Sunday, December 29, 2013

Deep Fried Finger Food for the Holidays

Nothing beats deep fried pulutan (finger food) during the holidays. These two especially go well with Canadian whisky. This deep fried shrimp below is dipped in beer batter for the extra taste, before each one is lovingly pan fried in a pool of olive oil. 

This next one is crispy pata or deep fried pig knuckles. Pre-cook the portions first before deep frying in a pot of olive oil to ensure it is cooked well done. As usual, the secret afterwards is in the sukang pinakurat or highly spiced vinegar as mentioned in this earlier post

Make sure you keep your lifeline medical alert device close by before you dig in. Just saying.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ginataang Langka (Jackfruit Cooked in Coconut Milk)

This is one of my all time favorites (I seem to have a lot of favorites) just because it reminds me of my childhood back in the ghettos. It's mixed with string beans, green chilly, and young jack fruit slices, all submerged in coconut milk. Perfect dinner entrée for any occasion.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Try Ava's Protein Bar Treats

This is perfect for health nuts because it's rich in fibre and gluten-free. Try it before, after, or even during your work out. Flavors include Chocolate Almond Butter, Pumpkin Apricots, and are packed with 24 grams of protein.  For only $2.50 a bar, it's a cheaper alternative to Star Bucks protein bars.

Leave a comment here and I'll hook you up with some bite-sized samples.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Kutchinta (Cuchinta) for Dessert

These are small, sticky, round, jello-like rice cakes, topped with freshly grated coconut. Great bite-sized dessert for those who currently watch their weight (like me).

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sweet and Sour Fish is Better Than Tinola

Prepared with chunks of pineapple, red pepper, carrots, and your choice of fish. Tilapia is a great pick for the sweet and sour accompaniment.

I only say fish is better than tinolang manok after a friend shows me the now elusive video on facebook tungkol sa lalaking gumahasa sa kawawang tandang na manok. Dafaq.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hot Pot Makes Any Meal a Social Event

If you are looking to host a quick and painless dinner party then go with hot pot. It's easy to set up, clean up, and a lot of fun to have because it gets everyone involved, and allows for small talk while waiting for food to cook.

You'll need the following hardware:
- Hot pot cooker ($40+ from T&T);
- Propane gas ($5 for a 4-pack);
- Chopsticks.

You can serve a variety of foods including:
- Ready-made specifically for hot pot like shrimp or fish paste balls. T&T has a lot of these;
- Chicken or beef soup stock. Make sure your broth has a lot of water because you'll find that the water evaporates quickly;
- Seafood like shrimps and mussels.
- Mushrooms. Cut these in halves or quarters. The Shiitake mushroom sprouts are very popular;
- Greens, like spinach, radish, or lettuce. These cook very quickly so don't let it soak too long.
- Hot sauce.

That's it. Great for 4-6 guests or the maximum number of people you can fit seated around your dinner table.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Crispy Pata for Pulutan

The secret to a great crispy pata, a Filipino dish consisting of deep fried pig trotter or knuckles, is the sauce. When served with a soy-vinegar dip diced with red onions plus salt+pepper, you can't go wrong but break your New Year's resolution. It also goes very well with red wine, but doesn't everything?