Spicy tofu in coconut cream (Bicol Express-style)

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Spicy, subtly hot, rich and creamy.Satisfy the vegetarians and omnivores in your family without breaking your back with the cooking. Prepare a vegetable and spice base, divide into two portions, add tofu to one portion and add pork to the second portion. The two dishes cook at the same time.Does it take acrobatic … [Read more...]

Pork, beans and chili with coconut milk sauce

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The pork and beans combination is good with tomato sauce but tomato sauce isn't the only sauce the combo is good with. Pork and beans are good with coconut milk too especially if you add chilies and ginger. Beans, like meat, are rich in protein and they are filling too. In effect, you eat less meat but you don't ingest less … [Read more...]

Chili relleno spring (egg) rolls

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The immortal Asian spring rolls with a classic Mexican filling -- whole chilies stuffed with cheese. And, yes, it is lacto-vegetarian. These spring rolls were dipped in eggs and dredged in flour prior to frying to seal in the cheese and make sure it doesn't seep out when it melts in the hot oil. So, these are probably more … [Read more...]

How to cook a creamy and tasty vegetable curry

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Vegetable curry is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes. But only when it's cooked right. Meaning? No overcooked soggy vegetables. I want the vegetables cooked through but each piece still able to retain its individual shape. I like my vegetable curry to be ultra creamy, not overwhelmingly spicy but with a lot of heat from … [Read more...]

Chili pork adobo with coconut cream

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More than eight years ago, I was told about Adobo Republic's Adobo Diablo. Knowing how the devil is associated with the heat of hell, I knew it would be spicy hot. I cooked my version without having gone to Adobo Republic nor having tried its Adobo Diablo. I still haven't but I've made another spicy pork adobo. This time, I … [Read more...]

How to cook: Fried fish with spicy tamarind sauce (pla rad prig)

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By itself, fried fish does not excite me. But pair fried fish with a good sauce and I get an adrenalin rush.We had a pack of bangus (milkfish) belly fillets in the freezer and it was the fastest thing to thaw for lunch today. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, we're out of fresh vegetables except for the … [Read more...]

Pressure cooker salay-ginto (yellowstripe scad) with coconut milk

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The most serious reason I missed my pressure cooker was because I love, love, loooovveee pressure cooking small bangus (milkfish) until every bit of it is edible -- bones and all. You know, sardines style. Now that my pressure cooker is back in action, it is seeing a lot of action. When Speedy and I went to the market, I … [Read more...]

Chili beef with coconut cream

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All morning yesterday, I simmered two large chunks of beef chuck until they were so tender they were literally falling apart. Problem was I couldn't decide what dish to make out of them. It was really time to go food shopping but I had to postpone it because I was still feeling woozy from a bout with colds. I checked what I … [Read more...]

Spicy pompano and green papaya soup

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Inspired by a chicken soup called halang-halang, this fish dish is great as a soup or as a main dish. A single 800-gram pompano is enough for three persons. Add cubes of green papaya, chayote or upo (bottle gourd) to make it even more filling.But wait! Isn't the fish called pampano and not pompano? Whether you call it … [Read more...]