"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".

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!

This post is linked to :  eRecipecards ,  Food Trip FridayFood Friday

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!

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