Midnight snack: pizza-style crisp tortillas

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I'll never understand the sweeping generalization that midnight snacks are unhealthy. Whoever coined it must have lived at a time before there was electricity and no one worked after nightfall. But this is the 21st century, we live in the midst of that social and economic phenomenon called globalization and we're long past … »

Beef, mushrooms and vegetables soup

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A chunky soup that turned out surprisingly well considering that I really didn't have a clear plan on how I was going to make it when I started slicing, chopping and dicing. My original intention was to make a meatless soup for Sam -- which I did -- and because I try to stuff her with all the vegetables I can get my hands … »

Pork asado noodle soup

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There are two ways to cook the meat component of this comforting noodle soup. The first is to cook the pork char siu style; the second is to braise it Filipino asado style. I prefer the latter. And liempo (pork belly) is my favorite pork cut to use. What about the noodles? Egg noodles (flat, […]The post Pork asado … »

Sweet and sour pork, a new version

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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 and lechon macau are the … »

Fried whole fish with chili kangkong (swamp spinach)

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For a people who consider fried fish and rice as a complete meal, it seems ridiculous to bust one’s head thinking of what else to add to the pair. In the Philippines, put fried fish and rice on the table and they will be contentedly and happily be gobbled up so long as there is […]The post Fried whole fish with … »

4-ingredient sauce for sweet-spicy-tangy Asian noodles

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What makes a noodle dish Asian? The flavors? The ingredients? Both? The sauce for this noodle dish was made with four things and four things only — equal amounts of tamarind paste, sweetened peanut butter, light soy sauce and Sriracha. Tamarind is found in many Asian cuisines but it also found in African and Caribbean … »

Mango and avocado salsa

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Our mint and basil are thriving but our lime tree has gone on vacation once more and it’ll probably be several months before we see fruits again. The juice of the last three limes and a handful of freshly picked mint leaves went into this fresh salsa that is creamy, tangy, zesty, sweet and spicy […]The post … »

Everything tastes better with bacon — including egg salad sandwich

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I have to admit that this post is about "rubbing it in." And I have my friend and UP Law batch mate Raffy Aquino to thank for the link to an article that makes "skinny blogs" so last decade.Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra says the obsession with a low-fat diet has “paradoxically increased” the risk of heart … »

Salmon head, corn and shiitake soup

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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 flavors and nutrients. She loved it. I cooked more than enough for lunch … »

Steamed fish with sweet soy-ginger sauce

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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 been cut into steaks (see the difference between … »