Pot-roasted pork sandwich

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My family prefers butterflied pork chops over regular pork chops. They are more tender. We normally buy them as chops, sliced for individual servings. Last Friday, my husband came home with a slab of two-kilogram butterflied pork chops. A slab--unsliced. I thought how much better if I cooked the whole thing as a roast … »

Chunky beef, tomato and eggplant soup

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After a gastronomic lunch out yesterday, it was surprising that we could still manage to have a piece of Megamelt ensaymada. Annabel Lee cheesecakes, Megamelt was disappointing. I couldn't taste the butter (was there any at all?). The bread was dry. It wasn't like this when it started out as Supermelt a few years ago. … »

Sunday lunch out

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My brother-in-law, Raphael, celebrated his birthday recently and invited us for lunch yesterday. Native cuisine at GerryÕs Grill along Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City. It was my first time to visit this particular branch of GerryÕs. IÕve always gone to the Libis branch. The place was packed. We had to wait to be seated. … »

Arroz a la Cubana

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I'm re-posting this recipe for two reasons. First, this photo is better than the old one. Second, I wanted to create links to the other saba banana recipes that have accumulated since I first posted this wonderful rice dish called Arroz a la Cubana. I don't really know if it originated from Cuba but I know it by no other … »

Minatamis na saging (sweetened bananas)

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The original recipe for this dessert was sent to me by long-time reader Sam. Until I read this recipe, the only way of preparing minatamis na saging I knew was to cook the ripe saba bananas in water and sugar. Guess I've been missing a lot. While sticking to the ingredients in the original recipe, I added a few drops of … »

Star anise (sanque)

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An important ingredient in cooking asado dishes, the scientific name of star anise is Illicium verum. The origins are China and Vietnam. In herbology, star anise is used as a remedy for colic and rheumatism.There is, however, a variety known as Japanese star anise which is toxic and good for ornamental purposes only. In … »

Crispy Pata

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See the convection oven/turbo broiler version of the crispy pata recipe.It's just deep-fried pork leg, how can that be so hard to cook? Nothing difficult about cooking crispy pata. But one can have good crispy pata or terrible crispy pata. Who wants the latter, right?Pata is the front or hind leg of the pig. In … »

Ensaladang Talong (eggplant salad)

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We're having something very sinful tonight. %-P Crispy pata. While pressure-cooking the pata, the salad was prepared. While the crispy pata is cooking in hot oil--where it is making a lot of spattering noises as well--I'm posting this.There are several versions for making this oil-free salad. Some cut the talong … »

Broiled pork chops and onion rings

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This dish is a variation of my previous pork steak recipe which, in turn, is an adaptation of the classic bistek. The difference is that I used pork chops in this recipe. Truth is I don't like pork chops. I find them too dry. But my husband enjoys them very much. He bought a huge tray of pork chops and specifically asked … »

Yellow fin tuna and kamote (sweet potato) cakes

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After the successful gabi (taro) and bangus (milkfish) cakes, I decided to do a similar dish but using mashed kamote (sweet potatoes) instead of gabi and substituting yellow fin tuna for the bangus. This wasn't a planned dish, however. In fact, it was a panic-time dish. We weren't able to do the marketing last Sunday … »