"Filipino food is a fusion of different flavours which evolves through various influences like Spanish, American, Chinese and other Asian countries. As we adapted and concocted these dishes it has created diverse flavours that are uniquely Filipino seasoned and spiced by our rich culture".

Chicken Inasal

Preparing this Visayan grilled Chicken is so easy. Perfect on a weekend family barbecue feast.

Pork Binagoongan sa Gata

This is oh so hot and spicy ... and goodness!YUMMY!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Spicy Tuyo Pasta

I've been battling with my pasta craving for quite a while now. Blame it to gluten!
Glad I happened to pass by at Healthy Option's shop at MOA the other day, and grabbed a pack of gluten-free pasta. And voila! a delightful merienda of Tuyo pasta on a Sunday afternoon is served.
It's a good thing also have a bottle of gourmet tuyo in your pantry.

I used gluten free pasta, but a regular pasta is ok if you don't have gluten allergy (lucky you!).This pasta dish is so simple and easy to prepare. Here's how...


250 gms spaghetti noodles, cooked
about 1/2 jar of flaked tuyo (dried herring fish)
5 cloves garlic, minced
6 pcs tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
about 1/4 cup sliced black olives
about 3/4 cup olive oil, or as needed
fresh basil leaves, as needed
fresh parsley, as needed
salt, to taste
black round pepper, to taste

How to prepare:
> Heat pan with about 2 tbsp olive oil.Keep the heat low. Saute garlic until brown. Add tuyo.
> Add tomatoes, olives and herbs.
> Stir in about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup olive oil.
> Season with salt and pepper.
> Add in the cooked noodles. Mix well.
>  Serve. This makes about  6 servings.

* You can also add capers, and other herbs like oregano,if available.

Pinoy Kitchenette : Spicy Pasta Tuyo

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Filipino Pork Asado

Easy Pork Asado
This Pork Asado recipe is a simple one. This is a version that does not require you to cook a big cut of pork then to be sliced when serving. This recipe uses cubed pork, but still has the delicious the sweet and salty flavor of asado.


1 kilo pork, cubes
2 potatoes, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
1/8 cup soy sauce
3 tbsp atsuete oil
2 pcs star anise
ground pepper, to taste
salt, to taste
2 tbsp sugar
3 cloves garlic,minced
1 onion, chopped
oil, for frying the potatoes and carrots
1 cup water

1/8 cup soysauce
4 tbsp calamansi juice

How to prepare:
> Marinate pork cubes in soysauce and calamansi juice mixture for about 15-30 minutes.
> Heat oil in a pan, fry the potatoes and carrots. Set aside.
> Heat atsuete oil in a pan, then saute onions and garlic.
> Add in pork cubes (Do not include the marinate).  Stir and let brown.
> Add soysauce, sugar, star anise, water. Let cook for about 30 minutes, or until the pork is tender.
> Season with salt and ground pepper, to taste.
> Once the meat is cooked and tender, add the potatoes and carrots.
> Serve and garnish with chopped onions (optional).
> This is perfect with hot steamed rice.

And Happy weekend!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Seafood Sinigang (Fish & Prawns)

Mixed Seafood Sinigang 

If there's one soup dish a Filipino loves, it will always be Sinigang - sour and steaming hot!
This time let's devour on this very tasty, mixed seafood soupy sour dish.

1/2 kilo fish fillet (malasugi, tangigue, maya-maya or any preferred fish na malaman )
1/4 sugpo (prawns)
bunch of kangkong
1 pc med. sized labanos, thinly sliced
3 pcs siling haba
2 pcs tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 thumbsized ginger,crushed
about 20 grams of sinigang mix powder
3 cups of water , or you may use hugas bigas if available

How to prepare:
> Let the water boil in a pot. Add the tomatoes, labanos, ginger,  and onions . After about 2 minutes add the fish , sili and the sinigang mix powder. Let cook for about 3 minutes, add prawns. Cook for another 2 minutes. Add Kangkong. Turn off the heat. Serve and enjoy with rice!

Mixed Seafood Sinigang - Fish and Prawns

For other sinigang recipes:  Beef Sinigang, Pork Sinigang , Fish Sinigang

Friday, January 03, 2014

Lechon Paksiw

Lechon Paksiw

If you have left over lechon from media noche like I did, what else would you think you will do with it?
Well, top answer would be Lechon Paksiw!  Ahmm, just so you know, I just bought a kilo of lechon baboy for new year's feast and not the whole roasted pig :)

See that crispy lechon skin? Yum!!!
I want a thick and saucy Lechon Paksiw...
 Bring out your pot, put in together the chopped lechon, add about 1/4 cup of vinegar (more or less as desired), a bottle of Sarsa ni Mang Tomas, bay leaves , chopped onions and garlic, salt and black pepper (to taste), a little sugar, and about a cup of water. Bring to boil, and cook for about 10-15 mins over medium low heat. And so Lechon Paksiw it is!

Have a happy and delicious new year ahead!!! Cheers to 2014!

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Pork Sisig

It's weekend.
It's raining.
Payday? to some, maybe..
But definitely one thing is in my mind and maybe yours, cuddle up and get something to warm you up.
A beer perhaps?
Yes! This is something nice to pair with my irresistible, mouthwatering Pork Sisig.
Definitely irresistible, though fatty and high caloric it may be. Just this once, please! Lol!

Sisig is another delicious Filipino delicacy. Originally from Pampanga and a favorite to many, even to the picky taste of non-filipinos. Once tried, this is what you'll hear them say ----> "Oh,wow! Delicious!"

Sizzling Pork Sisig

Pork Sisig

400 gms pork liempo
350 gms pork ears
150 gms pork liver, chopped
1 cup chopped white onions
3 green chilis,chopped
2 siling labuyo, chopped
1 pcs bay leaf
soy sauce
ground black pepper, to taste
salt, to taste
2-3 eggs
5-6 pcs calamansi
cooking oil


  1. In a pot, cover pork ears and liempo with enough water. Add bay leaf, about 1/2 tsp salt and dash of pepper. Let boil. Cook until tender. This will take about 30 to 45 minutes. When done, remove pork from water. Set aside. Let cool. 
  2. Chop pork ears and liempo into small pieces. Squeeze in about 3-4 calamansi juice. Add a dash of black pepper,  2-3 tbsp of soy sauce. Mix well. Set aside.
  3. In a pan, heat about 1 tbsp of oil, add onions. Add chopped liver. 1 tsp soy sauce. cook for about 5 minutes. Add chopped pork ears and liempo. Stir well. season with salt and pepper. Add half portion of chilis. 
  4. To serve, heat sizzling plate. Brush with butter, scoop in about 2 cups of pork mixture. Add chilis, a teaspoon of mayonaise. Add egg. Serve. Enjoy it sizzling hot!

If you have left over lechon kawali, you may use this instead of pork belly or liempo. It would be more delish. There are of course other variations in making sisig dish - could be chicken, fish, tofu, etc...
For proper use of sizzling plate, click here .

Happy Weekend everyone!

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Chicken Inasal

Its barbecue weekend! 
I have marinated the chicken since last night for today's lunch - Chicken Inasal.
Chicken Inasal is a famous barbecued or grilled chicken dish which originates from Negros. The local term "inasal" means grilled or barbecued.
Chicken Inasal is not your usual chicken barbecue. It has a unique taste of blend of herbs and marinade which includes lemongrass, ginger, garlic, pepper, vinegar and calamansi. Unlike other barbecue, the chicken inasal does not require soysauce or catsup as add-ons for the marinade. This is one of Filipino's all time favorite. 
With the right ingredients, you can make your own chicken inasal at home. And i'm pretty sure, you have it in your kitchen right now!
Tara ihaw na tayo!

Chicken Inasal (Pinoy Kitchenette style)

Chicken Inasal

6 pcs chicken - thigh part or breast cut
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 stalks lemongrass ,   (pound the stalks to release the oil, flavour and aroma - when infused with the
                                   marinade, this gives a nice distinct taste)
1 thumbsized ginger, shredded
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 cup vinegar
2 tbsp calamansi juice
1/2 cup lemon soda ( I used 7-up)

for basting:
1/4 cup atsuete oil
2 tbsp margarine , melted
1/4 cup of marinade leftover (from the marinade we had earlier)

for grilling ,you also need:
6 barbeque sticks

Cooking preparation:

 > Mix all the marinade mixture in a bowl. Make sure all the chicken pieces are covered evenly with the marinade. Marinate the chicken overnight. Cover. Refrigerate.

> Insert the stick 

  > Grill over charcoal 

> Baste the chicken while grilling. Cook for about 10-15 minutes each side. 
To check if it's well cooked inside, pierce the chicken with a stick
or fork. If the juice that runs out is clear (means no blood)
it's done.

> Serve with your favorite toyo-calamansi condiment.
But with mine, I love it with my homemade sinamak. Enjoy!
Now where's my rice? Rice please!!!
Homemade sinamak
  Happy weekend everyone!

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Monday, April 08, 2013

Best Food Forward 2013

The most awaited summer food fair, Best Food Forward is marking their 3rd year this 2013. This gastronomic event will happen on April 20-21,2013 at the NBC tent, Bonifacio Global City, from 10am-8pm. 

It will be a sure delicious, fun and food-filled weekend you shouldn't miss - with various specialty food stalls, cooking demonstations, family attractions, celebrity chef appearances, celebrity guests and many more! Unang Hakbang Foundation, which hosts a weekly feeding program for kids, will again be their beneficiary.

I'm so lucky to have been invited to attend Best Food Forward's sneak peek event last April 6 at the Malayan Plaza. Wow! happy and lucky indeed to be one of the first to taste and experience what's in store for us this year. Thanks to Nuffnang Philippines for inviting me. 

Meet some of the merchants - who made my tummy filled with gusto of their yummy treats! Awesome!!! 

Delicakes - Classic Cakes and Tea-infused Pastries by Joly
It's a promise , Your first bite never lies!
The best macaroons I've ever tasted. 

     Finally , I got "The Big Ohhh" with Eat My GF  - - - -  Ohhh SO YUMMY!
Eat My GF : The Big Ohhh
50% Beef and 50% Bacon ~ sinfully good!

You'll go nuts with Kalookies' Chocolate Chips with Nutella!

Amazingly good! Soft to bite, almost melt in your mouth Macarons of Mrs. Graham's
They have their famous unique flavored macarons - such as Salty Caramel, Malibu Rum,
Tequila Rose, Inside Out Smores , Cookie Dough and
 their newest Pancake and Maple! 

Refreshing, healthy and thirst-quenching chilled flavored tea by Gold Tea

Oh yes, never miss this one --the perfectly concocted Butter Beer 
by Curly Pepita of Pepita's Kitchen

Meet the youngest entrepreneur of the event - 
Little Pepita of Pepita's Kitchen.
She makes these sweet delights such as Speculoos Polvoron

 and Speculoos Shake.
Can't get enough of sweets... French Macarons, Flan Pots 
and Sticky Toffee Pudding by Casa Angeline 

These are perfect for people on the go. Thumbs up for Our Kitchen's ready to heat  food.
These are specialty dishes that are really mouth-watering. I personally liked their Bicol Express
and Seafoods Kare-Kare. These are also available at selected Robinson's supermarket.

Of course, everyone's favorite japanese mayonnaise and salad dressings ,
 Kewpie ~ made sure that we eat our veggies, too! I love their Roasted Sesame dressing.

Whew! What a day! A very endulging day.. What more on the 20th and 21st of April...
I have already invited some of my so-much-willing foodie friends to join me on this food fair
coz I got complimentary tickets, too. Mark your calendar!!! It's a date.
A fair to remember - Best Food Forward 2013.

For more info visit  www.bestfoodforward.com.ph
This event is also partnered with Electrolux, Alaska Milk Corporation, Kewpie,
Flyace Corporation, Jolly and Philipps.

See you there, foodies!

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Green Mango Ice Cream with Bagoong (by Sebastian's)

SUMMER in the Philippines ...
We have so many places to go and enjoy the food and the sun.
Baguio, Tagaytay, Boracay, Cam Sur , malls and more...

But sure enough,when it comes to summer food, what else do you have in mind aside from our tropical fruits,  ice candy and halo-halo ? Oh yes! I scream ------> ICE CREAM!!!

Sebastian's Green Mango Ice Cream with Bagoong

You are missing (definitely, absolutely) half of your life if you haven't had a scoop yet of Sebastian's delightful flavors of sorbet. My favorite of all is the very filipino - Green Mango Ice cream with Bagoong. Oh oh! I know just with  the mention of green mango, now your mouth is watering ...and you can now almost taste the   sweet and salty teasing flavor of the bagoong. Sarap!!!

Sebastian's has really paired up to Filipinos' unique passion for extraordinary flavors. Yes we have thought and joked before of manga't bagoong ice cream (quirky isn't it?) but they have it now, we have it now for real! Thank you Sebastian's! I can't help but keep coming back for more ...

They have a wide array of must try ice cream and frozen novelty flavors - Leche Flan , Hot Pot and Dimsum , Kamias, Manga't Suman, Chili Burger ,etc.

Sapin-Sapin Ice Cream  &  Green Mango Ice Cream with Bagoong

When I ordered for the green mango and bagoong the other day, my husband had the sapin-sapin ice cream.  It was amazingly good as well.

They have just announced a new flavor - Guyabano! I definitely wouldn't miss this. :)

If you happen to drop by MOA, you'll find Sebastian's at the 2nd level near IMAX, then tell us what's your flavor. Enjoy! SUMMER is really more FUN in the Philippines!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Steamed Lapu-Lapu with Tomato Sauce

And so the countdown begins....

Just a few more hours from now and we welcome 2013. A new year to start everything. New hope. New endeavors. New goals. May the force be with us! May the Almighty bless us! May the luck be upon us!

And speaking of good luck, it's been a part of auspicious filipino practice (from chinese influence) to serve whole fish aside from those round and sticky foods during new year - for prosperity. Well, anything that promises and brings success, wealth and happiness - let's attract it all in! But let's not forget to pair it up with hard work too. 

Oh, back to the fish -here's a simple and an easy one you can dish up tonight ...  

Steamed Lapu-Lapu with tomato Sauce

Steamed Lapu-Lapu with Tomato Sauce


1 med. size Lapu-Lapu (also known as grouper)
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, finely choped
1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
3 tbsp tomato sauce
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp grated ginger (1/4 part goes to the fish and the rest to the sauce)
1 green chili, chopped (as garnish)
salt , to taste
ground pepper, to taste
3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp cooking oil
1/2 tsp hot sauce (optional )

How to prepare:

  • Clean fish. Wash.Pat dry. Rub some ginger and little salt and pepper and the sesame oil. 
  • Steam fish in your steamer. This cooks fast. about 5 to 10 minutes its done.Set aside. 
  • In a pan, heat oil, saute, ginger, onion.add tomato and bell pepper and the rest of the ingredients.
  • Simmer and let the tomatoes softened, and the sauce thickened. Add more water if you want it a bit more saucy. Adjust seasoning as preferred. 
  • Pour the sauce over the fish. Garnish.
  • Enjoy!
Note: Lapu-Lapu can be a bit expensive, no worries - you can use also use Tilapia.

Wishing you Happy and Prosperous 2013 Everyone!!! 

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Chicken Relleno {Stuffed Deboned Chicken}

Chicken Relleno (Stuffed Deboned Chicken)

Chicken relleno has always been a feast to the eyes as much as it pleases our "panlasang pinoy". It has become a tradition, a part of our noche buena or Christmas dinner. Some friends has always asked me how do I make my chicken relleno. Well I haven't posted it before either because it's gone in a flash (oh yes! that fast!)  before I'd get a decent photo of the chicken relleno.

Lucky me! This time,I was able to tap some hands who would want to get a pinch for a bite piece of this stuffed chicken :) This is what we had for Christmas dinner.

 Chicken Relleno 

This is really very easy to make. Fresh deboned chicken are available in the supermarket, so no hassle if you don't know how to debone a chicken - just buy a ready one! Then everything is just going to be just mix-stuff-bake/roast.

Chicken Relleno

Chicken Relleno {Stuffed Deboned Chicken}

1 deboned chicken (about 1 to 1.5 kgs.)
1/4 butter
1 tsp annato seeds (atsuete) *optional

For the chicken marinade:
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp calamansi juice
dash of ground black pepper

For the stuffing:
400 g minced chicken
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 large white onion ,finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 carrot,grated
1 pc chorizo de bilbao, finely chopped
1/8 cup raisins
2 pcs pandesal  (or day old bread), soaked in one cup of milk
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp  fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
2 hard boiled eggs

  • How to prepare:

1. In a bowl, mix the marinade.Marinate the chicken for about 30 minutes to an hour.
2. Pre heat oven to 190oC 

2. Lay the chicken in a flat surface as shown in the photo above.

3. In a bow,mix all for the stuffing except the hard boiled egg. If you would want to know
if the seasoning is just right, get a small piece and fry it in a pan. This way you would know
if you need to adjust the salt. Some recipe would call for pickles, I opted it out, I wanted the celery
and the paprika instead. 

4. Stuff the mixture inside the cavity. In the mid part squeeze in the hard boiled eggs.

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5.  When done stuffing, seal the cavity with a toothpick or stitch them if you like. 
then tie the legs to keep it close together. After that, rub some butter and ground pepper.

6.  [Sorry no photos, I forgot to took some on this part] Place the chicken in a roasting pan [or a rectangular baking pan], cover with foil. 

7.  Bake for about 45 minutes. Remove the foil cover. Get some of the drippings, place it in a cup,then mix in the annato seeds. The sauce would be reddish. There, we have some basting to do. :) 
Baste the chicken every once in a while to keep from drying. Let the chicken cook for about 45 minutes more or until nice golden brown. Let cool for about 10-15 minutes before slicing. 

8. I love it best with mushroom gravy sauce. Yum!

Happy Holidays!