Asian Pan-seared Salmon on Bean Sprouts and Japanese Eggplants

Asian Pan-seared Salmon on Bean Sprouts and Japanese Eggplants

Whenever school starts, I’m always asked by other moms how I made my sons like fish and vegetables when they were growing up. There was no secret to it. I just cooked fish and vegetables regularly on weeknights, weekends or any day possible. I just cooked, served and called everyone to dinner. Every single day, […]

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Chinese Noodle Soup with Asian Beef Ribs and Baby Bok Choy

Chinese Noodle Soup with Asian Beef Ribs and Baby Bok Choy

  This is a variation of the Filipino Beef Mami, a classic noodle soup. The beef short ribs in this recipe were braised and simmered in a sweet broth, with seasonings, and spices like star anise. Then once the tender beef nearly falls off the bone,  you catch the soft chunks and place them in […]

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Filipino Shrimp Paella : Perfect for Mother’s Day

Filipino Shrimp Paella : Perfect for Mother’s Day

  Make Mom happy with something homemade. Made by you on Mother’s Day makes it even more special. Just think, you won’t have to deal with the long wait at restaurants, the reservations made months in advance, or the crowds, bad service and traffic. No need to subject Mom to the unpleasant. Instead, let Mom […]

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A Visit to Via Mare & Glenda Barretto : Why I Love Filipino Food !

A Visit to Via Mare & Glenda Barretto : Why I Love Filipino Food !

  The plane landed at midnight, in Manila at the NAIA Airport. It was hot and humid. I survived a 20+ hour plane trip from the USA to Korea, then finally Manila. Clutching my luggage , I shifted my shoulder bag, sent my sister  a text at the arrival area. “I’m here. Hungry! Hurry!”   […]

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LINAMNAM at “Bale Dutung”: I Ate Where ANTHONY BOURDAIN ate !

LINAMNAM at “Bale Dutung”: I Ate Where ANTHONY BOURDAIN ate !

“I ate where Anthony Bourdain ate.” I now have bragging rights to that. When I went on a trip to the Philippines last month, there was nothing else I wanted to do, from the minute I landed in Manila. I had to  eat at “Bale Dutung” in Angeles, Pampanga.  I wanted to find out for […]

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Nora Daza’s Chop Suey  & Meeting Nora

Nora Daza’s Chop Suey & Meeting Nora

Chop Suey is an all-time favorite vegetable dish, popular among Filipinos. It is a medley of different greens mixed with slivers of chicken, pork and shrimps in a soy sauce base. The best recipe I make often is from the classic Filipino cookbook “Let’s Cook with Nora” by Nora Daza. And by sheer chance, one […]

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Filipino Crab Croquettes

Filipino Crab Croquettes

“Crocketas” as my Mom used to call them were a mainstay on Fridays during the Lenten season when I was growing up. Mom’s croquettes were made of either fish flakes or on special days, crab meat.  Lenten Fridays, 6 weeks in a year where fastidiously observed in our home and non-negotiable as far as my […]

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Guisadong Talong: Filipino Eggplant Saute

Guisadong Talong: Filipino Eggplant Saute

I’m back from a long trip from my home country , the Philippines. I brought back with me a bundle of stories, memories, snapshots of friends and family, and a slew of recipes to share with you. But like all travelers, I am sleepy, weary and jet-lagged .  Asia has a 13+ hour time zone […]

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Fish Cardillo: Salmon Fillet with Egg-Tomato Topping

Fish Cardillo: Salmon Fillet with Egg-Tomato Topping

One of the most dependable and undeniably delicious ways to cook fish, Filipino style is to make Fish Cardillo. The combination of  moist omelet-tomato-onions scrumptiously atop a freshly cooked fillet is fabulous!   Once the holidays are over, you probably do as I do and search your recipe files for something healthier for family meals. […]

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