Macaroni, cheese and bacon salad


Macaroni salad in the Philippines is almost always taken to mean "chicken and macaroni salad" -- shredded chicken meat, pineapple tidbits and macaroni are tossed with mayonnaise. Sometimes, there are additional ingredients like chopped carrot and celery or, sometimes, to add sweetness, raisins are thrown in. In fact, the … »

Spaghetti a la stroganoff


The best ground meat for this dish is sausage meat. Buy sausages, peel off the skins, crumble the meat and fry in butter. Or you can create your own sausage meat by seasoning ground meat and letting it marinade in the fridge for a couple of hours. Season with what? The usual salt, pepper and a bit of sugar -- and a good … »

Spaghetti with chicken, basil, sun-dried tomatoes and feta


Leftover boiled chicken recycled into a quick pasta dish that is as aromatic as it is tasty. The sauce is simple and light -- extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, roughly chopped fresh sweet basil, chopped sun-dried tomatoes and lemon juice. But it is the feta that really makes this dish so delightful. The next time you … »

Spicy noodle soup, jjampong style


A bit sour and mildly hot, this noodle soup was inspired by the Korean jjampong. The traditional base for jjampong is broth made by boiling shellfish with kelp. My very easy version uses powdered dashi. Instead of pork and shellfish, this soup has mushrooms. In short, except for the fish-based dashi, this is a meatless … »

Vegan spaghetti with chunky tomato sauce


It's Sam's birthday and she asked for spaghetti. I would have wanted to prepare something really special and a bit more elaborate but, alas, a storm raged all day and access to everything was limited. Worse, for a few hours this morning, the tap went dry. When water service resumed a little before noon, I cooked in a frenzy … »

Meatless misua soup with broccoli and cauliflower


Misua (also spelled miswa or mee swa) is a thin Chinese noodle made from wheat. In Chinese and Chinese-influenced cultures, it is often cooked as a stir fry for special occasions especially on birthdays to symbolize long life. The best stir fried misua I have ever eaten was served at the birthday party of a Chinese … »

Chicken and pasta soup with Béchamel sauce


I was about to start this post by saying that that's ziti in the photo and not penne but that wouldn't really be accurate. Ziti is a variant of penne and what distinguishes it from penne is its size -- ziti is a wide variety of penne. But then I realized why bother splitting hairs about pasta variants when I'm going to say … »

Sweet ginger and garlic noodles


Speedy and I, we’ve become somewhat vegetarian. Not for health considerations but for convenience. Although vegetarian dishes require more preparation, cooking time is so much shorter. And there’s no temptation to cook more than we can consume for a single meal because vegetable dishes just don’t reheat as … »

Meatless chow mein


Most cooks blanch dried egg noodles in hot water to soften them prior to stir frying. I don't. I add the dried noodles directly to simmering broth and let them absorb the rich flavors of the liquid. You can use vegetable broth, or meat or seafood-based broth. Whatever your choice of broth base, I recommend homemade. And, … »

Vietnamese chicken noodle soup (Ph? Gà)


When I watch food shows on TV, I pay close attention to what street cooks do. Not celebrity chefs cooking on a street corner pretending to cook street food. I mean, the real street food cooks because they are the ones who truly have a feel of the food culture of a place. In an […]The post Vietnamese chicken noodle … »