The dipping sauces of Asia


Sawsawan, that's what it's called. It's something served on the side of a cooked dish and the cooked meat, seafood or vegetable is either dipped in it or small spoonfuls of the mixture is poured over the cooked food or rice, or both. The closest English translation would be a "dipping sauce" except that it really isn't a sauce but more of a condiment. A flavor enhancer … [Read more...]

International Sushi Day


Who would have thought... an international sushi day! Unlike food festivals such as Oktoberfest and Taste of Chicago, the International Sushi Day isn't geographically-based. It is Facebook-based. Yes, you read that right. Facebook-based. Apparently, a sushi lover created a Sushi Page on Facebook in 2009 and, according to a (now non-existent) article in Wikipedia: … [Read more...]

Pancit Molo (or is it Molo soup?)

Pancit molo (molo soup)

This is an updated version of a recipe originally published on September 22, 2003.Whether you call it pancit molo or molo soup, it is the same basic Filipino soup dish -- pork dumpling or wonton soup often with bits of cooked chicken in the broth. I've always wondered why it goes with a pancit (noodles) label when there are no noodles in the soup. Then, I read … [Read more...]

How do you like your fish roe?


Speedy grew up with five siblings. He's the third from the youngest, the age difference between him and the oldest is, I think, seven years. He still recalls how they'd all scramble over "choice cuts" during meals. The bangus belly, for instance. Agawan, as he put it.One of the perks of being one of only two siblings is that there was never really any occasion for my … [Read more...]

In search of the real margarita


I'm a mojito girl. After my UP Law class held a reunion / testimonial dinner a year and a half ago, in some of the photos that came out on Facebook, I was referred to as "that mojito chick." But long before I was introduced to mojito, I was in love with the margarita. Speedy's sister, Ava, was housekeeping manager at a swank hotel, she managed to inveigle from the hotel … [Read more...]

How to make buko (coconut) and pandan jelly drink


The term "buko pandan" can mean either of two things. The first is buko pandan dessert with coconut meat and cubes of pandan-flavored pudding (made with gelatin or agar-agar) mixed with cream and sweetened condensed milk. The second is an iced drink made with coconut juice, shredded coconut meat and cubes of pandan-flavored pudding.The buko pandan drink is essentially … [Read more...]

Malunggay: leaves, pods and flowers


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 comments referring to the fruit of the malunggay. I have been a fan of malunggay leaves for a long, long time but I have never tried … [Read more...]