it but I admired her more because patience and effort is key here,  this is not easy to make I…

Kare-Kare (Traditional Filipino Peanut Butter Stew)

Let me introduce to you the Famous Filipino Kare-Kare composing of beef, ox tail, or tripe or mixed in with cubed beef simmered with ground white rice, broth and peanut butter, mixed with eggplant, snake beans and pechay or bokchoy and banana blossoms. People all over the country have different version of cooking it but…

Sotanghon Vermicelli

  Since the coming days have started to become bitter cold, I decided to share this heart warming soup recipe from back home. Let’s get to it, but here’s a reminder that you can pick up the vermicelli noodles with these pretty chopsticks and slurp the soup with this white porcelain small soup ladle.  …

Valentine’s Day Jello

An advanced Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! I was pretty excited making this jello dessert that you all can prepare for the upcoming Valentine’s Day. The taste is divine, preparation is a breeze and the ingredients are very few. So let’s get started so you can surprise your loved ones on the 14th. INGREDIENTS: 1…