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After a long day isn’t it amazing that we will sip down a little spicy, sour soup? It can really relax our stressed muscles and can rejuvenate us for more tasks waiting for us tomorrow. Here is a recipe that I learned from my mom. It is called Sinigang na matambaka and hipon.
Matambaka is internationally known as big eyed scad with scientific name Selar crumenophthalmus. This is available to countries with tropical climates like Philippines. The best thing about this fish is that it is very tasty, soft and doesn’t have too much bones. To make it more tastier I add hipon (shrimp) and some spices.
As I finished cooking this dish, I took picture of it. My niece, Zoe (refer to hash brown review) asked me if I will eat that and when I said yes, she said “gusto ko niyan, pero ba’t walang kanin?” So we ate together.
Way back in college, me and my friends always notice this long line in the Pan De Pidro (PDP) stall and out of curiosity we ask someone what is the trend and answered that it’s the Pan De Coco. Due to our night shift schedule, we arrive late and every time we wanted to buy that bread, it’s always sold-out. One enrollment day, we arrived early and no line in the said stall that just opened and when we got Pan De Coco, then we knew why.
Pan De Coco is popularly known as coconut bread. It originally started in Honduras and now their staple food. It is a bread with sweet grated coconut inside. It’s a funny thing that I hate Pan De Coco but when I tasted the Pan De Pidro’s, I instantly became a fan. I only eat Pan De Coco when it’s Pan De Pidro’s.
Pan De Pidro, according to their website, is a bakery that started 2005 by couple Gillie and Peter a.k.a “Pidro.” They established PDP due lack of bakeries offering the old-style freshly baked breads for Pinoys. They easily numbered, but stayed in their vision to become the well-known traditional community bakery. They said, PDP is bringing back the good old times to the neighbors’ door step.
Well, I can say that PDP have kept their promise as there is a near Pan de Pidro our place and I can see it anywhere near a community. I bought the Pan De Coco in Km. 18 Commonwealth Avenue, Batasan Hills, Quezon City Outlet (near Sandigan Bayan).
Creamy Macaroni Soup is locally known as “sopas.” It is composed of macaroni pasta, milk, meat and vegetables. This soup will never be absent to side stores catering breakfast in the Philippines. This is one of my family’s all-time favorite and we never forget to make it every month.
I want my soup thick and very creamy. So, I use lots of milk. I also want this tasty, so I use Pork Bones (Biyas).
This recipe is for my family that is composed of 10 adults and 4 kids. Instead of using cabbage I used Malunggay leaves to make it healthier.
It’s back! And KFC said with a vengeance.
KFC’s Zinger Double Down is another addition to their menu. Zinger is composed of two crispy chicken fillet, sandwiching bacon, cheese and mayonnaise. It has no bread at all. The advertisement here in the Philippines features a tall guy walking while eating this all-meat-sandwich and every time he bites explosion happens in the scene.
I ordered the Zinger in KFC Tandang Sora Branch. The crew who got my order is actually very friendly and she answered all my question politely. The place is impressive, big tables and bins as chairs. I am assuring you that you will be comfortable if you will eat to that branch.
For ala carte Zinger is worth P120.00 and for complete meal with fries and drinks it’s worth P150.00.
Well, compared to Hash Brown Burger of Jollibee that comes in a box, Zinger’s package is not impressive. I bought the meal with fries and drinks. The sandwich comes with a small, cone-like carton where the sandwich was inserted and covered with a parchment paper with free 2 large gravy. I took-it-out and when I got home, the parchment paper already absorbed some of the oil and the package was already ruined.
Packaging counts, but for me, it’s not the main factor.
I was like those ordinary kids that will become very happy just in case my mom gave me P5.00. I know that time it can buy many foods that will make my playmates envy me.
Well, all of us became kids and I know those in the 18-30 years old now will surely going to relate with this post and will bring back those memories during their childhood years.
Here are some of my kiddie cheap thrills:
Ding Dong Mixed Nuts
Remember guys?! Ding Dong Mixed nuts is one of those very appealing junk foods by that time. It is only P1.00 and quite bigger than today’s package. Ding Dong is composed of green peas, corn bits, nuts and many more. As far as I know, by that time Ding Dong has this 1 piece kind of nut in every pack that is very delicious called the fava beans and I can remember the first thing that caught my attention was the elf in the package.
When my brother came home from a basketball play with his friends he is carrying a styro-foam containing foods. When I asked him where he bought them, he said in “Circle.” I asked if there’s a food bazaar in Circle, he said yes. So, I asked my other siblings to go there and have a stroll with my nieces.
Whatever status you have, whoever or wherever you are, I know you will going to mouth water for this post. This enlisted all time Filipino favorite dish that have been there in the earliest years, yet won’t cost you so much.
I have friends in the higher classes who enjoy these dishes. I have balik-bayan sister, relatives and friends that whenever they are in the Philippines they always request for such. I know it’ll be a torture for Filipinos outside the Philippines as they will again miss Philippines. But what can I do?! It’s food blog.
Anyway, are you guys now ready?….. Therefor, aim and read!!!
Nilagang Kangkong with Bagoong and Kamatis
Kangkong or water spinach was used in the Philippines as all time ingredients to many dish. But, many people around the Philippines actually dig this as a meal. Me, I love this vegetable especially when it is boiled; and with kamatis (tomato) and sweetened bagoong (shrimp paste) on the side. I will chow them upon seeing that it was our viand.
All classes of families here in the Philippines actually love this. Maybe because of our tradition. Want a proof? Chowking, an international fast food caters this one. They have this Kangkong with bagoong in their menu.
My mom, Julita, popularly known as Manang Soling, for me, have most powerful culinary skill. Maybe because, she is the eldest among her siblings and was in charge of cooking meals for her family way back she was single. I am not saying this because she is my mom, but because when she established a mini-carinderya (mini, local version of resto) in front of our Sari-Sari store it’s boom.
She only removed it when a road widening happened.
Moreover, one of my favorite dish cooked by her is the Ginataang Hipon (Shrimp).
Before cooking, I asked her to let me have first the ingredients as I wanted to feature her Giataang Hipon on my blog and she agreed.
Caldereta is one of my favorite dish. This is a tomato sauce base dish with spices with the sauce thickened using liver. Oldies said that Caldereta was a dish influenced by the Spaniards, but through out the years, it has been perfected here in the Philippines. They also said that the original version of this dish was using goat’s meat.
My own version of Caldereta is using pork meat and with lesser and very thick sauce. I also want it a little sweet with little spicy kick.
Please be noted that this recipe of mine is good for 12 people including 4 kids.
Deremen [Duhruhmon] is a Panggalatok version of Pinipig, a young, toasted glutinous rice. Many said that the English version of this was rice puff.
But, the locals of Pangasinan claimed that it is quite different than …
From November 1 to 2, my mom and my sister went to Pangasinan to remember my late grandmother and grandfather. Of course, before they leave I asked them to buy foods.
Pangasinan has been a home for delicious foods from main course to desserts. This is the home for the most delicious bangus, shrimp paste, tupig among others.
When they arrive, Tuesday in the evening, they are both carrying fruits and vegetables that they pick from my uncle’s yard, bagoong (shrimp paste), 6 peices of inihaw na bangus and a big box of nilatikang bibingka.
Hash Brown Burger is one of the newest addition to the menu of the most popular fast food chain in the Philippines. Jollibee claims that this is a baked burger, so it healthier than an ordinary burger. The patty is still the Jollibee’s 100% pure patty with cheese and teaspoon of sour ketchup.
This burger came from a very good packaging, a box that perfectly suits the burger. When you open it there is a small parchment paper, probably inserted to absorb the oil and prevented the burger from sticking.
HashBrown Burger is worth P80.00 with drinks and P64.00 for solo.
Last Saturday, me and my college friends scheduled a get together to watch “Praybeyt Benjamin.” Though we are only composed of five, we were able to enjoy (Who will not enjoy “Praybeyt Benjamin” anyway?!). After the movie, we prepared ourselves to go to Banchetto, but for some reasons we changed our mind and just go to “Il Mercanti” at Metrowalk, Pasig City.
Il Mercanti is a food bazaar that started last September 27, 2011. This place is open during Wednesday to Saturday from 7:00 p.m. til 4:00 a.m. In this place, people will enjoy different food from appetizers to dessert, from meat to vegetables, from common dishes to unique one.
This is also a food bazaar for those who are in budget as there are stalls selling complete meals for only P80.00. If you want to pig-out just go to this place.
For persons who have their own vehicles, you will never have problems as this food bazaar was located in a parking lot. The only thing that I don’t like is that the tables for diners are located beside the vehicles. There are times that when the cars are about to leave, you’ll inhale smoke.