Salmon head, corn and shiitake soup


One of the tastiest soups I've ever cooked happens to be not among the best looking. I made these over the holidays, Alex was having digestion issues so I thought I'd give her something that was easy to chew and easy to digest, but still packed with … »

Steamed fish with sweet soy-ginger sauce


A lesson I learned today: When cooking fish steak, buy uncut fish then slice into steaks just before cooking. They turn out tastier and juicier that way.The long story: Speedy chanced upon very fresh tanigue (Spanish mackerel) in the market. The … »

Chicharon (pork cracklings) and egg mazemen


A Speedy Veneracion original, the noodles are tossed with garlic-infused soya oil and toasted garlic bits. Then, the chicharon and poached egg are added and, for the finishing touches, toasted black sesame seeds and torn cilantro... Continue reading … »

Cheese and nori spring rolls


Sam had this idea of combining cheese and nori for fried spring rolls filling. I couldn't quite visualize it so the idea remained an idea. Then, Alex mentioned that at Bar 1951 in Malate owned by her friend's family, cheese sticks are served with … »

Creamed broccoli


Sometimes, a "same old, sale old" dish becomes something spectacular with just the right accessory. Take fried chicken, for instance... Although most people think there is nothing boring about fried chicken, it sure can get a lift. And this side dish … »

Vegetarian burrito with beans and mushrooms


I've always wondered if black-eyed peas were different from black-eyed beans. It appears that they're the same. After that discovery, I chanced upon dried sitaw (yard-long) beans at the grocery and I wondered of sitaw beans which have that … »

Spicy rice noodles with chicken teriyaki and fresh herbs


If we're really honest about it, there is no pure cuisine in Southeast Asia. Everywhere it's a fusion of local cuisine, Chinese influence and colonial legacies. Even the cuisine of Thailand, the only Asian country that was never colonized by a … »

Flashed-fried eggplants with rice vinegar and soy sauce


On Thursday evening, as we were scanning the contents of the fridge in preparation for the arrival of the girls the following night, Speedy said our weekend restaurant was about to open again. That's how he describes the cooking and eating routine on … »

Pork floss: fluffy, tasty and quite addictive


My first encounter with pork floss was in Taipei. We had just gotten off the plane and because my group was there on the invitation of the Taiwanese government, the first stop was the Tourism Office where there was the usual welcome and briefing. I … »

SPAM mini open-faced sandwiches


Speedy loves SPAM. He really, truly does. With bread, with rice, as pizza topping, in pasta sauce... in whatever form. But nothing intrigued him more than SPAM musubi, that iconic Hawaiian creation that defies categorization. We've tried making SPAM … »