Bulawan Floating Restaurant on Good Friday

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We've been to Bulawan before. The last time, Speedy and I had lunch there on a weekday, on a whim, and the experience was just so relaxing and peaceful, and the food so good that, right there and then, I decided I'd write a story. The story was published as a feature article in Manila Standard Today and I was so happy to … [Read more...]

How to cook miso ramen with mushroom balls (meatless)

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It's meatless but not exactly vegetarian because dashi, the base for miso soup, is a stock cooked by simmering bonito flakes and kombu. Bonito flakes, or katsuobushi in Japanese, are shaved skipjack tuna that had been dried, fermented and smoked.To make this dish, I first cooked the mushroom balls and vegetables in … [Read more...]

How to cook: Gingered mussel soup

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The fastest and easiest way to ruin any seafood dish is by overcooking. Unlike meat, seafood turns chewy and rubbery with overcooking. And they shrink like anything.Most people make mussel soup by adding the mussels to the pan before pouring in the water. I don’t. I let the water boil first BEFORE adding the mussels. … [Read more...]

How to make: Fish balls and noodle soup

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The fish balls are homemade. With a food processor. The authentic way to make them is to mince the fish with a cleaver, mix it with binders and vegetables then knead and throw handfuls of the mixture against the inside of a bowl to achieve the perfect texture. While I'm sure that there is a huge amount of satisfaction in … [Read more...]

How to cook: Pancit Molo (or is it Molo soup?)

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Whether you call it pancit molo or molo soup, it is the same basic Filipino soup dish -- pork dumpling or wonton soup often with bits of cooked chicken in the broth. I've always wondered why it goes with a pancit (noodles) label when there are no noodles in the soup. Then, I read somewhere, I don't anymore remember where, … [Read more...]

How to cook: Nilagang baboy (boiled pork ribs with vegetables)

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Every culture has its version of boiled meat and vegetables. So I said in my Dublin coddle post. In the Philippines, the generic nilaga (literally, boiled) can refer to boiled beef and vegetables, boiled chicken and vegetables or boiled pork and vegetables. What the vegetables are vary. But, almost always, there is a … [Read more...]