How to cook: Kare-kare


A rich stew of ox tail, face, leg, tripe or all of them together, and a variety of vegetables in a sauce flavored and thickened with roasted ground peanuts (peanut butter is just as good!) and toasted rice flour.Another way to prepare kare-kare is to cook the vegetables separately in the stock in which the meat has … [Read more...]

Tuna and cabbage spring rolls


It's tempting to create a food blog dedicated to vegetable spring rolls and nothing else but I don't think it's wise to eat spring rolls exclusively everyday. Much as I love spring rolls, too much of anything, no matter how good, can become boring. So, let me just say that you'll be seeing a lot of vegetable spring roll … [Read more...]

Oriental noodles with peanut sauce


If you're a fan of Vietnamese food, then you should be familiar with the peanut sauce that goes with the spring rolls. It's a mixture of tamarind paste, peanut butter and hoisin sauce, thinned down a bit with hot water. I love that peanut sauce. I can dip steamed dimsum and lumpiang togue (fried bean sprout spring rolls) in … [Read more...]

How to make: Vietnamese spring rolls


We never go to a Vietnamese restaurant without ordering spring rolls. Between Pho Hoa and Pho Bac, I prefer the latter's spring rolls. Apart from that though, my vote goes to Pho Hoa all the way. It's always been my dream to make Vietnamese spring rolls at home but it wasn't easy getting hold of rice spring roll wrappers. … [Read more...]

How to cook: Lumpiang ubod (heart of palm spring rolls)


The last time I made lumpiang ubod, my firstborn (now 15) was still a baby and we were living at my in-laws'. I had too many excuses for not making lumpiang ubod all these years -- I had no non-stick pan to make those crepe-like wrappers, it was such a hassle going to the market so early in the morning for the ubod choice … [Read more...]

How to cook: Chicken satay


We were supposed to host a barbecue yesterday but our intended guests begged off at the last minute leaving us with a lot of chicken, pork and cocktail drink mixers.No problem. We mixed the drinks anyway, had our fill of Margaritas in our new Margarita glasses last night, and then we grilled the pork teriyaki and … [Read more...]