Polynesian meatballs and pineapple

Glazed meatballs with pineapple is a dish often labeled as Hawaiian. The label is rather constrictive because the dish is common in many Polynesian islands where pineapples grow; Hawaii is only a part of Polynesia.But what is Polynesia? It isn't a nation, right? Right. … [Read more...]


Soy (soya) pork

There's soya chicken and there's soya pork. Both are cooked with a generous amount of soy sauce but the cooking method differs. While the chicken cooks, for the most part, in the residual heat of the sauce, the pork is braised until tender because the fibers of the pork meat … [Read more...]


15-minute stir fried pork, peas and cashew nuts

Salty and sweet with lots of crunch. Thinly sliced pork is tossed with starch and fried until a crisp crust forms. Then, the meat is stir fried with vegetables and lightly salted cashew nuts. By the time the dish is done, every ingredient gives off a unique dimension of … [Read more...]


Adobo, Mexican-style

Yes, adobo is from Spain and it spread to Spanish colonies including Mexico. Every colony that adopted the Spanish adobo developed its own peculiar style over time. But, no, Filipino adobo is not the Spanish adobo that that became integrated in the cuisines of Spanish … [Read more...]


Pork in caramel sauce

Most of Asia was colonized by a European power at one time or another and some influences remained long after the colonial powers had gone. Perhaps, among the strongest and more long-lasting of those influences are reflected in Asian cuisines.Take Vietnamese food, for … [Read more...]


Thai pork larb (Lao pork laab)

Most of the world knows pork larb as a Thai dish but, if we're to be politically correct, it originates from Laos where it is called pork laab. What is this dish? It is sweet-tangy-salty-spicy minced pork with khao koor (ground toasted sticky rice), mint, cilantro and … [Read more...]


Crispy pork chunks with honey-balsamic sauce

And so we enter the second half of 2014. We're a little closer to December and the weather that I adore and wish we had all year 'round. That's what I try to focus on when I get freaked out by the fickle weather we have these days -- raining one moment and the sun shining … [Read more...]


The chunkiest boiled beef and vegetables soup

The beef was simmered on Friday, cooled in its broth then chilled in the fridge. On Saturday, I made macaroni salad -- one batch with chicken and another batch without for my vegetarian daughter.Sunday at noon, I took the meat out of the fridge, cut the meat into cubes … [Read more...]


Beef pares

The post about rice toppings got me thinking a lot about the times I’ve enjoyed steaming bowls of rice and tender boiled beef topped with lots of toasted garlic and chopped onion leaves. Pares, literally "pair", means the combination of rice and beef. In Philippine eateries, … [Read more...]