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Soy sauce eggs

They're called shoyu tamago in Japanese; the simplest English translation of the Chinese name is braised soy sauce eggs. They are served as a snack, as a topping for congee or as one of the many dishes in a bento box.The name might suggest that there's nothing to making … [Read more...]

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Pork lo mein, a light version

There was a time when I would refuse to cook a dish if I didn't have all the ingredients specified in a recipe. All newbie cooks go through that phase, I surmise. The confidence to just wing it is still in embryonic stage and the adventurous spirit is yet non-existent. When … [Read more...]

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Pork mami (noodle soup)

Mami is what we Filipinos call the traditional Chinese noodle soup with vegetables and meat or seafood. I have no idea who coined the term but I am pretty certain that the term mami is peculiar to the Philippines. The Wikipedia article on noodle soup says it was coined by Ma … [Read more...]

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Soy (soya) pork

There's soya chicken and there's soya pork. Both are cooked with a generous amount of soy sauce but the cooking method differs. While the chicken cooks, for the most part, in the residual heat of the sauce, the pork is braised until tender because the fibers of the pork meat … [Read more...]

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Sweet and sour pork, a new version

When we eat in Chinese restaurants, we often order dishes that we had enjoyed before. For instance, we love Causeway Seafood Restaurant's and King Chef's dim sum selection but, for me, nothing beats Din Tai Fung's steamed dumplings. Speedy and I think that HK Choi's pata tim … [Read more...]

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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 upper half of the fish had … [Read more...]

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Stir-fried chicken with green peas and cashew nuts

Kowloon House on West Avenue in Quezon City was a significant part of my childhood. While we feasted in Chinatown years earlier, by the time I was in my last few years of grade school, we were dining at Kowloon House more often. It was more accessible, there was ample … [Read more...]

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Beef hofan

Alex has a thing for beef hofan. She's obsessed with it. It was the only dish that she asked for when she got sick over the holidays (we didn't give her any because her digestive system went on vacation); it's one of about five dishes that she craves when she is feeling … [Read more...]

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Sticky Szechuan Pork

Last night we feasted. We had dinner with Batjay, Tito Rolly and Apol, and the menu was as carnivorous as a meal could possibly get. Half a duck (served three-way), pata tim, lechon macau, siao long bao, yang chow and a token vegetable dish. You'd think that after all that … [Read more...]

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Chicken and black mushrooms braised in soy-ginger sauce

It starts with the marinade -- a mixture of soy sauce, ginger, sugar, rice wine and white pepper. Into the dark sauce the chicken pieces go where they stay for a couple of hours. Then, the chicken pieces are tossed in corn starch and deep fried just until browned. Not cooked … [Read more...]