Alamang or shrimp paste can be considered bizarre, disgusting, common, annoying, foul, absurd, unpleasant, nasty, repugnant, unreasonable, yucky, and unbearable to some, specially to the foreigners. But, for most of the Filipinos, this is the best material delicacy for dip or part of a cuisine.
I already showed a recipe featuring Pork Binagoongan, a dish with pork cooked in a sauteed shrimp paste that is best paired with fried vegetables.
The last time I checked, I weighed 58 kilos, still my average weight when I’m in college. Despite the fact that my job is home base and sitting all day in front of the computer, I didn’t gain weight. Maybe, because of my jogging routine with my labrador retrievers and watching calories.
However, if the viand are sisig and kare-kare, forget about counting calories. I don’t mind the dieting if they are served. I will just chow them along with 3-4 cups of rice or until bloated.
During my call center years, one of the things that I missed are the home cooked dishes. Due to I wanted to sleep, I can’t cook my own food and always missed meals as waking up just exact for me to prepare for work. One of my worst habits that time (will never do it again) is skipping my dinner and will just grab bars of chocolate sold in the nearby convenient store my office, and will eat them during shift to keep my self from starving.
One of the vegetables that I really missed during that time is sitaw or the String Beans. I love it whatever the way it is cooked, even to the simplest way like sauteing.
The most popular dish that we Filipinos used to cook and eat was the Adobo. When I’m not in the mood to cook, this is the first dish that will come into my mind. This is also very easy to do as this is just putting all the ingredients together and let it boil. But, when I’m in the mood, and thought of cooking this, I do it very special.
Just like any other sauce dish, I want my adobo with little but wild and thick sauce. This is also one of my specialty and I will teach you my chicken and pork adobo dish with lots of spices.
Pork steak is another soy sauce-based dish with citrus flavor kicks. There are claims that this dish was a influence of the western countries to the Filipinos. As far as my research is concerned, steak are cooked through grills and glazed with barbecue sauce.
This recipe of mine is taught to me by my mom when I was in high school and as the years go by, I added my own style. Now, I want my steak with lesser sauce and smothered with lots of onions.
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.