Add spice and breathe new life into your ginisang togue (sauteed mung bean sprouts)

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Okay, so the weather is still scary. It feels darn strange to say that since typhoons and storms are a way of life in this country and I've lived here all my life. But given the worse-than-usual experiences during the last couple of years, Ketsana and Washi just to name two, it's hard not to get a bit paranoid when strong … »

Tofu and mushrooms with bean sprouts and spinach

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I like vegetables but I'm not really a raw vegetable salad person. And I like more than greens in my vegetable dishes. I like colors and textures and an interplay of shapes and sizes. This dish, for me, satisfies all those requirements.Spinach and mung been sprouts take very little time to cook. Take care not to … »

Pad Thai noodles

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Nine out of every ten people I know would define Pad Thai noodles as a spicy noodle dish made with shrimps, mung bean sprouts and ground peanuts. But shrimps, mung bean sprouts and peanuts are not really the ingredients that define the Pad Thai noodle dish. The sauce makes the dish and it is called Pad Thai sauce. It isn't … »

Tofu and mung bean sprouts spring rolls

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This is the chicken version of the 2003 recipe for bean sprout lumpia. And while the pork version includes green beans as a second vegetable ingredient, this chicken version has spinach. Which do I like better? I like them both. Love them both, actually. In fact, even without meat, I love spring rolls. Fried or not.The … »

Korean scallion pancake (pajeon, p’ajon or pa jun)

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It all started with the Korean scallion and seafood pancake (haemul pajeon) that we had at a Korean restaurant in Shangri-La Plaza last year. I was intrigued by the unique texture of the pancake and when I chanced upon a bag of Korean pancake mix (buchimgae) in an Oriental food shop in Cartimer, I grabbed one.I was … »

Savory fried spring rolls

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The English-speaking world calls them spring rolls although this Asian delicacy has nothing to do with spring. They are served fried or non-fried and fillings vary. The wrappers vary too depending on which part of Asia you are in. Pork-filled spring rolls called cha gio are served as an appetizer in Vietnam using paper-thin … »

Vietnamese spring rolls

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We never go to a Vietnamese restaurant without ordering spring rolls. Between Pho Hoa and Pho Bac, I prefer the latter's spring rolls. Apart from that though, my vote goes to Pho Hoa all the way. It's always been my dream to make Vietnamese spring rolls at home but it wasn't easy getting hold of rice spring roll wrappers. … »

Japchae (jabchae, chapchae or chapchee), a Korean noodle dish

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From the various recipes of japchae that I have read, spinach appears to be a traditional ingredient. But my first japchae experience not only included spinach but some yellow beans and string beans as well. Ergo, I figured it wouldn't really hurt to play a little with the combination of vegetables. My version of japchae … »

Asian coleslaw

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The inspiration is from Videojug. I always thought that ALL THAT OLIVE OIL was necessary to make raw vegetables edible but it seems not. As long as the combination of vegetables is right and the dressing is good, a salad can be a wonderful thing. I modified the Videojug recipe, of course, to suit my preferences. Instead of … »