Spaghetti with malunggay pesto, pork tapa and egg

During the Apicius Culinary School Cook-off, one of the entries that really impressed me was the tapalog or rustic beef pasta with malunggay pesto on toast by Jose Lorenzo Manalo because I loved how the concept of fusion was interpreted. Unfortunately, the beef was tough so the dish did not land on the top three.

This is my interpretation of the dish. Instead of malunggay pesto on toast, I tossed the cooked pasta with malunggay pesto to make sure that the noodles wouldn’t end up being underseasoned. And, instead of hiding the meat between the noodles and the egg, I dropped the meat casually letting the pieces fall in a cascade on one side of the noodles. And, for an added Asian twist, the egg was topped with toasted garlic and drizzled with Sriracha. »

Chinese sausage, Bulgogi ham and malunggay omelet

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We're so used to Western-style omelets that we already associate specific vegetables than can go with the eggs -- bell peppers, onions, mushrooms... Actually, anything can be thrown in with the eggs to make an omelet.This omelet is Asian in every … »

8 great ways to prepare miso soup

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There was a time when, having recently discovered the availability of dashi, miso paste and wakame in local groceries, we'd have miso soup almost everyday. We were so happy that we no longer had to go to some expensive Japanese restaurant to enjoy … »

Malunggay: leaves, pods and flowers

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This is an updated version of a post originally published on Jan 17, 2007.Malunggay is Moringa oleifera Lamk, a tree with edible leaves and fruits. When I posted my halaan (clams) and malunggay soup recipe on May 29, 2006, there were some … »