Chicharon (pork cracklings) and egg mazemen


A Speedy Veneracion original, the noodles are tossed with garlic-infused soya oil and toasted garlic bits. Then, the chicharon and poached egg are added and, for the finishing touches, toasted black sesame seeds and torn cilantro... Continue reading » … »

Cheese and nori spring rolls


Sam had this idea of combining cheese and nori for fried spring rolls filling. I couldn't quite visualize it so the idea remained an idea. Then, Alex mentioned that at Bar 1951 in Malate owned by her friend's family, cheese sticks are served with nori and wasabi mayo. To be more precise, the nori-wrapped cheese strips are … »

Creamed broccoli


Sometimes, a "same old, sale old" dish becomes something spectacular with just the right accessory. Take fried chicken, for instance... Although most people think there is nothing boring about fried chicken, it sure can get a lift. And this side dish of creamed broccoli does a stunning job. Not only is it a side dish, it … »

Vegetarian burrito with beans and mushrooms


I've always wondered if black-eyed peas were different from black-eyed beans. It appears that they're the same. After that discovery, I chanced upon dried sitaw (yard-long) beans at the grocery and I wondered of sitaw beans which have that distinctive black spot, are the same as what the English-speaking world calls … »

Spicy rice noodles with chicken teriyaki and fresh herbs


If we're really honest about it, there is no pure cuisine in Southeast Asia. Everywhere it's a fusion of local cuisine, Chinese influence and colonial legacies. Even the cuisine of Thailand, the only Asian country that was never colonized by a foreign power, is a blend of native culinary traditions and those of neighboring … »

Flashed-fried eggplants with rice vinegar and soy sauce


On Thursday evening, as we were scanning the contents of the fridge in preparation for the arrival of the girls the following night, Speedy said our weekend restaurant was about to open again. That's how he describes the cooking and eating routine on weekends when the girls are home -- we're like a restaurant that's open … »

SPAM mini open-faced sandwiches


Speedy loves SPAM. He really, truly does. With bread, with rice, as pizza topping, in pasta sauce... in whatever form. But nothing intrigued him more than SPAM musubi, that iconic Hawaiian creation that defies categorization. We've tried making SPAM musubi at home and they tasted great but, for some reason, they never … »

Bacon and egg mazemen


While most of us ramen lovers know the Japanese classic as a noodle soup, it turns out that there is such a thing as "dry ramen". Abura soba, or "oil noodles" consists of ramen and the traditional toppings but, instead of soup, they are served with a soy-flavored oil. And then there's hiyashi-chuka which is served cold and … »

Stir-fried chicken with green peas and cashew nuts


We don't go to Kowloon House very often anymore -- in fact, I can't even remember the last time we ate there. As Sam and Alex grew older, they discovered that they preferred Japanese food over Chinese food and on the occasions that they craved Chinese food, we often went to Causeway Seafood Restaurant and President Grand … »

Tinapa (smoked fish), salted eggs and tomato spring rolls


One of the law school girl friend parties I went to over the Christmas holidays was hosted by my friend, Sol. We live in the same town although on opposite sides. One of the dishes she served was fried spring rolls with tinapa and itlog na maalat (salted eggs) filling. The spring rolls were made by her husband, Deo, and … »