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27 December 2010

Thai Inspired Media Noche

I'm still new to trying to update this blog of mine on a daily basis. Anyway, here goes something that I have to put into words before I go stir crazy.

New Year's Eve is fast approaching and although I don't subscribe to all the superstitions associated to the day, I always try to make something that's colorful and yummy, while avoiding chicken and the slow pokes (crabs, etc).

I'm on a Thai food binge! I want to eat something that remotely resembles the Thai food that I've tried from the restaurants that I've been to.

My menu on December 31st would include the following:

1. Crispy pork with cilantro garnish
2. Vegetable and tofu curry
3. (Hopefully) Thai Ice Tea
4. And for dessert, sago in sweetened warm coconut milk.

I just need to buy the ingredients and make sure that they're fresh for Friday night!

I'd post the recipe one by one next year. I hope you'll enjoy the food as much as we will.

Happy New Year everyone!

Food Misadventures at the Manila Ocean Park

After all the walking and sight seeing at the Manila Ocean Park, hubby and I got really hungry. We decided to visit MakanMakan (Makansutra) first. The first time we got there, they were still closed. So okay, we went and looked for something to snack on while waiting for them to open up.

Misadventure #1: MakanMakan Asian Food Village - 2nd Floor of the Oceanarium

We went back to the restaurant and we were seated at once. When we looked for the menu, we were told that they were out of copies. We had to wait for someone to finish looking at the menu and to order their food before we got our hands on it. It's a small thing, but worth mentioning.

The name of the restaurant included something that said Asian Food Village, so I was expecting a lot of Thai food. What a disappointment! When I saw the only page they dedicated to Thai cuisine, hubby and I said that it looked like a mere after thought. But even with that, we decided to go and order Chinese instead.

We called for a waiter and placed our order. I really wished they had the Thai Ice Tea, but they didn't, so I settled for the Singaporean drink Lemon Barley and hubby decided to just go with regular Ice Tea. We had to wait for five minutes for the drinks to be served. We still remained patient and waited for our food. Here is where the misadventure began:

Misadventure A: After we placed our orders, the waiters did not bother to put plates on our table. They made it look like we were supposed to eat from the serving plates when our food arrives.

Misadventure B: Hubby and I were talking and we noticed that food was being served all around us. Those who came in after us had their food on their table and ours was still missing. That's after 45 minutes of waiting for the food.

We called someone's attention and lo and behold! Our order slip was still with the cashier! Meaning that it was not forwarded to the kitchen so that the chefs can prepare our meal!

We asked for the manager and our food, but dang, the first waiter that we talked to didn't even attempt to call the manager, instead he went to the kitchen and placed our order. We had to call another waiter to call the manager for us. Our patience was running low then, we were hungry and frustrated.

So here comes the manager. We voiced out our concern, what did he do? He immediately agreed that we cancel our order! Customer service of this place SUCKS big time! He didn't even offer to resolve the problem. We were not looking for a free meal, what we wanted was for him to DO SOMETHING about the problem, sadly, he didn't.

Misadventure C: While talking to the manager, our food started arriving one by one. The YangChow rice looked as if it was hastily prepared. Rice was spilling from all sides and it looked PALE. The ginger onion fish fillet arrived a few minutes after and again, it looked hastily prepared! Not even worth taking a photo of.

Misadventure D: The food was being served on the table, but again, there were still no plates on the table. If we decided to stay there and eat, HOW WERE WE SUPPOSED TO EAT THE FOOD? ON THE SERVING PLATES? Gawd awful SERVICE!

Misadventure E: Again. we were not looking for a free meal. But when we said to the manager that we will cancel the order, he was LIGHTING FAST AND QUICK TO TELL US THAT WE SHOULD PAY FOR THE DRINKS! There was ABSOLUTELY NO ATTEMPT TO KEEP US THERE AND DO BUSINESS WITH US!

This really ticked me off. I know that there was just two of us and when compared to other groups which averaged at least four people, our business was smaller. But still, business is business. You don't screw up a couple's date with LOUSY service.

In the end, we paid for the drinks and cancelled our food without guilt. Tip, if you want to try MakanMakan, make sure that there's at least four of you in a group, you may get better service.

Misadventure #2: Pancake House, Ground Floor Oceanarium

After our bout with trying to eat at MakanMakan, we decided to go to Pancake House and fill our bellies there. A group just left their table and we decided to sit there. It was a great choice, it was near the windows and it provided us with a good view of the harbor.

Here are the misadventures:

Misadventure A: After seating, NO ONE CLEANED the mess on the table. We tried to get the attention of the waiters (of which there were only two, on a Sunday no less!). But it seemed that they were purposely avoiding us. We were there for about five minutes and not even the MANAGER cleaned or asked someone to clean our table.

Misadventure B: Hubby went to the washroom and on his way, he asked a waiter to clean out our table. He pointed to my location and I know for a fact that the waiter saw me and the mess that was our table. Here's the annoying part, THE WAITER CLEANED A DIFFERENT TABLE!!!

Misadventure C: After about ten minutes, I finally got a waiter's attention and asked him to clean the table. While in the process of picking up the mess, another table of customers called him to complain about their food. The food they served was RAW! What did the waiter do? Instead of calling the manager to resolve the issue, he abandoned all pretense of trying to clean my table and went to the kitchen to resolve the custonmer's issue, without asking someone else to clean the table for us! Anyway, after hearing that they served RAW food, I felt nauseated and decided to leave the establishment.

Misadventure D: While waiting for someone to actually start working on our table, I noticed that there was a mom (another customer) who was complaining about something. Her child was starting to throw tantrums, and guess what, he was HUNGRY! They were waiting forever for something to be served to them. And again, the manager was not doing anything to resolve the issue.

After hearing the complaints, I asked my hubby to get out of the place and look for another establishment. We ended up eating at another restaurant and we were hitting ourselves on the head for not going there in the first place.

We are not heartless. We acknowledge the fact that the holidays may have poured in more customers for all of the establishments in the Oceanarium food area. But, since they are from the service industry, they should have prepared for the influx of customers. Being understaffed is not an excuse, the establishments should have predicted this. It's the Christmas season for crying out loud. Families go out to celebrate the season!

Lesson learned, don't go to establishments which can't handle the rush. You'll probably get ulcer if you decide to wait for them to do business with you. One more thing, if the establishment has lousy service in one branch, chances are, they are lousy everywhere, same training right? And lastly, if the establishment does not want to do business with you, forget about them and NEVER do business with them AGAIN. No more trips to MakanMakan and any branch of Pancake House for us, EVER.

23 December 2010

Spicy Creamy Chicken Macaroni Soup

I don't like oily soups, so this particular recipe got a twist from me.



What you need:

1/2K of chicken breast fillet diced
1/2K of elbow macaroni
2 small carrots thinly sliced diagonally
1 small cabbage head shredded
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 small can of evaporated milk
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of olive oil or 1 tablespoon of lite-butter
salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

In your soup pot, saute the garlic, onion, chicken and carrots in butter or olive oil.
Add the water once the chicken is cooked and let boil.
Put the macaroni in until the pasta is al dente (don't you just hate soggy pasta?)
Once the pasta is done, add the milk, salt and pepper to taste and simmer for 5 minutes. Before turning off the heat, add the cabbage and turn off the heat when the cabbage is half cooked.



When it's done, sprinkle some powdered cayenne pepper and serve with toasted bread.

Particularly yummy during the cold season.













Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

The Mango Tree Bistro Experience

I apologize if I wasn't able to join any food memes last Friday because of some responsibilities that I had to attend to.

This week, let me give you a review of one of the newest Thai restaurants in Quezon City, Mango Tree Bistro. The restaurant is located on the third floor of Trinoma mall beside Powerbooks. It opened its doors to Filipinos last October 11th. It originated from Bangkok, Thailand and it now has branches in several international locations including Tokyo in Japan, Macau, Dubai, Kuching, Busan and Kuching and its newest baby, the restaurant here in the Philippines.

The ambiance of the restaurant is relaxing and the crew members were prompt in leading us to a table and giving us the menu.

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Mango Tree Bistro Entrance from the Third Floor Deck


From the photos alone when you open the menu, you might be tempted to order everything that you see.

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Although the dishes had their Thai names written on the menu, it was not hard to place our orders since there was description under every item to help one decide which one to order.

What we had were the following:

Hubby ordered the Garlic Shrimp

The thing that I loved most about it is that it was juicy. There was enough garlic for the dish to live up to its name, but there was also enough juice from the shrimp so that its flavor won't be overpowered by the garlic in the dish. It wasn't spicy too, so for those who would love to try Thai food without the tongue burning spicy taste, I would recommend that you try this one out. From how it was served, I would definitely say that it's kid friendly too.

My choice was the chicken in green curry sauce. I LOVED every bite of it. The smooth curry sauce with the chicken fillet was marvelous! It was mildly spicy, there were chopped finger chilis in it, as well as some chopped cayenne pepper. If you're not into spicy food, you might still find this dish just with the right amount of spice. It wouldn't make you run towards the crew member asking for a glass of water.

For drinks, hubby had regular lemon ice tea and I got the Thai Ice Tea.



Comparing it with the one from Jatujak, this was waaaaaay better. I was able to quench my thirst, enjoy its unique flavor without gagging on bits of shaved ice.

Okay, we were full from what we ate, but I can't pass off on dessert, can I? So we decided to have the simplest dessert available.

It's sago with sweetened coconut milk.

Gross? No, NOT A BIT! It was delicious! I must say though that we were taken aback when it was served. I'm so used to having cold dessert that this warm glass of sago surprised me a bit.

The best thing about it, it wasn't tooooo sweet. We were able to enjoy the coconut milk, the sago and the added flavor that it had, which I finally realized was a touch of mint on the dessert. I'd like to have a glass of it again.

The verdict:
Food Quality: 10/10
Efficiency of service: 10/10 - they were fast in delivering our food on our table, the crew member who served us even led us out to the smoking section where he served our dessert with two glasses of ice cold water.
Ambiance: 9/10 - I have to say that if you're using an ordinary digital camera, you might have a little difficulty in taking the photos. The lighting was ambient and was designed to highlight the food (according to my friend) and using your camera's on-board flash just might sabotage the look of the food.
Cost: 10/10 - we only paid Php1,000 (one thousand pesos) for everything. It's cheap considering that we had two types of viand, two cups of rice, one glass of ice tea each and dessert.

Recommendations:

If you are craving for Thai food that's easy on the budget, Mango Tree Bistro is the place to go.

Would we go back there? DEFINITELY!

I'm now thinking of going to another Thai restaurant just to compare prices and food quality. Till my next restaurant adventure then!






Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

10 December 2010

Jatujak Mall of Asia - A taste of Thai Cuisine

Eversince I started blogging about food and reviewing restaurants and their services, hubby and I became more picky on the places where we want to eat. Last weekend was no exception. We went to MOA quite hungry, but we walked around the area where the restaurants are until we finally decided to give Jatujak a try.


The restaurant is located at the second floor, bay area side near the cinema. It's quite easy to miss since it is small and if there was no one out front wearing a uniform, we would not have given the place much thought.

When we went inside, the restaurant was quite warm. I think the restaurant just opened that time. I asked the crew if we could transfer to an area near the airconditioner and they gladly obliged. We got the menu and these are the things that we ordered.




The vegetables were cooked just the way I like them, not soggy but not too crunchy to the point that you'll ask someone if they really cooked the thing. It was a curry dish and for someone who likes to eat curry, this one surprised me a lot. I never knew vegetables and tofu cooked curry style would taste that good. Another inspiration for my healthy cooking recipe.

It was served last and it was steaming, fresh out of the pan. I wouldn't say it was spectacular, but I wouldn't call it bland either. It was just right, not too spicy too. Although I kinda wished it was, since for me curry should be on the spicy side.


Our rice was one of the well known varieties of Thai dishes, Thai Bagoong Rice. This one was good! The Bagoong was not salty and the shredded eggs and green mangoes hit the spot. What I loved the most were the fresh onions and cucumber that were on the sides of the rice. It meant that I could choose to put the onions along with the bagoong and the rest of what was on the plate if I wanted them.



And here is what really made my lunch worth waiting for. The crispy pork with cilantro garnish. What can I say? When it was first served, I thought, hey, it's effing dry! No condiments, not even vinegar? Phew! But when I started to dig into it, I found out that the condiment was at the bottom of the pile of pork. The great thing about it was that, it didn't make the pork soggy. So there I was looking at the pork and heaving some tomatoes, onions and cucumber slices along with the vinegar dip onto my plate. And when I tried it with the rice, I was instantly transported to food heaven.

The pork wasn't salty and the vinegar dip complemented the whole thing. I was a happy camper that time.


And with the food adventure comes the curiosity about their signature drink. I had the Thai Iced Tea. I can't put my finger on the exact flavor that they used, but it was definitely something new to the palate. Did I like it? YES and NO. Yes, because it was something new and it tasted good. NO, because there was just way tooooooo much ice inside the glass that it made it hard for me to take a sip and drink my iced tea. I only wish they lessened the ice a bit.

Overall, the Jatujak experience was really good and I would love to go to their other branches located in Megamall and SM North sometime soon. And for everything that we ate, we paid a little over Php700 or roughly $12. I can't wait to go to another Thai restaurant to compare prices and of course the food and service. Hmmm, maybe on Saturday I should try that Thai restaurant that my friend keeps telling me about. Time for another foodie adventure!








Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

03 December 2010

Adobo sa Gata - Chicken in Coconut Milk

I first came across recipes for adobo sa gata a few years back. My mom loves making this using fish, but this time I decided that I want to make it my own recipe. I used chicken instead of fish and boy, was it yummy!


What you'll need

1K of chicken breast fillet (or any other chicken part of your preference)
5 pieces of cayenne pepper chopped finely or 2 tablespoons of powdered cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon whole black pepper
1 teaspoon of grated yellow ginger
1 cup of thick coconut milk
2 tablespoons of vinegar (add more depending on your taste)
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
1 small onion cut into four
3 tablespoons of olive oil or any cooking oil of your choice
salt and pepper to taste

What to do

1. Brown the chicken in a pan, on medium heat.
2. After the chicken has turned brown, add vinegar, salt, pepper (whole and grounded), cayenne pepper, garlic, onion and ginger. Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat.
3. Add the coconut extract/milk and simmer for 5 minutes or until the coconut milk turns to oil.


4. Serve with steamed rice and Enjoy

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.







The Chocolate Kiss Cafe (Now Closed)

We came from Antipolo one day last May and since we had our own transportation that time, we decided to look for a nook where we can have dessert.

We found The Chocolate Kiss Cafe along A. Roces Avenue and decided to try their cakes

My take on their cakes


The sansrival had the right texture, but definitely not the taste. It was way too buttery and there was this tang of orange that I really didn't like.

Their sample platter of cakes


The size was just too small and well, the taste, it's something that you can forget. Not spectacular and there's nothing special to them, for me it tasted like something that I can buy from any other cheaper bakeshop.

The Devil's Food Cake's frosting wasn't much, it was a little crunchy like toasted mallows. The cake was dry and the chocolate was just there for color but not much for flavor. The Dayap Cake, all I could think of at the moment I ate it was "where's the dayap flavor?" and the Kahlua Cake was way too sweet!

Overall, the experience was not that good. The service, kinda slow, their iced tea, let's just say that you have to mix your own tea. They gave us one piece of calamansi for their refillable serving, like that's going to last. And the honey they gave, it wasn't pure, it tasted more like sugared water with a drop of honey, it didn't have that sweet pleasant smell.

Maybe it's just me, but since I love desserts and when I say I love them, that means I go to places with desserts and try them all the time. This one was just not for me. And to be honest, after this experience with taste and service, I'm not willing to go back there any time soon nor am I tempted to visit their other branches.

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.





29 November 2010

Chicken in Olive Oil with Salsa

Chicken, a great main ingredient for so many meals. As much as I love fried chicken, I try to stay away from it, especially chicken skin. Looking for something new to eat aside from the usual KFC, I stumbled on El Pollo Loco in Megamall one time. From the first time I tasted their chicken, I got hooked! Unfortunately though, I can't go to Megamall that often, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and experiment, try to make something that's healthy just like the grilled chicken that I've had.

What you need

(for the chicken)
500 grams of Chicken Breast (fillet)
2 medium tomatoes diced
1 medium bulb onion diced
2 to 3 stalks of wansoy (English name= Chinese Parsley, Coriander or Cilantro) or kinchay (parsley)
1 small pack of magic sarap
1/2 cup water
5 tablespoons Olive Oil

(for the salsa)
5 to 8 medium sized tomatoes diced
1 medium bulb onion
5 stalks of wansoy (English name= Chinese Parsley, Coriander or Cilantro) or kinchay (parsley)
5 pieces of chili pepper
1 teaspoon of salt (amount of salt is dependent on how salty you want to make it)

How to do it

Boil the chicken breast fillet in water, with tomatoes, onions, herbs, and magic sarap. Wait until the chicken is tender and make sure that it's dry.
Put the flame on low heat and add the olive oit, sear the chicken.


For the salsa:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and chill. Personally, I like my salsa chunky.


After the chicken has been seared, put on a plate and serve with the chilled salsa. If you want to serve it taco style, shred some lettuce head, grate some cheese and voila! served with taco shells, it tastes great!

This dish goes well with
-tortilla
-pan de sal
-taco shells
- or rice

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

My Yummy Sunday Post

28 November 2010

Chocolat - Dessert for the gods

If there's one thing that I love more than finding a new place to dine in, it's going out and finding a new place to dine in that serves great tasting but affordable desserts.


I have a sweet tooth which means I love eating desserts when ever I can. Hubby and I discovered Chocolat in SM Mall of Asia four years ago. The establishment certainly made it to my top five list of restaurants that serve the best desserts. Unfortunately due to distance, I can't go there all the time. We visited the place again early this year and ate a slice of their wondrous chocolate cake, my verdict: the quality of their cakes did not change and the best part, the prices were almost the same too! Aside from the chocolate cake, I also ordered six pieces of their heavenly lemon bars to take home.

I'll be going there again sometime soon, I'll give all of you guys an update of how it went.


Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

A Post for Yummy Sunday

26 November 2010

The Sandwich Guy

Here's a place where I love to get my food, especially if I'm on the go. The name of the place, The Sandwich Guy


What do I love about it?

Their vast list of sandwiches
The way that I see them prepare my food
Their wheat bread
And the price


My favorite sandwiches from this establishment are the HBLT or Ham Bacon Lettuce and Tomato sandwich and their Sloppy Joes!

The HBLT is not salty, which is not uncommon for BLT sandwiches. Their Sloppy Joes are really "sloppy" and spicy too! Yum!

If you're looking for great sandwiches, you can visit The Sandwich Guy at

Eastwood City - near the bell tower (Now Closed)
SM Megamall Basement of Building B

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.





Steaks and Mash

Welcome to the new home of Halie's Kitchen. For my entry this week, I decided to share with you a recipe for my home made mashed potato and steak.


I decided to use lean pork for the steak instead of the usual beef.

What you'll need:

1K of lean pork
1 medium lemon juiced
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of cayenne powder
1/2 cup of soy sauce
1 head of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of olive oil

For the mashed potato

1K of potatoes
1/2 cup of water
1 cup of skim milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of non/low fat butter

What to do:

Marinade the pork in soy sauce, lemon juice, cayenne powder, salt and pepper two hours before cooking it. Put inside the fridge.
After two hours, boil the pork in the marinade until tender.
Drain the marinade and set aside to make the gravy (if you want to make some)
Toast the garlic in olive oil until brown
Fry the steak in the olive oil until cooked.

For the mashed potato

Peel skin from potato and wash it thoroughly.
Put the potatoes in a sauce pan, with water, skim milk, salt, pepper and butter.
Boil the potatoes, making sure that the flame is on low and that you don't cover the pan to avoid the milk from curdling.
When the potatoes are cooked and soft enough to mash, get a fork and mash the potato in the mixture, until it gets thick.


Serve the steak with your homemade mashed potato, top the steak with toasted garlic and enjoy.\\


Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.





   

14 November 2010

Lasagna Review

I love eating pasta and if given the chance, I would love to go to different places that serve this heavenly dish all the time.

For this Yummy Sunday, I'd like to share with you my opinions on different lasagna dishes that I have sampled from some of the places that I've been in.

First up is the Meat Lasagna from Jack's Loft


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The quality of this lasagna has been consistent from the first time I tried it to the last time I ate this delectable pasta dish from one of favorite restos in Eastwood City.

The pasta is not soggy, the sauce is not thin, the cheese is evenly melted without any burns on it and yes, there's meat in it too. Should you want to go and visit Jack's Loft, these are the three branches that I know of: Eastwood City, near the main plaza, Jack's Loft at the ground floor of Il Terrazo on the corner of Sct. Madrinan in Quezon City and there's one in Robinson's Manila.

My next place to go to when looking for good lasagna is Fazoli's, an Italian restaurant also located in Eastwood City (beside Jack's Loft)




If you're wondering why the serving seemed to be small, it was because I ordered the pasta sampler. I had three different types of pasta dishes on my plate that night because I can't decide which one to eat really.

As for their lasagna, it has the right amount of that sour taste that is so common with Italian pasta dishes and the meat on it was minimal, again typical of Italian cooking (nothing too much tastes good). It may not look too much on the picture, but I can definitely say that it's worth your money and your palate will not be disappointed.

Last on my must have list of great lasagnas - Banapple


This rolled up lasagna is all worth the money that you are going to spend on it. The creamy sauce that does not drip when you slice through the pasta is well spiced and tasted really good. The presentation alone will make your mouth water and would make you want to dig in before taking a photo of it.

And of course, it's presented in a not so conventional way of presenting lasagna. I can't say enough to describe this dish and give it justice. All I can say that in order for you to really appreciate this rolled lasagna, you gotta try it for yourself.

Banapple branches are found at: the second floor of the Il Terrazo (Quezon City), one along Katipunan (near the Labor hospital) and another one along Katipunan Avenue (near Blue Ridge A).

If there are great places to have my fix of lasagna, there are also places where I would never go to when craving for it. (Sorry no photos, I never thought they were worth the time).

First on my not so good experience:

Sbarro's located IN ALI MALL CUBAO, before the bridge connecting Ali Mall and SM Cubao.

Their pasta was good, but the way the service crew handled my order of lasagna was not really the best. After ordering my usual pasta, the one serving me barraged me with suggestions for my meals. Where else can you find lasagna with meat balls and with the customer not knowing that she will be charged extra for it.

We complained to the manager about this and I don't know what steps they took to resolve the issue.

My second place where not to eat lasagna would be in French Baker, Ground Floor SM Cubao (outside of the mall).

Hubby and I ate there twice. The first time he ate the lasagna, it was okay and there were no burnt edges and cheese. The second time we went there last weekend, I ordered the lasagna thinking that the quality would be consistent. I don't know if it was because it was almost time for them to close, but the lasagna that I ate had more burnt cheese than I could ever care to eat, the sauce was thin and watery, and well, the pasta was soggy.

If you're thinking of eating there, I suggest that you go to French Baker, Ground floor SM Cubao branch early in the day to avoid this not so well thought of and prepared disaster of a lasagna.

13 November 2010

Tokwa't Baboy (Tofu and Pork)

Here in the Philippines, most Filipinos love to eat this appetizer/pica-food/viand. One time my hubby requested that I make my own version of Tokwa't Baboy. Here's what you need and how I made it.

Ingredients:

1/2K Pork (pork chop)
1 block of special tofu (bought from the supermarket)
5 pieces of green chili pepper - sliced thinly
2 medium onion bulbs - chopped
5 cloves of garlic - crushed
vinegar to taste
soy sauce to taste
5 tablespoons sugar
ground black pepper
1/2 cup of water
5 tablespoons of cooking oil.

How I made it:

First off, I cooked the pork chop adobo style. Boil the pork in 1/2 cup of water, soy sauce (depends on how salty you want it), vinegar (also depends on how sour you want to make it),
with the crushed garlic, 1 onion bulb, black pepper, 5 tablespoons sugar and 3 pieces of the sliced green chili pepper. Boil it until the pork becomes tender. Set aside the sauce to make the dip. Once it's tender, dice the pork and make small cubes and then fry it in the pre-heated oil.

Wash the tofu with running water, dice it and fry it until golden brown.

Toss the fried tofu, pork, the rest of the green chili pepper and the fresh onion bulb in a bowl. Top it off with the the sauce from the boiled pork. Season it to taste. There you have it, a quick and easy pica-food. It goes well with many of the availale beverage out there.

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted in Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.


12 November 2010

The Cookbook Kitchen in Eastwood City

My friend has been telling me to try this restaurant for the longest of times. He told me to go to their branch in Mandaluyong, but also reminded me to make a reservation first before showing up.

Hubby and I decided to go to Eastwood last weekend and to my surprise, they had a Cookbook Kitchen branch there, which my friend does not know of.

We went down the cab and made a beeline straight to CBK. (CBK Eastwood is located across The Palazzo near Orchard Road).

When we were first sat down, I immediately felt discomfort. It's not because the chairs were uncomfortable. It's more of the fact that there was a group near our seat that was very VERY NOISY. If there's one thing that I don't like about a group of people inside a restaurant is when they start talking as if they're standing miles away from each other, screaming and yelling to draw attention to them. I like enjoying my meals and a noisy bunch of people does make on lose focus on the food on the table.

We changed tables, which the staff was just glad to do for us. And we proceeded to order our food. For starters, we had their Creamy Tomato Soup. Our verdict, thumbs up! It wasn't sweet with sugar, it only had the natural sweetness of tomatoes and the cream was not thick. Along with the tomato soup was a piece of bread which only made the soup more tasty.

Hubby for his main meal decided on Spicy Italian Sausage with its own dip


He gave me a few slices of the sausage and there's nothing to complain about it. It wasn't too spicy to the point that's the only thing you can taste. And the tip made from tomatoes, heavenly!

I chose this for my main course


Crusted Parmesian Fish with rice. The first few bites of the fish were good, but at a certain point, I only tasted the cheese and not enough of the fish. I wouldn't say it was bad, but it wasn't anything spectacular either.

If there's one thing that I could say, they should lessen the cheese a bit and let the taste of the fish and the other ingredients come out. I wasn't too satisfied with it, that's why I kept asking for my hubby for some slices of his sausage. (You'll get tired of the cheese after a few bites of it. Nakakaumay in the vernacular. It's like eating pasta with way toooooooo much cheese.)

Would I still recommend the Cookbook Kitchen? YES
The fish? If you're willing to try something new, try it at your own risk
The Italian Sausage? Thumbs up for this one
The Creamy Tomato Soup? Thumbs and Toes Up for this one
The price? We paid Php700 for the whole meal, not bad.
The ambiance? Make sure that you're ready to deal with some noisy customers, should there be any. The place isn't that big, so you'll definitely hear people seated at the nearest table to you talking. But if they're screaming and yelling, be prepeared to cover your ears.

If you want to make reservations at their Mandaluyong Branch, visit The Cookbook Kitchen's site to get the number and the directions on how to get there.


Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.











Pineapple Pork Steak

A new twist to the Pork Steak that Filipinos love.


Things you'll need:

1K of pork sliced thinly
1 large onion, cut into rings
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
5 to 10 pieces of calamansi (juiced)
1 small can of Pineapple chunks or tidbits
sugar and pepper to taste


How to Make it

1. Marinate the meat for at least 1 hour in soysauce, calamansi juice and the juice of the pineapple. (set aside the marinade)

2. Fry the meat in 3 tablespoons of preheated pan with oil.

3. Take the meat out once it is cooked and saute the onions in the oil.

4. Add the marinade, add pepper and sugar to taste.

5. Put the meat in the sauce and the pineapples and simmer.


6. Serve with freshly cooked rice and top with sauteed onions. Enjoy!

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.




10 November 2010

Quaint and Dainty - Petit Four

Discovering hidden places to eat in is one of the items on our endless hobbies list. We found this quaint and dainty restaurant about 10 years ago and it's a place that we both fell in love with.


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The atmosphere is quiet and the food they serve taste great. Nothing more to ask then, except where's my Blueberry Cheesecake?


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05 November 2010

A frustration and a joy in pursuit of good food

I am always on the look out for new places to dine in. Something with a great selection of food on their menu as well as prices that are quite reasonable.

A new friend of mine suggested that I go to his two favorite restaurant haunts.

One is located at the 3rd level of the Trinoma Mall, beside Powerbooks. The restaurant serves quality and authentic Thai food according to him. And from what he said, when he ate there, they paid Php7,000 for a group of 15 to 17 people. I would say that the prices are fairly reasonable then.

I was searching for information about this Thai restaurant without the need for logging in to Facebook, but the search proved to be pointless and useless. Yes, I did see a couple of "information" about the restaurant, but dang! The information that I saw was nothing but tons of photos during the grand opening of the restaurant. I mean, fine, photos are nice and cute, but when you're doing a "review" or at least "introducing" a new place, put something more substantial on the article and not photos of Pepe Smith and other celebrities.

Okay, that's part of marketing, but then again, I don't care if President Noynoy Aquino dines there. What I care about is the menu, the price, the service and your overall experience. That helps, more than tons of party photos without information. And the last thing that frustrated me the most, the information that I saw from this so and so article and this so and so article ARE EXACTLY THE SAME, WORD FOR WORD! Heavens! Can someone please write something original about a certain place or is plagiarism really rampant these days?

I think, I just have to take my friend's word regarding this restaurant.

After this frustrating search for information on this Thai restaurant, I tried searching for information about the other restaurant suggested by my friend. It's a little hidden restaurant somewhere in the outskirts of Mandaluyong City.

This time, my search was not in vain. I found the restaurant's website, their menu and information on how to get there. I also found some articles regarding the place, their service and the quality of food that they serve. Finally, someone who knows how to write something informative!

This blog is not about ranting, but it's about food. The reason for me writing this is, I want people to become aware of what other foodies are looking for in an article.

I hope that these people who copied there articles word for word from each other or from the introduction of the restaurant realize that copying one's work without their expressed permission is considered illegal and it's against intellectual property rights.

03 November 2010

P for Pizza and Potato Madness at Shakey's

My first food review and ABC Wednesday post.

Hubby and I love good food. Our favorite aside from pasta? Chicken, pizza and potatoes!

Where else can we find this delectable combination of our favorites except Shakey's.

The chicken was so mouth watering. It was like calling out to me, saying "grab a bite, you won't regret it." And of course I positively loved it!

The aroma of this thin crust pizza made me forget that I'm on diet. I dove in without hesitation, as you can see, the pizza is already missing two slices before I even got the chance to take a photo of our meal.


These mojo potatoes coupled with the garlic-mayo sauce that they served was nothing short of perfect!


Shakey's pizza parlor has been around for so many years and since its introduction here in the Philippines, I try to eat there every chance I get.

I can still remember that some of the Shakey's branches here used to have live bands performing during the weekends. I don't know what happened and they decided to take that out of their restaurants.

The food is of the same quality as the first time I got the chance to enjoy their meals. The better deal, they added affordable combination meals so that many more can enjoy their good food.

As for the ambiance, it really depends on the shop where you choose to go. Some have a homey feel to them, while others have a relaxed mood and feel going about the store.

The price? It depends on what you order, but we usually pay more than 500 pesos, but not over one thousand.

Would I recommend going there? Definitely!

If you want something affordable and with the new combination meals of Shakey's, a couple, the whole family, or your group of friends can get a satisfying meal that is quite easy on the budget.


Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

P for Pasta Dishes

Have I said that I love, love, LOVE pasta?

Anyway, for my first ABC Wednesday food entry, I'd like to share with you guys my most favorite food in the whole world! (not an exaggeration by the way). If you want to view the recipe click on the title to get it.

Herbed Chicken Pasta
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29 October 2010

Spicy Sesame Chicken

I can't wait to share this new experiment that I made.


It doesn't look much does it?

I hope that after you get a taste of this dish, you would think otherwise.

What you need:

10 cloves of garlic, chopped
1K of chicken breat fillet (or any part of your choice)
1 teaspoon of fresh ginger (finely chopped)
5 tablespoons of sesame seeds
3 tablespoons of olive oil
5 tablespoons of cayenne powder (reduce or increase depending on your taste)
2 cups of water
1 cup of soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Marinate the chicken in soy sauce, ginger, cayenne powder, salt and pepper for about 30minutes before cooking it.
Put the water in a sauce pan and add the chicken and marinade, boil until the chicken is tender.
In a separate pan, toast the garlic in olive oil, take out the garlic when it becomes brown.
Toast the sesame seeds, then add the chicken. Cook until the chicken is covered with sesame seeds.
Add half of the toasted garlic.

If you want, you can serve it with toast or steamed rice. Top the rice with the sauce made from the marinade and some toasted garlic. Enjoy the meal.


Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.



22 October 2010

Spicy Shrimp with Lemon-Butter Sauce

I saw some shrimps from the vendor passing by, they looked fresh so I decided to buy some and experiment on it.


What you need

1/2K of shrimps (take out shells)
1 medium lemon, lime or 10pieces of calamansi (juiced, set aside half of the juice to make the dip)
1 egg beaten,
salt and pepper
fine bread crumbs (add a lot of pepper to make it spicy or get a pack of spicy chicken breading mix)
chili powder
3 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons of oil (olive oil works wonders)

What you need to do:

Marinade the shrimps in 1/2 of citrus juice, salt, and pepper be careful to not leave it too long or you'll end up with "cooked" shrimps.

Mix your breadcrumbs with salt, pepper, chili powder and garlic powder in a separate bowl.

Dip the shrimps in egg and coat it evenly with your spicy breadcrumb mix.

Fry in a pre-heated pan until golden brown. Put on paper towels to drain excess oil.

-For the dip

Melt non-fat butter on a pan, add lemon/lime/calamansi (the half that you set aside), simmer for two minutes.

Arrange the shrimps on a plate, top with cheese and serve with the dip. This dish goes well with toasted bread.

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.


Red Mango - Indulge

My first taste of Red Mango was when hubby and I explored Eastwood City more. It was located on the second floor of the new Eastwood City Mall, but it was in the hidden part.

One time when we were walking in Megamall, we saw that there's a Red Mango branch there, we immediately made a beeline for it and here's what we had:

Regular sized yogurt since we preferred to have different flavors.


Mine was blueberry and cheesecake yogurt, yummy! Hubby had the mangoes and chocolate yogurt. also delicious.

What can I say?

The texture of their yogurt is just like ice cream.
Red Mango Eastwood City might be a little hard to find, but definitely worth going to. The store is a little small, but there are chairs outside of the store overlooking the dancing fountains.
Red Mango SM Megamall is sized decently, enough chairs to sit for customers.
The taste - you'll forget you're eating yogurt.
The toppings - range from fresh fruits to crushed grahams and chocolates, they even have cheescake too!
Price: 80 pesos (small) + 30 pesos for two toppings = 110 pesos, good, especially when the toppings last until the very last spoonful of the yogurt!

A bit of history:

Red Mango was founded in Korea and it has a policy of using all natural ingredients in the yogurts.

The first branches in the Philippines were the ones in Trinoma and Eastwood City. Today it has one branch in Greenbelt, Makati City and the newest addition to its growing chain is found in SM Megamall.

For their menu, they have two types of yogurt, original and green tea. I have yet to try the green tea, because I'm so satisfied with the original flavor.

If you want to try great tasting yogurt, visit Red Mango. And for someone who loves desserts, ice cream and chocolates, this is a great substitute when I want to indulge without feeling that I gained a thousand pounds.

Red Mango Branches are located in the following areas

Mall of Asia
2nd Floor, Entertainment Mall (Across Highlands Steakhouse and the IMAX Theater)

Greenbelt 3
Cinema Level (4th Floor, beside Chimara)
Sun-Thurs: 11am – 11pm
Fri-Sat: 11am – 1am

Eastwood Mall
2nd Floor, Eastwood Mall Veranda (between Thousand Cranes and A Different Bookstore)
Sun-Thurs: 11am – 11pm
Fri-Sat: 11am – 12am

TriNoma
3rd Floor (in front of Fitness First and Toys R Us)
Sun-Thurs: 10am – 9pm
Fri-Sat: 10am – 10pm

Megamall - CLOSED
Upper Ground Floor, Building A (beside Breadtalk)
Sun-Thurs: 10am – 9pm
Fri-Sat: 10am – 10pm

Products:Red Mango Frozen Yogurt is pure and wholesome. It contains no preservatives, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors. and is 100% all-natural.

Their Menu:

Organic Coffee and Tea

Americano, Latte, Mocha, Capuccino, Green Tea Latte and Organic Tea with prices ranging from Php75.00 to Php90.00 for an 8oz hot cup and Php95.00 to Php125 for a 14oz cold glass.

All Natural Frozen Yogurt which comes in different sizes (Small, Medium, Large and Family)

Original - (S)Php80, (M) Php115, (L) Php150 and (Family) Php220
Green Tea - (S) Php85, (M) Php120, (L) Php155 and (Family) Php225
On shaved ice with three toppings - (S) Php125

For toppings

1 topping - Php20, 2 toppings - Php30, 3 toppings - Php40

Waffles

Blueberries and cream or Banana Almond- Php85

Frozen yogurt blenders

Smoothies (Banana, Mango or Kiwi) - Php125
Green Tea Blender - Php 125


Product Name kcal/100g

Nonfat Yogurt 109

Premium Yogurt Shaved Ice 59

Fresh Yogurt Latte 76

Yogurt With Muesli 157

Redmango Yogurt Drink 96

Fresh Fruit Juice 42

Organic Americano 15


Red Mango also has branches in the United States -

Alabama
The Shops at Grand River (self serve coming soon)
6200 Grand River Blvd.
Suite 414
Leeds, AL 35094

Chace Landing (self serve)
4730 Chace Circle
Hoover, AL 35244
Phone: 205 403 8988
sun-thurs: 10am-9pm
fri-sat: 10am-11pm

Arkansas
The Heights
5621 Kavanaugh Blvd.
Little Rock, AR 72207
Phone: 501 663 2500
mon-thurs: 11am-9pm
fri-sat: 11am-10pm
sun: 12pm-7pm

California

Westwood Village (self serve)
10942 Weyburn Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310 209 0194
sun-wed: 11:30am-11:30pm
thurs-sat: 11:30am-12:30am

Valencia
Bridgeport Marketplace
23885 Newhall Ranch Rd.
Valencia, CA 91354
Phone: 661 253 4492
sun-thurs: 11am-10pm
fri-sat: 11am-11pm

Puente Hills Mall
17501 Colima Rd. Unit F-1
City of Industry, CA 91748
Phone: 626 964 7272
sun-thurs: 11am-10pm
fri-sat: 11am-11pm

Crystal Cove Promenade
7972 East Coast Highway
Newport Coast, CA 92657
Phone: 949 376 4186
mon-fri: 11am-9pm
sat-sun: 11am-10pm

Palo Alto
429 University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650 324 1811
sun-thurs: 11am-10pm
fri-sat: 11am-11pm

Cupertino Civic Park
20560 Town Center Ln.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Phone: 408 996 0892
sun-thurs: noon-10pm
fri-sat: noon-10:30pm


Florida

Gainesville (self serve)
3333 SW 34th St.
Suite 1
Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: 352 872 5227
11am-midnight daily

Georgia
Dunwoody Hall Shopping Center (self serve)
5568 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd.
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Phone: 678 395 7366
sun-thurs: 11am-10pm
fri-sat: 11am-11pm

New York

Koreatown
39 W. 32nd St.
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 290 7650
sun-thurs: noon-midnight
fri-sat: noon-1am

Union Square
63 W. 14th St.
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212 414 3009
11am-11pm daily

Upper East Side (inside Hale & Hearty)
1129 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10075
Phone: 212 249 7100
mon-fri: 10am-10pm
sat: 11am-8pm
sun: 11am-7pm

Red Mango at msnbc.com digital café
NBC Experience Store, 2nd Floor
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
Phone: 212 413 5883
mon-wed: 8am-6pm
thurs-sat: 8am-7pm
sun: 9am-5pm


Larchmont (self serve)
1924 Palmer Ave.
Larchmont, NY 10538
Phone: 914 833 2300
sun-thurs: 10am-10pm
fri-sat: 10am-11pm
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Astoria
30-58 Steinway St.
Astoria, NY 11103
Phone: 347 738 4197
sun-thurs: 11am-10:30pm
fri-sat: 11am-11:30pm

Brooklyn Heights
123 Court St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718 797 2133
11am-11pm daily

Flushing
136-53 Roosevelt Ave.
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718 886 1916
sun-thurs: 11am-11pm
fri-sat: 11am-midnight

Fresh Meadows Shopping Center
61-47 188th St.
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Phone: 718 264 8881
mon-thurs: 11am-11pm
fri-sun: 11am-midnight

Parkway Plaza (inside Hale & Hearty)
207 Glen Cove Rd.
Carle Place, NY 11514
Phone: 516 535 1000
mon-fri: 10am-9pm
sat: 11am-9pm
sun: 11am-8pm

Wheatley Plaza
350 Wheatley Plaza
Suite 350
Greenvale, NY 11548
Phone: 516 801 0510
11am-11pm daily
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Hofstra University (Located at Café Bistro Bits & Bytes)
1000 Fulton Ave.
Hempstead, NY 11550
Phone: 516 463 6669
mon-thurs: 11am-8pm
fri: 11am-3pm
sat-sun: closed

The Sands Shopping Center
3567 Long Beach Rd.
Oceanside, NY 11572
Phone: 516 442 0751
11am-9:30pm daily

Tanger Outlets (Deer Park)
152 The Arches Cir.
Deer Park, NY 11729
Phone: 631 242 8200
sun-thurs: 11am-10pm
fri-sat: 11am-11pm

East Norwich
1003 Oyster Bay Rd.
East Norwich, NY 11732
Phone: 516 624 7000
sun-thurs: 10:30am-10pm
fri-sat: 10:30am-11pm

Southgate Shopping Center
4946 Merrick Rd.
Massapequa Park, NY 11762
Phone: 516 308 4680
10am-10pm daily

Port Jefferson
138 Main St.
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Phone: 631 509 5040
mon-thurs: 11am-10pm
fri-sat: 10:30am-11pm
sun: 10:30am-10pm

Branch Plaza (self serve)
96 E. Main St.
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: 631 780 6236
10am-10pm daily

Plainview
357 S. Oyster Bay Rd.
Plainview, NY 11803
Phone: 516 433 2302
sun-thurs: 10:30am-11pm
fri-sat: 10:30am-midnight

for more information on other branches in the US, please visit RED MANGO US

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.


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14 October 2010

Burgoo - Burgers and More!

Looking to satisfy my craving for a great meal, hubby decided to bring me to three different places last week.

Here's the first restaurant that we went to - Burgoo in Gateway Mall, Cubao, Quezon City.

From their long list of food items, we ordered the steak and shrimp platter.


What's on the platter:

Ribs
Spicy Shrimps
French Fries

option: corn cobs or rice, we chose rice

The food:

Taste: The ribs were tender and juicy, the marinade was just right. It tasted good even without condiments. The shrimps were small and not so spicy as one expects it to be. The fries were made from real potatoes, it was filling.

I suggest to not go for the rice, especially if there's more than two of you sharing the meal. The serving of rice was so small that it wouldn't even be enough for a single person.

The service:

We got there during the off-peak hours. The crew members were courteous and always had a smile on their faces.

It's good that the service was personalized, meaning there's only one person to serve you throughout the dining experience. Our server was fast and efficient. The drinks served in Burgoo are refillable, and our server did not wait for us to call him when our glasses were empty.

The Ambiance:

Do not sit near the windows by the mall side. I felt uncomfortable because people had the nasty habit of looking at our plate and what we were eating while they were walking by.

Aside from that, Burgoo still had crayons available so that their patrons can doodle on the manila paper spread on the table while waiting for their food. A great way to pass the time away. Our food was served within 15 minutes and we didn't notice the time passing by.

Cost:

We paid a little over Php700 for the meal. Acceptable.

Overall:

The food was good, not exceptional, but good. The serving size could have been good for three people had we not been so hungry that day. Service is something that you would expect from a place during off-peak hours (I still have to go back there during the weekends or peak hours to see if the service is still the same.)

If you're interested to check out their menu and treat yourselves to burgers and more, visit the branch nearest you:

Burgoo - Tomas Morato Branch (near Il Terrazo)
Tomas Morato Extension

Rockwell Makati
3/L Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Center Makati City

The Podium
2/L The Podium, ADB Ave. Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City Philippines

Promenade
2/L Promenade, Greenhills San Juan Metro Manila

Gateway
2/L Gateway Mall Araneta Center, Cubao Q.C

Mall of Asia
2/L Southwing SM Mall Of Asia , Pasay City

Robinsons Galleria
4/L Robinsons Galleria, Quezon City

The Block
3/L The Block SM City North Edsa Q.C

SM Marikina
Grnd Flr. SM City Marikina, Marikina City

A Sample of Their Menu and the PriceAppetizer to Share: Extra Supreme Nachos - Regular Php245, Large Php425
Soup: French Onion Soup - Php95.00
Salad: Caesar - Regular Php275, Large Php425
Subs and Burger: Cheeseburger Php295
Stone Baked Pizza: Hawaiian - Regular Php375, Large Php425
Pasta: Carbonara - Regular Php295, Large Php475
Chicken and Pork dishes: Breaded Pork Chop - Regular Php325, Large Php425
Steaks: Shrimps and Ribs Platter (this is what we ate) - Regular Php645, Large Php945


Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

Herbed Chicken Pasta

Scouting again for something new in my magazines, I came across this nice chicken pasta recipe.

Again, I used the recipe as an inspiration, but I added some twists to it to give it my personal style.


Things you need:

1K pasta (cooked according to package instructions and drained)
1K breast fillet (cut into small cubes) or 1K ground chicken breast
2 tablespoons of fresh parsley or 3 tablespoons of dry parsley
2 tablespoons of coriander
3 bay leaves snipped
1 small can of button mushrooms quartered
1 small green bell pepper cut into small squares
5 cloves of garlic
1 medium onion chopped finely chopped
1 pack of tomato sauce or pre-prepared spaghetti sauce
1/2 block of cheese grated or any cheese of your choice
3 tablespoons of olive oil (or any oil of your choice)
salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Saute garlic and onion in pre-heated pan of olive oil. Add the chicken and let it cook, once the chicken is cooked, put in the mushrooms and the green bell pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes, then put the sauce, simmer for another 2 minutes. Add the herbs (parsley, coriander and snipped bay leaves), salt and pepper to taste.

Serve it:

Arrange pasta on a plate, top with sauce and grated cheese.

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.


08 October 2010

Stir fried veggies with tofu

In my goal to lose weight, I scoured my Food Magazine copies for a recipe that is not only delicious, but healthy as well.

I found a recipe called stir-fried vegetables with fried tofu. I only got an inspiration from the magazine and added twists and turns to the recipe. Here's what I did:


Ingredients:

3 blocks of tofu (diced and deep fry in oil with no transfat of your choice)
1 medium broccoli head (take stems out)
1/4 Kg of snow peas
1 medium green bell pepper diced
coriander
1/2 tablespoon of non-fat butter
1 head of garlic minced and toasted
1 onion chopped finely
salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce

1 cup of vegetable broth
1 tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup of broth
soy sauce
sugar, salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

1. Boil the vegetables for 2 minutes (drain and reserve broth for sauce)
2. In a pan, put 1 tablespoon of oil and saute onion, mix all the vegetables in it, add the butter
3. After 2 minutes add the deep fried tofu and coriander and stir fry for another minute.

For the sauce:

Dissolve the cornstarch in 1/4 cup of the broth, add soy sauce, salt, pepper to taste. Boil until it thickens.


Serve the veggies with sauce and top it with toasted garlic. Enjoy it as is or you can choose to eat rice with it.

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.