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Salty and Spicy Pepper Squid
Sep10

Salty and Spicy Pepper Squid

Salty and Spicy Pepper Squid is a Chinese dish that is made out of squid, seasoned in flour with pepper and salt, deep fried, as simple as that. It is a crunchy and simple recipe that everybody can try at home. This is suitable for summer served with fresh vegetable salad. You can also substitute the squid with prawns. Follow these instructions and start feeling Chinese as you make these flavourful squid:     People to feed: 5 Preparation Time: 15 mins Cooking Time: 20 mins   Ingredients 2 lbs squid, cleaned 4 tablespoons sea salt 2 tablespoon peppercorns, dry-roasted and crushed 4 cups vegetable oil 8 leaves lettuce, chilled 4 teaspoons hot chili powder 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 egg 1 cup of ice water   Cooking Procedure Rinse and dry the squid thoroughly. Cut each squid tube horizontally into ½ inch rings or into criss-cross diamond pattern. Set aside. In a large bowl, stir egg into the ice water. Mix in the flour with the chili powder, sea salt and peppercorns to form thick, lumpy batter. Add the squid and toss to coat, shaking off any excess batter. Place the wok over a high heat; fill a wok with oil to about a third full (about 2 cups) and heat until the oil starts to shimmer slightly. Add half the squid and deep-fry it for a minute, or until it’s just tender and beginning to have color. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well on kitchen paper. Repeat the process with the remaining squid. Arrange the lettuce leaves on a platter and top with the squid. Serve garnished with green onion, pepper, and lemon wedges. You can also serve this with your preferred mayonnaise or dressing.   To make it a bit spicy, try making chili dressing. Chili Dressing: To make the chilli dressing: Pound the roasted dried chilli in a mortar and pestle (or food processor). Add the palm sugar. Add the lime juice and the fish sauce. Mix well. You can also serve this with a salad; one good salad is cucumber salad. Cucumber Salad: In a bowl, mix in cucumber, tomato, mint and onion. And then add vinegar and a little bit oil. Mix to blend the flavor. Eat well!!!...

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Top Bizarre Foods in the Philippines
Sep07

Top Bizarre Foods in the Philippines

Foods that have weird names,  unusual taste, and unappetizing look  — these bizarre dishes originated from the Philippines.  From worms to eggs,  intestines, animal blood, etc. as long as it’s part of an animal, we can make a recipe out of that.  What’s more, one cool thing about this is that these bizarre foods are often sold anywhere in the streets.  Here, we try to gather some of the food that can only be found in the Philippines. Tamilok Tamilok is a kind of woodworm that can usually be found in Palawan, Philippines. Tamilok can be found in bakawan or in the mangrove trees. They are known as woodworms or shipworms but they’re not actually worms, they are mollusks that taste like oysters and seem to have the same texture. It is white and slimy and it’s also long. Yes, it may sound disgusting but tamiloks are really healthy. Tamilok is rich in vitamin A which is… Read more about Tamilok Balut A balut is an 18-day-old boiled developing duck embryo commonly sold as a street food in the Philippines and a very common food in Southeast Asia most particularly in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. The name “balut” comes from the word ballot which literally means covered/wrapped since it is cooked with its shell. This is best eaten with salt or chili garlic. Some people use vinegar with onions and pepper. Not everyone eats the fetus of… Read more about Balut Isaw Isaw Isaw is a well-known street food in the Philippines made from pork and chicken intestines that was grilled to perfection. Filipinos love isaw and it can be found in almost everywhere because if the vendors don’t have stalls, they are being sold in moving stalls and the vendors can transfer from one place to another most commonly in front of a business establishment, schools and churches every afternoon up to night. Vendors make sure… Read more about Isaw-Isaw Betamax Okay, I will now reveal to everyone, my deepest secret, I love blood! Well, basically because, yeah, you’re right, I am a vampire! Hahaha, nah, I’m just kidding. We’ll use chicken/pork blood this time. But, why not? If I can have eternal youth and be forever young. I’ll eat Betamax every day. Isn’t it weird that you can grill something in liquid form? Like blood? Maybe you’re wondering how that happened but this recipe will prove to… Read more about Betamax  ...

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Adobong Sitaw (String Beans Adobo)
Sep07

Adobong Sitaw (String Beans Adobo)

Among all the variations of Adobo, Adobong sitaw is one of my favourites! I grew up eating this tasty Filipino cuisine because my mom used to cook this always. I love the saltiness of adobo mixed with the sweet taste of sitaw with every bite. Cooking adobong sitaw is just the same as the other adobo dishes except that you have to use the sitaw as the main star of the dish with few pork strips. You can also replace pork strips with tofu, not only that it is healthier but also because it is very appropriate for the vegetarians. It is very easy to cook! In less than 30 minutes, you’re ready for lunch!     People to feed: 4-5 Preparation Time: 15 mins Cooking Time: 30 mins   Ingredients 1 bunch string beans (sitaw) cut in 2″ length 1/4 lbs pork, thinly sliced 5 cloves crushed garlic 1 medium sliced onion 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup white vinegar 1 cup water cooking oil Salt, pepper and sugar to taste   Cooking Procedure Heat the pan with oil and fry pork until the juice comes out. Add and sauté garlic and onion in a pan for 2 minutes. Pour the soy sauce, vinegar and water until it boils. Put the string beans and cover, simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and sugar to taste.   Happy eating! 🙂...

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Giniling na Baboy (Stir Fry Ground Pork)
Sep04

Giniling na Baboy (Stir Fry Ground Pork)

Giniling is a Filipino word that means minced. The main ingredient of giniling is ground pork; it is being stewed in tomato sauce with potatoes and carrots. This recipe is very easy to cook that’s why maybe when I joined a pageant in Our Lady of Fatima University; they always make sure that giniling is present in the menu. I’m sure you will love this dish because of its delicious taste that you will surely savor. Happy Cooking!     People to feed: 4-5 Preparation Time: 1 hr 20 mins Cooking Time: 40 mins   Ingredients 1 1/2 lb ground pork 1 small can Tomato Sauce 3 tablespoons cooking oil 1 crushed garlic head 1 minced onion 2 peeled and cubed large carrots 2 medium-sized peeled and cubed potatoes 1 piece beef or pork cube 1 cup water 1 teaspoon sugar Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 green seeded and cubed bell pepper (optional) 1/2 cup raisins (optional) 4 boiled eggs, shelled (optional) Marinade 1/4 cup Soy Sauce 1/4 cup Calamansi or Lemon Juice   Cooking Procedure Marinade the ground pork in lemon (camalansi) juice and soy sauce for 1 hour. Sauté garlic until slightly brown and onion in a pan with cooking oil until fragrant and translucent. Add the ground pork and make sure it loses its pink colour. Put the tomato sauce, beef or pork cube and water, boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the potatoes, carrots, bell pepper and raisins, cook for 5 more minutes. (You can also add garbanzos and green peas) Put sugar, salt and pepper to taste You can add boiled chicken or quail eggs if you want. Serve with steamed rice!   You can also use ground chicken instead of ground pork or a combination of both. Left overs can make other dishes like Torta, just remove the sauce, you can also add baked beans and that will give you the real pork and beans. Don’t be scared to try other recipes. Mix and match the recipe with vegetables and pineapple and your kids will never get enough of giniling.    ...

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Kinilaw na Tamilok (Tamilok Ceviche)
Aug20

Kinilaw na Tamilok (Tamilok Ceviche)

Tamilok is a kind of woodworm that can usually be found in Palawan, Philippines. Tamilok can be found in bakawan or in the mangrove trees. They are known as woodworms or shipworms but they’re not actually worms, they are mollusks that taste like oysters, they also seem to have the same texture. It is white and slimy and it’s also long. Yes, it may sound disgusting but tamiloks are really healthy. Tamilok is rich in vitamin A which is good for the eyesight; it also has vitamin B12, calcium, iron and zinc which improves the production of testosterone, that’s why tamilok is considered to be an aphrodisiac for men, so make sure you and your partner try this once you go to Palawan and get a steamy night in the beach! It is also good for people who are in a diet because a single serving on y has around 110 kilocalories. Tamilok can be eaten raw but are usually served as kinilaw (raw meat soaked in vinegar mixture- vinegar, onion, chili and calamansi). This is considered as one of the tastiest exotic food in the Philippines.     Tamilok are usually part of exotic food eating challenge in TV shows here in the Philippines. But wait, do you know where the tamilok got its name?  Two American foreigners called their friend to see it, “Tommy, look!” after seeing the locals eat the shipworm. They adopted the shipworm as their own delicacy. How can we get tamilok? Well the fishermen chop the decayed branch or trunk of the mangroves to expose the calcerous tubes where the tamiloks reside. They pull out the tamilok, harvest and eat them, sometinmes, right on the spot. Try not to be squeamish, bear in your mind that it’s a mollusk and not a worm, so it’s just the same as the oyster, sea snails and...

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